Elder Peter Meurs Welcomed as Patron of the Australian Family Association

The Australian Family Association (AFA) recently announced that Elder Peter Meurs has accepted a position as patron of the organisation.  Elder Meurs serves as an Area Seventy in the Pacific Area for the Church in a voluntary capacity.  In August Elder Meurs was the principal speaker at the AFA National Marriage Day Event at Parliament House in Melbourne.


Seventy such as Elder Meurs have a special call to preach the gospel and serve as ‘special witnesses’ of Christ to the world.  The office of Seventy is mentioned in the New Testament.  Today, they are ‘traveling ministers’ and supervise Church operations in most nations.

Elder Peter Meurs has a Bachelor of Engineering (BEng), Monash University, is a mechanical engineer and a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers Australia, the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering.

As an executive at Worley Parsons, Peter Meurs was part of the team that developed the Australian mining equipment and services conglomerate to 30,000 staff internationally.

Currently, Peter Meurs is Director of Expansion and Development Projects at Fortescue Metals and is directly involved in completing one of the world’s largest iron-ore expansion projects to increase Fortescue’s iron-ore production by 100 million tonnes per annum.

Elder Peter Meurs has been married to his wife Maxine for 34 years and they have four children and six grandchildren.

Peter Meurs is the grandson of well-known Australian businessman Fletcher Jones.  He is an active member of his community and this year chaired a successful fund-raising campaign for a new Ronald McDonald House in Perth.

The AFA welcomes Elder Peter Meurs as a new patron and looks forward to working with him to further promote pro-family policy in Australia.

 What it means to be an AFA Patron

Patrons of the Australian Family Association protect the basic institution of the family.  They encourage the building of successful family units, including husbands, wives, children, grandparents and extended families.

Patrons work to protect the definition of marriage as defined in federal marriage legislation, i.e. “the union of a man and a woman to the exclusion of all others voluntarily entered into for life.”


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