The principal District Offices work together as a leadership team, co-ordinating opportunities and offering resources of finance, personnel and specialised expertise to enable the mission of the Methodist Church to be advanced within the South East.
John Hellyer - District Chair
John Hellyer began his role as Chair of the South East District in September 2006. Following three years training at Wesley College, Bristol he served as a minister in the Bradford (Great Horton) Circuit from 1984-1989 and then moved to Birmingham where he was minister in an inner city area of the Eldon Circuit from 1989 to 1997. He was then the Superintendent of the Mosley Road and Sparkhill Circuit from 1997 to 2006.
John has always been an advocate of the need for the Methodist Church to work ecumenically. His experience in urban areas has also led him to the conviction that we need to be willing to work with people of all faith and no faith for the sake of God's kingdom. Developing ways of working in teams of both lay and ordained people where they work together to share ministry, leadership and responsibility is important to John. He has a particular concern to encourage a culture of life long learning in the church so that Christians are more confident about relating discipleship to daily life.
John is married to Mary, a teacher who currently works as a curriculum manager in a Further Education College. They have three children, David, Jennie and Peter. He enjoys reading detective novels and has recently started to learn about the world of digital photography.
After twenty years spent in teaching and ministerial training in Durham and Cambridge, I am now a member of a team ministry in Ashford with Paul Dean, a United Reformed colleague, working within the South Kent Circuit.
I have thoroughly enjoyed coming into Circuit life again - I previously spent ten years working in the old London SE District and five years in Durham. Some things have changed; many challenges remain constant. I also very much value my role with the District: the Eastern area includes all the Kent churches (and one over the Sussex border, Wadhurst).
I am married to Laurel, and we have a son Ben, who is married and works in London. I remain committed to the importance of rigourous training for all types of ministry, and especially the need to help all worship leaders and preachers be fully equipped for their awesome calling. I also try to pursue my own particular research interests in the relationship of science and theology.
Rose moved to the SE district after serving 15 years in Cornwall where she was initially based in the Liskeard and Looe Circuit (working in largely rural churches and environments) and then as the first University Chaplain appointed to a Campus shared by the University of Exeter and University College Falmouth. This was an exciting post with challenges to establish and develop Chaplaincy for people of all faiths and none.
With a science degree in Geography and biology, Rose has maintained a passion for the natural world and has been very interested in the burgeoning area of eco-theology. Keen to explore different ways to make worship relevant for diverse communities, Roses' own spiritual life is sustained and nourished in prayer and in sacramental worship. In between work and studying, music, reading and walking have been integral parts of personal and family
I am returning to British Methodism, where I will be looking after congregations in Aldershot and Farnham as well as having responsibilities in the western part of the District, after 16 years overseas service. I have had the privilege of serving the Methodist Church in Jamaica, Ireland and Mexico. Before that, I was minister in two circuits in the old London North West District.
I have a passion for overseas mission and now have the joy of discovering how God is calling us to mission in these islands. I look forward to learning what God is doing among the Methodist people and our ecumenical partners here in Britain and the ways in which we are being called to future ministry in the service of God's kingdom.
I was born and brought up in Nottingham. I left home to work in a Methodist Hostel for Refugees and International Students in London, before studying Politics and Modern History at Manchester, where I candidate for the ministry.
I am married to Sonia, who is a minister in the Thames Valley Circuit. We have three adult children.
Happily I am old enough to have retired at age 60 so have been able to volunteer from 2010 to 2015 as Trustee Treasurer of a Charitable Company employing ex-offenders, from 2011 to 2016 as a Circuit Treasurer and now from 2016 as District Treasurer. I am not an Accountant (but usefully have a son who is one!) but love working with numbers, finding out how to do things and implementing procedures to meet financial requirements.
I worked for Lloyds Bank for 9 years from 1964 and lived in Cote D'Ivoire at Dabou Hospital for 6 years from 1974 with husband & 2 sons. Since 1980 I have worked with children and young people, mainly as a volunteer but also in paid roles connected with this field of work. I'm currently Line Manager for our church's Children & Youth Work Development Worker, Church Council Secretary and also a grandparent, so there's never a dull moment!
Phillip Luscombe - Assistant Chair (Eastern)
Rose Westwood - Assistant Chair (Southern)
Conrad Hicks - Assistant Chair (Western)
Pauline Newton - District Treasurer