Thank you Colleen

Colleen Griever celebratesThe presbytery of Tasmania recently honoured Colleen Grieve’s 40 years of service as an ordained minister.

Ordained on 14 October 1975, Ms Grieve has served in three synods – the Queensland, Tasmanian and most recently the Synod of Victoria and Tasmania.

Ms Grieve provided ministry leadership in congregations in Brisbane and Mt Isa, and at Woodleigh Residential College in Herberton, North Queensland. She moved to Tasmania in 1990 to take up her placement with Frontier Services on the West Coast of Tasmania.

From 1996 to 2004 Ms Grieve was the minister at Longford UCA. During this period she was also the minister for Ross and Campbell Town and it was her creative vision which led to the establishment of the Midlands Patrol.

Ms Grieve understood her call as being to the wider church as well as to her specific placement. She has served on many synod and presbytery committees and task groups. Ms Grieve was the chairperson of the Congregational Life and Education Commission with oversight of camping. She has served on the pastoral relations committee for 21 years.

Chairperson of presbytery David Reeve said the presbytery was particularly grateful for Colleen’s service as moderator of the Tasmanian synod from October 2001 to June 2002 and then chairperson of the presbytery of Tasmania from July 2002 to October 2003.

“Colleen’s leadership during the transition from Synod of Tasmania to Synod of Victoria and Tasmania was both wise and practical,” Mr Reeve said.

“Retirement (in 2004) has not stopped Colleen. She continues to share her gifts and graces here at Longford, on the pastoral relations committee and as a mentor both within the period of discernment and in less formal ways.

“Thank you Colleen for your faithful obedience to God’s call on your life. Your continued ministry both with the people of Longford and with the presbytery of Tasmania is appreciated and valued.”

 

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