We have a strong team of ministers in the circuit, each with a broad range of experience. The team is led by Superintendent Reverend MacBean.
Rev Duncan Macbean (Superintendent)
Duncan is the minister with pastoral responsibility for Bromley, Chislehurst, Mottingham and New Eltham. He was born in South Africa and lived there until he and his family emigrated to the UK in 2003. He worked as a Management Trainer before entering ministry within the Methodist Church with his wife, Laura, in 1996.
He trained as a Probationer Minister from 2000. After moving to the UK, Duncan worked in Lincoln North, Epworth and Crowle, and Scunthorpe. Never having lived in London before, he and his family are looking forward to the diversity of hobbies and cultural events available on the doorstep. Spare time is split between time with my sons and a daughter, and nursing an old motorbike to its next destination.
Rev Robert Selvakumar
We are looking forward to welcoming Robert to the Circuit in Sept 2022.
1 Thessalonians 5:24 (NRSV)
“The one who calls you is faithful, and he will do this.”
Robert has been appointed as the minister with pastoral responsibility for Orpington, Petts Wood, and Chelsfield, and he will start his ministry on September 1st 2022.
He is an Indian Malaysian, and his wife Elaine is a Chinese Malaysian. They are blessed with a daughter, Shannon, who is a mix of Indian & Chinese Malaysian. Thus, they have a rich cultural-mix, and they speak several languages between them. However, most importantly, they have a deep appreciation for all cultures and people-groups, who are created by God.
Robert was born in a Christian family, he attended the Methodist Church from his childhood. As such, the Methodist Church was instrumental in teaching him about God and the scriptures. It was there that he learnt about serving God in various roles, after having received Christ as his Lord and Saviour, in his early teens. Thus, the ministries of the church enabled him to recognize God’s call upon his life, for the full-time pastoral ministry. In obedience to His call, right after high-school, he left home to equip himself in theological education. He has been a student of theology ever since then!
Robert’s pastoral ministry started in 1997, after graduating from the Seminary, in Malaysia. Later, he was also blessed with the opportunity to do his further studies at the Perkins School of Theology at the Southern Methodist University USA. Subsequently, he served in the Great Plains Conference of the United Methodist Church (in Kansas and Colorado), for a good number of years. He joyfully admits that life in the ministry has been a meaningful journey of faith and trust in God. He is very much looking forward to worshiping with the members of the church, and also engaging with them in ministry and mission.
Colin is the interim mederator over Emmanuel URC Methodist Church in Sidcup.
Deacon Maureen Spinks
I came to discover Jesus through the Girl’s Brigade in a New Town church plant. I learned hands on ministry through a self run youth group focused on discipleship. At 35 my call to ministry led me into the Methodist Diaconal Order. I trained in Manchester and have served in appointments in Wakefield, Swindon, Gloucester, Northampton and North Fylde before finding myself here in Orpington.
My passions are for helping churches become accessible to those who have no background or experience of them and creating church communities that will work well in the 21st Century, helping people discover and share their God given gifts and recognise and develop their ministry in the world.
My own journey of discipleship and service is enriched and developed by learning from and sharing with everyone I meet.