Youth President Elections

13 October 2022

Following the elections held at this year’s 3Generate, the Methodist Children and Youth Assembly, it has been announced that the Youth President for 2023/2024 will be Thomas Hart, aged 17, who lives in Ashby-Cum-Fenby, a small village in Lincolnshire. He attends Keelby Methodist Church.

Thomas, also known as Tom, will become the new Youth President at a service to be held in the autumn of next year.

Tom was brought up a Methodist, becoming a member when he was 14 and later a youth steward and congregational representative. He loves music and playing in bands and is planning to take a degree in popular music, he also enjoys travel and learning about different cultures and lifestyles.

Tom commented, “Friendship and a sense of community make me who I am, I enjoy conversation with people of different and no faith, belief or thoughts. I want to ensure the message of God and Christianity is something that everyone can understand.

“I felt called to apply for the role. I felt God calling me to represent the youth of the Methodist Church and with some friendly encouragement from my congregation and circuit team, I applied for the role. I am thrilled to know that the young people believe I can serve them and walk beside them as we go on a journey of discovery, exploring what faith is.

The current Youth President, James Carver, commented, “I congratulate Tom on his appointment as Youth President 2023/2024 and I know he will have an amazing time in the role. Tom used Lego to explain inner faith during the elections, and I am eager for more Lego so I look forward to working with Tom when he starts next autumn."

The Methodist Youth President is a salaried position working full-time for one year to serve the children and young people of the Methodist Church in Britain. The role involves meeting and representing the young Methodist people to ensure that their voices are heard and to help them be involved in every aspect of Church life.