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The Reverend Sarah Plummer has been appointed as Anglicare’s new Director of Mission and Culture. Sarah will commence in the role on May 1.

Sarah grew up in the town of Yeoval in Central-West NSW. As the first woman appointed as a Senior Chaplain with the NSW Police Force in 2016, she was responsible for caring for members of the specialist commands including the counter-terrorism unit, marine unit and PolAir (Police Force Airwing). The role was a  partnership between NSW Police and Anglicare (Sydney) on behalf of the Anglican Church and she worked across all NSW Dioceses conducting weddings, funerals and significant state-wide services requested by the NSW Police Force. Sarah has also worked as a chaplain within Anglicare’s residential aged care services. Prior to that, Sarah was World Vision International’s Director of Prayer Ministries. In this role she provided mission formation programs for tens of thousands of World Vision staff across the globe.

Asked what she is anticipating in her new role, Sarah said, ‘I really enjoy meeting people and hearing their stories. I love discovering ways communities can flourish together so that the most vulnerable have evidence of hope and goodness. It will be a privilege to serve Anglicare and I really look forward to this new opportunity.’

Sarah is married to Craig and they have two daughters Anastasia and Kalista. They live in an off-the-grid sustainable farm but as part of her new role Sarah will be licensed by Bishop Mark Short to minister in a parish in Canberra.

Asked about her other loves, she said ‘I love dirty chais which sounds worse than it is… a chai latte with one shot of coffee. I love all things sport and cry every time the Australian flag goes up at the Olympics. I enjoy chats with friends and travelling to communities in this world who are overcoming incredible adversity.’

While the pandemic will hamper travel for the first months, she is looking forward to catching up with staff via zoom. This position replaces the role previously held by (Bishop) Ian Coutts but also takes on oversight of Anglicare Colleges and workforce development teams. The recruitment process for this position was initially delayed to allow time for the election of a new Bishop of the Diocese, then to allow Bishop Mark to settle into his new role.

by Jeremy Halcrow,
CEO, Anglicare NSW South , NSW West, ACT

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