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Women in Ministry began in 2000 among a group of Avondale College of Higher Education and Avondale College Seventh-day Adventist Church supporters of women in Adventist ministry. They formed the ministry trust in response to the low take up of women ministry and theology graduates as ministers in Australia during the last decade of the 20th century.

The original group comprised couples who in late 2000 signed a letter to the editor of Adventist Record, the official newsmagazine of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in the South Pacific, of their plans. The couples were: Dr Lyell and Gaylene Heise; Pr Ian and Margaret Howie; Keith and Zanita Johnson; Stuart and Cherie Tipple; Dr Norman and Elisabeth Young; and Ian and Annette Watts. They were joined soon after by Dr Arthur and Joan Patrick and Bill and Carole Ferch-Johnson.

A Women in Ministry Committee formed from the group and recruited others, including Barbara Reynolds, Jean Mack Mitchell and Ron Herbert, to join the ministry.

Women in Ministry incorporated and operated with a large active committee for more than 10 years. At the time of this writing (2016), Women in Ministry has relinquished its incorporation and the management of its funds and carrying forward of its mission has been assigned to three trustees: Dr Lyell Heise; Dr Bryan Craig; and Ron Herbert.

Goals


Goals
Assist in employing women ministry and theology graduates in the Seventh-day Adventist Church in the South Pacific.
Women in Ministry raises money, offer support to conferences of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in the South Pacific in hiring women pastors and raises awareness of the value women pastors bring to Adventist ministry.
Support women pastors in their professional and spiritual life.
Women in Ministry funded and organised a conference in 2013 for Seventh-day Adventist women pastors in Papua New Guinea and co-funded and co-organised with Avondale College of Higher Education a celebration in 2015 of the role of women in ministry.
Cooperate with leaders at every level of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in the South Pacific so they understand Women in Ministry is supportive of the mission of the church.
Leaders of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in the South Pacific support Women in Ministry.
Fund the addition of women lecturers to the Discipline of Theology at Avondale College of Higher Education.
Women in Ministry funded the employment of Dr Drene Somasundram and Dr Kendra Haloviak Valentine and, in a cooperative partnership with Avondale College of Higher Education and the Seventh-day Adventist Church in the South Pacific, sponsored the doctoral study of Dr Wendy Jackson to expand the diversity of the discipline and to offer a ministry role model to students.
Last Updated:17th February 2016
Updated By: Brenton Stacey