Our Minister

Rev. Darren Liepold
I am very excited to join with the members of Neutral Bay in ministry.  I was born in Western Canada, received my Bachelor of Arts from the University of Regina, my  Master of Divinity Degree from the Vancouver School of Theology and I was ordained by the United Church of Canada 25 years ago.   I have served the church in many different ways at the local, regional and national levels.  I have extensive experience working with congregations during times of transition, working with cross cultural congregations, and helping congregations to recognise their many contributions to the community.
For me the church has always been a place of welcome.  I think it is the church’s duty to spread a message of hope and good news to a hurting world.  Ministry should be about affirming the worth of all people, breaking down barriers, and encouraging everyone to share their unique gifts with others.  The church does not have all the answers, but together, as people of faith, we can try to find solutions that will make a positive difference in people’s lives.
I love to sing and have a trained operatic tenor voice.  I am an avid amateur photographer, love the theatre, and like travelling.  I also write a weekly blog that can be found at www.darrenliepold.com   I can be reached at 0432 179 734 and darrenliepold@gmail.com .  Accompanying me to Australia is my partner Brian, who is also a United Church minister, and quite possibly our son, Anthony, will join us on a working holiday visa at some point.
A new hymn in Canada has the following chorus.
And by the Spirit you and I
Can join our voice to the Holy cry
And Sing, sing, sing to our Maker too. (Ruth Duck/Ron Klusmeier)
We look forward to meeting you and joining with you in song.