Demetris and Daphne Palos were both born in South Africa. Daphne’s ancestry was drawn from Scotland, her father w as a Taylor and her mother was a Drake from the maritime Devonshire family. Demetris father was an immigrant from Cyprus and his mother was of Dutch Afrikaner stock. Daphne trained and worked as a radiographer, whilst Demetris has served as a Minister in the Methodist Church of Southern Africa for since 1966, They married in 1969 and had 2 married sons (Theo and Ingrid : David and Lindy.
They previously served in Birmingham 1996 to 2003 under the World Church in Britain Partnership. Daphne was also to work there as a Lay Pastoral Worker for 6 years, working with 3 Churches Together groupings. Demetris has served in a wide range of ministries and Circuits, starting with post college ministry in the Eastern Cape Province of Cathcart, a rural area of 1820 British Settlers, where he had 5 white congregations – it was the time of Apartheid still in the church and 19 black Xhosa speaking congregations. Here he first encountered the governments policy of forced removals (ethnic cleansing) and was drawn into the struggle for social justice. it was only in 1986 that these removals were forced to stop after 3.5 million people had been uprooted from their homes. But a further 4 million were spared that fate/
After 18 years as District Christian Citizenship Secretary in several Districts, he was to be appointed Connexional General Secretary of that Department, which included all the social services, chaplaincies and justice ministries of the Church. An initiative to address the scourge of HIV/AIDS was launched in 1990. He had previously worked in the South African Council of Churches’s Justice and Reconciliation Division with Bishop Desmond Tutu and also a Chairman of the Namibia District. This country, over 3.5 times the size of Britain, was for 4 years his Parish.
On their return from Britain in 2003 to South Africa, Demetris was appointed as part-time Facilitator in the Presiding Bishop’s Connexional HIV.AIDS Task Force in the Church’s Mission Uniy. He retired from this post. In December 2006 the other half-time, in which he continues, is as Minister in the Bryanstone Methodist Church’s HIV/AIDS programme where he was commissioned to establish 10 clinics for testing and provision of medical services in the following 3 months. Daphne continues to serve as a volunteer pastoral worked with the SENIORS in a new church plant at Lonehill. This church, started 4 years ago, has already grown to over 500 members.