After 28 years as the synod’s property liaison officer, Ian Firth is saying goodbye. Originally employed as an insurance officer, Mr Firth said that when he joined the synod in 1985 it felt like he had come home.
“I have been involved with the Church all my life, having started in the Methodist Church as a baby,” he said.
“So coming to work for the Church was a fusion of my insurance knowledge and my knowledge of the Church. At that time 98 per cent of the staff were UCA members.”
Mr Firth said it had been a privilege to work with people of faith both in the synod office and in the presbyteries and congregations.
“It has been enriching to be able to help congregations and presbyteries to resolve, at first, their insurance concerns and in recent years, their property issues.”
Mr Firth will not be putting his feet up just yet, working part time for the Port Phillip East Presbytery. He also plans to spend time at an onsite caravan he and his wife own in Bright, where his daughter lives with her family.