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John Hellyer began his role as Chair of the South East District in September 2006. Following three years training at Wesley College, Bristol he served as a minister in the Bradford (Great Horton) Circuit from 1984-1989 and then moved to Birmingham where he was minister in an inner city area of the Eldon Circuit from 1989 to 1997. He was then the Superintendent of the Mosley Road and Sparkhill Circuit from 1997 to 2006.


John has always been an advocate of the need for the Methodist Church to work ecumenically. His experience in urban areas has also led him to the conviction that we need to be willing to work with people of all faith and no faith for the sake of God’s kingdom. Developing ways of working in teams of both lay and ordained people where they work together to share ministry, leadership and responsibility is important to John. He has a particular concern to encourage a culture of life long learning in the church so that Christians are more confident about relating discipleship to daily life.


John is married to Mary, a teacher who currently works as a curriculum manager in a Further Education College. They have three children, David, Jennie and Peter. He enjoys reading detective novels and has recently started to learn about the world of digital photography.