Rev Sue Ellis - Moderator

Moderator of the Uniting Church in South Australia's Presbytery and Synod

Rev Sue Ellis- Moderator

The Moderator is the elected leader of the Uniting Church in SA and the official spokesperson for the Church in the public sphere. Installed as Moderator in November 2016, Rev Sue Ellis's three year placement as Moderator will conclude at the end of November 2019.

The theme of Sue’s Moderatorial term is Grow, Nurture, Flourish.


This is based on the parable of the Mustard Seed tree in Matthew’s Gospel.  Jesus says the kingdom of heaven is like a tiny mustard seed being planted and that grows into a huge bushy tree, where the birds of the air come and make their nests.

“The kingdom of heaven is what the church is called to be and bring to the world,” Sue says, as she calls the church to participate in her theme.

2017 was the Year of GROW. Congregations were asked to grow their relational evangelism, by inviting people to deepen their own relationships with God, one another and with people in their work and community.  Growing relationships through active listening, genuine caring and respectful engagement, prepares the ground for questions of faith to be raised by people who are not in a relationship with Jesus.  Our personal stories of Jesus in our lives helping us and blessing us, can bring hope and healing to others.

2018 is the year of NURTURE, where we are called to intentionally nurture our discipleship. Find out more about NURTURE>

2019 will be the year of FLOURISH, where we will be invited to take risks and consider creative ways of being church in our contexts.

Sue is passionate about rural ministry, having served as a regional resourcing minister at Ceduna and Streaky Bay, at Cummins, Yeelanna and Lock and in the Moonta district and the southern Flinders Ranges. 

She loves engaging with congregations everywhere and with Uniting Church organisations and schools. 

She is married to Rob and together they have a joint adult family of 7 children and 10 grandchildren.