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I am a
Trawloolway Pairrebeenener man from Trouwerna (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 vicar of St Agnes Anglican
in Black Rock. I also earn a few pennies 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
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
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.