Anglican Diocese of Armidale

The Anglican Diocese of Armidale exists to glorify God by introducing people to Jesus and helping them home to heaven.


Clergy Moves


At this time of year there are invariably a number of clergy moves.

Paul Foster, who has been working alongside Tim Baxter at Narrabri, is to become the Vicar of Quirindi where he succeeds Geoff Hearne who moved into the Bishop’s Assistant role in May last year. Paul is to be inducted by the Bishop on 2 February at St Alban’s Quirindi.

John Cooper has moved from Boggabri to Tenterfield and is to be inducted as the Vicar by the Bishop on 30 January at Christ Church Tenterfield.

Nick Stone, who has been working in the Inverell Parish, is to replace John as Vicar at Boggabri. He is to combine his parochial duties with a CMS roving ambassador role across the Dioceses of Armidale and Grafton, replacing David Greeff in the latter role who has, of course, moved to Western Australia to become the CMS General Secretary in that state. Nick’s induction will be held at St Barnabas’ Church in Boggabri on 1 February.

Having been away from the Diocese for a little over 12 months caring for aged parents in Brisbane, Dan Avenell, and Jenny, are to return to the Diocese in the second half of January with Dan to work as an associate in the Inverell Parish. He will be ministering there alongside Adam Draycott and Tineke Dekkers.

Jon Earnshaw is also to return to the Diocese having been the Registrar of the Diocese of North West Australia for the past four years. Jon will combine the roles of Vicar of Bundarra and as the chaplain to the hospitals and nursing homes in Armidale. He will be inducted as the Vicar of Bundarra by the Bishop at the Church of St Mary the Virgin on Sunday, 21 January.

Steve Cimarosti, towards the end of January, is to join the clergy team at the Cathedral having previously served at Port Macquarie. Steve and his wife Louise succeed Simon and Alison Reeve who, after an outstanding ministry in the Cathedral Parish, have moved to the Woolgoolga Parish in Grafton Diocese where they are working in family and youth ministry as well as in a wider role in the Diocese in these areas for which they are receiving support from BCA.