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Wesley and St Aidan's Uniting Church

Canberra Central Parish

in Forrest and Narrabundah

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Our Ministers

Wesley and St Aidan's have a tradition of excellent preaching. Sermons are available from our download page. There is usually a team of two full-time Ministers settled in the Parish. We also have a wonderful group of ministers-in-association, ministers-emeritus, lay preachers and worship leaders who bring energy and creativity to our services.

Minister In Placement Rev’d Dr Ockert Meyer, BA, MTh, DTh

Ockert joined the Parish on 11 May 2014. Born and educated in South Africa, he migrated to Australia in 2003 with his wife Meiri and two sons Christiaan and Stefhan. Ockert, was the minister of St Stephen’s Uniting Church, Macquarie St, Sydney and prior to St Stephen’s, he was the minister of Yarralumla UC in Canberra. Ockert has outside responsibilities in teaching, marking and supervision of students at St Marks and also works on the Assembly Working Group on Doctrine. Ockert's role in our Parish includes being 'lead' minister for the 10:30 worship group, working with the Wesley Music Foundation (as Chairperson of the Board), providing theological reflection sessions and many other duties shared with David. Photo: Taken at his Wesley induction on 11 May 2014.

Rev'd Sarah Agnew

Sarah was ordained in December 2010. She holds a B.Min. from the Adelaide College of Divinity, and a B.Th (hons I) from Flinders University. Her first placement was at Belair Uniting Church. She has particular skills as a storyteller and poet, and as a teacher and facilitator of workshops, and her PhD explored the way performance – oral storytelling – leads to interpretation of biblical texts. Whilst in theological college in Adelaide, she was involved in many fresh expressions/alternative worship projects. We look forward to Sarah joining us in January 2018. 

    Minister-In-Association Rev'd Ian Diamond.

Ian was educated at Newington College in Sydney and candidated for the Methodist ministry whilst completing a BA at the University of New England. He then gained a BD at the University of Sydney whilst residing at Wesley College. Ian’s exit appointment was to Lake Cargelligo and, following ordination, he served as Chaplain at Wolaroi College [now Kinross Wolaroi School] in Orange. He then travelled to the UK and obtained an MA from the University of Lancaster. Following his return home he had placements at Ingleburn, Bowral, Broken Hill and Dubbo, retiring in 2005. He also took time out on two occasions to work with the Probation and Parole Service, firstly on the Central Coast, and later in Dubbo. Ian has been a Police Chaplain for 22 years and is currently spending one day per week at the Police Academy in Goulburn as an Academy Chaplain. Ian is married to Kay they moved to Canberra in 2011. They have 2 sons, Elliott, 23, a physiotherapy student at the University of Newcastle, and Campbell, 21, a music student [Classical Guitar] at ANU.
  Minister-In-Association Rev'd Alistair Christie

Alistair returned to live in Canberra in 2007 and joined the Canberra Central Parish. Alistair lives in active retirement after a wide experience and participation in the Uniting Church, Ecumenical and Community bodies.He grew up in Canberra, the second youngest of seven siblings. His home was in easy walking distance from Wesley and St Andrew’s Presbyterian Church where the whole family attended. He trained and worked as a Primary School teacher before becoming a candidate for ministry and was ordained in 1969 in Bourke.His thirty years in parish ministry in rural and urban congregations included Gosford; Nyngan–Warren; Mona Vale; Bourke, Molong Joint Parish; Co-operating parish of Holy Covenant, Belconnen; East Belconnen; North Woden and Bathurst. He served as President of the NSW Ecumenical Council 2000-2004 and Moderator of the Synod of NSW from 2002 till 2004. Currently he serves as the contact person for the President’s table within this Synod; is a member of the Greenhills Board and is Chairperson of the national committee of UCA Adult Fellowship.Connie, his wife died in 1999. They have two sons and a daughter. Two of them live in Canberra and two teenage grandchildren live in Warnbro, WA with their parents.
  Minister-in-Association Rev’d Elizabeth Richardson

Elizabeth entered church ministry after a career in libraries. She obtained a BTh at St Mark’s College in Canberra and also undertook pastoral studies. She was a lay member of Wesley.  After the death of her husband, Jack, she did lay ministry work, was commissioned as a Lay Pastor and then was ordained in October 2009 – all at Wesley.  The years 2010 to late 2014 were spent at Batemans Bay and Moruya, first in supply and then in placement until her retirement.  Elizabeth has step children and step grandchildren, and other family members, some of whom live in Canberra.
    Minister Emeritus Rev'd Gregor Henderson

    Minister Emeritus Rev'd Jan Alblas

    Minister Emeritus Rev'd Dr Len Thompson