Rev. John Howard

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John Howard

Since my early days as a Christian in my teenage years, I have had an interest in how real lasting change happens in society. I have felt the injustice of people brought up in poverty, the sense that the violence and insecurity of many people within the nations that they live in — is unnecessary. I studied the ideas of Gandhi and Rev Dr Martin Luther King concluding that non-violent civil action has a huge potential for changing society of the better.

During my forty years in the ministry I have served in a series of areas of multiple deprivation, and then when stationed in Newcastle as Superintendent I lived in a wealthy area but the Circuit covered some of the poorest areas of the city. I enjoyed the challenge of developing relationships between the two. When I served for eleven years as Chair of the Wolverhampton and Shrewsbury District, I had the opportunity to broaden this and challenge the church about mission in a divided society. As a part of this time I led the District's initiative to develop a relationship with the Methodist Church of Rwanda and visited there seven times. During a sabbatical I also volunteered as a human rights observer in Palestine.

When I left the District I accepted an invitation to serve as the British Methodist Church's representative at the World Methodist Council's Jerusalem Liaison Office, living for two years in Bethlehem.

My wife Mary and I came to Middleton-in-Teesdale in February 2019 to retire, but I am glad to have the chance to get to know the two Circuits of Darlington and Barnard Castle & Teesdale while serving as Acting Superintendent over the next six months.

I enjoy industrial heritage, owning an ancient Morris and working as a volunteer on a steam railway. I am a keen skier and mountaineer — having completed the Scottish Munro's.

Mary and I have three adult children, and three grand children.
John Howard

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