There are many definitions of what chaplaincy is. Perhaps the most accurate is 'loitering with intent'. Chaplains are at large in the community in all sorts of areas. They are found in prisons, schools, hospitals, aged care facilities, in sporting clubs, in police stations, in detention centres, in universities, among people with disabilities and in times of disaster. Chaplains are present building relationships, providing encouragement and understanding. They loiter with the intent of being a resource in all of the highs and lows of human life.

Chaplains are in a very real sense on the front line of representing (making present again) Jesus to the world God loves. These are key roles and demand the best people the church has to offer. It takes a special gift to be accepted among a largely unchurched community and to journey with people starting wherever they are.

There are chaplains in many of the community and aged care services, hopsital, schools and colleges associated with the Uniting Church. A number of these come from other denominational backgrounds. There are also a variety of ecumenical chaplaincies overseen by the South Australian Heads of Christian Churches Chaplaincy Committee (HC4). Uniting Church ministers are among those in these appointments.

Chaplains work with caring professionals in a veriety of settings, from prisons to hospitals, aged care and schools.

For information on supporting Mental Health Chaplaincy or Prison Chaplaincy, please click here.

Uniting Church chaplains

To contact a chaplain please use the links below or for general enquiries about Uniting Church chaplaincy please ring the Pastoral Relations Team (08) 8236 4204.

Aged Care

Eldercare - Acacia Court/ Evanston Park/ Oxford
Rev Andrew Diprose

Eldercare - Cottage Grove
Rev Jim Spiker & Mary Hobbis

Eldercare - Maitland/Stansbury
Andrew Chambers

Eldercare - Sash Ferguson
Jo-Anne Lane

Eldercare - Seaford
Rev Adam Tretheway

Eldercare - Trowbridge/The Lodge
Carol Boyce

Eldercare The Lodge
Kim Thoday

Helping Hand Aged Care
Rev Gayle McClimont

Resthaven - Malvern, Mitcham, Bellevue Heights
Rev Priscilla Hein

Resthaven - Craigmore
Rev Trevor Whitney

Resthaven Marion/Aberfoyle Park
Rev Bruce Grindlay

Resthaven - Mt Gambier
Dianne Bailey-Walters

Resthaven - Leabrook, Paradise
Rev Cate Baker

Resthaven - Murray Bridge
Rev Frances Bartlett

Resthaven - Westbourne Park, Port Elliott
Rev Anne Butler


Annesley Junior School
Peter Morton

Flinders University
Rev Dave Williamson

Lincoln College
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Pedare Christian College
John Morton

Pilgrim School
(please contact the school directly for more info)>

Prince Alfred College
Rev Mark Dickens

Scotch College
(please contact the school directly for more info)>

Seymour College
Lynne Moten

Westminster School
Rev Phil Hoffman


Ashford Hospital
Liz Dyson

Flinders Medical Centre
Rev Leanne Jenski

Flinders Private Hospital
Rev Robyn Caldicott

Memorial Hospital
Jeanette Lennon

Royal Adelaide Hospital
Rev Nicholas Rundle

St Andrew's Hospital
Rev Peter Morel

The Queen Elizabeth Hospital
Rev Sarah Williamson

Women's and Children's Hospital
Ecumenical team

Disabilities Ministry

Rev Trevor Whitney

Mental Health Chaplaincy

Rev Wendy Prior: Please contact via Lyell McEwin Hospital

Rev Mark Boyce: Please contact via Queen Elizabeth Hospital

Prison Chaplaincy

Ian Schneider, Coordinating Chaplain - 0419 855 156