The Reverend Dr Tim Watson was inducted as the new Rector of Holy Cross Hackett by Bishop Trevor Edwards on Saturday 19th January at 2pm.
In his sermon at the induction, Bishop Stephen Pickard preached on Genesis 12, which records Abraham’s call to leave his country and travel to a far-off destination. The reading was especially appropriate for Tim, who has recently movedhalfway round the world to take up this position.
Born in Cheltenham, UK, Tim grew up in an Anglican family, studied history and French, and worked initially as a university lecturer. He then moved to France in 2002 to join a religious community, Chemin Neuf, which grew out of the charismatic renewal in the 1970s and has a particular call to work for the unity of Christians. It was there that he met his wife Kate, an Australian Roman Catholic, and they were married in 2006.
After studying for the ministry in England and France, Tim was ordained in 2011, and served in the Dioceses of Liverpool and Chichester, before discerning God’s call to move with his family (Daniel, 8, and Susanna, 5) to Australia.
Tim has a long-standing commitment to working for the unity of Christians. He was for several years a member of the French Anglican-Roman Catholic Committee, and he has co-led various ecumenical mission projects and youth pilgrimages. So it’s particularly special for Tim to be called to serve a parish, Holy Cross Hackett, which has recently celebrated 50 years of ‘co-operative partnership’ with St Margaret’s Uniting Church, and which also shares the ‘Holy Roundabout’ with Holy Rosary Watson Roman Catholic Church.
As a member of the Church of England’s Advisory Council for Relations between Bishops and Religious Communities, Tim has also served the renewal of religious life both within the Anglican Communion and ecumenically. He has had the privilege of getting to know a wide range of traditional, new, and emerging communities over the past few years.
He’s aware of the key role that religious communities have played in the history of Christianity in Australia, and he is looking forward to meeting them and hearing their stories.
An experienced musician, Tim has a passion for creative worship that brings together the best of traditional and contemporary styles. He loves good food and good conversation, and is currently learning how to handle a barbecue! He is very much looking forward to getting to know the Holy Cross community over the coming months, and to finding out what God is doing in North Canberra.
by Reverend Dr Tim Watson