Leadership Team

Revd Sue Shortman (she/her)

Sue Shortman is the Methodist presbyter with pastoral oversight of The Church at Carrs Lane and two other churches in the Birmingham Methodist Circuit. She joined the team on 1 September 2022.

Contact details:


0121 744 6175

Photo of Reverend Sue Shortman, one of the ministers at the Church at Carrs Lane
Sue Shortman (she/her)
Revd Elaine Hutchinson (she/her)

Elaine was inducted at The Church at Carrs Lane on 28 September 2020, having already been based at Carrs Lane for her role as Retail Chaplain in Birmingham City Centre. She joined the team of ministers, adding some church responsibilities (leadership, preaching) to her ministry as retain chaplain.

Contact details


0121 643 6151

Elaine Hutchinson (she/her)

The church’s leadership team is called the Eldership. With the ministers, elders are trustees with responsibility for the Local Ecumenical Project. There are up to ten elders who are responsible for ensuring the fulfilment of the agreed guiding principles. They also have pastoral oversight of the whole life of the church.

Elders are called by fellow church members to serve on the Eldership. This happens through a process of nomination and authorisation by the Church Meeting. The period of service is three years, but with the possibility of immediate re-election for one further period of up to three years. On completion of their period of service, retiring elders are not eligible for re-election for one year. Their Call is recognised through promise-making and commissioning in worship.

You can contact the elders/trustees by email via clerk@carrslane.co.uk

Tel: 0121 643 6151

Serving Elders (2022)

Carrie Ambler, Elizabeth Cummings, Peter Cummings, Taiwo Makanjuola, Michael Richer,  Martin Stokes, Christine Tudor Jones (Church Safeguarding Officer), Peter Woodall (Treasurer).

The Elders’ Meeting has established committees with appropriate delegated authority which include:

  • Finance Committee
  • Worship Consultation
  • Property Oversight
  • Property Mission Group
  • Publicity Group
  • Pastoral Visitors’ Network