Our Ministers

Our Wesley ministers have a tradition of excellent preaching. 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 Geoff Dornan

Geoff’s work has been balanced between congregations, administration and policy development with both the Synod and Assembly of the Uniting Church. His work in the more secular field has involved two areas both connected to government policy: the first in aid and development through the Dept of Foreign Affairs and Trade who fund a proportion of the Uniting Church’s developmental work in the developing world; and the second in bio-ethics through the NSW Government’s “Human Research Ethics Committees’ (HRECs). Beyond this he maintains his broad interest in and commitment to theology and philosophy. Geoff’s deeper interest in Christian identity in the social and political world, was sparked by the rise of liberation theology in Latin America during the 1970s and his involvement in the movement during the Pinochet Dictatorship in Chile and the civil war in El Salvador. His involvement in progressive theologies, has been of a dual nature: practical pastoral engagement and the debate of ideas.

Supply Minister Rev’d Dr Bruce A. Stevens (PhD Boston University, 1987)

Bruce was ordained in the Anglican church and served in parish ministry until 1993. In his ‘retirement’ he returned to parish ministry and has served at St Margarets, Hackett and Gungahlin Uniting Church. He did graduate studies in theology (MTh, ACT) and psychology (PhD Boston University, 1987). He founded Canberra Clinical and Forensic Psychology and is endorsed in both areas. He convened the clinical psychology program at UC (2010-2014) and was the Wicking Professor of Ageing and Practical Theology at Charles Sturt University (2015-2019).He has written 14 books and many academic papers. The Storied Self (Fortress Academic, 2018) won an award in the field of gerontology. He wrote Before Belief (Lexington, 2020) on developmental spirituality. He is married to Dr Ann Harvey, a radiologist at Canberra Hospital. He has four adult children. He will be at Wesley for 2024 with a focus on preaching, teaching and pastoral care. 

Active Retired Minister 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.  His 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, first on the Central Coast, and later in Dubbo.  Ian has been a Police Chaplain for 27 years and currently has pastoral responsibility for the Monaro Local Area Command based in Queanbeyan.  Ian is married to Kay and they moved to Canberra in 2011. They have two sons, Elliott, a Physiotherapist at Bendigo Hospital, and Campbell, a Music Professor [Classical Guitar] in Linz, Austria. 

Safe Place Statement

The Uniting Church in Australia believes that all people are made in the image of God, and as such we accept every individual regardless of race, age, creed, sexuality and gender. 


Wesley Uniting Church
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Postal: PO Box 3217, Manuka, ACT 2603

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