God's vested interest
It was an unconventional choice, but fitting for the ordination of an unconventional reverend.
There wasn't a spare seat in the church for the ceremony as Lismore resident Garry Dronfield took the final step of a four-year process in becoming a reverend.
And he took it dressed in his bikies vest.
“I refuse to wear a dress,” he said.
Rev Dronfield joined the God's Squad Christian Motorcycle Club 13 years ago.
The group is described as bringing faith to the outlaw biker fraternity and they were out in force to support their newly-ordained reverend.
President of the Northern NSW chapter of the God Squad, Wes Bungay, rode from Newcastle for the ceremony, and his bike was parked close to Rev Dronfield's in a proud row of around a dozen Harleys formed within the church grounds.
Rev Dronfield's three children also paid a fittingly unconventional tribute to their father during the ceremony, bringing their rock band into the church to perform a few power ballads.
After the ceremony Rev Dronfield said he was relieved to finally be ordained and complete his four-year journey.
“Part of the process is a 12-month period of discernment where you really have to think about the vows you are going to take and what God wants from you,” he said.
“The hardest thing was accepting that this was a lifelong commitment.”
Rev Dronfield said it was great to see the Lismore Uniting Church and the God Squad coming together for the ceremony, but said some of the more traditional church goers didn't know how to take him.
“Sometimes people put me in a box, but I'm not in any box,” he said.