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Updated: 9 September 2018

Missionary in Africa, born in Bodminland, Cornwall on 22 May 1856, the son of a miner, who for a time took his family to Ayrshire in search of work, He was converted in 1868. By December 1874 he was pitman employed as a hewer and living at Moorsley, Co Durham, where his family had recently changed their allegiance from the Wesleyans back to the Bible Christians. In December 1874 he became a local preacher on trial and then March 1876 offered for its ministry after having spent fifteen months in the Cleveland Mission at Brotton. He spent a year at Shebbear College and served three BC circuits 1877-1880. His third circuit was Chesterfield, and, not unlike Co Durham, the small Bible Christian community was on a coalfield. It collapsed in 1880 before he was received into full connexion.

He appears to have come to the notice of the UMFC and was employed as a hired local preacher in the Oxford UMFC Circuit. In 1883 he was accepted for the itinerant ministry at his third attempt. He was immediately appointed as a probationer to Freetown, Sierra Leone, where on arrival he found himself the acting Superintendent, due to the illness of Thomas Truscott (1848-1888; e.m. 1867). After furlough in 1887 he was appointe to Kenya. During a time of drought and local warfare in 1889-1890, he not only administered a famine fund raised at home, but supplemented it personally. He did not marry and made no provision for his old age. Instead he lived on native food and used his resources to redeem slaves.

His last letter asked for six more missionaries. Refusing to return home on furlough, on 27 November 1896 he died from blood poisoning after an accident, while answering a cry for help during the night. He was buried beside Rebecca Wakefield and Charles New at Ribe.

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Updated: 30 August 2018

One of the original founders of Swedenborgianism, was born at Alnwick on 8 November 1759 and educated at Kingswood School, He was the son of James Hindmarsh who was the school’s writing master before becoming one of Wesley’s preachers. After an apprenticeship he opened his own printing shop in London and there his reading led him to become a Swedenborgian in 1782. He died on 2 January 1835.

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Updated: 29 August 2018

Early attempts to establish Methodism in Romsey were inhibited not only by theAnglican presence at the Abbey, but by an Independent congregation which traced its roots back to 1662 and to the Above Bar Independents in Southampton. Wesley's Journal mentions only five passing visits to the town between1766 and 1787, preaching there only once, in 1768. The following year the house of Elizabeth Hickman was registered for Wesleyan worship by Jasper Winscom and John Catermole, but this seems to have been an empty gesture.

An attempt by James Crabb, a freelance evangelist, to persuade the Conference to station a preacher in the town, was turned down. Two further houses were registered in the next forty years, including the house of Moses Comley,which was licensed as a place of worship on 13 January 1800. The earliest chapel was not built until 1813, on the initiative, and initially at the expense, of Peter Jewell, son of a local farming family who had converted to Methodism. Two years later he conveyed the property to a group of Trustees, who agreed to complete and furnish the premises, only to run into financial difficulties which hampered them for many years.

Having been in the Portsmouth, Southampton and Winchester Circuits,, Romsey became the head of a circuit in 1873. The Present Church in The Hundred was opened in 1881.

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Updated: 9 August 2018
Born at Bury, Lancs on 29 January 1814, into a Wesleyan family, he was educated at Bury Grammar  School. At 15 he was apprenticed to a Dr. Greenhalgh who died before his apprenticeship was completed, and for the next six years he worked with his father in the cotton trade. During a revival in Union  Street Wesleyan Chapel he was converted and became  a prayer leader and then a local preacher and was actively involved  in the temperance and total abstinence movements. He gave his support to the Warrenites in 1835 and once his younger brother was old enough to take over the family business, he offered himself in 1841 for the Wesleyan Association ministry and was accepted. He married the daughter of one of its founder members, Robert Emmett. Afte twenty years' ministry in a succession of circuits, he was elected president of the UMFC  at its 1860 Assembly. During his presidential year, he became aware of the need  for the training of young men who were entering the ministry in increasing numbers and he developed a course for them, which led to the establishment of an Institute for them linked with Owens College, Manchester. He was its Principal for the first nine years. He died in Oxford on 22 May 1893.

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Updated: 3 August 2018

President of the Conference, 2015. Born in Rochdale of Methodist parents and apprenticed as a printer, he later joined Pontin’s Holiday Camp at Blackpool as a Bluecoat. He went to Cliff College in 1977, was accepted for presbyteral ministry in 1980 and trained at Wesley College Bristol. He married Laura Vipan in 1982. After serving in Preston (1983-89) and St Ives, Cornwall (1989-98) he was appointed Cornwall District Evangelism Enabler and Church Life Officer (1998-2004) and in 2003 he gained an MA at Sheffield in Evangelism Studies. He was appointed Director of Evangelism at Cliff College in 2004 and In 2008 he was stationed as Chair of the Cornwall District, where he has established strong links with ecumenical colleagues. A gifted communicator, especially one-to-one, and a skilled ventriloquist, his ministry has been devoted to evangelism.

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Updated: 23 July 2018

President of the Conference, 2017. Born inBolton into an Anglican family and brought up there and for a time in Sierra Leone, she became a Methodist through the Sunday School and chapel in Farnworth. She trained as a nurse and worked on neonatal wards before moving to nursing and health management in several locations, always involved in her local church. She became a local preacher in 1992, offered for presbyteral ministry, and was trained at Hartley Victoria College, 1993-95. After serving in Stockport and Warrington, where she was appointed superintendent in 2002, she was stationed as Chair of the Nottingham and Derby District in 2010. She has served on numerous connexional committees and ecumenical groups, including the Methodist Council and the Strategy and Resources Committee, has been actively involved with Easter People and has promoted Fresh Expressions in each of her appointments. She married John Mellor in 1975.

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Updated: 23 July 2018

President of the Conference 2016, was born in Otley and grew up in Pudsey. He attended Priesthorpe School and Salt Grammar School and read mathematics at Newcastle University, offering for presbyteral ministry in his second year. On completing his first degree he was sent to TheQueen’s College, Birmingham, where he studied for the BA, followed by an MA in theology under Professor [[Entry:3109 Frances Young]] for which he was awarded the departmental prize for an MA by research. In addition to circuit appointments in the West Midlands, Liverpool and St. Albans, he worked for three years part-time on the ‘Theology for All’ project for the Division of Ministries (1983-86), was appointed Director of the Open Learning Centre (1987-99) and Director of the Wesley Study Centre, Durham (1999-2010). In Durham he completed a Doctorate in Education (2002) and in 2010-11 was the William Leech Research Fellow at Durham University. He was stationed as Chair of the West Yorkshire (since 2017 Yorkshire West) District in 2011. He is married to Marion, whom he met at Newcastle.

Publications include: Learning for Ministry: Making the Most of Study and Training (2005) (with Steve Croft), The Reflective Disciple (2009), Disciples Together: Discipleship, Mission and Small Group (2014).


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Updated: 22 July 2018

Born 1971, the, daughter of John S Lampard (e.m. 1967), she read modern history at Pembroke College, Oxford (1989-94, BA, MA). She has always had a commitment to social and political issues, volunteering at the Lambeth Walk-in Centre (1989), serving on Social Work Committee of theWest London Mission (1995-2000) and running the policy and education department of the Catholic Housing Society over the same period. In 2000 she was appointed Secretary for Parliamentary Political Affairs for the Methodist Church, and in 2006 was appointed Policy Advisor for the Joint (Methodist, Baptist, United Reformed and (since 2015) Church of Scotland) Public Issues Team, becoming team leader in 2008. From 2006 to 2015 she was a Commissioner with the Gambling Commission and is currently a member of the Responsible Gambling Strategy Board. In 2016 she was appointed MBE for services to gambling and was Vice-President of the Conference that year. She married Steve Walker in 2000.

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Updated: 21 July 2018