10 July 2013
The Methodist Conference chooses President and Vice-President for 2014/15
The Methodist Conference has elected the Revd Kenneth Howcroft to be President of the Conference in 2014/15, and Mrs Gill Dascombe to be Vice-President. Both will start their year of office when the Conference meets in Birmingham on 28 June 2014. They will succeed the current President and Vice-President, the Revd Ruth Gee and Dr Daleep Mukarji, as the first item of the Conference's business.
Ken Howcroft was ordained in 1984, and has since served the Church as a circuit minister, a tutor in a theological college, a connexional secretary responsible for Formation in Ministry and Assistant Secretary of the Conference.
Ken said: "This is a great privilege and a humbling moment. I ask for people's prayers for both the year of preparation and my time in office."
Gill Dascombe has been a local preacher since 1987, and was a finalist in The Times' Preacher of the Year competition. She has been a member of and chaplain to the Methodist Council, and works as a hospital pharmacist. She is a member of her local NHS Trust Council of Governors.
Gill said: "I am so grateful to the Conference for this opportunity. The current President and Vice-President will be a tough act to follow, but I look forward to this chance to serve."
The role of President of the Conference is reserved for Presbyters, and Vice-President for lay people or Deacons.