Deacon Mel Beaven

Job TitleMethodist Diaconal Tutor (Centre for Ministerial Formation)
Emailbeavenm@queens.ac.uk

 

Originally from Hamburg in Germany and with roots in the Lutheran Church, I came to Halifax, West Yorkshire in 2004. I worked mainly in recruitment, banking, and the IT industry before I became a lay worker in the Methodist Church and eventually candidated for ordained diaconal ministry.

In circuit ministry, I had the privilege to work with families and communities helping them to encounter God in everyday life. I supported churches with the identification and development of new mission and outreach opportunities. As secretary of a Churches Together Group, I got actively involved in many ecumenical projects – an aspect of my ministry that I very much enjoyed. I was also a foundation governor of a small rural CoE primary school. Together with the RE teacher and a local artist, and with the generous financial support of the Methodist District in Cumbria, we developed an art project with the children where they could express their understanding of the school’s values. Another fulfilling aspect of my ministry was being chaplain to the Fire & Rescue Services during some challenging times in Cumbria.

Qualifications
MA in Consultancy for Mission and Ministry (York St John)

Certificate of Higher Education in Theology & Religious Studies (York St John)

Professional Certificate in Management (OU)

Equivalent of HND in Psychological Counselling (Germany)

Equivalent of DipHE Sociology (Germany)

Roles at Queens
I am involved in teaching practical Mission & Evangelism and Pastoral Theology. Together with Deacon Julie Hudson, I deliver seminars for our Methodist Student Deacons. As part of their formational training, all our ministerial students go on a summer placement, and it is part of my responsibilities to match Methodist students with suitable placement opportunities. I teach Leadership in Social Justice and co-ordinate Queen’s efforts to get involved in local and national campaigns and actions for Social Justice.
Exertenal roles and responsibilities
As a deacon, I am a member of the Methodist Diaconal Order. I have served as Area Group secretary in Cumbria, a small group of ecumenical deacons (including CoE and a Roman Catholic deacon). Connexionally, I am part of the NPNP Guiding Team and the Nomination of District Chairs Panel.
Research interests and supervision
In my PhD research, I am exploring the training and education of deacons by comparing the training pathways of the German Lutheran Church in Baden and the Methodist Diaconal Order in Britain. Especially interesting for me is investigating in what way these training pathways further diakonia and the serving ministry of the whole Church in an ever-changing world.

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