07 Nov HoD Profile: Lt Col Laurie Robertson
Introducing Lt Colonel Laurie Robertson, National Head of Editorial, Publishing & Broadcasting (Editor-in-Chief).
You are the National Head of Editorial, Publishing & Broadcasting (Editor-in-Chief). What does this mean?
I have responsibility for a number of editorial and broadcasting streams, including The Salvation Army magazines (Others, Warcry and Kidzone), and their online expressions. I also have responsibility for book publishing, video production, Salvation Army museums and the radio program Light and Life, which is a once a week segment, broadcast by a few hundred radio stations.
What were you doing before you took on this role?
Before moving into this appointment I spent eight months as the National Secretary for Government Relations, and previous to that appointment I was the AUE Territorial Program Secretary.
How would you describe yourself in three words?
Questioning – Innovative – Joyful
Describe your ideal day off
Of course, it would involve spending time with my amazing wife. As an avid reader, I would probably do some reading. In each of the past two years I have read more than 70 books. Some of these are sci-fi books, while others are about leadership and Christian discipleship.
What do you like about working for The Salvation Army?
This is my calling. I enjoy the opportunities God gives me to make a positive impact on the individuals I come into contact with through my ministry. In my current role it’s great to be using my journalistic abilities – God called me to journalism and officership as a 15-year-old, 48 years ago.
What’s the most exciting thing you’re working on at the moment?
It is exciting to help the Editorial Publishing and Broadcasting team members expand their view. I’m encouraging them to look at innovative ways to share the stories that God wants to tell. It is our role to tell the stories, to communicate God’s inspiring work in the world. In a sense, we are also historians, documenting and capturing these stories in this time and place so people now and in the future will embrace our loving Saviour.
Is there anything that you would like to say to Salvos around the country at this time?
Over 30 years ago God spoke to me very clearly about the two Australian territories coming together. At the time I felt he was challenging me to play my part. For me, this journey we are now on is the fulfilment of a vision given so long ago. So while there is both pain and joy in this process, please try to keep your focus on God. I firmly believe this coming together is his plan.