Rev’d Graham Stanton Appointed as Lecturer in Practical Theology

Posted: 09/06/15

Graham graduated from Macquarie University in 1988 with a Bachelor of Economics and worked for a short time as a business economist before entering Moore College in 1991. He is an ordained Anglican minister, and served as Assistant minister for children’s, youth and family ministry at St. Michael’s Pro-cathedral in Wollongong from 1995 to 1999.

From 2000 to 2013 Graham was the founding Dean and then Principal of Youthworks College in Sydney, an Anglican ACT college for children’s and youth ministry. At Youthworks, Graham taught in systematic theology, youth ministry and spiritual life as well as providing overall leadership to the College community. He completed a Masters degree in Adult Education and e-Learning at the University of Technology, Sydney in 2002, and a Master of Theology from Moore College in 2011.

Graham is the Executive Administrator of the International Association for the Study of Youth Ministry, the Youth Ministry advisor for the Matthew Hale Public Library in Brisbane, and a project officer with Anglican EdComm in Sydney.

Graham is currently a doctoral candidate in the practical theology program at the University of Queensland in the School of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry. His thesis explores the role of the imagination in the dynamics of Bible engagement for the spiritual formation of teenagers.  He is married to Kate, and has three children (Juliet, 15; Rosie, 14; Jono 10).

On his appointment, Graham says, “though we’re going to be very sad to leave Austinmer where we now live, I am excited by the opportunity to join the Ridley faculty team. It’s a great privilege to share in Ridley’s long history in practical and pastoral theology. I’m looking forward to helping students in careful theological reflection on their life and ministry, and to pursue renewed practice that embodies the gospel of grace.”

In his position as Lecturer in Practical Theology Graham will head up the development of Ridley’s In-Context learning initiative, a program providing theological education and formation using Ridley Online in partnership with churches and Christian organisations around the country.  He will also spearhead youth ministry training at Ridley College.

Ridley Chair Claire Rogers stated: “In-Context is an exciting development and we are delighted to have someone with Graham’s background to take it forward.”

Ridley Principal, Rev Dr Brian Rosner is very excited by the appointment. He says: “Graham is a great fit with Ridley’s theology and culture.  He is evangelical and reformed as well as thoroughly committed to effective training for ministry.  Graham has a warm heart for the gospel and brings a wealth of experience to the role.  He is a fine practical theologian and represents a significant addition to the faculty team.”

Graham’s appointment commences in January 2016 at one day per week (while he is completing his PhD) and will increase to four days per week from April 2017.

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