The Methodist Council, of the Methodist Church in Great Britain which is meeting from 15 to 16 October at the High Leigh Conference Centre in Hoddeston, has agreed to nominate to the Conference the Revd Gareth Powell to serve as the Secretary of the Conference from 1 September 2015. The role is one of the most senior positions of Church leadership in Methodism, alongside the roles of President and Vice-President of the Conference.
Gareth will succeed the Revd Dr Martyn Atkins, who remains in post until 31 August 2015. “I congratulate Gareth in this nomination to be the next secretary of the Conference,” said Martyn. “He is a person of great gifts and I look forward to the next nine months when we shall work together in a time of transition seeking the health, unity of benefit of the whole Methodist Church.”
Gareth said: “Martyn has helped to create in the Church a fresh enthusiasm for God’s calling on Methodists to engage joyfully and seriously with mission and evangelism. My commitment to this vision means that I want the church to pay careful and considered attention to its patterns of oversight and pastoral care. In doing so, I hope we will be better resourced and enabled to respond to the challenges of the Gospel and of contemporary society.”
Gareth has been the Assistant Secretary of the Conference since 2011 and is currently Head of Governance Support in the Connexional Team. He read theology at Westminster College, Oxford and then undertook ministerial training at The Queen’s College, Birmingham, obtaining an MA in Pastoral Theology before spending time at the Graduate School of Ecumenical Studies, the University of Geneva. Having served in the Coventry Circuit, he was ordained in 1999, when he was stationed to the Cardiff Circuit as a circuit minister and university chaplain. From 2002-2008 he was Methodist Chaplain and Chaplaincy Coordinator at Cardiff University.
In 2009 he was directly stationed to the Connexional Team to be based in the Governance Support Cluster as the President’s Assistant. Since 2010 Gareth has been a member of the Council of Cardiff University. He has vast experience of ecumenical partnerships and is highly respected in such circles. He is a member of the Council of Christian Unity of the Church of England. He was a member of the Methodist/Roman Catholic Committee from 2001 to 2012 and was The Ecumenical Officer of Y Gymanfa from 2005-7. He has served on a variety of committees of the Methodist Church.