Pastor Rick Hergenhan has been appointed president of the Tasmanian Conference.
Pastor Hergenhan will replace Pastor Gary Webster who will be an associate pastor at Wahroonga Church, NSW, next year, as well as continuing his role with the South Pacific Division’s Institute of Public Evangelism.
The appointments committee met on December 19.
With 10 years in youth ministry departments across New South Wales and 12 years in pastoral ministry, Pastor Hergenhan most recently served as youth director of the South New South Wales Conference, a position he held for four years.
“I feel honoured to be called to the role of President for the Tasmanian Conference,” said Pastor Hergenhan. “It was in Tasmania, volunteering on the Pinnacle of Terror in 2001 with Pastor Jeff Parker, that an interest was sparked in full-time ministry. Before that I was working on my family’s dairy farm.”
It was in Tasmania that Pastor Hergenhan met his wife Libby and three years later, the couple were married and moved to Hobart, while Libby worked at Hilliard Christian College.
After Hobart, the Hergenhan’s moved to Avondale College (now University) and Rick completed his theology studies before commencing an internship at Wallsend Church with Pastor John Denne.
“I’m thankful for each member of the Tasmanian conference appointments committee in their work and our continual focus on prayer, implemented throughout the time together,” said Pastor Terry Johnson, president of the Australian Union Conference. “I believe Pr Hergenhan will be a wise, thoughtful, considerate spiritual leader with a focus on church growth. We look forward to working with him and the team in Tassie.”
“I gain a lot of satisfaction in ministry helping others use their gifts to serve Jesus and build up his kingdom wherever they are planted,” said Pastor Hergenhan. “I am looking forward to working with the church members of Tasmania, the Pastoral staff and the teachers as we continue to take the gospel message to the communities of Tasmania.”
The couple have four children (pictured L-R) Giles 11, Heidi 9, Hayden 6 and Hannah 18 months.