The leader of the Uniting Church in Australia, Synod of Western Australia, Rev Steve Francis was installed for a second term as Moderator on Friday, 8 September 2017 for a three-year term. Steve previously served as Moderator from September 2014 to 2017.
Steve’s Moderatorial theme for the triennium is ‘Deep and Wide’ Ephesians 3: 17-18, “I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have the power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ.”
Steve is an engineer and worked in a chocolate factory and with a mining company. He has studied engineering, theology through Murdoch University and the Melbourne College of Divinity (now known as University of Divinity) and has a double major in Philosophy and History from the University of Western Australia. Steve is married to Rev Kim Francis, a deacon and has two adult children.
Steve was ordained in to ministry in 1980 and served in a range of roles including congregational ministry at Scarborough Parish and Nedlands Uniting Church, as well as Assembly, Synod and Presbytery roles.
He represents the Uniting Church as a member of the World Methodist Council.
“I love the Uniting Church and have energetically served the Uniting Church as an ordained minister for over 35 years. I have boundless hope and zeal for this church. I continue to believe that the best is yet to be,” said Steve.
To find out more about Steve’s insights and observations as Moderator, read his blog here.