bishop brad billings

The Director of Theological Education is the Right Reverend Dr Bradly S. Billings BTh BMin MA ThD.

Brad has extensive experience in ordained ministry, serving for fifteen years in four parishes in the Diocese of Melbourne. He was vicar of the parishes of Gisborne 2004-2009 and of Toorak 2009-2015, and served also as Area Dean of Essendon and Archdeacon of Stonnington & Glen Eira during this time. Brad was consecrated Bishop in 2016, and has served as an Assistant Bishop in the Diocese of Melbourne since.

Brad has maintained an interest and involvement in academic study and has degrees in Theology and Ministry, a Master of Arts in Classics & Archaeology (on ancient Ephesus) from the University of Melbourne, and a Doctorate in Theology for a thesis on the textual problem in Luke 22.19-20 (for the Australian College of Theology). Brad’s doctoral thesis was published in 2005 by T&T Clark, and he continues to write and publish articles on the New Testament and Early Christianity in various academic journals, and is the author of the recently published third edition of “A Pastoral Handbook for Anglicans” (Broughton Publishing).

Brad is highly involved in the life and governance of the wider Anglican Church in the Diocese of Melbourne. He has previously served on the boards of two schools and as a Director of Benetas (Anglican Aged Care). He is presently Secretary to the Archbishop in Council, a Trustee of the Melbourne Anglican Trust Corporation, the Chair of the Melbourne Anglican Foundation, and the Australia / New Zealand representative supporting the ministry of St George’s College Jerusalem. He is convenor the national church network of Anglican Theological Educators and serves on the General Synod ecumenical relations committee.

Brad is married to Karen, who also works for the Diocese in the Registry Office. They have five children – twin boys Scott and Kyle, sons Aaron and Luke, and finally a daughter Rebekah. His hobbies include cooking most nights, reading, writing and researching, and playing with his two grandchildren, Kai and Eli.