Ridley Events

The Story of God: Preaching Old Testament Narrative

Annual Preachers' Conference

21-22 August 2018
Two day conference, concluding at 3:30pm on Wednesday 22.

Speakers: Paul Barker, Murray Capill and Mary Lewis

This is the Annual Preachers’ Conference for Ridley College, a training conference on preaching God’s word to minds hearts, wills and lives.

The 2018 Conference will be held on site at Ridley College across two days.

About the Speakers

Paul Barker trained as an actuary before studying theology at Ridley College, and completed a PhD in Old Testament in England.

His church service in Victoria includes serving as a curate in the Parish of Cranbourne in Melbourne’s South East Growth Corridor, as Vicar of Holy Trinity Doncaster, an Examining Chaplain, Archdeacon of Box Hill and Visiting Lecturer at Ridley College.

He was with the Church Missionary Society based in Malaysia, teaching in Seminari Theoloji Malaysia, as well as being a Visiting Lecturer in Old Testament and Preaching in various seminaries in India, Pakistan, Myanmar and Thailand. From 2014-2016 he was also the Asian Regional Coordinator for Langham Preaching and Langham Scholar Care, training preachers throughout Asia.

Paul was consecrated in November 2016 as Assistant Bishop for Jumbunna, part of the diocese of Melbourne comprising the outer southern and Eastern suburbs.

Murray Capill is Principal of Reformed Theological College. He is originally from New Zealand where he pastored a church in Auckland for 10 years. He came to Australia in 2001 to teach part-time at the College and continue in pastoral ministry in the CRCA. Since 2006 he has taught practical theology full-time and in 2008 he became the Principal. He is the author of Preaching with Spiritual Vigour (2004) and The Heart is the Target (2014). Murray is married to Wendy and they have five children and one grandchild.

Evening Keynote
Mary Lewis is Dean of the Cathedral Church of St Peter and Paul Pt Pirie, and Parish Priest of Flinders Plain. She has spent most of her life and ministry in rural and regional South Australia and Nepal. Prior to ordination, she served in lay leadership and mission in the parishes where she lived, and worked as a rural GP in South Australia. Mary and her husband Owen served in medical mission and medical education in Nepal in partnership with CMS Australia, bringing their four children up in the cross cultural mission field. Mary taught mission studies at St Andrew’s Hall before being ordained to Parish ministry.

She has served on the CMS Australia Board and committees and in local outreach and children’s ministry initiatives as well as parish and diocesan councils.


Choose 2 workshops to attend during the conference.

  • Workshop with Murray Capill
  • Workshop with Mary Lewis
  • Applying Old Testament Narrative with Mike Raiter
  • Raising up new Preachers with Rod Morris
  • What’s the big idea? with Karen Morris

More details to come.

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170 The Avenue, Parkville, Victoria, 3052 Australia / Phone 03 9207 4800 / Email info@ridley.edu.au

Ridley College is an affiliated college with the Australian College of Theology, CRICOS: 02650E