ON 17 May Trinity Theological College, representatives of the wider church, family, friends and former students marked the retirement of Rev Dr Neil Sims, 39 years after his ordination.
Dr Sims joined the Faculty of Trinity in 1997 and is the longest serving faculty member.
He has been responsible for teaching in the area of Ministry and Mission as well as being Director of Field Education.
Prior to his placement at Trinity he served in various congregational placements throughout Queensland.
Speakers at the farewell commented on Dr Sims’ commitment to the ministry of the church and the enthusiasm and encouragement he brought to his teaching.
Note was also made of the growing recognition being given to Dr Sims’ expertise in the area of Supervision for Ministry.
During his time at Trinity over 130 students for the Uniting Church’s specified ministries had passed through the College and come under his influence and he has set up over 100 field placements.
Members of the 29th Synod last October passed a minute of appreciation for Dr Sims’ faithful service to Christ and the church.
Photo : Rev Dr Neil Sims. Photo by Osker Lau