Honoured for their service

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A number of people associated with the Uniting Church and our agencies have been recognised in the Australia Day 2020 Honours List. In South Australia we are aware of at least four people from our communities who received honours.

God has blessed us with their service and we convey heartfelt thanks for their part in our section  of the body of Christ.

A special thank you to Geoffrey Grinton who has been the Business Manager at every UC Assembly meeting since 2003. Geoffrey received a Medal of the Order of Australia in the General Division.

The full list of Australians who have received honours is available on the Governor General's website. The full honours list of UCA-associated people from across Australia is available on the UCA Assembly’s website here. For any additions or corrections please email communications@sa.uca.org.au.

The South Australians who have been honoured are:


Ms Judith Margaret Cross AM, Lockleys

For significant service to community health through social welfare organisations. A former Director, Counselling and Family Services, Adelaide Central Mission (now Uniting Communities), 1984-1988 who went on to serve as Chief Executive Officer, Relationships Australia in South Australia, 2001-2016.


Mrs Ruth Adelaide Daws OAM, Burnside

For service to netball, and to the community. Mrs Daws is Founder and President of the Burnside City Uniting Church Netball Club, since 2013. She also founded the Beaumont Uniting Church Netball Club in 1966 and has held executive roles in the SA United Church Netball Association. Mrs Daws is President of the Monday Fellowship Group Burnside City Uniting Church and a Member of the Pastoral Care Committee.


Mr Brian Douglas Hern OAM, Walkerville

For service to the Uniting Church in Australia. Mr Hern has chaired the Synod of South Australia Stipends Committee since 1999, and been a member of the Committee since 1996. He has served as Treasurer of Brougham Place Uniting Church since 1981, and has been a Choir Member since 1980. He’s also held executive roles at the Royal School of Church Music, SA Branch, and is a Life Member of the Adelaide Harmony Choir. He was also a Clayton Church Homes Board member for 27 years and served as Chairman for 20 years from 1992-2019. Brian was recognised as Volunteer of the Year by the Town of Walkerville in 2014.


Mr Roger Wilfrid McCauley OAM, Moonta 

For service to the Uniting Church in Australia, and to the community. Mr McCauley is a Lay Preacher at Branches Community Church on the Yorke Peninsula, in the Synod of South Australia. He has been a Volunteer Ambassador with Leprosy Mission since 2009, and a Member of Gideons International since 1998. Roger is also a Life Member and Team Leader of the South Australian Ambulance Service at Moonta.



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Comments (3)

  1. Sue Ellis 28 january 2020, 17:49(Comment was edited) Link
    Is there a Branches Uniting Church on the Yorke Peninsula?
    Roger use to live at Moonta and was along serving local preacher there. I think he attends Branches UC now.