Angela and Douglas Robertson

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Friday, August 23, 2019
Couple’s citation recognises role as mentors

After a career in churches, classrooms and finance and administration offices across three countries, Douglas and Angela Robertson are clear about one thing: all people, regardless of background, are loved by God. “The future of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in the South Pacific rests firmly in its ability to intra-culturally translate the gospel into meaningful, practical, life-changing ways,” says Doug.

He put this ideal into practice over 14 years in Papua New Guinea, during which time exponential church growth placed enormous stress on resources. Doug helped organise training centres to equip lay leaders in the basics of pastoral leadership, “which helped hold their congregations together.” He also wrote a book in pidgin English still in use today. A Queen’s Independence Service Medal recognised his service to country. Doug retired after 14 years as a senior lecturer at Newbold and Avondale Colleges.

Angela used her teaching skills and financial experience to mentor bursars into leadership roles. A former bursar at Avondale School, senior accountant at Newbold and chief financial officer for the Adventist Development and Relief Agency Australia, she retired after 12 years as business manager for Adventist schools in northern New South Wales. Along the way came recognition as Fellow of both the Institutes of Public and Financial Accountants. “There is a positive role for professional women to play in the church and I hope this will be more widely recognised,” she says.

The class of 1969 honours Pr Douglas and Angela Robertson for a lifetime of leadership development.


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Brenton Stacey

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Brenton is Avondale University College’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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