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The Reverend Dr Martyn Atkins

Martyn has been General Secretary of the Methodist Church of Great Britain since 2008.

Prior to that, he was the President of the Methodist Conference: an annual elected appointment in the Church. Martyn is the first person to have held both posts.

As General Secretary, Martyn leads the ‘central staff’ of the Church (though some are dispersed around the UK and islands). Known as the ‘Connexional team’, this is a group of some 170 people. He is assisted by a small team of senior central staff together with regional church leaders (e.g. those who occupy roles other Churches call Bishops, though the Methodist Church in Britain does not have Bishops as such). Together with others, Martyn is responsible for formulating and advocating the vision, mission, unity and strategy of the Methodist Church in such a way that a clear direction of travel is presented to a diverse, formal and largely voluntary body at local, regional and national levels.

A Methodist ordained Presbyter since the age of 26, Martyn was a local minister of religion for 10 years and Head of Religious Studies and Chaplain of a Methodist School for five years. From 1996 to 2004, he was Head of Postgraduate Studies at a Methodist training institution, teaching, among other things, programmes on leadership and consultancy in the context of religious and charity environments. From 2004 to 2008, he was Principal of the institution, a validated institution of the University of Manchester.

Martyn is the author of several books on a variety of Church related topics, including missiology (though his PhD, many years ago, was in liturgical theology).

In his spare time, he is an avid vinyl collector, poor musician, supporter of Leeds United Football Club, an avid cricket watcher (now he can no longer play) and a passionate reader. He is married with three grown boys.