Reverend Tony Schumack is heading to Wagga Wagga to take up a job as an Australian Defence Force chaplain.
Reverend Tony Schumack is heading to Wagga Wagga to take up a job as an Australian Defence Force chaplain. Michael Cormack

Respected reverend set to say goodbye

ONE of the most popular and involved members of the Warwick community will soon be saying his goodbyes.

Reverend Tony Schumack has taken up a chaplaincy job with the Australian Defence Force and will head to Wagga Wagga in just over two weeks' time.

Mr Schumack said he had mixed emotions about the move.

"I have great expectations about the move but it is with much sadness I head in a new direction," he said.

"That's probably the best way to describe it."

Mr Schumack has been a prominent figure in the community since he moved to the Rose City four-and-a-half years ago.

As well as being the minister for the Warwick-Killarney Uniting Church, Mr Schumack has also held roles as the chairman of the Lighthouse Community Centre and Warwick Basketball Association, among various others.

Mr Schumack said he was sad to leave the Warwick community and would not close the door on a possible return.

"I've made lots of friends and it is hard to move on," he said.

"That's one of the challenges of being involved in the ministry - you do have to move quite often.

"Who knows (about returning in the future)?

"Warwick is a great community and I will certainly miss it."

Jean Reid from the Warwick-Killarney Uniting Church said Mr Schumack would be sorely missed in the wider community, as well as the church.

"He has facilitated a lot of changes here at the church and been a part of pretty well everything that goes on," she said.

"But his loss will be felt by much more than just the church.

"He's a gentle giant and very much someone who encourages the gifts and talents of everyone.

"We certainly hope he'll come back and visit us regularly."

Mr Schumack will be around Warwick for the next two weeks before starting his role with the Defence Force on September 22.



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