The President of the Methodist Conference, Rev Roger Walton, and Vice-President, Rachel Lampard, are about half way through their year in office and recently visited the Newcastle Methodist District to see some of the new forms of church taking place in the area.
These included the Presence Project in Walker, Newcastle upon Tyne, which works to support people in difficult circumstances, including people who are asylum seekers or leaving prison.
They were also shown around the Gateshead Foodbank in Blaydon by Deacon Tracey Hulme and met one woman who had originally been a user of the foodbank, but was now working as a volunteer.
The President is no stranger to the North East having met his wife Marion while studying at Newcastle University, and later served as Director of the Wesley Study Centre in Durham.
Premier’s Northern Correspondent Ian Britton caught up with them both during their busy week-end and you can listen to both interviews below.
The President of the Methodist Conference, Rev Roger Walton
Rachel Lampard, Vice President of the Methodist Conference