Lyell Heise

A music minister

Friday, August 9, 2019
Seminarian awarded for commitment to faith and the arts

From an early age, Lyell Heise experienced the capacity to make and respond to music and witnessed in his family a strong commitment to Christianity. Combining the arts with an expression of faith has since defined a career that includes forays into evangelism, chaplaincy, pastoral leadership, institutional leadership and ministerial and theological education. The highlights: pastoring churches on the campuses of tertiary education institutions and establishing and directing an Institute of Worship for the past 15 years.

As a trustee of Women in Ministry, Heise has also raised $750,000 for women in Seventh-day Adventist pastoral ministry across the South Pacific. Placements, professional development and leadership pathways have followed. Inclusivity is an important value to Heise. “If the best ideas create division, I don’t think they’re the best ideas.” Others are a commitment to excellence “without becoming too draconian as a leader” and to mentoring. “If I don’t have an apprentice nearby in any ministry action or project, I’m only feeding my ego and not advancing the cause of the kingdom.”

His advice to those beginning their journey in ministry: “Remember that church community and witness is a multigenerational and multicultural commitment and challenge. Nurture those coming before and after you.”

Avondale has been Heise’s home for about 30 years. He describes it as a “potent ministry and leadership development centre” for the church in the South Pacific. “It’s worth the absolute best its alumni can offer in encouragement, engagement and support, particularly as we market our alma mater to a new generation.”

Avondale Alumni honours Dr Lyell Heise as its 2019 Alumnus of the Year for mentoring musicians and women in ministry and for using the arts to inform and adorn his ministry.

Honour Lyell at Homecoming

Honour Dr Lyell Heise and other award and honour year citation recipients at Avondale Alumni’s Homecoming 2019 (August 23-24). Featuring: opening reception with live music; worship service with music by Avondale Conservatorium; reunions for those in the 1949, 1959, 1969, 1979, 1989, 1999 and 2009 honour years; and Hymns and Songs of Praise concert produced by Dr Lyell Heise and the Institute of Worship.

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Brenton Stacey

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Brenton is Avondale College of Higher Education’s Public Relations Officer. He brings to the role a decade’s experience as a communicator in publishing, media relations, public relations, radio and television, mostly within the Seventh-day Adventist Church in the South Pacific and its entities. He is also co-convenor of Manifest, a movement exploring, encouraging and celebrating #faithfulcreativity in the Adventist Church.

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