Moderator: Bronte Wilson
The Moderator is the elected leader of the Uniting Church in South Australia and the official spokesperson for the Church. Mr Bronte Wilson was installed as Moderator in November 2019.
Bronte’s hope for his term as Moderator, and beyond, is for a time to make and reform connections: connections between individuals, congregations and councils of the church. He believes each of the Uniting Church’s congregations and organisations are important – whether they are nearby or far away, large or small. As the whole church works together to strengthen existing relationships and make new connections, all can join in God’s mission for our world.
Bronte grew up in rural South Australia, spending most of his life as a farmer around Mount Gambier and has been involved in the Church since childhood. Over the years, he has been involved in leadership at the congregational, presbytery and Synod level. During 2019 Bronte acted as the Region Minister for Rural and Remote South Australia.
Bronte is married to Cheryl, who is the Minister at Ascot Community Uniting Church. They have three young-adult children.
General Secretary: Rev Phil Gardner
Rev Philip Gardner is the Interim General Secretary of the Synod of South Australia appointed in August 2022.
After studying for ministry at Parkin Wesley College (now Uniting College), Philip has held ministry positions in rural, regional and suburban congregations as well as serving in Presbytery Synod roles. Philip has appreciated the chance to work with dedicated and competent staff in the various teams of which he has been a part within the Synod Office and across the wider church.
Philip is supported by Rev Sue Page as Associate General Secretary who has taken on additional responsibilities at this time.
Moderator, Bronte Wilson's 'New Connections' Worship Resources
As many congregations look to gather together again for Sunday worship, The Centre for Music Liturgy and the Arts (CMLA) and the Moderator's Worship Team have put together some resources for a worship celebration.
This consists of a collection of prayers and a message from the Moderator, acknowledging how difficult these past few months have been; our on-going uncertainty and vulnerability; our need for rest and restoration; and expressing our hopes for the future of our church.
This collection includes:
- printable resources to be used within a gathered worship service
- a pre-recorded video message from the Moderator (below)
- plus a printed ‘Worship at Home’ resource for those unable to or not yet gathering together.