|| Nathan Whillas
I first heard the call to ministry at the age of ten in response to a Junior Easter Camp.
This sense that God was calling me to ministry had been with me then for a very long time and grew during high school, university and as a teacher. During high school I was challenged to share my faith with my friends more intentionally, but found that my understanding lacked depth. So in a quest to discover what Christianity was on about I read the Bible from cover to cover. It was through this that I came to understand God's grace through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ as a free gift for all, including me. From here I have developed a passion for sharing my faith, and engaging people with scripture so that its message may become alive for them. Hence my call to ministry grew.
Intermittently, however, I felt first called to teaching in its own right but also as a stepping stone to ministry. It was while I was teaching in Whyalla that God's call to ministry became stronger. So I decided to test this call that had been part of my life for so long and began my period of discernment. I did this over two years, and I found it incredibly affirming. Given the green light at selection I began full time study at the start of 2008. In 2009 I embarked on youth ministry as Youth Pastor at Parafield Gardens Uniting Church and studied part time. I feel that through practicing ministry while studying has given me a well rounded formation for ministry and has brought me to this point of ordination.
I now look forward to ministry and further learning in Loxton and Renmark.