The Revd Michaela A Youngson and Bala Gnanapragasam were inducted as President and Vice-President as the first item of business at the Methodist Conference in Nottingham, on Saturday 30 June 2018.
Michaela Youngson has been one of the Chairs of the London District since 2012. With a passion for social justice and for developing strong ecumenical relationships, Michaela is committed to working within the diverse and rich context of the Connexion. She is a regular contributor to the BBC Radio 2 Early Breakfast Show's 'Pause for Thought'.
Bala Gnanapragasam believes strongly in mission and social justice. He serves on the board of Christian Aid and MHA (formerly known as Methodist Homes for the Aged). He is also a trustee of the London HIV/Aids Chaplaincy. He was the first Synod Secretary for the combined London District. Born in Sri Lanka, Bala came to the UK in the 1960s and has previously served as an elected councillor for the London Borough of Lewisham. He has also served as the Chair of University Hospital Lewisham.
President Designate and Vice-President Designate
The 2018 Methodist Conference has designated the Revd Dr Barbara C Glasson to be President of the Methodist Conference 2019/2020, and Professor Clive Marsh as the Vice-President