New ministry family for Norfolk Island

Greg Harris - National Director

Today I’m delighted to announce that Laurie & Rebecca Carleton, together with their children Olivia, Claudia and Harry, will commence ministry at the Church of England on Norfolk Island next year. The Carletons will continue the work of the Fell family who conclude their almost seven years of service on Norfolk at the end of this month.

Laurie is currently completing his final year of a Bachelor of Divinity at Moore College and working as a student minister at St Paul's Anglican Church, Canterbury and Hurlstone Park. In his role of student minister, Laurie is involved in preaching, service leading, bible reading, prayers and welcoming at all three services. He is also a midweek bible study leader and has roles in pastoral care, children’s ministry, streaming & AV ministry, and music ministry. Rebecca is currently studying an Advanced Diploma of Bible, Mission & Ministry also at Moore College.

“Rebecca and I believe we have been called to serve in less resourced areas with a great gospel need,” says Laurie. “As a family we have a desire to take the message of Christ's saving work to people who do not yet know Jesus and encourage other Christians in their walk with Christ, in areas that others might not feel comfortable serving due to the remote nature of the location.

“I have been told one of my gifts is in community building and I believe this is because God has given me a good ability to relate to others at their level. I look forward to using this gift during my time on Norfolk Island.”

Bishop Malcom Richards (Diocese of Sydney Bishop for International Relations) will induct Laurie as Minister (Chaplain) on Norfolk Island on Sunday 30 January 2022. It is my intention as National Director to also commission both Laurie and Rebecca as BCA Field Staff at the same service.

Please join me in praying for Laurie, Rebecca, Olivia, Claudia and Harry as they conclude their service at St Paul's and prepare to move to Norfolk Island.