|| Dieter Engler
Since I was a small child, communities of faith have been important in my life. From Victor Harbor, to Leigh Creek, Adelaide and Nepal, and later while serving as International Mission Officer in other parts of Asia and Melanesia, a variety of churches have contributed much to my shaping as a Christian and extended my horizons.
Around the time of our family's departure from South Australia to serve with the United Mission to Nepal, I became aware of a call to ministry, initially in an expatriate engineering community and later as a teacher in Kathmandu. In places that were a long way from the familiar and comfortable, I realised that God was guiding me to develop my gifts to serve, resource and teach for the benefit of others.
After returning to live in Adelaide, I became aware of the role of deacons in the Uniting Church in representing the serving, empowering ministry of Christ.
Friends encouraged me to explore this growing sense of call via the "period of discernment," and during that time a call to the ministry of deacon was confirmed.
While I began theological studies at Parkin-Wesley College, I finished the first requirements for ministry practice at the Uniting College for Leadership and Theology, and gained friends, and new perspectives and skills from the experience.
For this journey and all that it has given me, I am grateful to God and to fellow pilgrims in the Uniting Church in Australia.