Appointment of Rev Michael Kellahan as Moore College Reader in Religious Freedom

The Principal has announced the appointment of the Rev Michael Kellahan as Moore College Reader in Religious Freedom. This new position will see the College working with Mr Kellahan to address one of the most pressing challenges of the moment in Australia and many other parts of the world.

Michael is married to Deborah and they have four children. He has until recently been the Senior Minister of Roseville East parish, and has also served in the parish of St Paul’s Carlingford. Before training for full-time ministry at Moore College, Michael worked as a solicitor for Freehills in federal government practice in Canberra.

Michael has resigned as Senior Minister of Roseville East to take up a full-time role as Executive Director of Freedom for Faith, a legal think tank that exists to see religious freedom protected and promoted in Australia and beyond.

“We are delighted to see this partnership with the College deepened. Religious freedom is a matter of critical importance in a number of contemporary public policy debates. Freedom for Faith is there to help churches and Christian ministries consider how to be faithful in light of these new challenges.” Mr Kellahan said.

He continued, “We are therefore delighted to connect with the depth and breadth of theological biblical and ministry resources Moore College provides. Operating in a political environment where there are constant pressures for pragmatism and compromise, it is vital that we act in principled ways driven by the gospel. We are therefore keen to see the development of a more robust Australian political theology around religious freedom.”

Announcing the news Dr Thompson said, “I am delighted that we can partner with Michael Kellahan and Freedom for Faith in this way. The issues which they are tackling impact each of us, Christian and non-Christian alike, and need to be addressed with a clear and deep grasp of the Scriptures and especially the gospel of Christ crucified and risen. Michael has shown he is able to do just that. We trust our fellowship with Michael will encourage him in that work and I look forward to what the Lord will do through him.”

At the same time the Archbishop of Sydney, Dr Glenn Davies, has appointed Mr Kellahan as his Advisor on Religious Freedom.

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