REVD Helen Cameron became Moderator of the Free Churches in April 2022.
She is also President of Churches Together in England.
Who is the moderator of the Free Churches, the Reverend Helen Cameron?
Helen was born in North Yorkshire and both her parents were local Methodist preachers.
She trained as a physiotherapist in Edinburgh with a specialization in stroke rehabilitation and while working in York she was a candidate for ordained ministry.
His first ministerial appointment was at Longbridge and Frankley.
Frankley Church was a local ecumenical partnership with local churches working together.
From 2015 to 2017, she served as associate secretary of the Methodist Conference.
The Methodist priest is Northampton District Chairman and from September 2022 will also be Nottingham & Derby District Chairman
Helen spent many years in ministerial training as a staff member of the Queen’s Foundation.
Helen took over as Moderator of Free Churches on April 1, 2022, taking over the post from Reverend Dr Hugh Osgood who had held the position since 2014.
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The Free Churches Group is made up of 26 denominations which “seek to promote faithful Christian witness in the public square”, according to its website.
It was founded in the 19th century when a number of congregations split from the Church of England.
The 26 member denominations are: Methodist Church, Baptist Union of Great Britain, United Reformed Church, Salvation Army, Assemblies of God, Congregational Federation, Baptist Union of Wales, Christ Apostolic Church, Church of God of Prophecy, Church of the Nazarene, Churches in International Communities, Council of African and Caribbean Churches UK, Countess of Huntingdon’s Connexion, Fellowship of Churches of Christ, Free Church of England, Free Methodist Church, Independent Methodist Churches, Joint Council of Churches for All Nations, Moravian Church, New Testament Assembly, Church of God of the New Testament, the Old Baptist Union, the Order of St. Leonard, the Presbyterian Church of Wales, the Welsh Independents’ Union and the Wesleyan Reform Union.
The idea is to use local churches to foster social cohesion in communities.
The FCG is “committed to issues of good governance for all, care for the poor, issues of social justice and the insistence that quieter voices must be heard and not ignored”, according to the Methodist website.
As a moderator, Helen is also one of the chairs of Churches Together in England, maintaining links with a number of other key organisations.
What is the role of the Moderator of the Free Churches?
Reverend Helen Cameron is the 61st Moderator of the Free Churches.
The church moderator fulfills a neutral role when presiding over regular and special business meetings.
The moderator will strive to establish a common voice for the group and be the focal point of its public presence by helping to maintain and strengthen ties with other key organizations, not only religious, but also with groups such as Prisoners Abroad.