Rev Dr David Reichardt, Bio (as of 20 June, 2018)

Married to Lena, who is a doctor; father of two; and a recent, first time grandfather, David Reichardt is in his third year of his placement at Normanhurst Uniting Church. Ordained more than 30 years ago in the Uniting Church, then again several years later into the Lutheran Church of Sweden, David came to Normanhurst following stints as: a volunteer ecotheological consultant to the Amritsar Diocese of the Church of North India, seconded by the Uniting Church’s overseas agency UnitingWorld; a Presbytery Minister serving the Parramatta-Nepean Presbytery of the Uniting Church; congregational placements in the Northern New England Uniting Church Parish in New South Wales, the Eslöv Lutheran Circuit in southern Sweden, the Eastwood Uniting Church Parish; and short supply ministries at Wagga Wagga Uniting Church, and Harden-Murrumburrah Parish of the Uniting Church. Prior to the ordained ministry David worked in medical technology, including 3 years as a scientific officer with The Leprosy Mission in south India.

 

David loves music, and plays his flute in worship. He relaxes by cycling and golfing, and is an enthusiastic but infrequent bushwalker and kayaker, and untutored photographer and gardener. He brags about his granddaughter, and riding a Royal Enfield Bullet 1800 km from Amritsar to Leh in Ladakh and back with a group of Indians and Germans.

 

A Climate Reality Project Presenter trained by former US vice-President the Hon. Al Gore, David has many times presented the slide show that formed the basis of the Academy Award winning documentary “An Inconvenient Truth”, and is deeply involved in the debate over climate change. His doctoral thesis is an ecotheological reading of how and why the human inhabitants of Australia’s greatest catchment area, the Murray-Darling Basin, have affected its waterways. It is through these ecotheological studies and trying to come to terms with the likelihood of world-side ecological disaster that David has come to a deep appreciation of the theology of “New Creation” and the Christian foundations of hope.

 

David thinks that his congregation is wonderful, and thanks God for them!


 

Ruth Simpson
 
Ruth is our Youth and Family Worker. She grew up in a Christian family, and accepted Jesus when she was 17. Ruth has volunteered and worked with children for 15 years, both in Australia and Canada. Ruth is passionate about working with children and teens and showing them the love that Jesus has for them. She is currently studying her diploma of Theology at Mary Andrews College.
               Ruth enjoys gardening, playing board games and petting any dog she meets.