Rhys Bezzant

Dean of Missional Leadership,
Lecturer in Christian Thought

BA (Hons) (Melb.), MA (Melb.), BTh, MTh, ThD (ACT)

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Rhys studied German at the Universities of Melbourne and Cologne, graduating with an MA, before commencing theological studies at Ridley where he gained his MTh on Austrian revivals of the eighteenth century.

Rhys joined the Faculty at Ridley in 2004, after working in both parish and student ministry. He was ordained priest in the Diocese of Melbourne in 1997, and has served on the ministry teams of both small and large Melbourne Anglican parishes, including Heidelberg and Carlton, as well as Prahran and Brimbank. While at Ridley he has also served as locum at West Melbourne and Rowville/Ferntree Gully, and loves to preach for friends who are on holidays! After working for some years as an Anglican Chaplain amongst tertiary students at Latrobe University and then at the University of Melbourne, he came to work at Ridley, training leaders for gospel ministry.

His chief responsibilities at Ridley are to teach Church History, Theology and Christian Worship, to lead a cohort of students in the Missional Leadership learning community, and to oversee the daily Chapel services. Rhys leads a study tour to the sites of the German and Swiss Reformations every couple of years. He would one day like to write a book entitled “The Best Book in the History of the World on Mentoring.”

Rhys’s doctoral thesis investigated the ecclesiology of Jonathan Edwards. He has been on several occasions a Visiting Fellow in the Yale Divinity School, and leads the Jonathan Edwards Center for Australia, housed at Ridley, which sponsors the study of evangelical history, and the texts and thought of Edwards. Rhys counts among his other heroes Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Billy Graham. He also serves on the General Synod Liturgy Commission, and was a member of the Anglican-Roman Catholic Dialogue for Australia.

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