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Queensland Lay Preachers honoured


Mr Harry Thompson, former secretary of the Bremer Brisbane Presbytery and member of the Uniting Church congregation in Oxley, was awarded an Order of Australia (OAM) Medal in the 2008 Australia Day honours list

One of 473 recipients receiving awards in the Order of Australia from the Governor-General, Major General Michael Jeffery, Mr Thompson was commended for service to the Uniting Church in Australia through administrative roles at local and state level, and to the community of Corinda.

Mr Thompson was twice a member of the Uniting Church National Assembly, long time member of the Queensland Synod, Council of Synod and Synod Leadership Team, and served as Chairperson of the Synod Schools’ Commission.

Also an Elder in the Oxley congregation and Secretary for the Church Council, Mr Thompson has been an accredited lay preacher since 1966.

Another Uniting Church Lay Preacher, Mr Douglas Miller from the Camp Hill Uniting Church congregation, was awarded an OAM.

Mr Miller has been a lay preacher for over 65 years and was honoured for service to the community through a range of amateur photographic and church organisations.

Clinical Manager of the Cardiac Rehabilitation Unit at the Uniting Church’s Wesley Hospital in Brisbane Sandy McKeller was also recognised in the Australia Day Honours.

Ms McKeller was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia for her service to nursing in the area of cardiac rehabilitation as a clinician and educator and through her contribution to professional bodies.