The leader of the Uniting Church in Australia, Western Australia, Rev Steve Francis took-up the role of Moderator on Thursday, 11 September 2014 for a three-year term.
“I am very humbled and honoured to stand before you as Moderator,” he said. “This is a huge responsibility and also a great privilege.”
Steve’s Moderatorial theme for the triennium is ‘Toward healing and wholeness through faith, hope and love.’
Steve has a long history with the Uniting Church, having been ordained in 1980 and served in a range of roles including congregational ministry at Scarborough Parish and Nedlands Uniting Church, as well as Synod and Presbytery roles.
He also has a dedication to multicultural and cross-cultural ministry and until recently was co-convener of the Multicultural and Cross-cultural Committee for the Uniting Church in WA. As well as currently representing the Uniting Church as a member of the World Methodist Council.
Steve’s most recent congregation for the last 23 years, Nedlands Uniting Church, is a multicultural congregation where more than a third of their members are from Asia, with a significant outreach to the Chinese community. Nedlands Uniting Church also has a special connection with the church in West Timor and has visited and sponsored five students from our partner church, GMIT (Evangelical Church of West Timor), through UnitingWorld.
“I believe that we need to engage young people, engender hope across our congregations, stand with our schools and caring agencies and be open to where the Spirit of God may lead us.
“I love the Uniting Church and I will continue to rely on your prayers and encouragement,” said Steve.