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Reverend Ikani Vaitohi
Ikani migrated with his family from his native country Tonga to Australia in 1988. They settled in Manly, NSW and joined the Cecil Gribble congregation of Uniting Church in Dee Why. After traveling for some time around the world, Ikani moved to Melbourne and was employed in varying roles within the Welfare and Homelessness sectors working for the Department of Human Services, Melbourne City Mission, Youth for Christ, Berry Street and Anglicare Victoria.
After discerning a strong sense of call to ministry, and affirmed by the Presbytery of Port Phillip West, Ikani commenced his ministry training at the Melbourne College of Divinity University at the beginning of 2009. He was ordained as a Minister of the Word in February 2012 at his first placement of East Geelong and Leopold congregations. After faithfully serving for five years, Ikani answered God’s call through the Church to his current placement at the Belmont Uniting Church.
Ikani is committed to the work of the wider Church both Presbytery and Synod –level. He is a former member of both the Mission and Education Committee of the Presbytery of Port Phillip West (PWP) and the Board of Centre for Theology and Ministry Board. Ikani is currently serving as a member of the PPW Pastoral Relations Committee and a member of the Synod Business Committee.
Ikani is married to Moana, and they have five children, Benjamin, Monalisa, Siale, Fane & Viliami.
Pastor Geoff Aitken
Hello, I am Pastor Geoff Aitken; I am happily married to Liz and we are the proud parents of 3 married children and 3 grandchildren who bring us joy in following their achievements.
I am an Adelaide boy at heart though I was only 10 when my family moved to Gippsland. After completing my school years, I worked as a farmer for a number of years and then for a quarter of a century at the Gippsland Psychiatric Hospital before moving to Geelong 13 years ago.
Through the years, participation and leadership in the local church held a special place in my heart. In my early 50’s I was challenged to take up a part-time position as supply minister in the Traralgon Parish. Then in 2004 I responded to the words of a position description in the Crosslight by the Belmont Congregation. ‘We are seeking a person who delights in caring for people of all ages.’ And in Belmont we still are! In addition to the Belmont position I have served as Barwon Health supply Chaplain for almost a year and now for several years as Uniting AgeWell – Kalkee Chaplain. Though retirement years are looming I still enjoy that initial major task of ‘caring for all in the best ways I can.’
Our Mission, our Vision
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Our Hall of Fame
We like to recognise members of our congregation who reach the wonderful age of 90 years of age. They go straight into our Hall of Fame! Click below to see who is in the Hall of Fame and read about their story.