Minister's Profile

  Rev. Sandy Boyce   B.Ed., B.Th., Grad.Dip.Min.

Rev Sandy Boyce (Deacon) began at Pilgrim Uniting Church in October, 2009. Sandy had concluded a national role with youth and young adults, particularly with a focus on faith formation and discipleship, and oversight for key national events in the life of the Uniting Church related to senior youth and young adults. Sandy gained experience in youth and young adults ministry through her work as the youth coordinator in a local congregation, and later as the Synod Youth Ministry Consultant. During that time, Sandy was commissioned into the specified ministry of youth worker in the Uniting Church, prior to her ordination into the ordained ministry of Deacon.

For six years, Sandy worked in another national role in the Uniting Church, coordinating volunteers in overseas placements with partner churches, short term exposure trips and work parties, building on the work she had already been doing coordinating the pre-placement training for the People in Mission. Sandy had originally trained as a teacher and taught for almost 20 years in both primary and high schools. She enjoys the opportunity to teach occasional classes and engage with students at the Uniting College of Leadership and Theology.

Sandy has had the opportunity to travel within Australia and overseas, including visiting many volunteers in partner churches in Asia, Africa and the Pacific. She and her husband Geoff, who retired in 2017 after serving for almost 20 years as a chaplain at Flinders University, enjoy the opportunity to meet new people and visit new places, and especially to be able to learn and contribute. They have three adult children, and delight in their three granddaughters, Marley, Lila and Pippa.

Sandy loves to cook and welcome people into her home, including many overseas students, 'couchsurfers' and other visitors. Sandy and Geoff host a regular gathering of young people from various faith traditions so that they can learn more about each other while sharing a meal together.

Sandy and Geoff have endeavoured to make their home environmentally friendly, with a vegetable garden and fruit trees occupying their back and front yards of their courtyard home, along with solar panels and water tanks.

In 2013 Sandy was elected as the President, World Diakonia for a 4 year term 2013 - 2017. Read more . . .

In her spare time, Sandy enjoys movies [see Sandy's movie discussion resources], music, reading, gardening and spending time with family.

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Pictured below: Sandy at the Women 4 Justice Rally at Tarntanyangga (Victoria Sq. Adelaide) 15 March 2021.

Sandy at Women for Justice Rally, Tarntanyangga (Victoria square, Adelaide 15 March 2021