Rev. Dr. John Barrett elected
Chairman of the World Methodist Council
At a council meeting in Seoul
preceding the 19th World Methodist Conference in July this year,
the Principal of ACS (International) Rev Dr John Barrett was voted
unopposed for a five-year term as the Chairman of the World
Thanking council members for
the opportunity to serve the world body, Rev Dr Barrett said there
was a growing sense of expectation and “real concern” among them
to “meet on world issues and move forward together”.
An ordained minister of the
British Methodist Church, Rev Dr Barrett was the Vice-Chairman of
the previous council and served as the Programme Chairman for the
17th World Conference in Rio de Janeiro in 1996. He graduated with
a B.A. (Hons) Economics from Newcastle University and an M.A.
Theology from Cambridge University, and has many years of
experience in teaching the General Certificate of Secondary
Education as well as working with students of many nationalities.
For 14 years until 2004, he was Headmaster of the prestigious Leys
School in Cambridge, England, a Methodist private school founded
in 1875 by the Wesleyan Methodist Conference. On retirement, he
came to Singapore in January 2005 to become the founding principal
of ACS (International).
Dr Robert Solomon of the Methodist Church in Singapore was one of
the keynote speakers at the conference - the first Singaporean
ever to give a keynote address at the World Methodist Conference.
His address, “Reconciliation Among The Nations” received a
standing ovation and a string of compliments from the organizing
committee and conference leaders.
The World Methodist Conference meets once every five years. This
year’s conference in Seoul attracted about 2,500 participants from
132 countries. The theme was “God in Christ Reconciling”, and
Korean Methodists invited fellow Methodists from all over the
world to join them in praying for the reunification of the Korean
peninsula and for peace and stability in their country.