New president announced for South NSW Conference

Newly appointed South NSW Conference president Pastor Justin Lawman.

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Pastor Justin Lawman has been appointed president of the South New South Wales Conference, commencing in the role today (September 25).

It follows the appointment of former South NSW Conference president Pastor Cristian Copaceanu as president of the North New South Wales Conference.

The South NSW Conference Appointments Committee met yesterday to consider names for the role. The committee was chaired by Pastor Terry Johnson, president of the Australian Union Conference.

“The committee worked within the constitutional requirements and on behalf of the entire Conference as they discussed each of the names that were considered and then nominated before the casting of lots began,” said Pastor Johnson. 

The committee was looking for spiritual leadership and a pastor who could keep the continuity of strategy and purpose that had been articulated by Pastor Copaceanu and the board, and they found that in Pastor Lawman. 

“We lift in prayer and wish Justin and his wife Wendy well as they begin the move to Canberra and take up the responsibilities,” said general secretary Calvin Drinkall.

Pastor Lawman has been in the South NSW Conference for the past six years, initially as senior pastor for Canberra National Church and since 2021 pastoral support for the Conference’s ministerial interns and younger pastors.  The mentorship and support Pastor Lawman has provided in this role has seen the growth and development of the Conference’s pastoral team and a positive impact on the churches that each intern or younger pastor ministers.

Prior to working in South NSW, Pastor Lawman was the North NSW Conference president, evangelism coordinator and local church pastor in several churches across North NSW.  

“We look forward to welcoming Pastor Lawman to the role and pray for God’s continued blessing as he takes up the responsibilities,” Mr Drinkall said.

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