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Revd John Hellyer - Gloucestershire Superintendent Methodist Minister

Deeply committed and widely experienced, Gloucestershire's new Superintendent Methodist Minister, the Revd John Hellyer, starts work in the county on 1 September 2019.

Before coming to Gloucestershire John previously served 13 years as Chair for the South East District. Born in Wellington, Somerset, to a family deeply immersed in rural Methodism, his journey to ordination began as a teenager when at the age of 16 he started preaching. Educated at Huish Grammar School Taunton, he graduated in Chemistry at Leeds University. It was at University he felt a strong call to join the full time ordained Ministry. A year after leaving Leeds he began his training for ordination at Wesley College Bristol.

John's first appointment was in Bradford, West Yorkshire. It was there he developed a commitment to social justice, working with people of all faiths and none. After Bradford he spent 17 years in Birmingham in the Alum Rock area before moving to the Moseley Road and Sparkhill Circuit as Superintendent and then as Chair to the South East District.

When relaxing John enjoys reading detective novels, gardening, hill and coastal walking, theatre, cooking and upcycling furniture. John is married to Mary, who he met in Leeds and who has spent most of her career in social work and education. The couple have three grown up children and two delightful granddaughters and enjoy travelling in their Motorhome to remote places in the UK and around France.

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