New President & Vice President

At Methodist Conference 2012, Revd Dr Mark Wakelin was inducted as the new President of Methodist Conference, and Michael King as the Vice President.


Mark’s farther was a missionary doctor and his mother was a teacher. At the age of six months Mark and his twin sister Mary were taken to Sierra Leone were father Paul worked at the Segwemba Hospital and was then transferred to Maua Methodist Hospital in Kenya, the family, now including bother Michael returned to England in 1965.

Mark was educated at Kingswood School and graduated from Nottingham University with a BA degree in Theology, Following a year as a youth worker he trained for the ministry at Queens College and Birmingham University. After working in Lincoln North circuit he moved to Bramall circuit and whilst there studied for a Master of Education Degree, a Doctorate in Education followed. Mark moved from circuit work and worked in the Division of Education and Youth as national secretary of the Methodist Association of Youth Clubs from 1995 to 2000. He was Director of the Guy Chester Centre from 200 to 2008. He then took up his current post as Connexional secretary for Internal Relations.

Mark is married to Judith and they have three grownup children and three grandchildren. His hobbies include singing, reading walking and tending his allotment.


After leaving school Mike read for a degree in African History at the School of Oriental and African Studies spending the second year of the course at the University of Legon Accra . He married Isabel and their shared Christian commitment led them to offer as mission partners in Sierra Leone where Isabel was a senior doctor at Segbwema Hospital and Mike taught at Njaluahun Girls’ Secondary School

Returning to England Mike worked in the Methodist Church Connexional Team, firstly as Mission Education Secretary and then in 2000 as the team Leader of the World Church Office. In 2011 Mike began a new phase of life and ministry when
he took up the post of lay worker in the Banbury circuit where he works with small village churches

Michael and Isabel have two children Tim and Mary and each of them has a son. Sport has played a significant part in shaping his life. He is a lifelong supporter of Birmingham City and Warwickshire County Cricket Cub. Loosing three teeth to three different sports must be a call to fame. He represented Somerset at both soccer and hockey in his teenage years.


The above text is a shortened version of the profile written by Rev Davis Gamble in the Methodist Recorder June 21 2012

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As you have probably noticed, the website is in the process of a redesign.

Steve Brooks has run the circuit site diligently for several years but decided to pass on the reins, so the (dubious) honour now falls to me. I am sure I speak for us all when I say a big thanks to Steve for all his hard work behind the scenes, and for his continued help in handing things over.

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