Ms Gayler retired in November after 10 years of service.
Prior to studying theology and subsequent ordination, Ms Gayler’s background was in social work. Her long career with various community service organisations in Melbourne included management experience in local government. Ms Gayler’s previous experience of ministry was in rural Victoria where she was involved in health and aged care chaplaincy as well as leadership of a small Uniting Church congregation.
Mr Evers said Ms Gayler’s contribution to the organisation had been invaluable.
“Barbara’s warmth, insight and professionalism will be missed by Wesley but we wish her all the best for an enjoyable retirement,” Mr Evers said.