I am happy to announce that I’ve just accepted an invitation to join the faculty at Ridley College in Melbourne in 2013 as Lecturer in Theology.
You can read the announcement here.
It is an exciting opportunity for me, my family, and my academic ministry, to work for evangelical renewal in churches in Melbourne, especially in Anglican churches. Ridley offers a wonderful academic environment in Parkville, Melbourne next to several other theological colleges and the University of Melbourne. There have great things happening there like the Anglican Institute and Missional Leadership. It allows me to continue training students in gospel-based theology, to engage in postgraduate supervision, and to contribute to training biblical teachers for the churches. Other faculty there include Brian Rosner, Pauline studies guru, who is the recently appointed principal of Ridley.
Of course I am very saddened, quite grieved actually, at the prospect of leaving Crossway College in Brisbane. Crossway is a great place with a great faculty, wonderfully diverse body of students, a great missional ethos, and a gem of an institution. And I’ll dearly miss too our church family at Acacia Ridge Presbyterian Church who have put up with my casual preaching for the last three years.
So keep the Bird family in your prayers, especially for our move to a state where the predominant religion is a barbarian and blasphemous sport called AFL.