The classic mission of the Christian Church is to strive to fulfill the Great Commission which Jesus gave to his disciples prior to his Ascension. Jesus told his disciples to preach the Gospel to all the world; to make disciples of all nations; to baptise in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit; and to teach people to obey all that he had commanded (see Mark 16.14-18; Matthew 28.16-20; Luke 24.44-49; Acts 1.4-8). While this remains very much a part of what we aim to do and who we aim to be, we also recognise that it isn't enough to merely preach the Good News - we have to be good news. The good news which Jesus preached during his ministry wasn't that the "good" go to "heaven"; Jesus rather preached the Kingdom of God was at hand - that the time of God's just and righteous rule had arrived. Christians believe that Jesus' ministry inaugurated God's kingdom, but that it has not yet arrived in its fullness. Our mission is to continue what Jesus started - to work for love and justice by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit.
THE REVEREND RYAN AUSTIN-EAMES
Fr Ryan Austin-Eames was born and raised in Sydney. In 2009 he was Commissioned as an Officer in the Royal Australian Navy, and served on HMA Ships Melbourne, Brunei, and Bundaberg. While a parishioner at Christ Church St Laurence in Sydney he discerned a call to ministry and commenced theological studies through St Mark's National Theological Centre, Canberra. Ryan left the Navy at the end of 2015. In 2016 he joined the staff at St Andrew's Cathedral School, Sydney, commenced a placement as Student Minister at Christ Church St Laurence, while also continuing his theological studies. Ryan moved to Ballarat and was ordained as a Deacon in May 2019. Following ordination Ryan served as Assistant Curate in the Parish of St Peter's Ballarat and was on the staff of Ballarat and Queen's Anglican Grammar School. He was ordained to the Priesthood in February 2020 and commenced his appointment as Assistant Curate in the Parish of Colac shortly after.
WARDENS & PARISH COUNCIL
Jean Tann, Rector's Warden
Norman Griffiths, People's Warden
Sara Matthews, People's Warden
Fred Slade, Parish Treasurer
Trevor Hodson, Parish Councillor - Christ Church, Birregurra
Glenda Carson, Parish Councillor - St Andrew's, Alvie
Sue Grant, Parish Councillor
Hillary Hann, Parish Councillor & Parish Secretary
Laurence Towers, Parish Councillor