Minister: Reverend Amelia Koh-Butler

Amelia is married to Terry and has two adult children and two grandsons. She is discovering the delights of living and working in Newcastle, loving the mix of inner city, beach/harbour life and being so close to the social hub of the city.

Amelia has a background in music, creative arts, youth work and ministry. She was an Accredited Youth Worker of the Uniting Church in Australia and has previously served in a number of contexts – congregational (St.David’s-Lindfield, Chatswood-Willoughby and Turramurra); educational (Abbotsleigh, Killara, Wesley Institute, Glenaeon Rudolf Steiner School, Sydney Conservatorium and Charles Sturt University); and community (Streetwork). Amelia was ordained as a Minister of the Word on 26th September, 2008.

Amelia has a particular interest and passion for helping congregations to develop ministry with young people and their families and communities. Formerly an opera singer and contemporary music producer, she enjoys encouraging people in the practical aspects of worship development... such as: singing, creative use of drama and reading, using colour and movement and developing informative and engaging preaching and teaching.

Amelia is keen to get alongside Elders, Lay Preachers, Pastors and others called into Leadership to discover/explore new ways and rediscover/reinvent good practices that will help the 21st century church be relevant and helpful vehicles of God's love and grace in Australia. Recently, she has been working with a variety of rural groups to develop practical skills in Lay Ministry Teams. This involved a range of different activities: team-building and retreats; developing common goals and ways of evaluating progress; developing communication action plans; helping teams understand steps to implementing mission plans; faith-sharing experiences and training; understanding and facilitating worship; pastoral care and visitation strategies; etc...

Amelia was born in Australia with a Celtic-Chinese background. Hence, her particular interest in cross-culturalism and second generation hyphenated-identity issues. She became a Christian at the age of 14 and has experience serving in Anglican, Catholic, Presbyterian and Uniting Church settings.

Amelia has the following qualifications: Bachelor of Music (Voice - Sydney Conservatorium), Grad Dip.Mus (Sydney Conservatorium), Master of Creative Arts (Wollongong University), Dip.Choral Conducting (Clare College, Cambridge), Master of Ministry (Charles Sturt University). She is currently undertaking studies towards a Doctorate of Missiology at Fuller Seminary, Pasadena, CA. Her area of research is in Ethnomusicology - how music and liturgy are used to bring together different communities and what music sets communities apart.

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