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Our Ministers

Rev Dr David M. Chapman

Rev David Chapman

It is my privilege to serve as minister at Haywards Heath Methodist Church and as Methodist Superintendent and co-leader of the Central Sussex United Area. Previously, I served in the Wimbledon Circuit and most recently in the Dorking and Horsham Circuit, where I was also secretary of the London South-West District Synod for five years. My initial ministerial training was at Wesley House and Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge, where I studied theology for four years.

I am married to Sue, who teaches full-time at a large primary school in West Sussex where she also has management responsibilities. We have three children, Alexander, Sophie and Abigail, who are at various stages in higher and secondary education. After living in the centre of Cambridge and then in the London Borough of Merton, we greatly enjoy living in rural Sussex within easy reach of London and the South coast.

My main research interest is in ecclesiology or the doctrine of the Church. I serve on the Faith and Order Network of the Methodist Church and represent Methodism nationally and internationally in ecumenical dialogues with partner churches.

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 Rev Peter Rayson

Rev P Rayson

Although a South London boy by birth and reasonably well travelled, Sussex is a part of the country I knew little about until the Stationing Committee decided to send me here.

It has been a steep but enjoyable learning curve and I can say with confidence that the area is very different in character to Northamptonshire, which is where I was living previously.

During my initial training, I studied theology at Wesley House in Cambridge for two years and prior to that I had a career in Electronic Engineering, for which I studied at the University of Birmingham.

My wife Margaret has taken the opportunity for a career change by turning her hobby into her job and she is now working in the new crafts department at Garden Pride in Ditchling. We have one daughter, Robyn, who like many young people these days is living back with her parents. She too is enjoying exploring a new part of the country as well as the excitement of training her new puppy, Scooby.

As well as assisting David here at Haywards Heath, I am also responsible for Burgess Hill and Hurstpierpoint Methodist Churches. I am also working on the completion of my Master’s degree in Pastoral Theology which is providing me with a good balance between intellectual challenge and the practical skills I need to develop my ministry.


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