The new bishop of the northwestern NSW diocese follows in his father’s footsteps.
Armidale chooses a Chiswell The Rev Rod Chiswell (right) the Armidale Diocese for the past 25 years as vicar of Mungindi, Walcha and South Tamworth respectively, so he knows the challenges of modern ministry in rural and regional areas, as well as their rich history. The Rev Brian Kirk, vicar general of the Armidale Diocese, spoke for the Synod when he told the election session: “We have come through drought, bushfires and a pandemic and I quick to welcome the election. am looking for a man of God for “Rod is a faithful pastor, a such a time as this – someone fine preacher and one who will who is full of faith and full of the hold fast to the faith once for all Holy Spirit, who has been shaped delivered to the saints,” Dr Davies and raised up by God to lead this said. “He is an answer to many diocese through further difficult prayers.” times ahead, keeping our eyes Speaking to the local media ‘focused on Jesus, the pioneer and after the election, Mr Chiswell perfecter of our faith’ (Hebrews described the bishop’s role as that 12:2).” of a servant. As Metropolitan of NSW, “The clergymen in the parish Archbishop Glenn Davies was have the responsibility of
proclaiming the gospel to that community and helping the parish to grow more like Christ as they teach God’s word to them... the bishop role is an oversight role where you are trying to support the clergy to do that in their community,” he said. Echoing the Armidale Diocese’s mission statement, he said: “All of us are on about introducing people to Jesus and helping them home to heaven”.SC ANG6346
will be consecrated as Bishop of Armidale on February 27 – taking on a role he has been familiar with for most of his life. Currently serving as the senior minister at St Peter’s, South Tamworth, Mr Chiswell was elected in November by the Synod of the diocese in which his father served for all his ministry, including 23 years as bishop. “It is an interesting situation with Dad having done that job for all those years in the past,” he said – adding that he felt daunted by the challenge but believed “God can use ordinary people to accomplish his purposes” and “those God calls to a task he equips for the task”. Bishop-elect Chiswell is married to Jenni and they have two children and three grandchildren. He has served in
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