The Commission for Education for Discipleship and Leadership (CEDAL)

As its September 2009 Annual Meetings, the Synod and the Presbytery of Western Australia affirmed as “a central purpose the achievement of a culture in which formation for faith and discipleship becomes ‘prized, appreciated and accessible’”. To this end, the Synod and the Presbytery established the Commission for Education for Discipleship and Leadership (CEDAL) as “a single body to build an informed and integrated learning community directed to the mission of God”.

CEDAL is responsible for providing education to members to enable them to grow in faith, discipleship and leadership; oversight of theological education for the specified ministries of the UCA (Lay Preacher, Pastor, Deacon and Minister of the Word) according to guidelines set by the Assembly; mentoring of ministers during Phase 3; and providing and promoting continuing education for ministers.

Perth Theological Hall is the Theological College established by the Synod and approved by the Assembly for providing training for ordained ministries. It works in partnership with the Anglican Church within the Perth College of Divinity within the school of theology of Murdoch University.

Rev Dr John Squires has been appointed as the Director of Education and Formation from 1 February 2017. He has oversight of lay and continuing education as well as being Principal of Perth Theological Hall.

To keep up to date with CEDAL events you can subscribe to SEEDS a monthly electronic bulletin for lay leaders and ordained ministers which outlines upcoming educational events in WA and interstate. To subscribe or for information on coming events email

Coming events include:

  • Understanding your congregation I – using the NCLS data  – Saturday October 14, Willetton Uniting Church
  • Understanding your congregation II – using the Census data – Saturday October 28, Willetton Uniting Church

For details and registration of these two all day workshops please follow this link 2017_10_14_28_Understanding_your_congregation_flyer

Email Kerry at to register.


Contact details:

Rev Bev Fabb (Chairperson)


Rev Dr John Squires (Director of Education and Formation)


Dr Kerry George (PA to Director of Education and Formation)