We are delighted to announce that Rev Denise Liersch has accepted a call to the position of Christian Education & Small Group Ministry with the Banyule Network.
Denise originally trained as a physiotherapist, later moving into ministry after undertaking theological study in Australia and Germany. She was ordained in 2011 and was minister at The Avenue Uniting Church in Blackburn from 2011 – 2019. She subsequently held the role of Moderator of the VicTas Synod (from 2019 – 2022).
The Joint Nominating Committee (JNC), who undertook a number of conversations with Denise, spoke warmly of her strong and genuine Christian faith, her vibrant, reflective and engaging personality, and her maturity and valuable life-experience. She has prior experience working in team situations, and showed a strong desire to work as part of a team in her ministry.
JNC members also appreciated Denise’s interest in the Banyule Network, and her understanding of the call to work in both a Network-wide role in Christian Education and Small Group Ministry, and also to support congregations at Rosanna, Gresswell and Cross Generation.
It is likely that Denise will commence in the Banyule Network in mid-late January 2023, with a date for her induction to be determined by the Presbytery.