Rev. Tanner was a past President of the Uniting Church in Australia Assembly from 1985 to 1988 and served as the first Moderator of the Synod of South Australia from 1977-1979.
Rev. Prof Andrew Dutney praised and remembered the service of Rev. Tanner.
“Rev. Tanner devoted his life to ministry within the Uniting Church and we are thankful for his years of service. He was an inspiring leader who had a significant impact on the early life of the church.”
“Our prayers are with Ian’s family and friends as they mourn his passing.”
Dr. Deidre Palmer also praised the contribution of Rev. Tanner in a pastoral note to members of the Uniting Church in South Australia.
“We are grateful to God for Ian’s ministry among us. Ian was a wise mentor and faithful servant of Christ.”
Rev. Tanner’s other placements included acting as Director of Lay Education and as a minister at Scots Church, Adelaide.
There will be a public service of thanksgiving on Thursday 30 January 2014 at 2pm at Wesley Uniting Church (22 National Circuit, Forrest ACT) for those who wish to honour the life of the late Rev. Ian Tanner.