The Principal of Ridley College, Rev Dr Brian Rosner, is pleased to announce the appointment of Revd Canon Dr Rhys Bezzant as the new Dean of the Anglican Institute.
The Anglican Institute plays a key role at the College in raising up and training Anglican ordination candidates for the Diocese of Melbourne and beyond. Over the past 10 years more than 120 men and women have undertaken its formation and study program, preparing for parish, chaplaincy, and church planting ministries. A significant number have come from a non-Western background – Sudanese, Chinese, and Iranian.
Dr Bezzant brings to this role a deep love and concern for identifying, recruiting, training, and sending gospel focused leaders for the Anglican Church of Australia. He was ordained priest in the Diocese of Melbourne in 1997 and has served on the ministry teams of both small and large Melbourne parishes, as well as being Anglican Chaplain at Latrobe and Melbourne University. Rhys joined the Ridley Faculty in 2004 and teaches in the areas of Church History, Theology and Christian Worship. On several occasions he has been Visiting Fellow in the Yale Divinity School, and leads the Jonathan Edwards Center for Australia, housed at Ridley. He currently serves as a canon of St Paul’s Cathedral Melbourne and as a member of the General Synod Doctrine Commission and Liturgy Commission.
The previous Dean of the Anglican Institute, Revd Dr Richard Trist, will continue at the college as a part-time Pastoral Theology lecturer as well as coordinator of the Doctor of Ministry and Alumni Relations programs.
Further faculty appointment will be announced in the coming months.