Helicopters, the Army and ‘Dubbera
The interesting life of Baptist Church Pastor Paul Dare
BEFORE he began a spiritual journey that led him to lead the Mundubbera Baptist Church, Pastor Paul Dare used to work as an aerospace engineer.
“I played with helicopters,” the 52-year-old said.
“I looked after the maintenance of the Black Hawks in the Army and then I worked for Sikorsky Australia.
“Doing that was awesome as I was the only person authorised in Australia to sign off for them for Black Hawk and Sea Hawk helicopters.”
Mr Dare said he enjoyed the job thoroughly.
“You made friends for life, learned things you couldn’t anywhere else, and did things I’d never do again,” he said.
“Just to walk around the Sikorsky manufacturing plant in the United States was such a thrill, where they made helicopters from scratch.
“The production line was a mile long, it was an amazing factory.”
Mr Dare has also been up close to the helicopters used by the President of the United States.
“That was really cool as well.”
Mr Dare grew up in Tasmania and attended the Royal Military College Duntroon, where he completed a trade in electronics. He joined the Army when he was 16.
From there he went on to work for the Army for 20 years as a technician.
“When I was in the Army I was an electronic technician, I did enjoy that, the next logical step for me was with helicopters and aviation,” he said.
“I became involved in things I was passionate about.
“I’ve lived in Melbourne, Aubury, Toow moomba, Canberra, Sydney, Brisbane and Townsville.”
Mr Dare left Sikorsky in 2007 and began to work towards becoming a pastor with the Queensland Baptists.
“It was a journey I went on, a spiritual journey, that’s how I’d describe it,” he said.
“Over a time Mundubbera is where the journey led me.
“I’ve been at the Mundubbera Baptist Church for seven years, starting my eighth year now.”
Mr Dare said while he did not know how much longer he would be based in the North Burnett town, he is proud to be a part of the community.
“That’s up to my spiritual journey and where that takes me,” he said.
“I love that fact that is town willing to advance, look back on what’s it been, not forsake tradition, but not keep it for tradition’s sake.
“It’s willing to move forward, that’s why I think it’s such a dynamic town.
“The Long Table lunch is the highlight, it just proved again what the town can do.”
Mr Dare said out of everything he had learnt in his just over half-a-century life, one thing stood out to him the most.
“Life is about people,” he said.
“You can wealth, fame, fortune and do wonderful things, but if you aren’t doing it with people, or if it isn’t about people, you are doing it for the wrong reasons. “It can become a chore. “If you are doing it for people, it’s better.
“People matter, that is what it boils down too.”
He said the town coming together after the 2013 floods proved just that.
“It proves what people can do for one another, they put aside arguments, got in and helped each other,” Mr Dare said.
“It proved people are so much more important.”
People matter, that is what it boils down to. — Paul Dare
SPIRITUAL JOURNEY: Mundubbera Baptist Church Pastor Paul Dare used to be an aerospace engineer.
Mr Dare said he was proud to be a part of the Long Table Lunch in 2016.