Salier to head Youthworks College

Russell Powell
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Bill Salier will leave his post at Moore College to become Principal of Youthworks College and Director of Theology.

Dr Salier has been a lecturer at Moore College since 1996 and most recently, Deputy Principal. He will take over from Andrew Nixon as Principal but moves into an expanded role which includes the post of Director of Theology for the organisation.

“I am delighted Bill will be leading our College. He has vision, energy and leadership abilities to lift the College to a new level." says Youthworks CEO Zac Veron. "But he will also play a key influential role in continuing the theological excellence of our Christian Outdoor Education ministries, conferences, and our publications and resources.”

“Bill understands the importance of growing leaders of character and conviction, who are equipped to provide faithful, biblical ministry to children and teenagers at the time in their lives when so many come to faith in Christ." Mr Veron said.

The appointment comes at a time when Youthworks and Moore College have been exploring options for closer co-operation, including the possibility of the college campus, currently at Loftus, relocating to Newtown.

“Bill Salier is one of the finest teachers I know. He combines scholarly depth, technical skill and the ability to communicate effectively to a wide range of people." said Moore's Principal, the Rev Dr Mark Thompson. "His 18 years at Moore, the last seven as its Vice Principal, have seen him become a much loved and highly valued member of our community. His departure will be a genuine and deeply felt loss.

“However, as Moore College and Youthworks College grow closer together, we are thrilled that such a man will lead the training of men and women for youth ministry in our diocese and across the country. This is not the end of Bill’s association with Moore College but simply the beginning of a new kind of partnership." Dr Thompson said.

Dr Salier himself describes his new position as a "time to look forward, to be used by our Father in a new context, and continue growing the complementary and mutually supportive relationship between Moore and Youthworks."

“I leave Moore College profoundly grateful to our Lord for its teaching and shaping of me over many years,” he said.

“I am very aware of the challenges this new responsibility brings as we seek to prepare people for Christian ministry in the contemporary world.  I would therefore value your prayers for the ministry of Youthworks College, and my new role there. Pray that the Lord will keep us faithful, use us as He wills, and give us imagination and creativity to see how we may best serve his Son in these testing and changing times.” Dr Salier said.