WELL KNOWN Cunnamulla Frontier Services Patrol Minister Dennis Cousens was ordained at the Darling Downs Presbytery in Toowoomba on 13 November 2010 as a Minister of the Uniting Church of Australia.
Dennis has been involved in the church his whole life, firstly with the Methodist Church and then with the Uniting Church since Union in 1977.
He has held a number of varied roles including that of a youth leader, teaching Sunday school, working for 23 years as the CEO of the Hobart City Mission and as a part-time Parish Minister and Moderator/ Chairperson of the Tasmanian Presbytery.
In 2008 at the age of 58, Dennis joined Frontier Services Patrol Ministry – the remote area ministry of the Uniting Church of
Australia as a lay Pastor.
For the past two years, he has been working in the south western Queensland region in and around Cunnamulla.
Besides his excellent track-record in remote ministry practice, Dennis combined work with intensive study in preparation
for his ordination as a minister.
Commenting on his ordination Dennis said,” God surely works in mysterious ways.
It was fantastic to share this with a loving family and a supportive ministry.
The path towards ordination has been a long but yet rewarding one and I could not have done it without the affirmation and support of the church community.
I await with excitement everything that the future holds as I continue my journey within the Uniting Church.”
Photo : Rosemary Young AM, National Director of Frontier Services, David Buxton, Associate National Director of Frontier Services, the Rev. Dennis Cousens (Middle), Davida Melksham, National Coordinator of Outback Links and Frontier Services Patrol Minister (Burke and Wills Patrol), John Case