The Synod of Victoria and Tasmania has elected 12 members to join its Standing Committee.
Six were elected for three years and six will serve until the next Synod meeting, in 2019.
Those elected until Synod 2020
Rev Dr Robyn Whitaker: Robyn is an ordained minister of the word who has served as a congregational minister in Wangaratta, school chaplaincy, and youth and children’s ministry in congregations.
Rev Stan Clarke: Stan has served for 30 years in congregational ministry in rural Victoria, Tasmania and metropolitan Melbourne. He has served for many years on Pastoral Relations Committees, sometimes as chairperson. Stan was member of the UnitingCare Network Project Control Group.
Anna Harrison: Anna has a deep love of Jesus, and lives this call as an Elder and Youth Leader in her congregation. She has had the opportunity to work at UnitingWorld and for the Presbytery Transition Team. Anna recently completed her term on the Synod Standing Committee.
Rev Robin Yang: Robin is involved in his community as a volunteer in Kid’s Hope and teaching computer skills at the neighbourhood centre. He serves on the Synod Sexual Misconduct Committee, Moderator’s Nominating Committee and Placements Committee.
Rev Sani Vaeluaga: Sani is an inspirational leader and a man of faith who leads with humility. His ministry experience has given him a broad awareness of the challenges being faced by the Church and of the importance of building relationships between the various facets of the life of the Church.
Jen Shields: Jen is a special education teacher in Shepparton, and elder in her local UCA as well as running the youth group. She has served on the church council for three years and was on the Assembly’s NYARC committee for five years.
Those elected until Synod 2019
Carlynne Nunn: Carlynne is a member of Brunswick Uniting Church, where she works as a community and outreach worker. Since candidating for ministry she has served on the CTM board and begun work in a new and renewing ministries role at the Banyule Network of Uniting Churches.
John Diprose: John has extensive experience in Church and community governance. He has used his experiences to take the Church into the community as a leader of mission programs in the Hamilton and surrounding communities.
Helen Collins: Helen has been Chair of the North-East Victoria Presbytery for four years and was a member of Synod Standing Committee in 2016 and 2017. She is also a member of St Stephen’s Uniting Church council.
Jessica Hateley-Browne: Jessica is an elder of Cafechurch Faith Community and a member of the Church of All Nations. She has experience as a board member of a non-profit and has previously served on the parish council of a large Anglican church.
Ron Gowland: Has had 13 years experience as the Presbytery of Gippsland Chair. Ron is also a former Chair of Gippsland Water and the Latrobe City Audit Committees.
Lindsay Oates: A member of The Institute of Community Director and the Synod and Presbytery Standing Committees, Lindsay has a strong background in aged and community care in rural, remote and regional areas.