It is no wonder that a family of keen back country skiers and bushwalkers would be looking forward to moving to Tasmania, but for Rohan Pryor the real allure is in taking up his role as synod liaison minister for the Apple Isle.
“This excitement comes with a deep sense of call to this role, something like the right role at the right time,” Mr Pryor said.
Mr Pryor said he is looking forward to building on the activities that the Tasmanian presbytery prioritises as a community of faith and discipleship.
“One of the strengths of the Uniting Church is that it believes every person has gifts for ministry and leadership and that we draw on these gifts,” he said.
“Particularly in rural and regional communities, where a congregation may not be able to access or afford an ordained minister, there have been some great examples of sharing leadership.”
Mr Pryor is continuing in his present role as lay leadership educator until he takes up the new position in April.
He said he was pleased that lay leadership will continue to be an emphasis in the synod’s planning as the newly named eLM (equipping Leadership for Mission) develops its work.
While Mr Pryor might be considered a mainlander, he said he does have a number of connections with the island state.
“I already know and appreciate many people in the Tasmanian presbytery as colleagues and friends,” Mr Pryor said.
There is also some family history as Mr Pryor’s maternal grandmother was born in Zeehan.
The Oates Pryor family, including Pippa the Labradoodle, is looking forward to settling in Tasmania and eventually doing a bit of skiing and bushwalking.
However, school commitments mean that the children will continue their education in Victoria in 2018.