Sean is the Superintendent Minister of the fifteen present Methodist Churches in this part of the country. The newly created Derbyshire North East Circuit came into being in September 2020. As well as being the overall leader for the Methodist Church's life and work in this part of the country, he has particular responsibility for our work in the Bolsover, Hillstown and Duckmanton part of the Circuit. Beyond the Circuit, Sean serves the Sheffield District on the District Leading Team, as a tutor for new Local Preachers in training, and cares for the Under 10 years in ministry group. He also acts as a Supervisor for ministerial colleagues in the District.
With a passion for discipleship, Sean loves to invest in life-long learning and nurturing others in ministry. Before coming to work in this part of the country, Sean worked previously as Acting Director and Director of Vocational Learning at the York Institute for Community Theology at York St. John University where he had the responsibility for lay and ordained formation in ministry. He served the Methodist Church in Britain on the Rotherham & Dearne Valley Circuit for sixteen years. Before that, he served in the Methodist Church in Ireland in rural West Tyrone after training at Edgehill College in Belfast. He holds a Bachelor of Divinity, a Postgraduate Diploma in Consultancy, Mission & Ministry, a Postgraduate Certificate in Theology & Ministry, and most recently, a Master of Arts in Mission. In September 2024 he will be stepping down from being our Superintendent and has been given the permission of the Methodist Church to engage in Doctoral studies where he wants to focus on the future of leadership and ministry development.
Sean lives in Bolsover with his wife Alison who is the Deputy CEO for the Diocese of Sheffield Academy Trust. Their two daughters and son-in-law live near them in Bolsover and Sean describes being 'Gaga' to Theodore, his two and a half year old grandson as the best job he's ever had. Outside of ministry Sean has a love of cinema-going, reading, walking, retail therapy and eating out.