08 September 2003

Service of welcome and induction for new Methodist General Secretary

A Service of Welcome and Induction for the Methodist Church's first ever General Secretary was held at Wesley's Chapel, City Road, London, yesterday morning (Sunday 7 September).

The Rev David Deeks officially became General Secretary of the Methodist Church in Britain and Secretary of the Methodist Conference on 1 September for a six-year term of office. He has succeeded the Rev Nigel Collinson, who has retired after five years as Secretary of Conference.

The Service of Welcome formed part of the annual service at Wesley's Chapel to mark the first Sunday of the new Methodist year. By tradition, the President of the Methodist Conference, the Rev Dr Neil Richardson, preached at this service, whilst Vice President, Mrs Judy Jarvis, took part in the service also.

In becoming General Secretary, Mr Deeks is executive leader of the Church's Connexional Team and works alongside other senior officers including the Methodist District Chairs in developing the key strategic decisions for the Church in Britain. The General Secretary works alongside the annually-appointed President of the Methodist Conference, who remains the senior spokesperson for the Church.

Mr Deeks, who is 61, was recently Methodist Co-ordinating Secretary for Church and Society. He is a former theology tutor at Wesley House, Cambridge, and has previously served at churches in Maidstone and Bristol, during which he was university chaplain. He is married with three children and has a family home in Bristol.

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