On Wednesday 6th July 2022, The Revd Professor Mark R. Lindsay (Joan F.W. Munro Professor of Historical Theology and Deputy and Academic Dean of Trinity College Theological School), stepped down as president of ANZATS (Australian and New Zealand Association of Theological Schools) after four years in the role.
Professor Lindsay was first elected President in 2018 and steered ANZATS through the challenging and disrupted times that came with the pandemic. Of his time in the role, Professor Lindsay told Vox, “We have used the last 2-3 years to reimagine what ANZATS can and should be into the future – directing our energies away from the needs of institutional providers (who are now best supported by the Council of Deans of Theology) and more towards supporting the work of theological scholars. That required both a subtle name change, and a more pronounced set of constitutional amendments. The work of embedding these changes of direction and focus will continue – but I’m delighted that the Association is now on a solid footing from which to undertake this task”.
Professor Lindsay addressed the ANZATS conference on Tuesday 6th of July: “Let me urge you, me, us all – as individual theologians, pastors, priests, practitioners of God’s grace; as well as networks of scholarship, practice and ministry – to lean into the possibilities of modest theology. To take seriously our position under the authority of God’s Word, on the one hand, and surrounded by the free movement of God’s Spirit on the other, and to address with both humility and boldness the pressing needs of our church and this world. What this looks like – let’s wait and see!”
At the same meeting, Professor Peter Sherlock, Vice Chancellor of the University of Divinity, was elected President.
The University congratulates Professor Lindsay at the completion of his presidency, and wishes all the best to Professor Sherlock at the commencement of his.