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Press Release: Resignation of Reverend Professor Andrew Dutney

9 Apr 2021

Press Release

Uniting Church in South Australia

Resignation of Reverend Professor Andrew Dutney

It is with regret that the Synod Standing Committee of the Uniting Church in South Australia announces the resignation of the Reverend Professor Andrew Dutney from his position as Principal of the Uniting College for Leadership and Theology.

Andrew’s leadership and vision, both theological and strategic, has been central to the development of theological education in the Uniting Church, and has profoundly influenced the formation of ministers and lay leaders in Australia and internationally.

Andrew was appointed Principal of Parkin-Wesley College in 2001, following congregational ministries in Leven (Scotland) and Sydney, and as Lecturer in Historical and Systematic Theology at Parkin-Wesley College. In 2008 Andrew became the foundational Principal of Uniting College for Leadership & Theology (UCLT) – which brought Parkin-Wesley College and Coolamon College into a newly formed leadership institute, UCLT. Andrew was granted a leave of absence (2012-2015) to serve the church as the Assembly’s 13th President. In 2016 UCLT was brought together with Mission Resourcing into a new Mission and Leadership Development ministry centre, with Andrew as the foundational Executive Officer. This responsibility was in addition to his role as Principal.

In his time as Principal, Andrew has contributed to theological education and formation, publishing scholarly work on theological education, developing innovative policies and processes, and providing strategic leadership in the field throughout the Church and ecumenically.

In stepping down as Principal, Andrew will continue in a revised role as Executive Officer of Mission and Leadership Development and of the Adelaide College of Divinity, and a senior academic within the faculty of UCLT. It is the Standing Committee’s hope that this will enable Andrew to continue to share his unique gifts with the Synod of SA and the wider church for some years to come.

’Andrew has demonstrated exceptional competence in a wide range of tasks, spending decades investing in, and blessing the Church both nationally and internationally. We look forward to enabling him to exercise his gifts and skills through a more focused path which will allow him to offer visionary leadership as he continues his research and teaching,’ said General Secretary Rev Felicity Amery.

The Synod Standing Committee on behalf of the Synod of South Australia thanks Andrew for his many years of service and leadership, and looks forward to his continuing contribution of leadership and scholarship in his ongoing role.

Andrew concludes his role as Principal immediately. Vice-Principal, the Reverend Dr Christy Capper, will serve as the Acting Principal until the end of June, and the Director of Leadership, Craig Bailey, will serve from the beginning of July while the recruitment process for a new Uniting College Principal progresses.

Press Release ends

Synod Media Enquiries:

Bridget Ransome
Executive Officer Engagement
E: bransome@sa.uca.org.au
M: 0403 008 331

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