Friday, 05 May 2017

Thank you Tom Kerr

Written by Shane Gillard

The Assembly has bid farewell to Rev. Tom Kerr after seven years of faithful service to youth and young adults across the Church.

Tom concluded his placement as National Faith Development Consultant for Youth and Young Adults among youth worker colleagues and friends at Rosefield Uniting Church in Adelaide.

“I was called into youth ministry because I felt it was my true vocation,” said Tom.

“I give thanks to God for the opportunity to serve in this ministry and grow disciples in the Church.”

President-elect Dr Deidre Palmer preached on the feeding of the 5000 in John 6 and Ephesians 4:1-16. Deidre said Tom’s careful attention in equipping young leaders as the people of God was at the heart of his ministry.

“Tom responds to people’s deep hunger for a life-giving relationship with Christ, for making meaning, for making a difference,” said Deidre.

“He encourages them to live their lives as part of the transformation of God’s world”

“We are grateful to you for this ministry, Tom - many of us gathered here have had the joy and privilege of seeing your ministry in action.”

National Director of Formation, Education and Discipleship Craig Mitchell reflected on Tom’s dedicated support and encouragement over the years.

“I suspect you are too humble to realise the impact that you have on people simply by being yourself and seeing the best in them and seeking the best for them,” said Craig.

“You unashamedly remind us constantly that God is the author, the goal and the companion in all that we do.”

Tom Kerr was instrumental in resourcing a number of national events for youth and young adults, most notably in being the key leader of National Young Adults Leaders Conferences (NYALC) in 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2016.

Tom will continue training youth workers with the Scripture Union in Queensland, but he plans to spend some more time working on his art.

Thank you Tom for everything you have done to resource an evolving youth ministry and blessings for your future journey.