New Mooroopna Anglican Church minister Reverend Stuart Winn is looking forward to the challenges of working in a different community.
Before venturing to Mooroopna, Rev Winn looked after the Rochester and Lockington churches for four and a half years.
‘‘I’m really excited to be here, God has got a great bunch of people here and I’m looking forward to getting to know them and seeing what the future brings,’’ Rev Winn said.
Although he originally hails from Melbourne, Rev Winn loves living in the country and raising his children in the region.
‘‘When we moved here to take up the position at Rochester the country life clicked with us and I don’t know that we could imagine going back to the city,” he said.
‘‘I like the wide open spaces. Being a minister in the country isn’t a lot different to being a minister in the city in the sense that people still have hurts and needs.
‘‘I really enjoy getting alongside people in those real moments of life and helping them through the tough times and good and the country is as good a place to do that as the city.’’
Rev Winn said becoming a minister was a decision he gradually made across time.
‘‘I was brought up in the church and from when I turned 18 I was dipping my toe in different aspects of Christian services,’’ he said.
‘‘A number of people at some points along the way suggested that I might think about getting into ministry.’’
Rev Winn has been an ordained minister for four and a half years and before that was a youth minister at an Anglican church in Melbourne.
For Rev Winn watching people gain a better vision for who God is has been an enjoyable part of the job.
‘‘I enjoy serving people, so that’s obviously a big part of what the church does,’’ he said.
‘‘There are lots of things to enjoy about it.’’
As for working in Mooroopna, Rev Winn said the town was a lot more diverse than Rochester and Lockington, so it would be a good change of pace.
‘‘I think that the sight we’re on here has great potential to be a blessing to the community,’’ he said.
‘‘I’ve got a wife and three young boys and they’re also very excited to be in a place where there are some other young families.
‘‘For us as a family this is a really good spot for us to be in.’’
Mooroopna Anglican Church, at 9 Young St, has Sunday services at 9.30am and 5pm and all are welcome to attend.