Rev Helen Garton BA, MPhil

Helen GartonHelen first worked as a Methodist Minister in North West London but after she met her wife, Sally, she chose to do secular work.  During the last 30 years she has gained immense and varied experience: leading worship, building up a reputation as a writer, producing worship resources for Bible charity Roots, Christian Aid, One World Week and Racial Justice Sunday.  Helen worked for Christian Aid in the Churches Team and then as a member of the Mission Team at URC Church House in London including Traidcraft and Commitment for Life, the URC’s world development programme.

Before going to Westminster College in Cambridge, to retrain for URC ministry, Helen worshipped at Bethnal Green Meeting House and Stepney Meeting House. She is a proud ecumenist and has close links with the Anglican Society of St Francis.

She has also been an advocate for interfaith dialogue, having grown up in Wembley with friends of many faiths, an interest she pursued at Cardiff University with a degree in Religious Studies and an MPhil in interfaith dialogue. Her first ‘proper’ job was as an Overseas Student Worker for the Anglican, Methodist and URC Chaplaincy before she began work for the World Congress of Faiths, the world’s first interfaith organisation. 

Her other passions include the theology of the Holy Land, peace and social justice, LGBT rights and music, from classical to David Bowie, Bob Dylan and Bob Marley.