Get to Know Paul Manning
Baptist World Aid, Tas/Vic
Rev. Paul Manning is the new face in Tasmania for Baptist World Aid.
Who is he? Where is he from? What makes him tick?
Where were you born and what was it like growing up there?
I was born in Sydney, and grew up on the north beaches. It was a 'typical' suburban childhood, which included what seemed like long summer school holidays playing in the backyard pool, or down at the beach; as well as being part of a church community and all activities which come with that.
When and why did you move to Victoria?
We moved to Melbourne in 2009 for me to begin pastoral ministry at Sydenham Baptist Church.
What do you enjoy most about living there?
Well, all family are now living nearby; plus it takes 25-minutes to get into the city to enjoy all that Melbourne offers. Or 10-minutes, and we're in the country to enjoy all that country Victoria offers. Win-win!
Tell us about your family?
I am married to Liz - 32 years in May 2021 - and we have four adult children. James who is a Secondary School Teacher. Jonathan married to Sarah. Micaela who is studying a Master of Psychology. And Joel who is studying a Master of Physiotherapy. We have two grandsons Malachi and John.
The Manning family are pictured, minus eldest son, James.
How did you become a Christian?
I grew up in a Christian family and community, so I was always aware of God which included who Jesus was, and what He did. I made the decision to follow Jesus in December 1979 and got Baptised in March 1982. From early on I realised that we need Jesus to be Saviour and Lord. He's not just 'a ticket to heaven', which is why I say I'm a follower of Jesus.
What is the best piece of advice you have received?
It was from the Bible - Hebrews 13:8 'Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today, and forever' - such reassurance in a world of consent change and insecurity. I also screen shot lots of sayings here's an example "A day without coffee is like... just kidding - I have no idea".
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today, and forever
When people ask you how you spend your time, what do you say?
I spend time with family, often cooking them lunch or dinner. I spend time doing work for Baptist World Aid Australia. I spend time with friends, often involving eating, drinking and laughing a lot. And I should spend time exercising!
Tell us about your role with BWA?
I began at Baptist World Aid Australia in May 2020 as Church Relationship Manager for Tasmania and Victoria.
A primary focus is to work with Tasmanian Baptist Pastors and Churches within the ministry area of responding to international injustice. In particular, the injustice of poverty, the vulnerable and marginalized. It was great to finally be able to visit Tasmania, to meet face to face at the May Assembly.
It was great to finally visit Tasmania, to meet face to face at the May Assembly.
I look forward to partnering in ministry and facilitating transforming partnerships between Tasmanian Baptists and poor, vulnerable communities throughout the world.
What excites you most about what you do?
The most exciting thing about being involved in the work of Baptist World Aid Australia is positively impacting the lives of many people as they experience wholistic transformation within their lives and the communities in which they live.
How can we pray for you and your work?
Pray for connections and opportunities which will allow me to facilitate transforming partnerships.
Pray, too, for the communities where Baptist World Aid Australia are ministering.
Short and Sweet
I am looking forward to ... continuing to be able to travel within Tasmania, Victoria and NSW
I am worried about ... being locked away again
I am confident that ... Baptist World Aid Australia will increasingly impact the lives of the poor and vulnerable.
I am joyful about ... being able to meet face to face with family and friends
I am at my best when ... I'm with people drinking coffee.
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