The South West Region

Meet the Team

Howard Wilson is the Learning & Development Coordinator for the South West region. His background is in youth and community work with young people on the edge – most recently young offenders and young victims of crime. He is a Local Preacher, organist/pianist and former property steward. He has particular interests in safeguarding, management skills development, restorative justice, creative use of IT and technology in worship, church development, empowerment of people, and inclusive theology.

Contact Howard  |  07384 818343  |  via Facebook


Sharon Rowe is a Learning & Development Officer for the South West region, having previously worked for the Methodist Children and Youth Team as a Youth Participation Project Manager. Sharon has experience in project management, working with children and young people in variety of contexts, community engagement and development, particularly in areas of deprivation. Her main areas of work are supporting lay employees, those working with children, young people and families, helping churches to engage with their communities, 3Generate, and the ONE Programme. She is the link person for the Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly District.

Contact Sharon  |  07791 425501 



Wendy Allen is a Learning & Development Officer for the South West region. After an initial working life in IT, Wendy studied theology in Bristol and then taught religious education in secondary education for several years. Her main areas of work in the region are in Worship: Leading & Preaching (she is the Regional Moderator), candidate support, circuit leadership training and supporting life-long learning in all ages and stages of faith. Her journey with Methodism so far has imbued her with a deep love of Wesley hymns, a spiritual life centred on the sacramental and a commitment to always seeking deeper theological understanding.  She is the link person for the Bristol District.

Contact Wendy  |  07875 144507 



Bridget Down is a Learning & Development Officer for the South West region. Bridget has recently joined the team from Circuit work where she was involved in pioneer ministry with families, children and young people, in addition to schools and community engagement. Her main areas of work are supporting pioneer ministry for all ages, supporting Local Preachers and Worship Leaders, theology surrounding spiritual development of children and supporting local churches in community development. She also supports Circuits in vision building, fundraising, schools work, chaplaincy and safeguarding. She is the link person for the Plymouth and Exeter District. 

Contact Bridget  |  |  07799 902564 




If you want to see events outside our region, click on the black X next to the word 'tags' on the top of the calendar. 

Our Priorities for 2019/2020

Although we will aim to help you with any learning or development that you or your church need, we also have key areas of work that we are focussing on in any given year. These are chosen in consultation with both national and local leaders. If your area of interest isn't on this list, then please still get in touch. Our priorities this year are: 

  • Safeguarding – Support to Districts in delivering the advanced module
  • Worship: Leading & Preaching Moderation – Including support of W: L&P Participants
  • Local Preacher Tutor Development – Supporting Tutors to deliver the W: L&P Course
  • Regional Communication – building a coherent Learning and Development culture across the South West
  • Regional Retreat – Bringing those with Pastoral charge together for mutual support

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