Rev Irena Byron
Rev Irena Byron






Here I am! Always amazed that God calls me to unexpected places and looking forward to the work at CSUA. Every new step along the road is a new opportunity to discover more of God’s love and work in building the Kingdom.

I am privileged to be called to serve God in Sussex, particularly that, as Superintendent Minister, I travel across the county enjoying wonderful scenery and meeting so many of God’s amazing people.

Life before ordained ministry included teaching, community work, parenting, secretary/administrator, urban and rural living, working with families, children/youth, elderly. God has used and put aside a life-time of experiences and I am excited to discover what He has in store for me in Sussex.

I am the proud parent to three sons, grandparent to three girls and a boy, originated in Oxfordshire but have moved many times and have made our home in many places across the country from Bristol to Boston, Lincs., including living for 9 years in Zimbabwe.

I love to garden, walk with my lovely springer Bonnie, read, cook and sing.

I prioritise enabling people to explore their own faith and how to make the most of ‘church’ as a place of fellowship, worship and learning, and I look for opportunities to make ‘church’ relevant in today’s society. I like to explore different styles of worship, I don’t mind how we do it, just do it! We need to worship, pray and study God’s Word together, and on our own, in order to grow as disciples.

Deacon Bryanell Rop
Deacon Bryanell Rop

I am so excited and honored to be serving as the Diaconal Minister for Haywards Heath Methodist Church! This is a fun, family friendly community ready to welcome in new faces.

I am originally from the States, most recently Arizona, and now find myself at home here in West Sussex. It has been a bit of a transition from the dry desert heat to the cooler and rainier atmosphere of the UK, but I love it!

I’ve been working in churches since the age of 15 in a number of different roles. I love the Methodist Church for its ability to welcome people who have questions; about God, the world, and people. As a result, there’s not just one way to be a Christian in the Methodist Church, there are lots of ways. It is because this and many other reasons that I became a diaconal minister.

I have served as a youth leader, children’s teacher, worship leader, and local pastor in different areas around the States. I look forward to bringing all that I have learned from those experiences to my ministry here where I hope to be an effective pastoral presence building bridges between the community and the church!

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