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  REV JASON I KIOA

BACKGROUND

JASON I KIOA is married to Fotolina (Lina) with three daughters and one son, and one grandson: Tisi 32 is married to Pepa with baby son Sioeli (Joel); Lani 29 is married to Sean with 3 year old son Ezekiel; Elvina 28 and Isi 23.

- Jason was born in Tonga and grew up in a Methodist parsonage.

- His father was a Methodist Minister. Jason became a national figure in Tonga when he became the News
  Reader for the national radio station. He worked as a Public Relations Officer for the Tongan Government
  1977-1981.

- Jason migrated to Australia from Tonga in 1981;

- He candidated for the Ministry of the Word through Bourke Presbytery in 1987;

- He was ordained in 1990;

- Minister at Leighmoor Parish (East Bentleigh Moorabbin) 1991-1996;

- Canterbury Balwyn Road 1997-2002;

- Wesley Church, Melbourne 2002-2006;

- Moderator Synod of Victoria and Tasmania 2006-2009;

- Chairperson Pastoral Relations Committee for Bourke Presbytery 2000/2002;

- Chairperson Pastoral Relations Committee Yarra Valley 2004/2006;

- Chairperson of Synod Cross-cultural Multicultural Committee 1998-2001;

- Chairperson of Synod Commission for Mission 2001-2006; current member of the Assembly Standing
   Committee for the last 8 years;

- current Chairperson of the UCA Tongan National Conference 2000-2009;

- current President of the Victorian Council of Churches 2009-2011.

COMMUNITY ACTIVITY

Hosts a Tongan/English radio program every Friday night at 8.00pm-12midnight on 3WBC (Whitehorse Boroondara Community Radio 94.1FM).

VISION FOR THE CHURCH

Through our baptism we are made members of the Body of Christ, and called to share Christ's mission to the world. When we meet in worship we acknowledge our need of God's forgiveness and guidance, and listen for God's Word and are nurtured in the fellowship of the Holy Spirit. Then we are sent out into the world with the message of reconciliation, justice, peace and love. I believe that the Kingdom of God is much bigger than the Church.

The Uniting is an ecumenical church in its own identity.

We are living in a global village and therefore need to care for one another, and for our fragile environment and God's creation. We need to realise that Australia is becoming a very multi-cultural and multi-faith community. This is the context of our existence and the proclamation of the gospel and living it out in our Mission and our relationships in communities.

I have a vision of a church that is active in biblically based worship in varieties of ways and styles, engaging with the community in social, environmental and justice issues, and living out our Christian faith in a developing and informing way.

 

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