Earlier this week we were saddened to learn of the untimely passing of Christian Stern. Since May 2018, Christian had served faithfully as the ALWS Community Action Officer for Queensland. Prior to that he had taught and was the Christian Studies leader in the primary years at St James Lutheran College at Hervey Bay. He served at the College between 2014-2018. Christian had also earlier taught at St Peters and at Nhill Lutheran School in regional Victoria since 2005.
In every interaction you had with Christian what shone like a beacon was his unwavering faith, his love and commitment to his beautiful family, Tanya and Jasper, and his passion for serving others. It was rare that Christian did things for himself. Commencing the Leadership Development Program (LDP) in 2015 could potentially have been perceived as something that sat in this category. But true to the man, when his family’s needs called, he unselfishly withdrew to commit where he knew he was called to be.
Christian is now at peace with his Lord and Saviour. LEQ, and the children it serves, is richer for having shared in his life. He will be missed.