Who’s Who

Revd Malcolm Oliver – Minister of Stockland Green, Witton & Erdington Methodist Churches; Daytime Phone Number 079572452208 malcolmoliver54 at gmail.com;
Usual day off: Monday
Malcolm came to Birmingham as our minister on 1st September 2016. Malcolm has two grown-up children and twin daughters who attend a local infant school. He is married to Gina who is a nurse.
Malcolm and his family have recently been in Mozambique for three years as mission partners. Malcolm trained for the Methodist Ministry at Wesley College in Bristol and was ordained in Zambia. He enjoys spending time with family, do it yourself and hill walking.
In the new shared Circuit Superintendency, Revd Malcolm is the Superintendency Co-Ordinator.

Revd Alan Smithson – Alan has pastoral responsibility for South Parade and Streetly Methodist Churches in the suburban and rural cluster of the circuit.
Alan has been a presbyteral minister in the Methodist Church for nearly 25 years and has served in County Durham and Cheshire before coming to the Midlands.
Prior to entering the ministry Alan worked in the field of industrial research in the glass industry.
Within the life of the church Alan has a keen interest in the relationship between science and theology, his latest sabbatical study was on the challenge of Artificial Intelligence to Theology, and for people to deepen their faith in the Christian life.
Alan is married with three grown up children and one small dog. When not involved in the life of the church Alan can be found walking said small dog in Sutton Park, tackling the weeds in the garden and trying out new recipes on his unsuspecting family (He is still a chemist at heart!).

Deacon Marilyn Slowe – I am originally from Sierra Leone and keep a strong link with my home church of St John’s Maroons, Freetown. I started serving as an ordained minister in 2012 after training at Queen’s Foundation in Birmingham. Prior to which I had worked in various secular / Christian settings both paid and voluntary. I have served the Methodist Church in many capacities including Circuit Steward and Circuit Treasurer in the Tower Hamlet Circuit in London.
I am a full member of the Methodist Diaconal Order and live by a rule of life which gives rhythm to my day and my prayer life.   My spirituality informs my actions of hospitality that sustains my being and doing.
I have always been passionate about Women and lay empowerment and matters of justice, inclusion and equality. I am currently serving as Vice-President of Birmingham MWiB.
I help God’s people reach their full potential and enjoy the abundant life that Christ promised regardless of their journey. 
To contact Deacon Marilyn email: deaconmarilyn at yahoo.co.uk  OR on 0121-351-7756.

Revd Stephen Froggatt – Stephen Froggatt joined the Sutton Park Circuit in September 2017 after completing his initial station in the Warrington area. He came into Methodist Ministry after a 20-year career as a Maths teacher in the South-East of England, which led to theological training at the Wesley Study Centre in Durham. He is married to Kathleen with one young daughter.
 In this Circuit Stephen has pastoral charge with Deacon Marilyn Slowe at Blackwood Road and Four Oaks Methodist Churches, and also has pastoral charge at Kingsbury and Nechells. He loves preaching about God’s grace and encouraging congregations to dig deeply into their Bibles.
 In his spare time Stephen plays the piano, sings, cooks, reads, plays chess and sketches out solutions to A-Level Maths questions on the back of old sermon notes.

Deacon Rachel Thomas-Prasad joined the Circuit in September 2019.

Revd Emily Young joined the Circuit in September 2020.

Revd Dr Jimmy Dube joined the Circuit in September 2020. He is a Zimbabwean contextual theologian who currently serves in circuit ministry at Sutton Park Circuit, Birmingham UK. In addition to that role , he serves as the National Chaplain for the Methodist Church  Zimbabwe Fellowship. Previously he served as the General Secretary/ Conference Secretary of the Methodist Church Zimbabwe, a position he held for the last 5 years. Dube has spent many years in the academy having taught for 14 years at the United Theological College, an ecumenical institute for ministerial formation and training for the mainline denominations in Zimbabwe. Jimmy studied in Zimbabwe and the USA where did his graduate studies at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia and at Drew University in New Jersey. His main theological thrust is more on the intersection between religion and politics, human rights and justice.