We do what we do because our Christian faith inspires us to address poverty and injustice. We welcome anyone who shares this vision of a better world to join with us; people of all faiths and none.  

There are a number of ways you can get involved.


Members of the Methodist Church in Ireland are directed to give 1% of their income (post-tax) to WDR. This level of giving continues to be an aspiration. WDR was established in1970. 

We believe that genuine and long-term partnership is the best way to achieve effective community development. We consider partners to include the WDR Committee, people in the organisations implementing plans on the ground, supporters, volunteers and local people who contribute skills, knowledge and time to transform their own communities. Other relevant bodies, such as local authorities, and individuals may also be involved. 

Effective and mutually beneficial partnerships are built upon trust, transparency, accountability and friendship. This relational approach speaks of our Christian values. 

We seek to be effective by following good development practice whilst retaining our Methodist values and motivation.

We endeavour to do work that is: 

  • Long-term and sustainable
  • Driven by and empowering for local people
  • Transforming for whole communities
  • Tackling the root causes of poverty and injustice
  • Innovative when necessary

    The pie chart shows spending in 2017/18.
  • 80% on long-term development
  • 9%  on emergency relief
  • 6% on fundraising and education
  • 5% on governance 

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That every person’s God-given potential will be fulfilled.

We see WDR as an expression of our Christian values as Methodists; faith, justice, compassion, equality and solidarity.

Our main focus with our partners is long-term development. Appeals are sometimes made during emergencies when funds are channelled through appropriate partners or sister agencies in order to provide short-term relief.



Rev. David Nixon

Mr Tim Dunwoody

Tim Dunwoody

Miss Laura Burtney

Laura Kerr

Rev. David Nixon serves as Convener for WDR. Mr. Tim Dunwoody is the World Development Officer for the Methodist Church in Ireland. Laura Kerr is responsible for Communications and Administration.


  • Rev. David Nixon - Convener

  • Mrs. Beth Hand - Secretary

  • Mr. Ivan Kirkpatrick

  • Rev. Dr. John Parkin

  • Ms. Pat Jamison

  • Mrs. Wendy Losty

  • Mr. Anton Scheele

  • Mr. Patrick Mercer

  • Rev. Dr. Laurence Graham

  • Mr. Pete Laverty

  • Mr. Tim Dunwoody - World Mission and Development Officer