"A Vibrant Centre of Christian Spirituality in the heard of the city"
I come from South Sudan. I was ordained as a deacon in 1987 and married my lovely wife Rebecca in the same year. I served as pastor of Baidhot parish for four years. In 1991 war broke out between North and South Sudan, and most of the civilians ran to the border of Uganda and Kenya. We spent three months on the way to Ameer displacement camp, suffering many hardships. In Ameer refugee camp I lost my parents and my daughter due to illness. We stayed there for three years, then shifted in 1994 to Lobone camp, and then to New Kush Border between South Sudan and Kenya. I remained a pastor during this period. I was then transferred to Chukudum Anglican parish, where I served from 1996 to 1998, then to Buma Refugee camp, where I was appointed Archdeacon priest, and then to Kakuma Refugee camp in 2000. I was responsible for four different parishes as Archdeacon during my five years in Kakuma.
I came to Australia on 15 August, 2006 as a refugee. I am now an Australian citizen. Since then, I have continued to serve Dinka congregations at St Aiden’s Church and now at St Paul’s. I have now received an official licence from the Archbishop of Brisbane to serve as an Honorary Assistant Priest at St Paul’s, where we have a large Dinka congregation.
I was born in Jonglei State in South Sudan in 1957, and went to school from 1973 until 1984. I was married to my wife Elizabeth in 1986. We have three children, one daughter and two sons. I was ordained as a deacon in 2000 in Kakuma Refugee camp, Kenya, on 28 August 2000, and I was ordained as a priest on 4 July 2004. I was also appointed as a Rural Dean in Kakuma, before coming to Australia as a refugee. I now serve as Honorary Assistant Priest at St Paul’s, alongside my wife, Elizabeth.
I am the permanent Deacon at St Paul's. Most people know me at Shelley. I was ordained in 2010 and have been at St Paul's since May 2011. My role largely centres around Pastoral Care, visiting people at home and in hospital, taking Communion to those who are unable to attend regular services and coordinating the Care and Concern Group. I facilitate a Bible Study group on Fridays where we challenge our understanding of how God works in our lives and that of the Church. I have a degree in Social Science and am continuing my studies in Theology.
I am one of the volunteer chaplains at the Ipswich Hospital and I work for Anglicare two days a week as Spiritual and Pastoral Care Coordinator at Logan. I have previously worked for Anglicare coordinating volunteers for the Community Services as well as Anglicare Refugee & Migrant Services, assisting refugees and migrants settle in Australia - one of my passions.
I am married and have three grown children of whom I'm very proud. I love reading and I love working and being around people of all types, backgrounds and cultures. I feel at 'home' when I'm at St Paul's and really enjoy the work that I do and the people I meet there.
On returning from Geraldton in 1988, Leanne and I returned to the parish in which we were married in 1982. I'm passionate about the concept of community within the parish and so have agreed to return to parish council this year. The development of home discussion groups where people are free to explore their spirituality as well as relate their belief system to the problems of the world is also a passion of mine. Another of my dreams is that we as a parish will continue to develop a way to respectfully and in a godly manner handle the many issues brought to us by those who seek our assistance by knocking on our front door.
I am one of 2 wardens elected by the people of the parish at the annual meeting. I came to Ipswich and the parish after meeting an Ipswich girl and was married at St Paul's in 1976. I am a Liturgical Assistant in the parish and have been involved with the Parish Council for many years. I am very interested in how we assist people in their spiritual growth and am a member of a small group where we learn a lot about ourselves and my relationship with my God as we discuss scripture, current affairs, life etc. My other special interest is how the parish goes about its business administratively by utilising technology and improving business practices.
The son of an Anglican priest, I have served in various parishes in both Victoria and Queensland. As Rector's Warden, I will support and encourage the rector in ministry, and work with my fellow wardens in the day to day responsibilities and challenges that we as a parish encounter. I enjoy serving as a Liturgical Assistant and encouraging others in their faith and relationship with God. Married at St Paul’s in 2012, my wife, Diane, and I, seek to serve God faithfully in our church community and in the wider community of Ipswich.