Rev. John Bell
JOHN L BELL...is a preacher, hymnwriter, composer, lecturer and broadcaster. He is an ordained minister of the Church of Scotland and a member of the Iona Community. During his studies in Theology, he became the first (and last) student Rector of the University of Glasgow. After a period in the Netherlands and two posts in church youth work, he became employed in the areas of music and worship, founding during that time, with Graham Maule, the Wild Goose Worship Group and the Wild Goose Resource Group.
He is a past convenor of the Church of Scotland’s Panel on Worship and the committee that produced the ground-breaking Church Hymnary 4. In 1999, he was honoured by the Presbyterian Church of Canada and the Royal School of Church Music which bestowed on him a Fellowship. He was awarded in 2002 an honorary doctorate by the University of Glasgow, and in 2013 the Community of Christ International Peace Award. John has produced many collections of liturgy, scripts, sermons and reflections, original hymns and songs (some in collaboration with Graham) and three collections of songs of the World Church, and is primarily concerned with the renewal of congregational worship at grass roots level.
John Martin is a retired Uniting Church minister living at Robina, Queensland. When his wife, Noelene, died suddenly in 2014
John decided to do two things. One was to retire from ministry after 30 years in congregations and nine with UnitingCare Ageing. The other was to move to the Gold Coast to be near his daughter and her family who are at Mudgeeraba.
Over the years Noelene and John had been convinced that one of the best ways to put into practice the justice which Jesus calls us to live out is through Fair Trade.
In an effort to network with others with a passion for Fair Trade and to share ideas, John explored whether any conferences with those aims are available in Australia. Finding none, John decided to suggest that we should run one ourselves.
The Queanbeyan Uniting Church offered the first venue and now Springwood Uniting Church Centre is providing another excellent venue for 2019.
Corinne Nash of Bangalow, NSW has been the most enthusiastic collaborator with John. Through her work with Bangalow Uniting Church Corinne was instrumental in making Bangalow a Fair Trade Town. Corinne's interests lie in nutrition and food (and donkeys...) and she and husband Brian will ensure the conference food is delicious.
At Noelene’s funeral service her elder son, Robert, suggested a periodical lecture in memory of his Mother. This idea lay dormant until it became obvious to include it as part of the programme for this Conference.