Rev Michael Earl - Presbytery Chairperson and Minister at Bowral Uniting Church.
As the Chairperson of the Presbytery, Michael oversees the work and witness of the Presbytery as a whole, its governance, and its gatherings. This involves, especially, chairing the Standing Committee and full meetings of the Presbytery in order to help the congregations & their ministers, chaplaincies, and wider ministries flourish. The Chairperson is also in the first place responsible to conduct inductions, ordinations, commissioning services, and closure of ministry services. The chairperson may also represent the Presbytery at various other meetings/gatherings of the wider church. The Chairperson sits ex officio on the Pastoral Relations Committee and the Strategic Mission Committee and offers strategic leadership through all the various responsibilities of the office.
Rev Phil Newton - Uniting Church Chaplain to the University of Wollongong
The Illawarra Presbytery Tertiary Minister offers: a safe place and an open ear; opportunities to nurture, express and explore your faith and spirituality; links to religious groups and faith communities; connection of life and faith through critical thinking, exploration of ethical issues, and action for social justice; care and support in times of uncertainty and loss; thoughtful acts of service with, and for, others; and a free and confidential service on behalf of the Uniting Church.
Lucy Earl - Mission Development Worker
The position of Mission Development Worker is based in the Southern Highlands region of the Illawarra Presbytery. The role is seeking to encourage and increase the engagement and relationship between Uniting Church congregations and the community. The Mission Development Worker is responsible for increasing effective missional minded community outreach engagement and activities. This role is a new initiative of the Illawarra Presbytery and it is an exciting time for the churches in the Southern Highlands .