Archdeacon Brain appointed Assistant Bishop in Canberra

Archdeacon Matt Brain was appointed as a new Assistant Bishop in the Diocese of Canberra and Goulburn following a meeting of Bishop in Council earlier today.

Archdeacon Matt Brain was appointed as a new Assistant Bishop in the Diocese of Canberra and Goulburn following a meeting of Bishop in Council earlier today. (17 April 2015)

‘This appointment is significant because it brings generational change and renewal to our senior team,’ said Bishop Stuart Robinson who announced the appointment.

A physiotherapist by background, Dr Brain trained for ministry in Perth and was ordained in 2003. He served as a priest in the Diocese of North West Australia as the Diocesan youth minister and in the parish of Kalbarri.

Dr Brain moved to the Diocese of Canberra and Goulburn in 2010 to become Director of Synergy Youth and Children. He is a lecturer at St Mark’s National Theological College and plays a leadership role with the International Association for the Study of Youth Ministry, which aims to foster the study and development of youth ministry as a recognised profession.

Since 2013, Dr Brain has been Director of Parish Support, Chaplaincy and Mission where he has worked closely with parishes to help leaders develop their capacity for ministry.

Dr Brain will assume responsibility for the Ministry Training and Development portfolio. This portfolio not only helps new people enter Anglican ministry but it has oversight of clergy’s professional development also.

‘Dr Brain will play a key role in helping our diocese continue to identify new missional leaders and support those already in ministry to engage with a changing culture,’ said Bishop Stuart.

‘It is my dream that people, both young and old, whose own lives have been transformed by Jesus might be equipped and sent out to help others find the joy that comes from his transforming love. I am very excited that I might be able to help prepare others for the wonderful things that God has in store for them,’ said Dr Brain on news of his appointment.

Dr Brain will be consecrated by the Archbishop of Sydney, the Most Revd Dr Glenn Davies, at St Saviour’s Cathedral on Saturday 13 June 2015 at 11am.

Dr Brain is married to Rachel and they have five children. He enjoys running, cycling and playing the guitar.

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