The 33rd annual conference of the Southern District of the Wesleyan Methodist Church was held at the Merroo Conference and Convention Centre in Kurrjong, NSW on the 25th of September, 2015
A total of 16 ministerial and 15 lay delegates formed the conference bar.
Reports were received from pastors in attendance about the progress in growth of souls saved and in church attendance at many of the Southern District churches.
Iain McGill spoke about the progress of the church plant at Casey in Melbourne’s south-east. After much prayer and consideration Iain and Sonia uprooted and moved their family of seven from Mary Valley in Queensland to start this new church in Melbourne’s growth corridor. They are excited by the prospects and encouraged by the support they’ve been shown by families who have planned to join them in this missional work.
The work of Helen Finau as the Director of Southern District Wesleyan Women for several years was acknowledged and applauded by the conference.
The actions of the District Board of Ministerial Development were present by Ale Alefosio. The DBMD met three times throughout this conference year.
Rev. Len Callhoon from Canada, has joined the work at John Wesley church in Western Australia. Len was nominated to become the senior pastor, subject to a successful congregational vote, Rev Phil Hotchkin stepping aside and taking on the role of Associate Pastor and mentor to Len. This change in roles will allow Phil to focus his energies on his duties as District Superintendant.
The following people were elected to the positions and roles indicated.
- Assistant District Superintendent: ‘Alefosio Alé
- District Secretary: Andrew Tyler
- Director of Christian Education: Rev. Peter Lam
- Director of World Missions: Rev. ‘Alefosio Alé
- Director of Evangelism and Church Growth: Rev. Marco D’Angelo
- Director of Children’s Ministries: Rev. Melissa George
- Director of Singles Ministries: Rev. Steve Mitchell
The District Board of Administration welcomed the election of new members, Rev. Chris George, Rev. Anthony Kumitau, Ofa Moala and James Ong. These members will serve alongside Rev. Phil Hotchkin (D.S.), Rev. ‘Alefosio Alé, (Assistant D.S.), Rose Richardson (Treasurer), Andrew Tyler (Secretary) and Rev Marco D’Angelo who was re-elected to the board by the conference.
Rajiv Shipstone and Rev. Iain McGill were elected to the District Board of Ministerial Development to fill the two vacancies that arose.
Auditor: Graham McLauchlan
Statistician: Owen Holland
District safety officer: Dale Richardson
Members were also elected to the Nominating Committee, Action Committee, Memoirs Committee; and a Board of Review was elected.
Mrs Julie Tyler