At Project Reconnect we are blessed with a larger team of Presenters, who have recorded a total of 52 Sermons and 52 All-Age messages every year for the last 20 years. Every sermon and message is tagged with the name of the presenter at the bottom of its post in red text. Clicking on that text will reveal a short description of the presenter and a summary of all their messages since this website was established in 2020. All future messages will be available as they are produced.

This page is being built to allow users to find presenters of sermons and messages since we went online in March 2021. Click on their name to see their contributions since March 2020.

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Anga’aelangi, Rev Tau’aulofa

Tertiary Chaplain at Charles Sturt University – a ministry of the Port Macquarie Tau’alofa is a newly ordained deacon in the NSW/ACT Synod of the Uniting Church in Australia. She is currently serving as a tertiary chaplain at Charles Sturt University in Port Macquarie. She loves a good book at the beach and spending time with family and friends.

Barker, Rev John

Minister in Northern Beaches Uniting Church, Sydney-part of a multi-site centre comprising Balgowlah, Manley, Cromer and Freshwater. Married to my wife Joanna with 4 adult sons aged from 18-28. My interest is Theology and just completed a Masters at UTC – I am a lifelong learner! My sporting interests are surfing – I used to watch for the kids in the water and now they look out for me!!

Beeton, Catherine

Children and Family worker for Charlestown Uniting Church. I have a passion for children hearing the word of God through SRE, playgroup, Children’s Holiday Clubs. My interest are my family, reading and gardening.

Burns, Elliot

I am married with two adult sons and I attend Jesmond Park Uniting Church. I work as a WHS trainer and my interests include sport, playing soccer and riding my pushbike. I like to restore old motor vehicles and I am currently working on an old MG.

Bollen, Rick

Involved with Pittwater Uniting Church, retired, love to travel with our caravan, heading to Queensland for the winter, married, children, grandchildren, golf and bike riding

Cadenhead, Rev Warwick

I live East Maitland. I am passionate about the worshipping life of the Church. I’m not able to ride my motorcycle enough! I’m also a fan of some obscure. science fiction.

Cameron, Rev Paul

 Retired minister of the Word living in Dargan and Leura. 

Chegwidden, Laraine

Laraine is a lay presenter on Project Reconnect and a musician at Charlestown Uniting Church in NSW.

Corkhill, Andy

Andy’s moved between cities and has lived in Perth, Melbourne, New York, and has returned to Sydney where he lives with his wife Felicity, little daughter Jacquie and tabby cat, Pounce. When Andy isn’t studying, working, reading, or playing with Jacquie, you’ll probably find him in the kitchen making sourdough bread.

Cunningham, Rev Andrew

Rev Andrew Cunningham Living in Orange, NSW where I am the minister in placement. I’m originally from Ireland where I most recently served as a Methodist minister. I love spending time with family, watching funny things on TV and, when possible, being outside. I like looking forward to the next trip away with my family.

Davison, Rev Karyl

For the last 5 1⁄2 years, I’ve been one of the ministers at Kippax Uniting Church. In addition to an active congregation, we also run a community service organisation, UnitingCare Kippax, which seeks to provide assistance for some of the more vulnerable members of the West Belconnen community. This interaction with people who are doing it really tough has the effect of focusing on the need for a more equitable society.

Derkenne, Rev Gary

Rev Garry Derkenne is a retired UCA Minister, now a member at Adamstown UCA Congregation. Previous placements have been in Holbrook, Orange, Castle Hill then 10 years with Uniting Communities. Garry is interested in the historical conditions that gave rise to Jesus of Nazareth and His good news. He is part of developing a Hunter Community Alliance and a member of the Margaret Jurd Board – A UCA School for young people with mental health diagnosis that restrict them from accessing mainstream education.

Downie, Glenda

Glenda is an experienced Family Worker with a demonstrated history of working in religious institutions and industry. Skilled in Government, Emergency Management, Children’s Ministry, Environmental Awareness, and Management. Strong community and social services professional with a Bachelor’s Degree focused in Applied Science- Environmental Health from the University of Western Sydney.

Dykman, Rev Anton

I am now officially retired from the Ministry but am still involved in taking services on Sydney’s Northern Beaches, where I live with my wife Nerolie. I have recently become a grandfather and enjoy spending time with my grandson and taking him for walks along Collaroy Beach.

Ellis, James

Life-long member of the Uniting Church who attends Tuggeranong congregation in the Canberra Region presbytery. James is passionate about how we worship as the body of Christ in the 21st Century and has had a long interest in preaching.

Everist, Rev Steve

Steve has (mostly) joyfully served the last 27 years serving 2 Uniting Church congregations and loves what he does. Steve enjoys nothing more than playing music for people for worship and he sings and plays guitar, keyboards and bass. Steve enthusiastically works with his wife Deb, who is a great servant to the congregation and a powerhouse of creativity.

Fleming, Rev Nicole

I am currently serving the UCA as the Candidate Formation Coordinator at United Theological College.
As an ordained minister of the UCA, with a background in Youth Ministry, I have been in placement with Dubbo congregation, the Synod Youth Unit, and more recently with the Congregation in Balmain. In my current role at UTC, I am enthusiastic about supporting candidates through their formation program and assisting them to integrate academic learning with ministry placement. When I’m not working, I enjoy spending time with my partner and 3-year-old son. One of our recent shared hobbies has been riding bikes along Parramatta River. I also love spending time sharing food and wine with friends, travelling (although that’s been limited to short trips in NSW during 2020), and I quite like knitting and watching movies.

Forest, Allison

A 2nd year candidate for the ministry of Deacon in the UCA. Always lived in Sydney and spent most of my adult life in the inner city, before moving here to Centre for Ministry. I love the space and natural environment here, and enjoy walking in the nearby bush. I have been an early childhood teacher, mission worker, church and university administrator, and have qualifications in English, education, philosophy and TESOL. I was studying to be a librarian when God changed my life by calling me into formation! I love to learn and studying theology is definitely my happy place! I also enjoy practicing yoga, singing, knitting, bushwalking, cooking (especially dinners for friends!), and learning to become a gardener.

Hanks, Rev Rob

Rob is a Minister of the Word at the Hamilton Uniting Church in The Hunter Presbytery, with a background of 30 years in ministry with young people and a focus on the church’s participation in God’s mission. Rob’s interests include stories, sport, movies and music.

He, Natasha

I am a candidate for Ordained Ministry. My background in is youth ministry where I served as a Youth Coordinator for 10 years. I am passionate about the voiceless and nameless.

I enjoy quality time with my darling husband while taking our 4-year-old daughter for a swim and cuddles with our 18-month-old son. It is a joy to be around my loved ones, sharing stories over a meal with lots of laughter and love

Hillis, Rev Mark

 Mark is a UCA Minister, allegedly in retirement, living in Katoomba NSW. He is married to Merrill, with whom he shares a rich family life with their children and grandchildren: including bushwalking, reading and other activities. He also serves the church in voluntary ways in Leura, Blackheath and Katoomba; and is a Pastoral Supervisor for a few ministers. 

Hinton, Gail

I am an advanced Candidate for Ministry of the Word, studying at the United Theological College in North Parramatta. My husband, Shane and I have two children, Amber 26 and Brynn 21. Brynn my son, still lives at home with us in Penrith. I am a mad keen gardener and before going into formal ministry I
worked in Garden Centres as a horticulturalist.

Holloway, Suzanne

I am a ministry candidate at the Uniting Theological College, North Parramatta, in my final year and in part-time supply at Maitland Eastside. I relax by listening to novels on my iPod, admiring sunsets and beautiful gardens that I have not looked after, and learning about new people and places.

Humphries, Rev Jon

Chaplain at Ravenswood School for Girls for te past 10 years. Was previously a School Chaplain at Pymble Ladies’ College. Married with three daughters in early university. Passion is about faith and discipleship and how we as a Church can do it better. Also a writer of prayers and very active on social media. Currently a member of Turramurra Uniting Church

Jago, Rev Andrew

Rev Andrew Cunningham Living in Orange, NSW where I am the minister in placement. I’m originally from Ireland where I most recently served as a Methodist minister. I love spending time with family, watching funny things on TV and, when possible, being outside. I like looking forward to the next trip away with my family.

Johnson, Pastor Rick

I am currently the Minister at Lane Cove Uniting Church in Sydney and a part-time preacher at Forbes Uniting Church in the Central West. My favourite pastimes include heading bush in our 4WD and being with our children and grandchildren. I also occasionally play guitar in church services and with a bush band.

Langford, Pastor Kim

Kim serves as a Uniting Church Chaplain at the University of Newcastle. Her professional experience includes adult education, human services, research, counselling, pastoral supervision, congregational ministry, and spiritual care. She enjoys encouraging people’s growth as unique and fully alive humans. For replenishment and fun, she reads/writes fiction, explores family history, plays music, hangs out with loved ones, and wanders around the beautiful bush and waterways of Lake Macquarie.

Kim, Rev Kevin

Turramurra Uniting Church, Minister, Passions for young families’ ministry, Interests – Tennis & Basketball

Larkin, Rev Steve

Minister currently at Port Macquarie Uniting Church. Ministered in The Monaro, Tuggeranong, then Perth in various positions.

Loader, Rev Prof Bill

Retired Professor of New Testament and UCA Minister, William (Bill) Loader is a retired UCA minister and Professor of New Testament, now living in Orange. He taught for 40 years in the Perth Theological Hall and at Murdoch University. He has written many books on the gospels, sexual issues, and early Judaism. He also has a website with a wide range of resources from children’s stories to weekly commentaries on the lectionary: wwwstaff.murdoch.edu.au/~loader

Lee, Tay

I am a Candidate for ordained ministry in the UCA and studying at the Uniting Theological College, North Parramatta. I came from South Korea and have lived in Australia for 16 years. I worked for a mission organisation before my candidacy, so I am interested in how I can respond to God’s mission and how I can live as a disciple. Also, I like playing the guitar and cooking.

McConnell, Rev Greg

Minister in Placement at St Luke’s Uniting Church, Belmont NSW in The Hunter Presbytery, NSW/ACT Synod

Rev Duncan McDiarmid

Minister at Eurobodalla Uniting Church and Community Chaplain for Bushfire Recovery. Particular interest in walking together with First and Second Peoples, and attending to the marginalised in our community.

Miller, Rev Liam

I’m the minister at the Forest Kirk Uniting Church. I’m also a PhD candidate with United Theological College and host the ‘Love Rinse Repeat’ podcast

Rev Rev Sanghyeon (Daniel) Nam

Rev Nam came from South Korea with his wife 13 years ago and they now have two daughters. He has been serving the Forestville UC since June. He is interested in spirituality, church, the next generation ministry, and cross-cultural ministry and is making various attempts while learning

Neville, Ross

 Retired, Pastor, Board of Mission and Evangelism, Lay Preacher, elder. Ministry Upper Hunter, Rural NSW, Coonamble, Parkes, Forbes 

Nowak, Lothar

Born in Germany and came to Australia in 1950. Recently retired. Married with 2 grown-up sons, four grandchildren. Interests are mainly focused on music. Loves playing guitar and singing.

Mel MacArthur

 Retired UCA Minister; university researcher with an ongoing interest in relating scripture to his studies in philosophy and English literature; multi-day remote area bushwalker; pilgrim, by foot and bicycle, to sacred sites worldwide. 

Oh, Myeongcheol (John)

John is a Candidate for the Ministry of the Word at Uniting Theological College, North Parramatta. He also preaches at Turramurra Uniting church – see https://www.turramurrauniting.org.au/sermon-speaker/myeongcheol-john-oh/

Pattenden, Rev Rod

I am the Minister of the Word at the Adamstown Uniting Church with a particular interest in creative spirituality and the arts

Pepper, Dr Miriam

Miriam Pepper is a social researcher and environmentalist living on Gadigal land. She is a long-standing member of Uniting Eco Group, a coalition of UCA members within the NSW.ACT Synod who encourage one another, and others in the Uniting Church, to ecological action and reflection. She currently serves as the treasurer at South Sydney Uniting Church in Redfern-Waterloo. 

Pepper, Sue

I grew up in Eastwood (Sydney) and moved to Newcastle when I married Warren more than 50 years ago. I love people and children’s ministry is a passion of mine.

Rev Elizabeth Raine

Elizabeth is the Minister at Tuggeranong Uniting Church in the ACT. She is passionate about biblical studies, particularly the Old Testament. Elizabeth has written a series of Bible Studies on Women in the Bible and the Wisdom Literature.

Ray, Ashley

I am from Bulahdelah Uniting Church. I am a current serving Police Officer. I truly love being a father and husband.

Robinson Rev Alan

Alan is a retired Uniting Church Minister living in Orange with his wife Sharyn. He has recently completed a series of four children’s picture books called ‘Grandpa’s Farm”.

Shannon, Rev Jean

Jean arrived in Australia in 1970 from the UK and spent many years in the Hawkesbury, Bathurst, Canberra, Sydney and Adelaide. She was a hospital chaplain for 10 years and was Head of Chaplaincy for Uniting NSW/ACT. Jean is currently in placement with the Sapphire Coast Uniting Churches in Merimbula and Wyndham. Her passion is for the church in the world reaching the unconnected and those yearning for community. She is a spiritual director and mentor.

Sharp, Carolyn

I currently live in Wauchope on the Mid-North Coast and am Treasurer on the Church Council as well as leading some services. I’m a Mum and a Granny. I love catching up with our widespread family as often as I can. I enjoy reading, gardening, walking, knitting, crochet and puzzles and I am looking forward to seeing more of Australia.

Ian Sharp

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Simpson, Rev Paul

I am the Minister for Youth and Young People at Pittwater UCA on the beautiful northern beaches of Sydney. I met my wife Amy in 1999 when leading at Vision Valley Kid’s Camp. We now have 2 boys (4 and 2) and a pair of cavoodles. My spare time is often spent gaming or streaming movies.

Squires, Rev John

I currently live in the southern suburbs of Canberra, where I am one of the Presbytery Ministers in the Canberra Region Presbytery. In my role, I provide pastoral support and guidance to lay and ordained leaders in the 26 congregations, meeting over 43 local communities. I enjoy growing vegetables, reading, listening to music, researching family history, and keeping up with current events. I write a regular blog about matters biblical, theological, and political (An informed Faith, at https://johnsquires.com)

Rev Betty Stroud

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Stuart, Rev Tom

Minister of the Charlestown and Garden Suburb Congregation. Celebrating this year 40 years of marriage and 31 years of ministry. Past placements include Nyngan, Gloucester and Parkes. I started out ministry as a youth worker in Griffith, and then a Lay pastor at Menindee.
These days I am spending more time doing spiritual practices, which gives me greater opportunity of seeing what God wants me to do rather than having my sensibilities being consumed by day-to-day life.

Editor’s Note: Tom was also the inspiration and driving force in getting Project Reconnect up and going in 2002 to meet the need for ministry in small rural communities in the Lachlan Valley.

Rev Cherie Strudwick

Cherie is the Pastoral Relations Minister for the Mid North Coast Presbytery and has a passion for making Christ real in the lives of people. She is a mother of 3 and grandmother of 8. In her leisure time she loves to paint and create. See: cheriestrudwick.com.

Swain, Rev Phil

Phil has been the minister at Turramurra Uniting Church for the past 5 years.  Phil has spent his formative teenage years in rural NSW, growing up in a small country town (Coolamon).  He is married with 3 young adult kids (who all still live at home) and spends his time being with people (which he loves) and being on his computer (which he also loves).

Thornley, Kate

Kate is currently a chaplain in Orange.

Williams, Maria

Maria has the inspiration and dedication to produce our animations. She is a retired primary school principal, with a passion for teaching children and adults. Her interests include ; exploring her faith, reading, and (when it is safe to do so), A cappella singing and choral directing.

White, Stephen

I am married with 3 grown-up children, two granddaughters, and one grandson. I am a retired Railway Rolling Stock Engineer living in the Blue Mountains in NSW. My wife and I like traveling around Australia as well as seeing other parts of God’s beautiful world. I am a Lay Preacher in the Leura Uniting Church. I have an interest in old cars and drive a 1976 Triumph Stag and enjoy spending time with other members of the car club. I am a member of the Rural Fire Services and the Blue Mountains Refugee Support Group 

Wright, Pastor Darren

Lay Pastor at Gungahlin UCA in the ACT. Darren likes to be a baker, cook, photographer, storyteller, father, husband, musician, fool!

Yan, Jermaine

I am a Candidate UCA and studying at the Uniting Theological College, North Parramatta.
I was born in Hong Kong and am a father of a 14yr old and an 8yr old. I am a member of Eastwood UCA. I like reading and building LEGOs.