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 Lincolnshire District from East Central team is Gill Thomas.  You can find her details below.


Jane Bingham | Learning and Development Coordinator

Jane is the Learning & Development Coordinator for the East Central region.  Jane has experience in training and development in the public and private sectors including the worlds of banking, outsourced customer service, power generation, the NHS and the civil service.  In addition to co-ordinating the region, her main areas of work are Supervision, Creative Worship, Growing through Conflict, and Candidating support.

Contact Jane  |  [email protected]  |  07799 900487

Gill Thomas | Learning & Development Officer

Gill is a Learning & Development Officer for the East Central region, aligned with the Lincolnshire District.  Gill has worked for the Statutory and Charity Youth 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, Digital and Social Media work and supporting Michael in Worship: Leading and Preaching Work.

Contact Gill |  [email protected]  |  07799 902581

Nigel Pimlott | Learning & Development Officer

Nigel is a Learning & Development Officer for the East Central region, 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, Safeguarding and Church/Circuit visioning.

Contact Nigel  |  [email protected]  |  07799 900468


Michael Wadsworth | Learning & Development Officer

Michael is a Learning & Development Officer, aligned with the Northampton District.  He has a passion for teaching, biblical studies and theological reflection and particularly loves to help people to read the Bible with greater confidence and expectancy.  Michael’s main areas of work are Biblical Literacy, Bible Month and co-ordinating Worship: Leading and Preaching work in the region.

Contact Michael  |  [email protected]  |  07791 036801



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