Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Assembly appointments

General Secretary Colleen Geyer has today announced four staff appointments.

The new staff include three appointments for National Consultant positions in the Assembly Resourcing Unit:

        Rev. Dr Apwee Ting                               Rev. Dr Ting is currently the Assembly’s National Director for Multicultural and Cross Cultural Ministry, a former Minister of the Word at
Dandenong Uniting Church in Victoria and former Chairperson of the UCA’s Indonesian National Conference.
   Rev. Lindsay Cullen     Rev. Cullen is the Minister at Bellingen Uniting Church and Northern Zone Minister for the Mid North Coast Presbytery and formerly
Resourcing Team Leader of Uniting Mission and Education in the UCA Synod of NSW & the ACT.
   Rev. Charissa Suli        Rev. Suli is Minister of the Word at Dapto Uniting Church in the Illawarra Presbytery, the longtime coordinator of the NextGen program at
the UCA’s Tongan National Conference and a former Cross Cultural Consultant with the UCA Synod of NSW & the ACT’s Board of Mission.

Ms Geyer has also appointed Rev. Dr Ji Zhang to a new position as the Assembly Theologian in Residence. This role will work across the Assembly, with the Assembly Resourcing Unit, UnitingWorld and UnitingCare Australia. Rev. Dr Zhang is currently serving as the Manager of Church Partnerships (Asia) for UnitingWorld.

“I am excited at the gifts and talents that these new staff will bring to their positions and to the work of the Assembly, and I can’t wait to see how they apply their gifts to delivering on our new Assembly Strategic Plan in a collaborative and project-based way of working,” said Ms Geyer.

“I would also like to thank National Consultant for Christian Unity, Doctrine and Worship Rev Dr Chris Walker and National Director of Formation, Education and Discipleship Craig Mitchell who will be concluding their roles with the Assembly at the end of July,” said Ms Geyer.

“Chris and Craig’s dedication to their Assembly roles and to the wider Uniting Church, has been a great blessing to the Church, and they both carry with them our prayers and our heartfelt thanks for their service.”

Rev. Dr Walker’s Closure of Ministry service will be held at the Assembly Standing Committee meeting in Sydney on Sunday 9 July.

Arrangements for Mr Mitchell’s Closure of Ministry service in Adelaide will be notified in due course.