New President of the Methodist Conference President is Revd Loraine Mellor, Chair of the Nottingham and Derby District, which covers most of East Staffordshire.
The Methodist Council has appointed Ashley Cooper as the next principal of Cliff College. Ashley is currently the Senior Minister at Swan Bank Methodist Church and the Superintendent of the Burslem (Stoke-on-Trent) Mission Circuit. Ashley has previously served in the Delamere Forest Circuit, as the District Evangelism Enabler in the Chester and Stoke District of the Methodist Church, and as the Co-ordinator of District Evangelism Enablers in the Methodist Church.
Revd Father Michael Miners has been appointed new Chair of the Ecumenical Commission for the Catholic Archdiocese of Birmingham. Father Michael serves as Parish Priest at Our Lady of the Angels and St Peter in Chains in Stoke-on-Trent.
Lloyd Cooke has been appointed Chair of the Lichfield Cathedral Council. The Council provides oversight and support to the Cathedral Chapter, which is responsible for the daily life of the cathedral. Lloyd takes over from outgoing Chair Simon Tonking. As well as being the Chief Executive of Saltbox – a Stoke-on-Trent charity that provides support for local Churches, Christian ministries and faith groups – for 29 years, Lloyd is a Methodist Lay Preacher and worships at the Potters Church in Stoke-on-Trent, where he is a member of Church Leadership Team and chairs the Church Council. More information here.