Peter Timms, an 80 year old minister, complained about maladministration and nepotism in his district. Mr Chris Kitchin, lead member of the complaints panel, breached standing orders and breached the Church’s commitment to the Human Rights Act, by sending Timms a false confession to sign. Although Timms was the complainant, he was placed under covert surveillance.

Timms protested. There was a local outcry – and the story became common knowledge in Methodist Circles.

A disciplinary panel was set up. The leader of this panel, Mr Graham Danbury, was a friend and close colleague of Mr Kitchin in the St. Albans district. This again breached Timms’ human rights.

Timms was removed from the ministry.

A special Conference Inquiry recommended that he be re-instated.

In 2021 their recommendations were dismissed at Conference in private session.

This precedent means that the Methodist Church does not adhere to the Human Rights Act, as it is committed to do. SEE

THE EVIDENCE: (Click on the links below)

The false confession:

The sex scandal that began it all:

The Church and the Human Rights Act:

Injustice in the Disciplinary panel:

Peace attempts:

The “grey ghosts” who condemned Timms:

See the film about the case: