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District Chair — Richard Andrew. 'I was born and raised in North Yorkshire and after studying philosophy and theology in London worked in industry for a few years before candidating for the Methodist ministry. I trained in Cambridge and then served in circuit ministry in Sheffield. Before joining the district in 2018, I worked as Principal of York Institute, one of the Methodist....

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Rev John A Squares Deputy District Chair Superintendent Minister Durham and Deerness Valley I studied Theology at Emory University and came to serve the Methodist Church straight after completing my master's degree. In America, ministers earn degrees in Divinity so I am among the few British Methodists certified divine. My wife, two boys and two dogs are the proof of my good fortune.....

Beverly Hollings

Prior to ordination I was a secondary school teacher. As a minister I have served in Cornwall, as Leeds District Evangelism Enabler, as Superintendent of the Barnard Castle and Teesdale Circuit and since September 2018 also serve as Superintendent of the Darlington Circuit.As deputy chair my role is to support the chair and to deputize for them as required. In addition my brief is to focus....

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Penny became Synod Sec in September 2019 and works with Sue Smith, Assistant Synod Sec. Penny has been in various 'admin' roles within the district and was encouraged to take on the role of Synod Sec when Anne stepped down to take on new challenges within the Methodist Church. Penny is still learning 'the ropes' and is looking forward to attending her first Conference in 2020.....

Susan Richardson

Presbyteral Synod Secretary — In 2013, I was surprised to find myself stationed not only in the district where I grew up but also in the circuit where I grew up, the circuit from which I candidated for ministry and the circuit where I initially served for three years as a minister in local appointment. I am even more surprised to find myself now as superintendent of that same circuit,....

Carolyn Godfrey

Regional Safeguarding Officer — Carolyn is the Regional Safeguarding Officer covering both the Darlington and Newcastle Districts. She with a background in pastoral care and child protection within the education system. Carolyn has a Master of Education degree which focused on social, emotional and behavioural difficulties, holds a post-graduate qualification in Psychometric Testing and has....

Helle Sewell

Originally from Estonia, I came to England to study at Cliff College in 1995. I graduated in 1998 with a degree in Biblical and Evangelistic Ministry and became a teacher of RE in a secondary school. This led me to be involved in different aspects of youth ministry within the local church: leading youth clubs, representing the church in local high schools through school's work projects....

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District Administrator and PA to the District Chair -Kiera is the District Administrator along with Personal Assistant to Richard Andrew in his role as....

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District Lay employment Adviser — Sue has over twenty years' experience of working within a Human Resources environment and has supported this District as Lay Employment Adviser for over ten years as well as working full time for the MOD. She covers the whole of Darlington District giving advice and guidance on all Lay Employment issues.It is essential that you liaise with her — at....

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