I came to Australia with Joan and our two children in 1979 at the invitation of the Presbyterian Church of Victoria to lecture in our denominational Theological College (now in Boxhill). This was due to the many vacancies that occurred in our churches and Colleges Australia-wide due to the defection of many Presbyterians to join the Australian Uniting Church. I part-time pastored our church in South Yarra through the 1980s until our student body increased, when I also became Principal of our College for 10 years until my retirement in 2011.
Since then I have continued to teach at our College part-time while Joan and I joined Canterbury church in 1999. Since then I have carried on Bible studies for young adults in their 20s and 30s, which has become a regular item in the weekly activities of the congregation. After several years working through the book of Isaiah this year we began Paul’s letters to the young church at Thessalonica. These two letters address many basic Christian beliefs and the kind of ethical living that goes with them. We work through a few verses each time. We meet on Monday evenings at our home with around 10 members of the group present in person or/and by Zoom. There is a light supper at the end of the evening which begins and ends with prayer.