27 candidates from a variety of backgrounds were ordained deacons on Saturday, 13th February, at St Andrew's Cathedral.
Led into the Cathedral by the director of Ministry, Training and Development, the Rev Gary O'Brien, he told the group "You are entrusted with a wonderful message."
Preaching from 1 Thessalonians 2, Mr O'Brien exhorted the group ordinands, "Make your motivation to please God, make your manner to be gentle like a nursing mother, make your teaching to be challenging like a godly father and make your message to be the Gospel of God."
"My friends, you will be called in your ministry to do many good things but never forget the central thing. The central thing is to share the good news of the Gospel, the good news of Jesus."
The group included a former missionary, a school chaplain, a college lecturer and a veteran youth worker. Other candidates will work in parishes throughout Sydney and Wollongong.
Some have already had extensive ministry experience such as the Rev Margery Mills, who lectures at Mary Andrew's College and former youth worker, the Rev Scott Petty, who has authored several books.
"I've been working in general ministry at St Matthew's, Manly for the past 18 months to two years" Mr Petty says. "Ordination is a recognition of the ministry that I have been doing and it just opens up availabilities to serve people in more ways in the future."
Five other candidates will be ordained later in the year.
The full list of new deacons, with their parishes, is
Susan An Neutral Bay
Meagan Bartlett Lane Cove
Mark Boyley Rooty Hill
Michael Bullen Campbelltown
Travis Cook Glenmore Park
Rhys Duggan Centennial Park
Myles Elton Figtree
Rod Farraway Cranbrook School
James Gowing Malabar
Michael Hanbury East Roseville
Blake Hatton Bondi
Michael Kinsey Rosemeadow
Alan Lam Summer Hill
Mike Leite Engadine
Steve Mackenzie Mittagong
Scott Millar Naremburn/Cammeray
Craig Mills Lindfield
Marge Mills Mary Andrews College
Matthew Moffitt Ashfield, Five Dock, and Haberfield
Ben Molyneux Narrabeen
Scott Petty Manly
Morgan Renew Gladesville
Josh Russell Northmead
Ron Sanchez Greenacre
Ruth Schroeter Moorebank
James Sneddon Panania
David Traill Albion Park