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Queensland Synod moderator, Rev David Baker. Photo: Ben Rogers
Queensland Synod Moderator, Rev David Baker. Photo: Ben Rogers

Ten (light) catch up questions with your moderator!

32nd Synod members have today elected Rev David Baker for a second term as Queensland Synod moderator. Ashley Thompson catches up with David to reflect back on the first 18 months of his first term.

Ashley: Why did you put your hand up to be moderator again?

David: I was nominated by Bremer Brisbane Presbytery because they thought I still had something to offer and I was ready to offer it to the church if they wanted to take it.

A:  What do you hope to improve on in your continued term?

D: Our relationships across the life of the church, our effectiveness and our purpose.

A: What unexpected things have you learnt in the role?

D: The support and love of the church. The encouragement of people and a sense that they really were looking for church to strengthen and support them. It wasn’t as lonely as I thought it would be!

A: What dangerous idea are you most excited about?

D: That we enter into silence and solitude.

A: What do you do to relax after a hard day of moderating?

D: I walk the dog. I take him down to an off-leash space and play with the dog.

A: What is the funniest thing that has happened to you at church?

D: One day, when I was doing an adult baptism, I asked the person her name and it was different from what I expected. It was a shorter name and I said, “Oh were you baptised like that?” and said she “No … I’m here to be baptised now!” *face palm* I didn’t feel stupid at all!

A: What is your favourite church weasel word?

D: Concern. We are concerned.

A: If you had $100 000 to start a mission, what would you start?

D: I would go into my community and find the unloveliest people that were there and work out how we love them.

A: What is your karaoke song?

D: “Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da” by The Beatles.

A: What is the ideal morning tea to serve after church?

D: Flat whites and blueberry Danishes.

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