The role of the Synod Standing Committee, Synod of Victoria and Tasmania, is to ensure that the work of the Synod and the oversight that the Synod offers with regard to the Church's worship, witness and service continues between ordinary meetings of the Synod itself. It consists of 12 members elected at the Synod meeting. Ex-officio members of the committee are the Moderator, Ex-Moderator, the General Secretary, and two representatives of the Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress (UAICC). There are also non-voting attendees who resource the committee. The Synod Standing Committee meets between eight and twelve times a year.
Anna has a deep love of Jesus and lives this call as an elder, and youth
leader in her congregation. More broadly she has been involved in university
discipleship, Schoolies summer project and the NextGen committee. Anna has her
honours in anthropology and is currently undertaking postgraduate studies in
theology at Pilgrim. She has had the opportunity to work at UnitingWorld, and
for the Presbytery Transition Team. Anna is continuing her term on the Synod
Carlynne is a member of Brunswick Uniting Church, where she worked as a
community and outreach worker. She also worked for Lentara UnitingCare as a
community worker and has completed a media and communications degree at
Melbourne University. Since candidating for ministry Carlynne has served on the
CTM board and begun work in a new and renewing ministries role at the Banyule Network
of Uniting Churches. She has grown ever more fascinated by and passionate about
the work of our church as part of God's mission.
Helen is a retired secondary teacher with extensive administrative
experience. She is a continuing Synod Standing Committee member and has been chair
of Presbytery of NEV for four years. She is member of St Stephens’s church council,
where she was secretary for many years. Helen was on the board of UnitingCare
Wodonga for three years and is a volunteer with Uniting Vic.Tas
Jen is special education teacher in Shepparton, and elder in her local
UCA congregation, where she runs the youth group. She has served on church council
for three years and was on the Assembly's NYARC committee for five years and
has experience in four synods of the church. She is passionate about serving
the UCA and inclusivity of all in the life of the church.
Jessica is an elder of Cafechurch Faith Community and a member of the
Church of All Nations. She has experience as a board member of a non-profit and
has previously served on the parish council of a large and complex Anglican
church. Jessica is eager to serve the Church by contributing to Synod Standing
Committee according to her gifts and graces, and would relish the opportunity
to grow in the role.
John W P Diprose OAM, has extensive experience in church and community
governance at a local church council, presbytery and synod level, having been
on Synod Standing Committee since 2014. He has been a member and chair of
boards in education (preschool to post-secondary level), health (public
hospital and aged care) industries.
John has used these experiences to take the Church into the community as a
leader of mission programs in the Hamilton and surrounding communities.
With a family farming enterprise of grain, sheep and forestry, John brings a
rural and business perspective to Standing Committee.
Lindsay has a strong background in aged and community care in rural,
remote, regional and metropolitan settings as a CEO and consultant. He is a
member of The Institute of Community Directors and has worked as senior banker
with Commonwealth Bank. Lindsay has served on synod and presbytery standing
committees. He is also president of the Victorian Men's Shed Association and
secretary of the Mirboo North Community Shed Co-operative Ltd. Lindsay is a
member of the state government Department of Health and Human Services Advisory.
Ron Gowland is retired after spending over 40 years as a senior
financial executive in industry. He has been on Synod Standing Committee for
three years and Synod Finance Committee for two and a half years. Ron was a
parish council chair for 10 year as well as being Presbytery of Gippsland
treasurer for 13 years. He has been Lake Tyers Camp Park board chair for 19
years and on the Latrobe Community Health Audit Committee for four years. He is
the former chair of the Gippsland Water and Latrobe City Audit Committees. He
holds FCPA and CPA Public Practice Certificates. Ron aims to finalise the governance
improvements and financial sustainability commenced three years ago.
Robin Yang B. App Sc, B.Th is a minister at Endeavour Hills Uniting
Church. He is currently working towards a master of divinity. Robin is involved
in his community as a volunteer in Kid's Hope and teaches computer at the
Neighbourhood Centre. Robin serves on the Synod Sexual Misconduct Committee,
Moderator's Nominating Committee and Placements Committee. He has worked in the
Bureau of Meteorology and National Parks. Robin brings with him a keen capacity
Robyn is an ordained minister of the word in the UCA. She has served as
a congregational minister in Wangaratta, and undertaken school chaplaincy, and
youth and children's ministry. Currently a lecturer at Trinity College, Robyn
teaches biblical texts and interpretation. She is passionate about fostering a
church community that is theologically educated, missional, and has clear
priorities for the future along with the strategies to support them.
Sani is an inspirational leader, a man of faith who leads with humility.
His ministry experience has given him a broad awareness of the challenges being
faced by the Church and of the importance of building relationships between the
various facets of the life of the Church. He has developed a capacity to lead
in ecumenical and intercultural communities, with abilities to facilitate,
advocate, consult, heal and challenge as appropriate. Sani brings to any leadership
role the understanding and experience of a person living in a community and context
shaped by the love of God and a culture not his own. He has a good
understanding of UCA ethos and polity; knowledge of the Church’s admin and
finance; and heart for good governance and responsible stewardship.
Stan came from a management role in industry. He has since served 30
years in congregational ministry in rural Victoria, Tasmania and metropolitan
Melbourne. Stan has served many years on pastoral relations committees,
sometimes as chairperson. He was a member of Placements Committee for many
years as a presbytery rep and later as synod appointment. Stan chaired
Placements Committee for four years. Stan was member of the UnitingCare Network
Project Control Group. Stan continues on as member Synod Standing Committee and
is committed to encouraging congregations to become oriented to mission.