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I am a
trawloolway pairrebeenener man from trouwerna/lutrawita
(Tasmania). My partner's name is Lil, and we have two
daughters: Erin and Gretel. Although we have our origins in
Tasmania, we currently live in the south-east region of Melbourne.
After 20 years of ministry with the Uniting Church in
Australia, I was in 2017 ordained deacon and priest
in the Anglican diocese of Melbourne and now work
as the Vice-Chancellor's Fellow in Indigenous Theology at the University of Divinity
allows me to work on some research into Indigenous forms of
Before this, I was briefly the vicar of St Agnes' Anglican Church
in Black Rock (2018-2020). Between 2016 and early 2018 I was a
student and then curate at Sts Stephen and Mary Anglican Parish in
Mt Waverley. For some of that time I was also a Turner Fellow at
Trinity College Theological School. In 2015 I worked in a supply
ministry at Monash Uniting Church in Clayton. In 2014 I worked as
the Chaplain and Freemantle Fellow at Ormond College, University
of Melbourne. Between 2011 and 2013 I worked in a range of
part-time local church appointments, ranging from Brunswick
Baptist church to Balkara Uniting Church Parish in Oakleigh. From
2009 to the end of 2010 I worked as the Professor of Worship and
Preaching in the Uniting Church's Centre for Theology and Ministry
within the University of Divinity. The position was
unfortunately axed after only two years. In 2008 I enjoyed
working as a supply minister at St. Columba's Uniting Church in
Balwyn and tutoring in theology at the Australian Catholic
University. Between 2004 and 2007, I was pastor to the
community at St. Luke's Uniting Church in Mount Waverley. I
went to St. Luke’s after completing a PhD in theology at Monash
University. While studying, I also shared in the pastoral
leadership of the South Yarra Community Baptist Church.
Before the PhD I worked for three years as a parish minister in
Devonport, Tasmania. The time of preparation for the pastoral
ministry included a degree in theology with Whitley College and
the Melbourne College of Divinity, as well as participation in a
number of faith communities. These included St.
David's Church in Collingwood and the House of the Gentle
Bunyip in Clifton Hill. There we worked and prayed
with others as the Community sought to care for people who suffer
from schizophrenia. The people of the Bunyip continue to
hold a special place in our hearts.
Before that, I was a teacher at St. Michael's Collegiate School in
Hobart,Tasmania. I also tutored at the University of
Tasmania, teaching education students about Tasmanian Social
History and Medieval Romance.To qualify as a teacher, I studied at
the University for a degree in literature and a diploma in
education. While on campus, I was involved with student
politics, and worshipped at Taroona Baptist Church. It was
during these University days that I fell in love with Lil.
We were married on December 23, 1989, and nested in a yellow house
in the foothills of Mt. Wellington.
I grew up in Sheffield, Tasmania, with my Mum, Dad, brother and
two sisters. And thought about God quite a lot of the time.
I like to swim, read, walk, and watch art-house and
foreign-language films. Occasionally I toy around with the
web. Feel free to drop me a line sometime by sending an
email to vicar [at] stagnesblackrock.org.au.