President Bishop B. Michael Watson and World Director Dr. H. Eddie Fox announce regional secretaries for World Methodist Evangelism: Rev. Taavi Hollman, Superintendent of the Methodist Church in Estonia, and Dr. Heather Morris, immediate Past President of the Methodist Church in Ireland and currently the General Secretary of the Home Mission Department. Rev. Hollman will be the Regional Secretary for Northern Europe and Dr. Morris will be the Regional Secretary for the United Kingdom/Ireland. They join twelve Regional Secretaries in Africa East/Continent, Bishop Lawi Imathiu, Africa South, Bishop H. Mvume Dandala, Africa/West, Bishop Sunday Onuoha, Far East, Bishop Sundo Kim, Europe/Germany, Reiner Dauner, Southern Europe, Bishop Heinrich Bolleter, Southeast Asia, Maimunah Natasha, Pacific, Richard Waugh, South America, Bishop Paulo Lockmann, Mexico/Central America, Bishop Luis Palomo, Caribbean, George Mulrain, and North America, Bishop Darryl Starnes. Rev. Graham Horsley had previously served in the UK, and Bishop Hans Vaxby in Northern Europe including the period following the independence for the Baltic States in 1991.
Bishop Watson said that the Regional Secretaries for the past 25 years have served as key leaders in linking together the world-wide ministry of World Methodist Evangelism which is a unique ministry among world communions. Fox said we are deeply grateful and excited that Rev. Hollman and Dr. Morris will be in this circle of world leaders.
Rev. Hollman was in the first graduating class of the Baltic Methodist Theological Seminary in Tallin. He has served effectively and creative in youth ministry, evangelism teaching, training and leadership for his church. He has served six years as the Superintendent of the Methodist Church in Estonia. He has spoken in International conferences including the International Christian Youth Conference on Evangelism in Korea in 2010. Two years after the collapse of the Soviet era, he led a large contingent of youth from the Baltics across Europe to Germany to participate in ICYC on Evangelism which is a ministry of World Methodist Evangelism. He leads his church to be effective in witnessing in a very secular country. He is married to Merle and they have five children: Elizabeth, Hannah, Nathan, Rachel and David.
Dr. Morris has served as minister of churches in Belfast, the Irish Methodist Theological College, lecturing in Practical Theology. For the past nine years she worked at Edgehill Theological College. She served as the President of the Methodist Church in Ireland in 2013-2014 and is currently General Secretary of the Home Mission Department for her church. She was the Bible Study leader at the World Methodist Conference in Seoul, Korea in 2006. She has deep roots in the Methodist Church with grandfather and father as Methodist Ministers. Her grandfather was a missionary in Nigeria and her father Paul Kingston served as President of the Methodist Church. She is married to Neil and they have two sons, Peter and David.
Bishop Watson said the Regional Secretary is the voice for World Methodist Evangelism in the area and also serves as the voice of the area for leadership and assistance in the ministry of evangelism in the region. He gave thanks for the commitment to the vision of World Methodist and the gifts of ministry that Taavi and Heather will bring to this world movement. Bishop Watson and Eddie Fox said our vision is clear, “To see the Methodist/Wesleyan Movement alive, vibrant, growing and yearning to go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation. We are one family with one mission THAT THE WORLD MAY KNOW JESUS CHRIST.”