Ms Geyer will take over the position from Terence Corkin, who leaves at the end of this year after 15 years in the role.
The General Secretary acts as Chief Executive Officer of the Uniting Church at Assembly level. The role of General Secretary encompasses a number of broad areas of responsibility. As well as the responsibility to support the work of the meetings of the Assembly and its Standing Committee, the General Secretary provides oversight and support to Assembly’s national directors.
Currently director of mission at UnitingCare Queensland, Ms Geyer’s extensive career within the Uniting Church includes director of mission at BlueCare, the chair of UnitingCare Queensland Human Research Ethic Committee and national consultant for the Assembly gospel and gender unit. In accepting the role, Ms Geyer reflected on the gift of experience in preparing her for the new position.
“As I look back over my vocation in the church, I feel an affinity with the role of Assembly General Secretary,” Ms Geyer said.
“It makes sense of all that has come before – my gifts, my skills, my leadership, the relationships that I have built nationally and internationally and the wisdom I have gained. In my journey of discernment to apply for this role, I have also had my thoughts, my conversations and at times, my dreams disturbed and disrupted. It has been my experience that this usually constitutes a call. During the interview process and the conversations we have had, my sense of call has deepened and been affirmed by others.”
Acknowledging that the church looks to an uncertain future, Ms Geyer encouraged others to embrace change and the challenges and opportunities it brings.
“From the outset, the Uniting Church has defined itself as a pilgrim people, always on the way towards a promised goal. I would be privileged to offer my gifts and graces to the Assembly in the role of General Secretary, and to provide leadership and support to the Assembly as together, we look to the future and what God has in store for our Church.”