Welcome to the official webpage of Bishop Stead and South Sydney.
**New** See also the Lament Psalms sermon page here.
Bishop Michael Stead holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of New South Wales, is an honours graduate of Moore College with a Bachelor of Divinity and a Diploma of Ministry and was awarded a Doctor of Philosophy by the University of Gloucestershire in 2007.
Dr Stead has extensive experience in church affairs nationally and internationally. He is a member of the General Synod Standing Committee and serves on its Executive Committee. He has been the Secretary of the General Synod Doctrine Commission since 2005 and is also a member of the Sydney Diocesan Doctrine Commission. Internationally, he is an active supporter of the Global Anglican Future Conference (GAFCON) and played a key part in the operations team that coordinated GAFCON in 2013 and 2018, as well as being a member of the writing group that produced the Nairobi Communique (2013) and the Letter to the Churches (2018).
He is married to Felicity, and the couple have three adult children. Bishop Stead was previously rector of St James Turramurra and a part-time lecturer in Old Testament at Moore Theological College.
He was consecrated Bishop of South Sydney at St Andrew's Cathedral, Sydney on 5th December, 2015.
Dr Stead’s research interests include Biblical Theology, the Atonement, Hermeneutics and Eschatology.
He has written five books and a host of articles. Here is a list of publications.
[Forthcoming], Haggai, Zechariah and Malachi: An Introduction and Study Guide, New York, Bloomsbury.
2015, Zechariah - The Lord Returns, Sydney, Aquilla Press
2013, [Editor] Christ Died for Our Sins: Essays on the Atonement From the Doctrine Commission of the Anglican Church of Australia, Canberra, Barton Books.
2009, The Intertextuality of Zechariah 1-8, London, T & T Clark (LHBOTS, 506)
2007, Zechariah and the ‘Former Prophets’: An Intertextual examination of the re-use of the Prophetic Tradition (University of Gloucestershire)
Articles and Book Sections
forthcoming, “Zechariah’s Intertextual Reversal of Lamentations” in Reading Lamentations Intertextually, New York, Bloomsbury.
2019, “The debates over the doctrine of marriage in the Anglican Communion” in Marriage, Same-sex Marriage and the Anglican Church of Australia: Essays from the Doctrine Commission
2019, “The doctrine of marriage of the Anglican Church of Australia” in Marriage, Same-sex Marriage and the Anglican Church of Australia: Essays from the Doctrine Commission
2019, “The case against same-sex marriage” in Marriage, Same-sex Marriage and the Anglican Church of Australia: Essays from the Doctrine Commission
2018, "Haggai" in The ESV Expository Bible Commentary, Vol VII, pp.605-628
2015 “Expect the Unexpected – Matthew’s Use of Zechariah” in Peter Bolt (ed.) Listen To Him: Reading and Preaching Emmanuel in Matthew, London, Latimer Trust.
2014 "The Interrelationship between Vision and Oracle in Zechariah 1-6" in Hayes, E.R and Tiemeyer, L-S (eds.) 'I Lifted my Eyes and Saw': Reading Dream and Vision Reports in the Hebrew Bible, London, Bloomsbury and T & T Clark, pp.149-168
2013 [with G. N. Davies] "Atonement and Redemption" in Christ Died for Our Sins: Essays on the Atonement From the Doctrine Commission of the Anglican Church of Australia, Canberra, Barton Books.
2013 "Suffering David, Suffering Servant, Stricken Shepherd" in Christ Died for Our Sins: Essays on the Atonement From the Doctrine Commission of the Anglican Church of Australia, Canberra, Barton Books.
2013 "Herman Who? The Hermeneutics of the Homosexuality Debate", a paper written for the Mar 2013 meeting of the Australian Anglican Bishops.
2012 "Intertextuality and Innerbiblical Interpretation" in Dictionary of the Old Testament Prophets pp.355-364
2012 "Visions, Prophetic" in Dictionary of the Old Testament Prophets pp.818-826.
2011 "The Three Shepherds: reading Zechariah 11 in light of Jeremiah" in Grant, J.A et al. A God of Faithfulness, pp.149-168
2010 "'To Rule' and 'To Subdue' in Genesis 1", St Mark’s Review, No.212, May pp. 13-24
2008 Sustained Allusions in Zechariah 1-2 in Boda, M. J. and Floyd, M. H. Tradition in Transition, pp.144-170
2008 [Co-authored with G. N. Davies] “A Biblical Appreciation of Sex”, St Mark’s Review, No.205, August pp. 87-105
2008 ὁ κατέχων in 2 Thessalonians 2:6-7 in Donald Robinson: Selected Works - Appreciation pp.83-94
2006 "Introducing Mission Shaped Church", St Mark's Review, No. 200, pp.3-7
Professional Activities and Associations
General Synod Bodies
General Synod Doctrine Commission - Secretary (2005-)
General Synod – Sydney representative (2010-)
General Synod – Standing Committee (2014-)
General Synod – Standing Committee Executive Committee (2017-)
General Synod – National Church Unity Taskforce (2012-2014)
Broughton Publishing – Director and Treasurer (2016-
Anglican Church of Australia Trust Corporation, Trustee (2020-)
Member of Standing Committee (2014-)
Sydney Doctrine Commission (2016-)
Religious Freedom Reference Group, Chair (2016-)
Sydney Diocese General Synod Relations Committee (2015-)
Glebe Administration Board (2015-); chair of the Audit and Risk Subcommittee
Sydney Diocesan Services (2015-), chair of the Audit, Finance and Risk Subcommittee
Diocesan Ordinance Review Panel, Chair (2016-)
Archbishop’s Liturgical Panel (2008-2010)
Chapter of St Andrew’s Cathedral, Deputy Chair (2016-)
Council member, Barker College School Council (2006-2015); Finance Subcommittee
Coalition for Marriage (Chair and Director) (2017-2018)
Freedom for Faith, Board of Reference (2016-2020), Director (2020-)
EFAC NSW (President) (2018-)
EFAC Australia, Deputy Chair (2018-)
Australia College of Theology, Member (2017-)
Member, Tyndale Fellowship (2005-)
Member, Society for Old Testament Study (2006-)
Member, Society of Biblical Literature (2007-)
Member, Fellowship for Biblical Studies (2007-)
Level 2, St Andrew’s House
Sydney Square, NSW 2000
Postal address: PO Box Q190, QVB Post Office NSW 1230
(+ 61 2) 9265 1598
(+ 61 2) 9265 1543
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