Ministry Team

Rev Janet Staines

Janet is passionate about developing healthy communities of faith that invite people into an authentic, life-giving faith in Jesus Christ.

After discerning a call to be a Salvation Army Officer, Janet entered The Salvation Army Training College in Sydney from the Carina Corps in Brisbane (pronounced ‘core’) in January 1993. Following her residential training, she was Commissioned as a Salvation Officer in January 1995. During her 16 years as a Salvation Army Officer, Janet served in a variety of ministry placements including rural and urban churches and church plants. Over this time Janet’s understanding of her call transitioned from a specific call to serve within The Salvation Army to a broader sense of a call to the wider church. In December 2008, after a prolonged time of discernment and with great sadness, Janet resigned as a Salvation Army Officer. Janet and her family moved from Sydney to Ipswich and began worshipping at Glebe Road Uniting Church.

In July 2009 Janet began her position as Young Families Pastor at Glebe Road. During her 4 years in this placement Janet had the opportunity to explore ministry in the Uniting Church and in January 2012 she began a Period of Discernment. She applied to serve in the specified ministry of Pastor Stream B and received a Letter of Call from Sherwood Uniting Church, commencing ministry in the Congregation in January 2013. While ministering at Sherwood Janet candidated to be a Minister of the Word and entered Formation at Trinity Theological College in July 2013.

The Bremer Brisbane Presbytery ordained Janet as Minister of the Word on 14th August 2016 at Sherwood Uniting Church.


Pastor Alieta Molitika

Alieta is the Youth and Children’s Pastor at Sherwood Uniting Church.