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Celebrating 100 years

Rev Ellis Bramley. Photo by Glenn Mulcahy
ON SUNDAY 5 June Queensland’s oldest living Uniting Church minister, Rev Ellis Bramley, will celebrate his 100th birthday with a special services at the Chermside- Kedron Community Church in Brisbane.

Mr Bramley commenced his ministry as a Home Missionary in Chinchilla in 1932.

After his Ordination at Albert Street Methodist Church in 1938 he served in Clermont, Longreach and then in the Methodist Inland Mission based in Camooweal.

During the war years he was Army Chaplain to troops stationed in the Northern Territory and North-West Queensland.

After the war, Mr Bramley was stationed in Wyndham and ministered to the vast area of the Kimberleys.

He then moved to the south of Western Australia, serving in Kellerberrin, and Rockingham- Kwinana.

On his return to Queensland he had postings at Townsville (as Industrial Chaplain), Wilston, Warwick, and Oakey.

In retirement he has provided supply ministry to over twenty congregations.

He said the key to his longevity lies in staying active.

“I’m always doing things,” he said.

“And I never really retired.

I was always involved in Christian Endeavour, Rotary and things like that as well as all sorts of different ministries in a variety of places across Australia.”

The service will be held at 9am on Sunday 5 June and will be followed by morning tea, a light lunch at noon and the main
celebration at 2pm concluding with afternoon tea.

The local congregation has commissioned a small stained glass window in recognition of Mr Bramley’s dedicated service to his Lord.

The window will be dedicated during the afternoon celebrations.

RSVP to the lunch via the Church office on 3350 4302

Photo : Rev Ellis Bramley. Photo by Glenn Mulcahy