Rev Will Fletcher MA

Will Fletcher

I come to Haywards Heath after spending 5 happy years in Sheffield where I was minister of the Beacon Methodist Church and Knowle Top Chapel in the west of the city. However, having been born and growing up in north Hampshire and West Berkshire I’m glad to be moving back down south – especially before the snow comes! During my time in Sheffield I married Helen although we had met a number of years earlier at university.

Prior to ministry I worked for 4 years as a youth and children’s worker in a Baptist church in north Essex; and then for 5 years co-ordinating a charity that worked with children and young people in West Berkshire who had a physical disability or sensory impairment. Following that role I went to Wesley House, Cambridge to train for the ministry, although my studies also included a year studying at Candler School of Theology in Atlanta, Georgia in the USA.

One of my passions of ministry is walking alongside people in their journeys of life and faith. It is a privilege to join with people through the highs and lows of life. I find those key moments – baptisms, weddings and funerals – along with the ongoing rhythms of worship and celebrating Holy Communion to be so important for our lives. I also enjoy working and learning from people of other traditions and faiths and am committed to building bridges between various branches of the Christian family.

Outside of ministry I play tuba and have been playing for Deepcar Brass Band whilst in Sheffield. I also support Harlequins Rugby club; as well as Leyton Orient and Tottenham Hotspur Football clubs. I’m discovering enjoyment in gardening, although still have little idea as to what I’m doing! 

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! 

Antony Bartlett -  Youth and Families Worker

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I am so excited to be here as part of Haywards Heath Methodist Church. I have been working with young people and families for the past 7 years whether that's in a youth group, through church or in my roles working in schools, so to be able to bring some of my ideas to this church will be such a joy for me. 

I am a huge music fan so in my spare time I spend a lot of time listening & playing to all sorts, but
as well as that I love Basketball, Reading and going to the Cinema/Theatre! 
I am always willing to work alongside others so, please, any ideas or thoughts which you have for the youth and families work going into the future, let me know! I will happily sit down and have a
chat, whether it is about my role, about myself or just something completely different.
I am a very enthusiastic person and always willing to try out new things so keep an eye out for new events in the future, come and join us, see what we do!

Rev Irena Byron (Superintendent of The Methodist Circuit and Co-Leader of the Central Sussex United Area)

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 of faith is a new opportunity to discover more of God’s love and work in building the Kingdom, and I have enjoyed the new challenge of "stepping" into the work of CSUA.

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 three boys, 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.

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