Sebert farewelled

Sebert and Sophie Ruddock

Sebert and Sophie Ruddock

Retiring executive director, administration and finance, Sebert Ruddock was recently farewelled at the synod office in Melbourne.

Speaking at the sendoff, director of Communications and Media Services Penny Mulvey said Mr Ruddock’s 10-year tenure at the church had been more than just a job.

“People in ministry roles often talk about a ‘calling’,” Ms Mulvey said.

“For Sebert, this job has been a calling. God called him into the Uniting Church and he has served the Church, bringing leadership to the synod operations and to the broader Church in equal measure.”

Discussing his retirement plans, Mr Ruddock said he and his family have a long break planned. This includes a vacation in his birthplace of South Africa.

“My wife, Sofie, and I will be on an overseas trip to South Africa, Namibia and New York at the end of this month,” Mr Ruddock said.

“In South Africa, we will be spending time in the Kruger National Park, celebrating my eldest son James’ 40th birthday. He will be there with his wife and three children and so it will be special showing our grandchildren the African big game, which I am rather passionate about.

“James and his wife Susan live in Melbourne, so it’s quite an adventure for his children to visit Africa.”

Following a well-earned break Mr Ruddock will head home to begin his retirement in earnest.

“We return to Melbourne in about mid-May and I will then decide what to do with my time.

“I will probably do some volunteer work as well as seeking some board appointments.

“In between, I’m sure there will be some babysitting of grandchildren. Sofie and I have eight between us!”

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