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Moderator: Rev Denise Liersch

Rev Denise Liersch

The Moderator is the Synod’s spiritual leader. Denise became the 11th woman to be appointed when she succeeded Sharon Hollis in July 2019.

“One thing about the Uniting Church that particularly appeals to me is the strong belief it has in its people,” Denise says.

“The gifts that each person brings is part of what makes the church the church and, in a lot of other faith traditions, that’s not necessarily the case. Ordinary members in other churches don’t have the opportunities to contribute to the community like we do in the Uniting Church.

“Our engagement in what you might describe as a secular world also appeals to me. In the Basis Of Union we talk about being informed by scripture, but also by science and history and psychology. The Uniting Church has this emphasis on participating in the world reflecting God’s way.

“The shape of the church might be changing, but the gospel and the mission of God in our world and amongst the church has not really changed at all – just how we live into it.”

Denise is available to speak on a number of social justice and theological issues. To request an interview, contact  communications@victas.uca.org.au.


General Secretary: Rev Dr Mark Lawrence

Mark LawrenceMark has been the Synod’s General Secretary since 2012. Ordained in 1988, Mark is a strong advocate of the Basis of Union, believing it is as significant today as when the Uniting Church in Australia was formed in 1977.

As General Secretary, Mark jokingly describes himself as “just a church bureaucrat and a meeting junkie”.

He is keen to encourage members to continually seek to renew the Church’s mission as a demonstration of Christ’s reconciliation.

“I urge the Church to keep looking for fresh words and deeds for its ongoing worship, witness and service, in order to remain faithful to Christ’s invitation to share in his ministry and mission,” he says.

Mark’s ministry interests include transcendent peace, leadership, organisational development, and mediation.