New min­is­ter rides into parish

Wangaratta Chronicle - - News - By TATE SPITERI

REV­EREND An­drew Del­bridge is the new Alpine Re­gional Re­source Min­is­ter for the Myrtle­ford-Whorouly Parish of the Unit­ing Church.

Rev Del­bridge, who is in his 20th year as a min­is­ter, said he was very ex­cited about start­ing off in the re­gion.

His job will be to en­thuse and em­power the lo­cal con­gre­ga­tion while as­sist­ing with re­sources and spir­i­tual guid­ance.

“I’m fairly new to the role but I am re­ally look­ing for­ward to help­ing the churches work to­gether and look­ing at new ways for us to con­tinue be­ing who we are,” he said.

Rev Del­bridge has pre­vi­ously worked as a chap­lain at the Scots School in Al­bury, where his three chil­dren at­tend, and as a Pres­bytery Min­is­ter for Pas­toral Care in the Goul­burn Mur­ray re­gion.

He is cur­rently a chap­lain for the Army Re­serve and has trav­elled to East Ti­mor in the past to as­sist sol­diers and work with the In­ter­na­tional Sta­bil­i­sa­tion Force.

Rev Del­bridge also has great over­sight of the Mans­field, Tal­lan­gatta, Cor­ry­ong and Mt Beauty parishes from his many years of in­volve­ment.

“I hope to use all my ex­pe­ri­ence to make a dif­fer­ence here,” he said.

“It is a way of re­spond­ing to my faith and I love work­ing with peo­ple and mak­ing a dif­fer­ence.”

A keen mo­tor­bike rider, Rev Del­bridge said he looks for­ward to en­joy­ing the scenery sur­round­ing his new work­place.

“I love riding up around the North East, it is beau­ti­ful es­pe­cially up this way where it is just gor­geous,” he said.

ROLLING IN: Rev­erend An­drew Del­bridge is ex­cited to be the new lo­cal min­is­ter of the Myrtle­ford-Whorouly Unit­ing Church.

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