Ray Minniecon reflects on the story of the Wallumatagal (Snapper People), lessons from our past, and how we might move into a future together.
Pastor Ray Minniecon is a descendant of the Kabi Kabi nation and the Gurang Gurang nation of South-East Queensland. Ray is also a descendant of the South Sea Islander people with connections to the people of Ambrym Island. Ray, together with his wife Sharon, have a 40 year ministry to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander individuals and families across Australia. He is the pastor of Scarred Tree Indigenous Ministries, and Honorary Pastor at St John’s Anglican Church Glebe.
Ray has previously worked with the Anglican Diocese of Sydney as Director of Crossroads Aboriginal Ministries. He has also been a Director of Bunji Consultancies, which supports Aboriginal leadership and business initiatives with a number of corporate clients and is a consultant on the development of programs and projects for the remaining men of Kinchela Boys Home (KBH) with the University of New South Wales. Ray has also worked for World Vision Australia’s Indigenous programs for twelve years and was its National Director for six of those years.
At Murdoch University, WA, Ray earned a BA in Theology and helped establish the Aboriginal Education Unit where he worked as its co-ordinator.
Ray has spoken about indigenous issues at local, national and international forums. In 1995 he made an intervention at the UN in Geneva on behalf of Indigenous Peoples at the first hearing of the Draft Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
In 2001, he spoke in Italy at a Global Forum on Ethics and Economics, where he also had a private audience with the Pope.
Ray is the father of three children and two grandchildren. He loves music, writing songs, sport, public speaking and travel.