New Archbishop of Sydney Elected

FAC Australia congratulates Rt Rev Dr Glenn Davies on his election as the 12th Archbishop of Sydney. Glenn is the immediate past Chairperson of EFAC Australia and a keen supporter of our Fellowship.

We wish Glenn well in his new ministry and pray that God will equip him with all the gifts and wisdom he will need to lead Sydney Diocese well.

The Most Reverend Doctor Glenn Davies was born in 1950, he grew up on Sydney's Northern Beaches and was educated at Sydney Church of England Grammar School (Shore). After gaining a Bachelor of Science from Sydney University, he worked as a mathematics teacher. He was actively involved in Christian ministry since coming to faith during his high school years. He was involved in youth and then campus ministry, before making a decision to enter the ministry full time.

He studied at Moore Theological College (DipA) and Westminster Theological Seminary (MDiv and ThM, with a thesis on New Covenant Worship) and was ordained by the then Archbishop of Sydney, Sir Marcus Loane, in 1981. He gained a PhD from Sheffield University in 1988.

Dr Davies served in parishes in Sydney including Willoughby and Miranda, and was lecturer in both Old and New Testament and later also registrar of Moore College (1983 -1995). He was appointed Bishop of North Sydney by Peter Jensen in 2001, a position he held for 12 years before being elected Archbishop of Sydney in August, 2013. During his time in the Northern Region, Dr Davies had episcopal oversight of 64 parishes and emerging multicultural ministries.

His passion for education led to his appointment as the founding chairman of the Anglican Education Commission, and he has also been chair of Anglican Youthworks, and a member of the council of Moore Theological College, the Australian College of Theology and Robert Menzies College at Macquarie University.

In the National Church, Dr Davies has been a member of General Synod since 1996, on its Standing Committee since 2007, also holding a position on the General Synod Doctrine Commission since 1993 and has been Canon Theologian in the Diocese of Ballarat since 2000. For 10 years until 2012, Dr Davies was also the Chair of EFAC (Evangelical Fellowship in the Anglican Communion) Australia.

Internationally, Dr Davies has played a role in both the Lausanne Consultation on Evangelisation (Board member since 2011 and speaker at international conferences) and the Global Anglican Future Conference (GAFCON) and the Global Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans. Dr Davies was a member of the writing group that produced the Jerusalem Declaration at the landmark GAFCON 2008 in Jerusalem and the communiqué from the 2012 London Leadership Conference.

He is an engaging platform speaker and media communicator whose views on the church, education and youth, as well as faith and society have been sought by newspapers, radio and television. He has written biblical commentaries, topical articles and contributions to theological journals.

Dr Davies has been married to Dianne since 1979 and they have two adult children and three grandchildren. He enjoys movies, board games, walking and swimming.

EFAC Australia Blog

21 January 2019

Articles and discussion by members of EFAC Australia