First Sudanese Woman Ordained in Adelaide

  • Thursday, 15 March 2012

It’s a number of firsts for Adelaide’s Amel Manyon. She is the first South Sudanese woman to be ordained into the Uniting Church Australia.  Amel will also become Minister of the newest Uniting Church community, the Uniting Church Northern Suburbs Dinka Speaking Faith Community, located at St. Stephen’s Uniting Church, Elizabeth North.

Her ordination will take place at Adelaide West on the 18th of March at 2pm.  Accompanied by a Sudanese youth choir, the day will mark a significant milestone in Australian Church history.

The Moderator for the Uniting Church in SA, Rev Rob Williams comments, “Amel is a remarkable woman and we are thrilled to have her leading such a significant faith community which joins together the people of Sudan in worship utilising their native language.”

Amel is lovingly supported by her husband James, four children and five nieces and nephews who migrated to Australia in 2002.  Shortly after her arrival, Amel enrolled in the Lutheran College for theological studies and then continued at the Uniting College for Leadership and Theology.

Rev Dave Williamson, Multicultural and Cross-cultural Minister at the Uniting Church in SA will compete in Ironman Australia on May 6, to raise funds to support Amel and the Dinka Faith Community.  To find out more visit:

Contact: Belinda Taylor

Communications Manager

Uniting Church SA

Phone: 0409 026 449

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.




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