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About Garry Deverell

I am a trawloolway pairrebeenener man from lutruwita/trouwerna (Tasmania).  My partner's name is Lil, and we have two daughters: Erin and Gretel. Although we have our origins in lutruwita, we currently live in the south-east region of Naarm (Melbourne).  I currently work as founding lecturer and research fellow in the School of Indigenous Studies at the University of Divinity and serve as an associate priest at St Paul's Cathedral.

I've two books: Gondwana Theology: a trawloolway man reflects on Christian faith (Melbourne: Morning Star, 2018) and The Bonds of Freedom: vows, sacraments and the formation of the Christian self (Milton Keynes: Paternoster, 2008).

Before coming back to academia in 2021, I was vicar of St Agnes' church in Black Rock. Between 2016 and early 2018 I was a student and then curate at Sts Stephen and Mary Anglican Parish in Mt Waverley. In 2015 I worked in a supply ministry at Monash Uniting Church in Clayton. In 2014 I worked as the Chaplain and Freemantle Fellow at Ormond College, University of Melbourne.  Between 2011 and 2013 I worked in a range of part-time local church appointments, ranging from Brunswick Baptist church to Balkara Uniting Church Parish in Oakleigh. From 2009 to the end of 2010 I worked as the Professor of Worship and Preaching in the Uniting Church's Centre for Theology and Ministry within the University of Divinity.  The position was unfortunately axed after only two yearsIn 2008 I enjoyed working as a supply minister at St. Columba's Uniting Church in Balwyn and tutoring in theology at the Australian Catholic University.  Between 2004 and 2007, I was pastor to the community at St. Luke's Uniting Church in Mount Waverley.  I went to St. Luke’s after completing a PhD in theology at Monash University.  While studying, I also shared in the pastoral leadership of the South Yarra Community Baptist Church.

Before the PhD I worked for three years as a parish minister in Devonport, Tasmania. The time of preparation for the pastoral ministry included a degree in theology with Whitley College and the Melbourne College of Divinity, as well as participation in a number of faith communities.  These included  St. David's Church in Collingwood and the House of the Gentle Bunyip  in Clifton Hill.  There we worked and prayed with others as the Community sought to care for people who suffer from schizophrenia.  The people of the Bunyip continue to hold a special place in our hearts.

Before that, I was a teacher at St. Michael's Collegiate School in Hobart,Tasmania.  I also tutored at the University of Tasmania, teaching education students about Tasmanian Social History and Medieval Romance.To qualify as a teacher, I studied at the University for a degree in literature and a diploma in education.  While on campus, I was involved with student politics, and worshipped at Taroona Baptist Church.  It was during these University days that I fell in love with Lil.  We were married on December 23, 1989, and nested in a yellow house in the foothills of Mt. Wellington.

I grew up on Aboriginal country in Sheffield, with my Mum, Dad, brother and two sisters.  And thought about God quite a lot of the time.

I like to swim, read, walk, and watch art-house and foreign-language films. Occasionally I toy around with the web.  Feel free to drop me a line sometime.