New bishop for Wollongong

Jeremy Halcrow

The Rev Al Stewart, currently CEO of Anglican Youthworks, was announced by Archbishop Peter Jensen last night as the new Bishop of Wollongong.

“He is a man of great wisdom and godliness,” Dr Jensen told members of the Sydney Diocesan Standing Committee. “He is full of energy and enthusiasm and is passionate about the spread of the gospel.” 

“I believe that he has the abilities and qualities needed to serve as Bishop of Wollongong, and I recommend him warmly to you and seek your approval of this appointment.”

The appointment was greeted with overwhelming support by members of Standing Committee.

Alan James Stewart, 47, holds the degrees of Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Theology and Diploma of Arts in Theology.  He studied at Moore College, and served as a minister in the parishes of Tregear in Sydney’s west and St Matthias, Centennial Park. 

“In both parishes he had significant pastoral and administrative responsibilities, including 18 months as acting minister in charge of Tregear, and the charge of church plants for the parish of Centennial Park,” Dr Jensen said.

“Since 2002 he has been CEO of Anglican Youthworks, and has exercised a strategic and effective ministry there.  He is a well-known and effective platform speaker, and his leadership gifts have recently been recognised by his appointment as chairman of the Katoomba Christian Convention.”

Al is married to Kathy, a member of the Council of St Catherine's School for Girls, and they have four adult and teenage children.

“Kathy is noted for her welcoming Christian hospitality and I am certain she will be a valuable pastor and friend to clergy wives in the Wollongong region,” Dr Jensen said.

A date for his consecration service is yet to be set, but it is anticipated that Mr Stewart will commence his new role in early April 2007.