Wembley Downs Uniting Church
Our Preachers
| Karen Sloan

While each of our Christian journeys is different, as a preacher at Wembley Downs Uniting Church, I would like to tell you how my Christian journey has led me to be in this place at this time. We will skip the birth, and childhood memories, other than to say I was raised in a non churchgoing environment and besides the occasional visit to a Catholic church when staying with friends my experience was very limited. At University, however, things changed. I was learning and then subsequently teaching Anatomy and Human Biology, and when dissecting dead people it is hard not to think about deeper things. Not that I instantly `found God`. Quite the contrary! I held out for quite a while. However, it is hard to run away from such things, and when I returned after spending a couple of years over..

| Neville Watson

Neville Watson was born on 9 October 1929, and had an immediate impact on the world. On that precise day, the stock market crashed and the world entered into deep depression. Some say that the world is still reeling from his birth, such has been his concern for peace and social justice. In 1952 he went to the Third World Conference of Christian Youth in India with Bob Hawke. Bob lost his faith at that time; Neville`s was radicalised. In 1955 he was admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Western Australia and in 1959 was ordained within the Methodist Church. He describes himself as a lawyer by trade and a Minister by calling. After five years in parishes he was, at his request, left without pastoral charge and set up a lay training centre at Faversham House in York..

| Marion Millin

Revd Marion Millin (retired) - I was born in England in 1946 near Tavistock on the western edge of Devon not far from Dartmoor Prison. Being the middle child with two brothers probably helped hone my feminist capacities to challenge injustice for which I later thanked them in that I gained the strength to stand fast in some tough situations! Looking back I can see that the first eighteen years (before leaving for university on the other side of England) had a profound influence on my spiritual journeying. I have fond memories of Methodist Chapel celebrations including anniversaries and harvest festivals. However, long before any Christian perceptions started percolating down to me from the bible or preachers, I had gained an intuitive understanding of the divine energy flowing through ..

| Terry Quinn

I was born in Sydney in January 1942. As a child I lived in Maroubra with caring parents, one brother, one sister and a cousin, Margaret. I attended Catholic primary and secondary schools in Kensington and Darlinghurst. In 1959 I went to Sydney seminaries and studied Philosophy for three years and Theology for four years. In 1965 I was ordained as a priest and served in parishes for five years. In 1970 I taught English, History and Religious Education in Newman High School, Pendle Hill, Sydney. In 1972 I trained as a District Welfare Officer with the Department of Youth and Community Services in NSW. I worked in inner-city Sydney. I moved to WA in 1974 with my new wife, Christine and worked as a Community Adviser with the Ngaanganawili Community in Wiluna. From 1974-1987 I worked wit..

| David Robinson

Born in Mildura, Victoria 30/7/1926 to Australia father and Scottish mother RAAF and AIF 1945-1946 Melbourne Uni 1948-1951; Ormond Theological Hall 1952-1955 Married Lucie Fouvy, daughter of Swiss immigrant 1953 Four children: 2 male and 2 female Ordained into ministry of Presbyterian Church 1956 Murrayville United (Methodist & Presbyterian) Parish 1956-1959 Secretary Victorian Council of Churches 1959-1962 Elizabeth Presbyterian Church, South Australia, 1962-1970 Princeton Seminary 1967-1968 Principal St Columba College 1970-1984 Moderator Presbyterian Church of WA 1976 Nedlands Uniting Church 1984-1991 Minister in Association Nedlands 1991 : Locum Englishtown, New Jersey 1967-68 Geneva 1991, 1993 Langbank Scotland 2001 Airdrie Scotland 2003 Budapest, Hungary 2006

| Richard Smith

BSc(Agric) Hons (Lond), Dip Agric Econ (Oxon) PhD (UWA) Richard Smith grew up an Anglican and at University participated in Baptist, Methodist and Plymouth Brethren Churches. On migrating to WA, marriage brought about his involvement with the Methodist, Presbyterian then Uniting Churches. He became a certified Lay Preacher while heading Concerned Citizens of Griffith, NSW for an inquest into the murder of anti-drug campaigner Donald Mackay. The campaign against corruption forced a Special Commission of Inquiry, criminal defamation charges against a former minister and foundation of the Donald MacKay Churchill Fellowship. On returning to WA, Richard and his family joined the Floreat Uniting Church, with Richard becoming Chairman of Mission and Outreach, initiating outreach programs to..

| Jim Malcolm

I was born in Subiaco, Perth, Western ustralia on 24 June 1944, and though I`ve done some overseas travelling, the western suburbs of Perth have been my home ever since. I`ve had a life-long connection with first the Methodist and later the Uniting Church, taking an active role in worship and especially music. Multi-skilled is probably the best word to use in describing me. I have an Honours degree in Agricultural Science from the University of Western Australia and a Master of Arts in Economics from the University of Manchester, England. With those qualifications I spent the first 18 years of my professional life working in the field of agricultural economics. I then changed course, and for another 15 years I worked in the Department of Environment on environmental impact assess..



130 Calais Road, (crnr of Minibah Street)
Wembley Downs, Western Australia.
Phone 08 9245 2882

Ten kilometres northwest of Perth city centre,
set amongst the suburbs of City Beach, Churchlands,
Scarborough, Wembley Downs and Woodlands