Eastern Region Learning Network




The role of the Learning Network is to equip and resource the Methodist Church through a wide range of contextually relevant learning and development opportunities – and by sharing responsibility with others within the Connexional Team and key stakeholders within the districts, circuits and churches.

The work of the Learning Network is developed from what comes out of the Conference and from what comes up from the grassroots of the regions. It works together connexionally on national projects -such as 3Generate – and in regional teams by delivering regional learning and development events.

Priorities for learning and development are established through regional Learning & Development Forums. The aim of each Learning & Development Forum is to support circuits in being places of lifelong learning and sharing so as to encourage and inspire Methodist people in all aspects of Our Calling. This includes worship, learning & caring, service and evangelism in response to God’s love. This enables us to live out our discipleship so that the love of God can be made known.

The Learning Network comprises of 11 Learning Network regions. Each region has a regional coordinator and a team of Learning & Development Officers with a variety of specialist skills, each of whom works across the region and wider network but who are also aligned to a District. The aligned officer for the Northampton District is Michael Wadsworth.  You can find his details below.



Dave Friswell | Learning & Development Coordinator

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Dave is the Learning & Development Coordinator for the Eastern region. He has a background in training, and developing support for overseas mission, and was formally Head of the World Church Relationships Team. He is keen to see churches with grow a heart for mission and to develop both in their buildings and out in the wider community. He spends his spare time in his garage restoring and tinkering with his old cars. 

contact Dave friswelld@methodistchurch.org.uk 
07799 902570 


Michael Wadsworth | Learning & Development Officer

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Michael is our aligned officer. He has a passion for biblical studies and theological reflection and loves to help people read the Bible with greater confidence and expectancy. You may want to ask him about the Theological Book Club he runs for our district. He lives in Derby and worships as part of a small, experimental church plant. In his spare time he tutors for King's School of Theology and blogs at www.theologicallychallenged.co.uk.

contact Michael wadsworthm@methodistchurch.org.uk
07791 036801


Ann Howlett-Foster | Learning & Development Officer

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Ann loves to engage in creative and positive conversations with individuals and groups to find ways forward. Ann works part time, and is also a freelance facilitator and graphic recorder.  When not working she enjoys singing and making silver stuff.

contact Ann howlett-fostera@methodistchurch.org.uk
07799 900481


Gillian Thomas | Learning & Development Officer

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Gill is aligned with the Lincolnshire District. She has worked for the statutory and charity sectors in various parts of England and her passions lie in social justice and equipping people to be the change in their world. Her main areas of work are children and family ministry, youth work, lay workers support and 3Generate.

contact Gillian thomasg@methodistchurch.org.uk
07799 902581 


Nigel Pimlott | Learning & Development Officer

Nigel is aligned with the Nottingham & Derby District. As a trainer, thinker, strategist and coach he has a passion for mission, innovation, creativity and helping people make a difference in the world. Nigel’s main areas of work are pioneer ministry, evangelism and church/circuit visioning.

contact Nigel pimlottn@methodistchurch.org.uk
07799 900468

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