Chair of the District

Gill NewtonMessage from Rev Gill Newton

For the last eight years, I have had a wonderful time serving God and the church in Cheshire.  Nevertheless, it is a great joy and a privilege to be returning to Yorkshire, the county in which I began my ministry in 1997, and to have this opportunity to share some of my story with you.

I was born into a Methodist farming family in North Cornwall and grew up in the life of the church, surrounded by many members of my extended family and friends. Throughout my youth I was nurtured in the Christian faith through Sunday School, Girls’ Brigade and the Circuit Youth Fellowship and finally in my late teens was encouraged to become part of a Mission Band which provided my first taste of leading worship and preaching.

After completing my education, I embarked upon a career in banking which, over the years, led me to work in Cornwall, Devon, Somerset and Dorset as my career progressed and I eventually became a retail branch manager.  Then in 1994, after experiencing a growing sense of call over many years, I candidated and in 1995 found myself at Wesley College, Bristol, training for the Methodist ministry.

It was there that I met Leslie and we married in October 1996.  Upon leaving college in 1997 we were stationed in the Barnsley Circuit.  During our time in Barnsley our daughter Laura was born in 2000 and in 2002 we became the joint Superintendents of the Circuit. In that same year, I also became the Synod Secretary for this District.

In 2006 we moved to the Bramhall Circuit, in the Manchester and Stockport District where I became Superintendent of the Circuit and served at Cheadle Hulme Methodist Church.  During this period I have also served as a community governor at a local primary school and as Chaplain to the Greater Manchester District of the Girls’ Brigade.  I am also a trustee of Girls’ Brigade, England and Wales and a member of the Walk to Emmaus Community.

In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family, reading, cross stitch and maintaining scrapbooks. I also like to sing and play piano and guitar when time allows.

It is an immense privilege for me to return to this District which played such an important part in my initial formation as a minister. I am looking forward, very much, to worshipping, learning and serving alongside you all and to discovering the things that God has in store for us all as we share in his mission in our communities across this Sheffield District.

Gill Newton
Sheffield District Chair