and Chris Balzer look at Anzac Day and prayer.
sees Moderatorship as a way to serve
At 42, Cornerstone church minister Mark Powell is set to become the third youngest Moderator of the Presbyterian Church of NSW's General Assembly.
tells KAREN THORNTON, it's a nomination he
could not decline.
When Cornerstone Strathfield associate minister Mark Powell
was contacted by the Clerk of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church
of NSW(PCNSW),Rev Dr Paul Logan, and told he
had been nominated to take on the role of Moderator of the PCNSW General Assembly in 2014, he
was in shock!
Mark, who is 42 now but will be 43 by the time the Assembly Opens at PLC Sydney in July, thought a lot about his church and family commitments (he has six kids including a baby) but knew that it was a job he should accept, "Christ College principal Ian Smith said to me some years ago that as Presbyterian ministers we are a servant of the court of the Church; so if the court asks us to do something, then we should do it, and not decline," he says, juggling baby Noah on his knee as we chat in his Sydney home.
With the July Assembly not too far away, Mark
says that, while somewhat daunted, he
is also really looking forward to it."At the end of the day, the role of the Moderator is fairly well set out.
sees the third major opportunity for him as Moderator as being involved in written communications, whether through the column he
will pen for the Pulse or other means.
likes the idea of blogging and is involved with AP (Australian Presbyterian) magazine.
Those who knew Mark
growing up might be somewhat surprised at his
current role but Mark
is confident that God has him precisely where He
"I was born in Box Hill NSW, near Dural, and came from a devout Roman Catholic family which attended mass once a week and sent me for a private Catholic school education,"he
says."When I was younger I was seriously considering becoming a teaching brother.
But my mum was a semi-professional tennis player and I inherited her
abilities on the court.
In fact, Dad built her
a tennis court and so I had no option but to play tennis."
At the end of high school Mark
was offered a tennis scholarship to the United States to play on the university circuit and given the choice between Oklahoma State or Christ College
Irvine (a Lutheran University) - "In my mind it was a choice basically between cornfields or Disneyland", he