06 July 2011

New Methodist President and Vice-President designate elected

The Revd Dr Mark Wakelin has been elected president designate of the Methodist Conference for 2012-2013 and Mr Michael King has been elected vice-president designate. The results of the elections were announced at the annual Methodist Conference in Southport today.

Dr Wakelin is described by his nominators as "an inspirational and energetic speaker who speaks directly to people in ways which they can apply to their own lives and the Church." He brings to the role of president a wide experience of circuit ministry, chaplaincy, youth work and strategic leadership. He was formerly the national secretary of the Methodist Association of Youth Clubs and is currently connexional secretary for internal relationships for the Methodist Church in Britain. He lives in Oakwood with his wife Judith and has three children and three grandchildren.

"Now is a good time to be in the Methodist Church," said Dr Wakelin. "We have a real opportunity to become a more confident and effective discipleship movement again. We need to be brave, creative and more focused on God's loving purpose for us and our world. The presidency can help the Church find and catch a vision that will play a part in God transforming Methodism for the next generation and of Methodism playing its proper role in transforming our society and world."

Michael King is a Methodist local preacher, church steward and former circuit steward in the Enfield Methodist Circuit. He has been leader of the Church's world church relationships team for 11 years, and is chair of the European Commission on Mission. Prior to 2000 he spent most of his working life teaching in Sierra Leone and UK comprehensive schools.

Mr King describes himself as 'glocal', with a passion for thinking globally and acting locally. He said: "I want to see God's love shared with all people. I want to see Christians deepen their understanding of what it means to welcome others, offering genuine hospitality and inclusion. I long to see our overseas partners taking part and making decisions at all levels of church life in this country. I want to see our Church enriched and invigorated by people from all over the world."

Michael is married to Isabel, has two married children and a six-month-old grandson.

Dr Wakelin and Mr King, who both live in the Enfield Circuit, will be inducted as president and vice-president as the first items of business at the 2012 Methodist Conference in Plymouth. 

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