Synod Standing Committee, with the support of Uniting Mission and Education (UME) Board, is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr Glen Powell to serve as Executive Director, UME.
Glen has a demonstrated missional heart for the local and wider church expressed in a deep understanding and love for the Uniting Church supported by long term contributions to helping churches serve missionally through a range of roles.
His wide experience is supported by tertiary training in a range of relevant fields including missiology (Master of Arts Theological Studies – Missiology, UTC), leadership (PhD, Building Leadership Capacity for Social Inclusion, Macquarie University) and administration (NSW Graduate Certificate Business Administration, Southern Cross University). He has led in many contexts and is held in high regard by CALD communities and others he has worked with.
He will lead a UME Team as it re-forms around four pillars approved by Synod in June 2018 under the UME Transformation Strategy, being:
• Mission strategy led by David Cornford (including Pulse led by Rev Karen Mitchell – Lambert). This team focuses on considering and coordinating future initiatives and directions.
• Mission Enablement led by Rev Jorge Rebolledo. This team focuses on listening to and supporting presbyteries, congregations and others to encourage the development of effective and distinctive mission experience. It includes the Saltbush Team led by Rev Mark Faulkner
• Vital Leadership led by Rev Ben Gilmour. It has an intentional focus to equip and empower disciples for the many different approaches to missional leadership needed across the church. It includes the contributions of the Dean of Formation, Rev Dr Christine Sorensen.
• United Theological College led by Rev Peter Walker as Principal.
It continues to be critical to the Synod for a wide range of purposes including the theological education and formation of ordained ministers.
Glen will begin in early February 2019 and will be supported by the outgoing Interim ED, Rev Tara Curlewis, through a handover period. We look forward to his contribution.
The Board of UME and Synod Standing Committee takes this opportunity to reaffirm how grateful they are to Tara for taking the role of Interim ED in late 2017 in order to lead UME through an important but complex process that has led to the UME Transformation Strategy and its implementation.