New Appointment

Posted: 17/02/14

I am delighted to announce the appointment of Rev Dr Scott Harrower to the position of Lecturer in Christian Thought at Ridley Melbourne.


Scott is a Ridley graduate and an ordained Anglican minister.  Having been brought up by missionary parents in Argentina, he has wide ranging ministry experience in several countries, and is currently a lecturer at the Melbourne School of Theology.  His PhD is in Systematic Theology from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, where he was supervised by former Ridley Principal, Rev Dr Graham Cole, and worked as Dr Don Carson’s Teaching and Research Assistant.

Scott is a globally engaged scholar and pastor with significant publications and more on the way.  He is passionate about engaging students in the history and development of Christian thought and practice and keen to see them formed as godly followers of Christ and effective ministers of the gospel.  Scott is collaborative, a fine communicator and a strong student mentor.

Scott’s appointment is a key development in our recently launched five-year strategy.  Along with teaching Theology and Church History, his role at Ridley will include a focus on Apologetics and Public Christianity. He will also contribute to our new online learning program.

We look forward to welcoming Scott to the College community at the beginning of Semester Two, July 2014.

At the same time, I am sorry to announce that Old Testament Lecturer Dr Andy Abernethy will be leaving Ridley in July in order to take up a tenure-track position as Assistant Professor of Old Testament at Wheaton College in the USA.  Wheaton College is a fine Christian institution and we offer Andy our congratulations on his appointment.


Andy has been a much-valued colleague and teacher and he, Katie and Anna will be sorely missed by the whole Ridley community.  Moving closer to family was a big part of their decision.  We look forward to ongoing contact with Andy, who remains a good friend of the College.  There will be an opportunity to farewell Andy and his family before they depart in a few months’ time.

 Rev Dr Brian Rosner, Principal

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