The 2018 Queen’s Birthday honours list has been hailed as the most diverse and the first where women outnumbered men to receive honours. Along with this, a number of Uniting Church members also made the list.
In New South Wales and the ACT, the following Uniting Church members were recognised for their outstanding contribution to society in various roles.
Medal (OAM) in the General Division
The Reverend Marion Judith GLEDHILL
For service to the Uniting Church in Australia, and to social welfare. Eastwood Uniting Church. Deacon, Parramatta Nepean Presbytery.
Mr Edward Harris BRILL
For service to the community of Ebenezer. Service includes: Ebenezer – Pitt Town Uniting Church Parish Secretary, Parish Council, current. News Letter Editor, current Volunteer, guide and co-founder, Tearoom and Museum, current.
Mrs Susan Jane BRILL
For service to the community of Ebenezer. Service includes: Ebenezer – Pitt Town Uniting Churches: Manager, Church Shop, 2002-2018 and Treasurer, 1989-2018.
Mr Peter Milton ANDREWS
For service to the Uniting Church in Australia through a range of voluntary roles. Services includes: Chair, Assembly Finance, Audit and Risk Committee, since 2004. Co-Opted Member, Assembly Standing Committee, since 2002. Member, NSW/ACT Synod Business Committee, since 2016. Chair, NSW/ACT Synod Governance, Nominations and Remuneration Committee, current. Chair, Exodus Foundation, 2011-2013. Chair, Lifeline Macarthur, 2003-2008.
Mr Geoff BATKIN
CEO, Wesley Mission Queensland, former Director of Corporate Services for UnitingCare Burnside in NSW, Member, UnitingCare Australia Aged Care Network Committee. For significant service to the community through social and aged welfare organisations, and to the Uniting Church in Australia.
Member (AM) in the General Division
Mr John Lachlan CAMERON
For significant service to the community through a range of roles in the disability and the not-for-profit sectors, and to politics and public policy. St. John’s Uniting Church Wahroonga: Chairman, Parish Council, current.
Adjunct Professor David Charles GOLDNEY
For significant service to tertiary education in the field of environmental science, and to conservation through resource management committees. 50 Years Lay Preacher, Uniting Church of Australia, 2008.
Congratulations to all recipients.
To see the full honours list including Uniting Church honourees from other Synods click here.