Rev Peter Taubner
Mobile 0402 288 835
Postal P.O. Box 129, Rosewood, Q4340
Hi there. Here is a short précis of my story. I was born in Parramatta, NSW, in January 1958. My parents relocated to the Sunshine State when I was only a toddler and I have one sister, a few years younger, who is a true Queenslander.
My involvement in the Church began in the western suburbs of Brisbane.
I was confirmed only a few weeks after the Uniting Church came into being in 1977. I was prompted to consider entering the Youth + Education Assistant Course, which I did in 1980, after completing a year in the Order of St Stephen, a voluntary year linked to the Church (1979).
The Youth + Education Assistant’s (Y.E.A.) Course was an apprenticeship style process being offered with weekly study at Alcorn College at Kangaroo Point, and a part-time work component. During the 3 year Diploma level course I was linked in 1980-81 to the Fassifern (Boonah area) Parish and in 1982, to the Coffs’ Harbour (NSW) Parish. On Graduation, I was appointed to Ipswich Central Parish Mission as a Youth Worker. I also got married around this time and two daughters (Hayley + Candice) arrived during that time in the mid-80’s.
Other places I worked in as a Youth Worker were Holland Park, The Gap, + Sunnybank (suburbs of Brisbane); Mudgeeraba (in the Gold Coast hinterland); the Stanley River area (based around Kilcoy); and Beenleigh (between Brisbane and the Gold Coast).
After having worked as a Youth Worker in the Uniting Church for over 20 years I candidated as a Minister of the Word. Then, following three years of further study at Trinity Theological College in Brisbane, I was Ordained as a Minister of the Word in July, 2007, and Inducted into the congregations of the Dawson and Callide Valleys later that same month. In mid-2009, my ministry responsibilities in the Callide Valley, centred around Biloela, ceased and I became involved full-time with the Dawson Valley cluster of congregations, based in Moura, and with responsibilities in Theodore, Banana + Baralaba.
In late 2010, I concluded my time there and accepted a full-time Call to the Isis Parish, in the Wide Bay region, serving Childers, Biggenden and Woodgate. I was also seconded as a Resource Minister helping out the Central Burnett congregations of Gayndah, Mundubbera + Eidsvold, for the last six months of 2015.
Next, I received a Call to the Rosewood-Haigslea congregations (including Walloon) and have been their Minister since January 2016. I arrived in the Rosewood area and those two daughters, now young adult women, live independently, Hayley spent some time in Alice Springs, working with the NT Gov’t as a Social Worker but got married towards the end of her time there and now lives on the Gold Coast with husband, Richard Kruger; and Candice is an English + Humanities Teacher with an International School, based currently in Kyoto, Japan. Previously she worked for three years in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. My sister, brother-in-law, and two nieces, live in Brisbane and we see each other quite often.
Most of you know that I married Jeanette Gillam in the middle of 2018, and we had an enjoyable long service leave/honeymoon/holiday in Europe. We have settled into married life quite comfortably at Yamanto, and I am now looking at sharing some other similar memories with Jeanette, as I follow her into a ministry role among you. My placement in Rosewood has been reduced in time allowing me to take on this new venture. It is a half-time arrangement in both Placement areas. Jeanette has two children of adult age, Sally + Ben. They in turn have presented her with a ‘gaggle’ of grandchildren, five at last count.
Personally, I enjoy playing guitar, and sing a bit; I am an armchair sports fan but do play a little golf and tennis for recreation, if there is some time available.
I consider myself to be computer literate and some people appreciate my sense of humour, while others say there could be room for improvement in that department.
My passion in ministry is to develop the gifts of others and I have been told I have skills in the areas of training and teaching. I enjoy preparing and leading Worship, and developing new approaches to meet the relevant and emerging needs of the congregations and the local community.
Of course, early in 2020, we were confronted by the Covid 19 (Corona Virus) pandemic, and I have been sharing ‘hard copy’ worship preparation notes with the congregational members on a regular basis.
During Easter, on ANZAC Day, and for Pentecost Sunday in 2020, I was involved in the recording of Worship Services planned and presented by the different Ipswich Uniting Church communities.
Halfway through 2021 I was struck down with a brain tumour that has been under medical observation and treatment. It has been somewhat successful and I am nearly back to being myself again.