THE REV HELEN CAMERON was elected and inducted as President of the Methodist Conference on Saturday 29 June at the Methodist Conference in Leeds.

Helen Cameron is currently the Moderator of the Free Churches Group and President of Churches Together in England. She has worked extensively with survivors of sexual abuse and co-wrote the study guide Reflect and Respond with members of the Methodist Survivors Advisory Group.

In her Conference address, Helen invited the Methodist Church to listen to the lived experience of those who experience poverty and learn from marginal communities about what needs to change so that all can flourish. She warned against the Church abandoning those who experience poverty because to do so would be “to abandon the gospel”.

Mrs Carolyn Godfrey was inducted as the Vice President for 2024-2025. She is the District Safeguarding Officer covering the Darlington and Newcastle Districts, and a local preacher. She has a background in pastoral care and child protection within the education system, helping to support children with additional needs and families facing complex issues.

Carolyn Godfrey has a Master of Education degree focused on social, emotional and behavioural difficulties. Experience in her safeguarding role, education and lifelong engagement with the Methodist church have given her the drive to understand and challenge the use and misuse of power.

In her address to the Conference, she spoke about the call to all of us to learn and challenge our thinking. She encouraged members of the Conference and the wider church to start by making small changes that would build together into a wave of transformation in the church as it seeks to “Learn to do right, seek justice and defend the oppressed”.

The role of President of the Methodist Conference is reserved for presbyters and that of Vice-President for lay people or deacons. John Wesley chaired the Methodist Conference during his lifetime, but after his death, the Conference was determined to elect a President annually.

* The text of the President’s address is available here.

* The text of the Vice-President’s address is available here.

* Source: The Methodist Church