Church elects new President and Vice-President designate
04 July 2012
The Revd Ruth Gee has been elected President Designate of the
Methodist Conference for 2013-2014 and Dr Daleep Mukarji has been
elected Vice-President Designate. The results of the elections were
announced today at the annual Methodist Conference, meeting this
week in Plymouth.
Revd Ruth Gee is the Chair of the Darlington Methodist District,
and represents the Church on Churches Together in England, the Free
Churches Group and the Joint Implementation Commission, which
supports the Anglican Methodist Covenant. She is passionate about
sharing the Gospel and enabling people to grow in their
discipleship. She lives in Darlington, with her husband Robert, who
is a Methodist minister. Ruth has two grown-up children: Andrew and
"It's an enormous privilege and very humbling to be elected",
Ruth said. "I am looking forward very much to serving alongside
Daleep. I believe that there is a need for us as Christian
disciples to raise our eyes beyond ourselves to see glimpses
of God's glory. We are called to walk so closely with Christ that
we can instinctively recognise him at work in the world and be
challenged and inspired by that."
Dr Daleep Mukarji OBE was born and raised in India, where he
trained as a medical doctor. He recently retired as director of
Christian Aid. Daleep lives in North Finchley, London, with
his wife Azra, where they attend Muswell Hill Methodist Church.
They have three grown-up children. He is passionate about
international development, ecumenism and the Gospel.
"I am overwhelmed and very humbled to have been elected
Vice-President of the Methodist Conference," said Daleep. "It
is a huge privilege and a great challenge and opportunity, and one
has to prepare spiritually and personally to make the most of it. I
am passionately committed to the Methodist Church and am very
excited about this possibility. I believe the Church has so much
potential to reach out to people here and overseas; it needs to be
spiritually alive and socially relevant - that is the part of the
Church that I want to be associated with."
Ruth and Daleep will be inducted as the first item of business at
the 2013 Methodist Conference, which will take place at Methodist
Central Hall in Westminster, London, 4-11 July.
Hi-res photos are available to download: Ruth