​Revd Stephen Delbridge
Coordinator of Anglican Health Chaplains Royal Melbourne Hospital

About Stephen Delbridge

Stephen’s calling is to be in ministry with people who are on the edges. Most people he talks to in hospital are not churchgoers, but they are asking spiritual questions about who God is. Stephen says his desire to work with people at risk or on the edge comes from his view of God, as he believes God sits with those who are in a time of need.

What is unique about sector ministry such as hospital chaplaincy is that its focus is ecumenical. Stephen says chaplains work across the hospital rather than across denomination, and he loves that aspect of it.

He explains that there is a team of more than 100 chaplains working in Victoria’s major hospitals across the denominations, and the multidenominational teamwork is very important to all of them. In his role as coordinator of Anglican health chaplains, Stephen is supporting 15 Anglican health chaplains, providing training, pastoral support and facilitating the ministry.

Stephen believes hospital chaplaincy is a very effective mission or vocation for those who have a call to be with people on the edge, but he warns, if you want it neat and tidy, don’t do hospital chaplaincy.

You have to be prepared to sit in a difficult place – beside parents of an 18 year old who has been killed in a car accident or by the bedside of a terminally ill patient grappling with the death.

Stephen explains that you need to reflect on faith and where God is in these places, and to have the strength to let go and move on.

 

 Contact us

 

Chaplains' Coordinator
Revd Stephen Delbridge

The Anglican Centre
209 Flinders Lane
Melbourne VIC 3000
Tel: (03) 9653 4220
chaplaincy@melbourneanglican.org.au