Ken Leaver Scholarship

Rev Ken Leaver 1914 - 2007

Rev Ken Leaver Rev Ken Leaver was ordained in the Congregational Church in 1939 and his first appointment was to Medindie, Gilberton and as Youth Director in SA. He was then called to North Balwyn in Victoria. The next ten years in Geeveston and Launceston saw Ken's ministry broaden. He was the driving force in establishing a Youth Camp at Seven Mile Beach.

Returning to Adelaide in 1955 as minister at Brougham Place, he is remembered for his pastoral care, theatrical and musical productions, and his provocative sermons. This ministry began a long association with that church and fifty years of service at Marjorie Black House where he and his wife, Joyce, supported people with a psychiatric illness.

In 1958 he was appointed Principal of Parkin College and subsequently Co-Principal and then Principal of Parkin-Wesley College. Ken established a fresh approach to theological education, integrating insights from psychology and pastoral counselling and broadening students' experiences of the world and the arts.

In 1976 he returned to active ministry as ecumenical chaplain at Flinders Medical Centre and then the Warradale congregation. After retirement in 1981 he served as interim minister at Magill, West Lakes and Brougham Place. He was an active member of Pilgrim Church until his death in May 2007.

Rev Ken Leaver had a passion for pastoral ministry. He demonstrated that in his daily life and he brought that passion to Parkin-Wesley College where he broadened the scope of ministry education.

Ken's life and ministry are remembered for his love of life and of people, his honesty, warmth, energy and humour, his contribution to training for the ministry, and for his example of a life well lived.

The Scholarship

A Scholarship has been established in memory of Ken Leaver's service to the community and the church.

The Ken Leaver Scholarship is open to people within the Uniting Church SA seeking financial support for training in pastoral ministry or to develop education programs to extend the pastoral ministry of the church.

The scholarship funds are held by the Uniting Church Property Trust with grants awarded to applicants on the recommendation of a committee of three representing the Leaver family, Pilgrim Church and the Council of the Uniting College of Leadership and Theology. To date scholarships have been awarded for (1) the preparation of Pastoral Pathways Courses with the focus on supporting refugees within the Uniting Church, (2) conducting two of these courses, and (3) researching and trialling ways of extending pastoral care to seniors in the Pilgrim community.

The Scholarship will continue for 30 years from 2008 and after that date the disposition of the capital fund shall be at the discretion of the College Council.

To make a donation to the fund or to seek more information about the scholarship please contact Rev Dr Dean Eland. Ph: (08) 8172 2133 or M: 0419 112 603