The current Minister of the Word in placement for the Rosewood-Haigslea Uniting Church is Rev Peter Taubner.
Peter is the one to talk to in regard to worship services, arrangements for marriages, questions about funerals, planning for baptisms and preparing for any other celebrations that might require a Ministers’ presence or advice. He’s also up for just a chat if you’re struggling with life’s issues or have a particular point of stress and all you need is a listening ear. One of Peter’s many roles will be to further the good work begun by his predecessors in ministering to the local community and wider afield.
You can contact him by email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone him on 07 5464 1366. His mobile phone number is 0402 288 835.
Postal contact can be made through P.O. Box 129, Rosewood, Q’ld 4340.
Here’s a little bit of his story so far:
Born in Parramatta, NSW, just over 60 years ago, his family soon after relocated to Brisbane, and his sister was born in the sunshine State, making her a true Queenslander.
All of his schooling took place in the western suburbs of Brisbane, attending Milton + Toowong State Schools and Toowong State High School. During the latter years of high school, he took on helping with a milk run and wrapped newspapers, both early morning tasks.
His involvement in the Church began in the Toowong Methodist Circuit, which then became part of the Toowong Uniting Church Parish. He experienced the whole gamut from being a Sunday School student, moving to SS teacher, then Youth Group member and Leader. Peter was actually confirmed only a few weeks after the Uniting Church came into being in 1977.
As he finished secondary study he began pondering university options, and was prompted to consider entering the Youth + Education Assistant Course. In order to prepare for this, he also did a year of service under the Order of St Stephen working within the UCA Department of Christian Education.
The Y.E.A. Course was an apprenticeship style process with weekly study at Alcorn College at Kangaroo Point, and a part-time work component. During the 3 year course, Peter was linked in 1980-81 to the Fassifern (Boonah area) Parish and in 1982, the Coffs’ Harbour (NSW) Parish. On Graduation, he was then appointed to the Ipswich Central Parish Mission as Youth Worker. He also got married around this time and two daughters (Hayley + Candice) arrived during the mid-80’s.
Other places Peter has worked in as a Youth Worker were Holland Park, The Gap, + Sunnybank (suburbs of Brisbane); Mudgeeraba (Gold Coast hinterland); Stanley River (Kilcoy); and Beenleigh (between Brisbane and the Gold Coast).
After having worked as a Youth Worker in the Uniting Church for over 20 years, he candidated as a Minister of the Word. After three years of further study at Trinity Theological College in Brisbane, Peter was Ordained as a Minister of the Word in July, 2007, and then Inducted into the congregations of the Dawson and Callide Valleys in the Presbytery of Central Queensland, later that same month. In mid-2009, his ministry responsibilities in the Callide Valley, centred around Biloela, ceased and he became involved full-time with the Dawson Valley cluster of congregations, based in Moura, and with responsibilities in Theodore, Banana + Baralaba. Then in late 2010, Peter concluded his time there and accepted a full-time Call to the Isis Parish in the Wide Bay area of the Presbytery of Mary-Burnett, serving Childers, Biggenden and Woodgate. In the latter half of 2015, his ministry time in Isis was reduced and, as a pilot program, he was asked to be a Resource Minister helping out the Central Burnett congregations of Gayndah, Mundubbera + Eidsvold, for a period of six months.
He arrived in the Rosewood-Haigslea congregations acknowledging that the grey hairs outnumber the black ones. He has been divorced for many years and has two beautiful daughters, now young adult women, who live separate and interesting lives. Hayley has been working in Alice Springs, with the NT Gov’t as a Social Worker, but in late 2018 she returned to Queensland having also been married late in 2017. She and husband, Richard, live on the Gold Coast. Candice is a Secondary School level Teacher with an International Teaching organisation, based presently in Kyoto, Japan. Peter’s sister, brother-in-law, and two nieces, live in Brisbane and can see a little more of each other now.
Peter married Jeanette Gillam, and after a well deserved long service leave honeymoon/holiday around Europe, they are looking forward to sharing ministry and married life together, settling into a residence at Yamanto on the outskirts of Ipswich. This means that he now has two more adult step-children and five ‘step’ grand-children to help occupy his spare time.
Jeanette is also a Uniting Church Minister, and has taken up Placement as the UnitingCare Hospital Chaplain at the Princess Alexandra Hospital on Brisbane’s southside. Previously, Jeanette was the Minister of the Trinity Ipswich UC based in North Booval, and after a reduction in hours for Peter in the Rosewood-Haigslea mini-cluster, he has taken on the pastoral responsibility for Trinity Ipswich now and is also working with the Uniting Churches of Ipswich group to develop a more regional approach among the five congregations in Ipswich and the surrounds.
Peter enjoys playing guitar (often in worship), and singing. He has been involved in musical productions and taken to the stage on a few occasions. He is an armchair sports fan but does manage to play a little golf and tennis for recreation, if there is some time and friends available. He considers himself to be computer literate and while some people appreciate his sense of humour, others say there could be room for improvement in that department.
His passion in ministry is to develop the gifts of others and he personally has skills in the areas of training and teaching. He enjoys preparing and leading Worship, and developing new approaches to meet the needs of each congregation he serves and connecting them to their associated local community.