Rev Jay Robinson
MINISTER
jay@murrumbeenauniting.org.au • 0410 465 836

Jay has been at Murrumbeena Uniting Church since September 2016. Ordained in 2009, Murrumbeena is her second placement within the Uniting Church.  Jay is passionate about all people, young and old, and their relationship with Christ. Jay loves Worship, and loves exploring creative ways we are able meet and connect with God. Jay is passionate about getting involved within the wider network of communities and serves widely within the structures of the Uniting Church, and sometimes you will see Jay walking around Murrumbeena, at the church, on pastoral visitations, or leading Sunday morning Worship.

 

Jay loves meeting over a cup of coffee and sharing in people’s highs and lows of life. Over the passed decade, Jay has had an instrumental role in University Chaplaincy within Victoria, across Australia, and also internationally. 

Ps Kelly Skilton
YOUTH & YOUNG ADULTS PASTOR / SONDER COLLECTIVE DIRECTOR
kelly@murrumbeenauniting.org.au • 0432 714 758

 

Kelly joined the team at Murrumbeena Uniting in 2013 part-time, and has since grown into the role as the the full-time Youth and Young Adults Pastor. She is from a South African family, and grew up in a Christian home. Her passion is seeing young people grab onto their identity and leading the community toward understanding and experiencing a deep love of Jesus. Kelly has completed both her Bachelor's and Master's Degree in Theology, and her Cert III in Christian Ministry (as well as a Product Design qualification, which helps her continue her passion in art and design).
As part of her role Kelly works across three main areas:
• With those between 11-35 years old at Murrumbeena Uniting church events
• At Monash Caulfield as a Chaplain on the Multifaith team
• Directs Murrumbeena Uniting's missional initiative of The Sonder Collective – a statewide, ecumenical, youth and young adults ministry.

Sometimes you will see Kelly around camps and events, in the community, at the church, and during the Sunday morning and evening services — sometimes preaching, and other times in the pews. 

Zak Hanyn
CHILDREN & FAMILIES PASTOR
zak@murrumbeenauniting.org.au  • 0433 717 590

 

Zak grew up in a Moroccan/British family in Fitzroy, where he spent the first 15 years of his life as an atheist. At 15 he became involved in the Church and this is where he began a relationship with Christ Jesus. Zak found that his values and beliefs began to match up with what was in Scripture and what he understood as his image of God. Zak's hope is to see the young people in our community form positive relationships with each other, and to deepen their own relationships with God.

He has completed a Certificate IV in Ministry and Christian Formation through Harvest Bible College and is in the process of completing a double Bachelor’s degree in Ministry and Theology through the University of Divinity. Zak has wide range of experience and expertise from working within church networks in the area of children and youth ministry. Along with being passionate about working within this community, Zak's interests are (in no particular order): people, pastoral care, baking and cooking, God, gender equality in the churches/society more broadly, scarves/waistcoats, preaching, swimming, fundraising, the theatre, overseas travel, social justice, Church, bush walking and volunteering for the Royal Children’s Hospital and a local Primary School in a Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden program.

The Uniting Church is organised not by a hierarchy, but by groups of women and men, lay and ordained, consulting together, usually making decisions by consensus, in each area of the church’s life. The church is committed to being a series of inter-related councils — local churches, regional presbyteries, state synods, and the national Assembly. Each council has its distinct tasks, and each council recognises the limits of its responsibilities in relation to other councils. Hierarchy occurs when a group decides it knows what is best and has the power to impress that decision on others. The Uniting Church is committed to a more shared process … and realises the need to keep working at it.

Along with the minister, and ministry team, the Elders are called to share in the spiritual oversight of the congregation. They are responsible for building up the congregation in faith and love, sustaining its members in hope, and leading them into a fuller participation in Christ’s mission in the world. Elders can take on a number of different roles depending on the gifts and skills that they bring to Eldership. These can range from pastoral visitation and care to assisting in worship.

 

The Church Council is made up of members from the congregation who have been elected to this role and the ministry team.  It is the responsibility of the Church Council to handle the day-to-day operations of the congregation. This can be anything, from setting worship times to praying, dreaming and scheming for the future of the congregation. The Church council also is responsible for setting the ministry and mission goals of the congregation. The Church Council also oversees the non-ordained staff and reports to the Presbytery on behalf of the congregation. 

Alison Campbell Rate   CHAIR OF CHURCH COUNCIL

Andy Hughes   ELDER

Anne Don   ELDER

Bruce Robinson   ELDER

Doug Faram   ELDER • CHURCH COUNCILLOR

David Robinson   ELDER • CORRESPONDENCE SECRETARY
Greg Pressey   TREASURER
Jo Petzer   CHURCH COUNCILLOR

Margaret Reid   ELDER • CHURCH COUNCILLOR

Peter Barnes   ELDER
Rachel Dart   MINUTE SECRETARY

Roger McCowan   ELDER

There are many communities that are run and coordinated through the people at Murrumbeena Uniting. Below are the large number of those people within our congregation. 

Alison Campbell Rate   MUSIC COORDINATOR

Anne Don  CHURCH LENDING LIBRARY • ADULT FELLOWSHIP 

Belinda Clear   BIBLE STUDY LEADER

Doug Faram   BIBLE STUDY LEADER • CHURCH MAINTENANCE

Geoff Edwards   FRIENDSHIP FELLAS/MEN'S GROUP
Glenda  Leigh  CULTURE OF SAFETY CONTACT 
Glynis Ramsay   CRAFT CIRCLE COORDINATOR • COMMUNITY GARDEN
Kay Pentland   COMMUNITY GARDEN

Marg Edwards   LIFT/WOMEN'S GROUP 
Mary-Lou Keur   LIFT/WOMEN'S GROUP
Pam Wight   PANCAKES/DROP IN COORDINATOR

Roger McCowan   MUC MAG EDITOR
Tai Alphred  MAINLY MUSIC COORDINATOR

We have such a high number of people and programs that happen throughout the week at the church. Below are our Administration Team members. 

Sandra Tempes BOOKINGS OFFICER

Sue Sears  OFFICE ADMINISTRATOR 

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