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about the district

The Methodist Church in Great Britain covers from the Shetlands to the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands as well as the British mainland - and also Gibraltar and Malta.


The Plymouth and Exeter District is one of thirty-one districts and covers almost all of the county of Devon and about a third of Somerset, as well as small areas of Dorset and Cornwall.


The District is made up of 230 churches in 17 circuits, with a total of around eight and a half thousand members and a wider community of about twenty thousand people. The area we cover stretches from Bude in Cornwall to the Huntspill River in Somerset on the north coast and from Lyme Regis to Torpoint on the south coast - and everything in between.


We are part of Churches Together in Devon, Somerset Churches Together and Churches Together in Cornwall. We work in partnership with other Christians throughout the area.

The role of the District can be described as:

The Plymouth and Exeter District exists to support and encourage local circuits and churches to be missional communities blessing the people among whom they live.  

We also are involved in...

... Enabling
... Serving
... Offering
... Supporting
... Consulting
  • District Chair: Rev Graham Thompson 
  • Synod Secretary: Mr David Clitheroe
  • Assistant Synod Secretary: Mr Ron Jordan
  • Evangelism Enabler: Mrs Jo Simpson
  • Safeguarding: Mrs Christine Slaney
  • Agricultural Chaplain: Mr Andrew Jerrard
  • Support Officer: Mrs Mary-Ann Martin 
  • All We Can: Revd Beth McDowell
  • Action for Children: Mrs Marjorie Ashley
  • Church Membership Officer: Mrs Marjorie Ashley
  • District Archivist: Mr Roger Thorne
  • Ecumenical Officers: Vacancy (Devon), Mrs Glenys Allinson (Somerset)
  • Equality and Diversity (Disabilities): Revd Verity Phillips
  • Grants Officer: Revd Andrew Vidamour
  • Impairment: Revd Paul Collings
  • Inter-Faith: Vacancy
  • Lay Employment: Mr Malcolm Pillar
  • Local Preachers' Officer: Mrs Sue Bolt
  • Local Preachers' Tutor: c/o DMLN
  • Manses in the District: Mrs Sheila Hadley
  • Manse (Chairman's) Trustees: Ms Jane Allin (sec)
  • Methodist Homes Officer: tbc
  • Methodist Women in Britain: Mrs Diana Smart
  • Probationers Secretary: Revd Robert Hurley
  • Property Secretary: Revd Denys Bament
  • Rural Officer: Revd Philip Wagstaff
  • Sabbaticals: Revd Robert Manning
  • Safeguarding Independent Chair: Mr Reg Marriott
  • Schools Officer: Mr Rob Benzie
  • Treasurer: Mrs Rachel Mitchell
  • Vocations - Candidates: Revd Mike Parsons
  • Webmaster: Mr Andrew Stead
  • World Development: Vacant
  • Chairman of District: Revd Graham Thompson
  • Deputy Chairs: Revd Stuart Innalls, Revd Simon Leigh
  • Secretary: Dr John Prebble
  • Synod Secretary: Mr David Clitheroe
  • Assistant Synod Secretary: Mr Ron Jordan
  • District Treasurer: Mrs Rachel Mitchell
  • Ecumenical Officers: (Devon), Mrs Glenys Allinson (Somerset)
  • Rural Officer: Rev Philip Wagstaff
  • Property Secretary: Revd Denys Bament
  • Lay Stationing Representative: Mrs Mary McNaughton
  • Methodist Council: Mrs Carolyn Lawrence
  • World Church: Mr Howard Franklin
  • Local Preachers' Secretary: Miss Sue Bolt
  • District Grants Convenor: Revd Andrew Vidamour