The cycle of elections of church leadership in the South Pacific continues, with Pastor Brett Townend accepting a call to become president of the South Queensland Conference (SQC).
Pastor Townend was serving as Northern Australian Conference (NAC) president, a role he stepped into in April 2012. Prior to this, he and his wife Rae spent more than seven years leading the Murwillumbah church in North New South Wales.
His appointment to the SQC comes after Conference leaders met on Wednesday to discuss the vacancy left by former president Pastor Jorge Munoz, who was named president of the Australian Union Conference in September.
According to former AUC president Pastor Chester Stanley, the committee “voted decisively” to ask Pastor Townend to fill the role, which he accepted on Friday.
“I’m excited about the move, however my wife and I have grown to love the Northern Australian Conference during our three and a half years here so we will miss working up north,” said Pastor Townend. “I’m looking forward to the new challenge. I’m feeling both daunted and excited at the same time.”
Pastor Townend, said he’s also delighted to be moving closer to his three adult children, who all reside in northern New South Wales near the Queensland border.
The SQC recently moved to their new office located in the central business district of Brisbane.