New Methodist head

Rev Dr Roger Walton
Rev Dr Roger Walton

A West Yorkshire Methodist minister who lives in Brighouse is about to take up the highest position in the church.

The Rev. Roger Walton, the current chair of the West Yorkshire Methodist District, will be inducted on Saturday as the President of the Methodist Conference at Methodist Central Hall in Westminster, London.

Roger, who lives in Brighouse, grew up in Pudsey and started attending a Methodist Sunday School at the age of seven, when his family moved house.

He became a Christian at 16 and reconnected with the Methodist Church, becoming a local preacher at age 18 and offering for ministry while at Newcastle University.

Further studies included a BA in theology at Birmingham University, followed by an MA in theology and then a Doctorate at Durham University.

Roger trained for the ministry at the Queen’s College, Birmingham, and served circuits in the West Midlands, Liverpool and St Albans.

For 10 years Roger was Director of the Open Learning Centre, and for 11 years Director of the Wesley Study Centre, Durham.

He has been chair of the West Yorkshire Methodist District since 2011.

Roger has written several books on the subjects of learning and discipleship, including The Reflective Disciple, in 2009, and Disciples Together, in 2014.

“Becoming President of the Conference is a wonderful gift and I am deeply honoured,” said Roger.

“I owe so much to the Methodist people and have learned the way of Jesus in this Church.

“I hope to encourage us to continue to be a learning, loving and outward-looking community for transformation of the world.”

Roger is married to Marion. They have two married children, Laura and Andrew, and three grandchildren, Chloe, Lucy and Thomas.