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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 served for a few years as a member of the 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.

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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.