Monday, 09 July 2012

All nominations listed on pages D3 –10 to D3 - 11 have been submitted

by the respective reference committees.


Nominee – UnitingJustice Chairperson

Rev Janet Dawson                                    Janet has recently retired after a number of significant ministry roles, including Minister at Parramatta Mission (with both congregational and community service responsibilities) and most recently Presbytery Minister of the Mid North Coast Presbytery in NSW. During this time she also served as Presbytery Secretary (4 1/2 years) and Chair (3 1/2 years). She is currently a member of the NSW Synod Mission and Education Board and a member of the Board of Lifeline Mid-north Coast. Janet holds a MTh, is a previous member of the Assembly Commission for Doctrine (1991-94) and has been a visiting lecturer and tutor in liturgical studies and systematic theology at United Theological College. She has a long history of commitment to working for justice both within and beyond the Church, grounded in deep theological and spiritual reflection, and is a very experienced and gifted chair and facilitator


Nominee – Ministerial Education Commission Chairperson

Dr Deidre Palmer                                        Deidre has been involved in theological education in ecumenical settings over 25 years. She has been on the faculty of Parkin-Wesley College and the Adelaide College of Divinity. She has served on the faculty of Perkins School of Theology in Dallas, Texas teaching Christian Education. Deidre is currently an adjunct faculty member for Uniting College teaching Christian education and supervising graduate students. She is a member of the Leadership Development Council of Uniting College.


                                                                                                Deidre is committed to forms of theological education, which contribute to the Uniting Church’s vision of “every member ministry” and equipping people for their participation in God’s mission in the world. She looks forward to participating in the development of theological education that is responsive to our contemporary context. Her areas of interest include education for Christian discipleship, family and children’s ministries, liberation theologies and the intersection between social work and theology.

                                                                                                Deidre is currently working part-time as a counsellor with Uniting Communities in Adelaide in their Childhood Sexual Abuse Counselling team. She is a member of Rosefield Uniting Church, where she is involved with a team who facilitate a youth discussion group.

                                                                                                Deidre has been involved with various aspects of the life of the Assembly over the past 20 years, serving on committees and commissions including national mission and evangelism; liturgy; polity and Christian education.


Nominee – Ministerial Education Commission  Secretary

Mrs Debbie Brown                                     Debbie has worked for the last 15 years at MediaCom Education Inc based in Adelaide, serving Churches throughout Australia and New Zealand. During this time she has been involved in resourcing the Church through its Ministers, Lay Leaders and Congregations in the provision of material which will enhance, encourage and develop their life together. By consultation at Assembly,  Synods, Presbyteries and local events, Debbie has connected with Uniting Church members throughout Australia and has facilitated in the provision of many Workshops for mission and faith formation and administered the copyright program LicenSing.

                                                                                                Debbie is an active member of Christ Church Uniting Church, Wayville and has previously worked in both the Queensland and South Australian Uniting Church Synods and served on the Assembly Mission and Evangelism Commission.


Nominee – Reception of Ministers Committee Chairperson

Rev Dr Douglas Miller                                         Douglas Miller was ordained in 1973, and then completed Masters and Doctoral studies in Old Testament. After several plavcements in provincial placements in Victoria (Yallourn, Geelong, Wodonga, Bendigo), he was Presbytery Minister in Nepean for nine years, and has now been at Wesley Church, Melbourne CBD for 5 years.

He stresses the value of education for ministry, and also values and supports the cross-cultural ministries of the Uniting Church. His present congregation is very cross-cultural.