User:Peter Ellis

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In this photo are User:Philip J. Rayment (left) and User:Peter Ellis (right). This picture was taken on 8 January 2008 when we met during a visit by me to Melbourne. My hat is made of kangaroo leather.
Peter Ellis
Christflag.jpeg This user has accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior.
Earthsat.jpeg This user believes in an Earth that is billions of years old according to conservative scientific measurements.
Australia map.gif This user is an Aussie, otherwise known as an okker, true blue, legend, dingo, or skip; lives in the Great South Land; and says things like gday mate and fair dinkum.

My real name is Peter Ellis.

I live in Canberra, the capital city of Australia.

My hobbies include: Amateur Radio, electronics, Community Broadcast Radio, web site maintenance (for various community groups), reviewing books (for the state-wide magazine of my church), running publicity campaigns for community groups, making fruit wine (just like Jesus did!), and a few other things. But, before all that is my family.

I am a Christian and, along with my wife and family, participate in the life of my local church, Kippax Uniting Church & Community Centre, a congregation of the Uniting Church in Australia. Our church is very active in community affairs, employing 18 staff (as of mid-2009), including one person part-time to manage our involvement with children through the pre-school Playgroups (12 sessions per week at last count, reaching well well over 100 families) that operate from our purpose-built facility that is integrated into the church building and used on Sundays as a creche. My wife helped start this program when our children were small. We also have several people full-time to work as community counsellors and another others as part-time counsellors. We also have two full time ministers, and one part time. I feel privileged to be part of a church that has a priority in placing people outside itself high on its priority list, rather than having its attention turned inwards. My wife (a teacher) runs several programs there as a volunteer: a holiday program for Primary School children; and, a program to help parents institute effective discipline (hence a happy home) for their 2-12 year olds.

Our church has among its people various leading Australian scientists, thinkers, social activists, etc; but you would never know it: To me, and them, we are all just ordinary folk.

Please also see my user page at Wikipedia.