Walton, Roger Leonard
1953 - , e.m. 1975

President of the Conference i, was born on 5 April 1953 in Otley and grew up in Pudsey. He attended Priesthorpe School and Salt Grammar School and read mathematics at Newcastle University, offering for presbyteral ministry in his second year. On completing his first degree he was sent to TheQueen's College, Birmingham, where he studied for the BA, followed by an MA in theology under Professor Frances Young, for which he was awarded the departmental prize for an MA by research. In addition to circuit appointments in the West Midlands, Liverpool and St. Albans, he worked for three years part-time on the 'Theology for All' project for the Division of Ministries (1983-86), was appointed Director of the Open Learning Centre (1987-99) and Director of the Wesley Study Centre, Durham (1999-2010). In Durham he completed a Doctorate in Education (2002) and in 2010-11 was the William Leech Research Fellow at Durham University. He was stationed as Chair of the West Yorkshire (since 2017 Yorkshire West) District in 2011. He is married to Marion, whom he met at Newcastle.

His publications include: Learning for Ministry: Making the Most of Study and Training (2005) (with Steve Croft), The Reflective Disciple (2009), Disciples Together: Discipleship, Mission and Sml Groups" (2014).

  • Methodist Recorder, 24 June 2016