BCA announces new National Director

Fred Chilton, Chairman, The Bush Church Aid Society of Australia

Greg & Karen Harris

On behalf of The Bush Church Aid Society of Australia I would like to introduce you to our new National Director – Archdeacon Greg Harris from Bendigo.

Greg has a heart for the bush even though he was born a ‘city boy’. Since graduating from Moore College in 1996 with a Bachelor of Theology (Hons), he has served in Collarenebri, Guyra and for the past 12 years has been the Senior Minister/Rector of the South East Bendigo Anglican Parish.  Greg has been Archdeacon of Bendigo since 2011, is also the Vicar General of the Diocese and a member of the General Synod Standing Committee.

During his time in Bendigo, Greg has been involved in recruiting and developing ministers, setting and implementing strategic direction and working with people across the wider Anglican Church. He has also been the chaplain of Girton Grammar School for the past five years. In his role of Archdeacon Greg has contributed to the leadership of the Diocese including the development and implementation of a number of strategic plans.  But most of all Greg is passionate about preaching the good news of Jesus.

Greg’s links with Bush Church Aid date back to his first ministry position as every parish he has worked in has supported BCA. In his role of Archdeacon, Greg played a key role in establishing and nurturing the BCA supported ministry of Steve Weickhardt in Strathfieldsaye.

As National Director of Bush Church Aid Greg will encourage and lead our team across the country and look for new opportunities to spread the good news of Jesus in remote, regional and rural Australia. 100 years on, Greg walks in the footsteps of our founder SJ Kirkby who hailed from Bendigo.

“How gracious is our Lord? Two strong passions of mine, country ministry and my support of BCA's vision, have now come together in a new way,” says incoming National Director Greg Harris. “I only pray that God may grant me the 'grace, grit and gumption' to serve like all those who have heeded God's calling and faithfully served BCA.”

Greg replaces The Right Revd Dr Mark Short, now Bishop of Canberra & Goulburn, who led BCA for seven years. Greg and his wife Karen will conclude their time in Bendigo at the end of June before taking some leave and commencing in the BCA National Office in Sydney during August.

Fred Chilton, Chairman, The Bush Church Aid Society of Australia

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