A tribute to the Rev Dr Evonne Paddison

Posted: 15/07/20

Evonne Paddison passed away in Sydney, 13th of July 2020. Former Ridley Principal, Peter Adam, has written a touching eulogy in her memory. 

‘Evonne Paddison came to Ridley to serve as the Warden of the University College, and as Lecturer in New Testament. She made a wonderful contribution to the College and our community.

As Warden of the University College she had responsibility for the residential university students. She was assiduous in caring for them in practical ways, as well as respectfully caring for their spiritual welfare. She loved encouraging and training up those who were Christians, and also longed for those who were not Christians to turn to Christ. Assisted by an able team, she ran a quality University College, and her competence was recognised by her peers in other University Colleges.

She was a wonderful lecturer in New Testament, and had a special passion for the Gospel of John, the subject of her PhD. She brought to this ministry a wide sympathy for people, a passion for world mission, a background in education, and a dedicated and servant-hearted life experience. She was a winsome, able and engaging preacher in Chapel, where her sermons were enriched by her deep study of the Bible, and her understanding of people.

Evonne was also fun to work with, and her humour helped us all to recognise the goodness of God in everyday life.

It was a great sadness to her that the University College had to close because of the sale of half the property, and she left Ridley to lead another ministry here in Melbourne, the Council for Christian Education in Schools, later called Access Ministries.

While in Melbourne Evonne also served as a Canon of St Paul’s Cathedral, which benefited from her contributions as a member of the Chapter, and as a preacher.

We are saddened by her death, encouraged by her life and godly example, and rejoice in her eternal life in Christ Jesus.’

– Peter Adam

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