Through 2018 a number of leaders from across the Uniting Church held prayerful conversations with the view of forming a new national network of evangelical leaders, congregations and agencies in the Uniting Church in Australia. For a considerable number of years many (not all) of us have been meeting together as part of the EL250 community (Evangelical Leaders of Congregations with average attendance over 250). EL250 was an informal and relational network. Propel Network will succeed and replace EL 250 as a broader based, still relational, as well as more formal network.
Propel Network seeks to be a positive renewal movement within, and for the life and mission of the church.
In light of the significant pastoral and mission disruptions experienced in many places leading up to and since the decisions of the 15th Assembly of the Uniting Church, we believe it is critical that congregations, agencies, and leaders within and beyond the Uniting Church who hold to the historic, orthodox faith and mission actively and positively network together for mutual encouragement and resourcing – prayerfully, strategically and passionately pursuing the great commission.
By God’s grace, and with confident humility, Propel has the faith to envisage that by 2030 the Uniting Church is known across the nation for:
Conversion growth in and through its congregations, agencies and faith communities
It’s flourishing church planting and revitalization movement
A healthy pipeline of young leaders from many cultures being effectively developed for missional engagement
Its confidence in the gospel of Jesus Christ to transform lives and communities.
The Propel Network will be:
The current Board Members of the Propel Network:
Adam Low (Chair)
Adam has served as the Lead Pastor of Real Life Christian Church (formerly Logan Uniting Church) in South East Queensland since 2015. With a background in business management, Adam has 19 years pastoral leadership experience in a variety of settings – both large suburban and rural contexts. He has served as a Youth and Young Adults Pastor, Executive Pastor and School Chaplain. As the Lead Pastor at Real Life Christian Church serves on the Council (Board) of the congregation’s College: Calvary Christian College. Adam began his vocational ministry life in a large, thriving Baptist church and has been serving in the Uniting Church for more than a decade.
Adam is passionate about church planting, next generation ministry, leadership development and establishing mission-minded, disciple-making leaders who reproduce the same.
Adam married Clare in 1997 and they are the proud parents of two sons, Isaiah and Daniel.
Since 2006, Stu has served as the Lead Minister of Newlife Church, with churches on the Gold Coast and in Brisbane. He serves as the chairperson of the Global Leadership Network Australia Inc. board, as CEO and a board member for Newlife Care Inc. Stu has served in a myriad of church roles, including as General Secretary of the SA Synod, chairperson of Uniting World and a member of the Assembly Standing Committee.
Stu is passionate about church planting (Newlife has planted four churches) and empowering and equipping leaders. He mentors a number of pastors around the nation. He has extensive cross-denominational networks.
Stu has been married to Sue for 30 years, and they have two young adult children, Joel and Emily, a son-in-law, Andy.
Ps Katie Iles
Katie Iles is a communications consultant, pastor and keynote speaker specializing in leadership, generational change, and healthy organisational culture. With qualifications in journalism and international studies, and more than 17 years’ experience as a corporate communications and media consultant across diverse industries, Katie brings a wealth of insight for organisations seeking to remain relevant, engage generations and communicate effectively in today’s changing landscape.
Katie is also the Associate Pastor for preaching, teaching and communications at her home church, Journey Uniting, where she has served for the past 10 years. Passionate about the local church, her ministry has seen her building teams, leading change, preaching, teaching and consulting with churches across Australia and the United Kingdom.
Residing in Adelaide, she is married to Callum and is the besotted mother of two young sons, Isaac and Samuel.
Karen has been an active member of Real Life Christian Church (formerly Logan Uniting Church) for nearly 40 years, serving in a variety of ministries across the life of the church, including children’s, youth, church council, finances/resources and worship and creative arts.
After 10 years as President of Real Life’s soccer ministry, the baton was handed over at the end of 2017 and she is now leading a new season for Real Life Women (Women’s ministry).
During the week, Karen works in the profession of public sector Human Resources, leading a team and providing advice in complex HR matters to Executives and other HR professionals across the State. Karen’s current working life has been preceded by careers in private sector management, self-employment and serving in a paid capacity within the church.
Karen is passionate about inspiring others, speaking life and encouragement into people’s lives and circumstances and being open to whatever door God sets before her.
Karen is married to Evan, they have 5 children between them, three married and to date the grandchildren total sits at 3 granddaughters and 2 grandsons, which makes family get-togethers full of life and energy.
Rev Dr Graham Humphris
Graham is currently chairperson of Generate Presbytery in SA – a newly formed non-geographic presbytery focusing on making passionate disciples, courageous leaders and renewed congregations. He is also part of a team of 6 who planted a new church from nothing about 18 months ago. He is currently on a number of boards including Global Leadership Network Australia, SA Resources Board, Property Trust and Eldercare.
Graham has a Doctorate from Fuller Seminary (church growth) and was Senior Minister at Seeds Church (formerly Aberfoyle Park) for 16 years. He has also served as Moderator, General Secretary and Church Planting Officer in SA.
Graham is married to Janis and they have 3 adult children who have all now left home!!!
Graham is passionate about seeing churches proclaim Jesus so that lives are changed and helping people grow to become mature disciples. Over the last few years his key emphases have been on church planting, leadership and coaching/mentoring.
Rev Peter Chapman
After growing up in the semi-rural Hills District of North-West Sydney, Peter, together with his wife, Carlie, then moved to Wellington in the state's Central West where they served as youth and children's ministry leaders in the local baptist church. Since 2006, Peter and Carlie (and their fours kids - Beth, Seb, Elijah & Ethan) have been serving at Gerringong Uniting Church on the NSW South Coast.
As well as being a minister at a busy local church and a father of four, Peter plays competition tennis, surfs a SUP, is a keen observer of popular culture, and is a one-eyed Dragons fan. Peter has dabbled in radio since his days at uni, and South Coast residents regularly hear Peter on both the local Christian station as well as on ABC Illawarra as a guest on the Friday Ethics Panel.
Rev Pablo Núñez
Pablo is originally from Uruguay, South America. He was a missionary with YWAM (Youth With A Mission) for 22 years, 8 years in Brazil and 14 years in Australia. He led a creative arts ministry, discipleship and leadership schools with YWAM in South Australia, where he was also the Pastor of a Brazilian church. He was the Director of YWAM SA for 8 years before starting studies and work with the Uniting Church. Since 2017 Pablo is the minister of Ballina Uniting Church, in the Far North Coast Presbytery in NSW.
Pablo is passionate about missional and missionary work, especially in reaching out to youth and young adults, and connecting the Latino community with the broader Australian church while maintaining and honouring their cultural roots.
Pablo and Fernanda have been married for 20 years, and they have two very beautiful and very different children: the introvert, thoughtful and artistic Isabella (11) and the little ball of energy, extrovert and expressive Santiago (6).