A special service was held in March at the Camperdown Uniting Church, where a packed congregation witnessed a unique double induction. The service was led by the chairperson of the Presbytery of Western Victoria, Mrs Joy Robinson.
Rev Dr Mele Fakahua-Ratcliffe and her husband Rev Stehen Ratcliffe were inducted into the Corangamite/Otway region. This is a newly constituted cluster consisting of 12 congregations in the south-eastern corner of the Presbytery of Western Victoria, reaching from Skipton in the north to Apollo Bay.
The couple’s skills are to be shared throughout the region, but Rev Mele will have special responsibilities for Cobden, Terang and Timboon, while Rev Stephen is centred in Colac but has the care of several congregations to the north, and Birregurra/Forrest to the south.
A third appointment still to be made will cover Camperdown, Derrinallum and Apollo Bay.
Following the impressive service, the congregation enjoyed fellowship and celebration with afternoon tea.