|Reverend David Campbell|
|The Rev David Campbell has been the inducted Senior Minister of the Presbyterian Church of St Andrew’s Canberra since September 2014, having previously been the Minister of St Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Newcastle NSW for almost 14 years. He is a native of Northern Ireland, where he grew up in a farming community in County Londonderry.|
|His home church was Tobermore Presbyterian Church where he was licensed for the Christian Ministry in 1982. David felt called to the Presbyterian ministry in his late teens. After graduating with a BA degree at the New University of Ulster in 1979, he studied Divinity at New College, Edinburgh where he graduated with a BD in 1982. He served his assistantship at Bloomfield Presbyterian Church in Belfast where he was ordained in 1983. In 1985 he was inducted as the Minister of Strean Presbyterian Church in Newtownards in County Down. After serving there for seven years he was appointed as the General Secretary of The Bible Society in Northern Ireland, where he served for over eight years. During this time he also served as the convenor of the World Church Relations Committee of the General Assembly and established bi-lateral relationships between the Presbyterian Church in Ireland and the Presbyterian Church of Australia. In early 2001 he received a call from St Andrew’s Newcastle and subsequently immigrated with his family. In 2004 he was a Senior Chaplain to the Moderator of the Presbyterian Church in NSW and also served for several years on the Social Services Committee and Theological Education Committee of the State Assembly. During his ministry in Newcastle he was actively involved in the ecumenical and community life of the city and was the Chaplain of the Newcastle Business Club for over six years. Since coming to Canberra in addition to his heavy pastoral workload at St Andrew’s, he is an active member of the Canberra Rotary Club and an affiliate member of the National Press Club. In his spare time he is a passionate supporter of Tottenham Hotspur Football Club. He has supported this world famous old club for 50 years and says he deserves a medal for doing so.|
|Assistant to the Minister|
|Robert McMullan comes to us from Coleraine in County Londonderry, Northern Ireland. He joined us on 8th January 2018 to take up the post of Assistant to the Minister after graduating from Belfast Bible College with a BA Honours in Theology in 2017. His home Church is Hazelbank Presbyterian Church in Coleraine where he attended all his life and was heavily involved in a number of areas, including working with the young people and children living in the surrounding community to establish relationships between them and the Church.|
|Shortly thereafter, he took up the position of Youth Worker in the church, where he was responsible for many new initiatives which were aimed at growing the youth presence in the church while also reaching out to kids in the community with no church connection. He held this post for 6 years before taking up the call He felt God had laid on his heart to come to St Andrews, Canberra. Prior to this, Robert embarked on an internship with a global discipleship organization called Exodus, based in Northern Ireland, who take young people to different countries of the world on short-term mission teams as well as offering a base where young people can go at the weekends to meet with friends and explore their faith.
There he was able to use his passion and skills in the area of creativity to organise a wide range of events to suit people from all backgrounds at different stages in their faith. Robert also went on a few of the outreach teams offered at Exodus to New York where the main focus was on working with the homeless, and to South Africa where they joined up with a Sports Academy there using sport as a medium for ministry with the surrounding community. He was also part of teams who went to Spain to work in a Youth Camp, and also to Boston where he volunteered at a children’s camp as a Camp Counsellor. .
Just before moving to Canberra, Robert took up a post of Youth Development Officer with an organisation called Holywood Family Trust which operated a Drop-In Centre twice a week in the midst of a very divided community with a diverse range of issues, particularly centred around drugs, alcohol and paramilitary influence in the area. Robert studied at Belfast Bible College from 2014 to 2017 and was heavily involved with both staff and students through his post as Student Committee Chairman
This involved leading a team of fellow students in initiating and implementing various events at the college while pinpointing and developing areas which needed change. He thoroughly enjoyed his time there building relationships with people and preparing for ministry. Bible College proved fruitful in other ways too as Robert met his wife, Lee, there. They got married in May 2017 and thereafter, started to prepare for coming to Canberra. Robert has a passion for photography, people, worship and cycling, and loves working with his hands to make things – wooden reindeers were a favourite at Christmas, complete with a light up red nose!
Rev Dr Campbell Egan OAM RFD
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