Simon Hattrell

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Ministry career

President/Chairman Savage River Community Church, Tas 1973-76
Missionary/Church Planter France 1977-1989
Principal, President and Head of Theology Tasmanian College of Ministries/Tabor College, Hobart 1991-2002
Pastoral Assistant BayWest Sandy Bay 2003
Deacon in Charge Franklin/Esperance 2005-6
Priest in Charge Franklin/Esperance 2006-7
Rector Mount Isa, NQ 2007-09
Rector Heatley, Townsville NQ 2009-12
Authority to Officiate 2014
Coordinator of the Bishop’s Certificate in Theology and Ministry 2015

Profile

Simon was nurtured in the Christian faith from an early age and remembers with much affection the care shown to his widowed mother by the Vicar of the great Norman Abbey Church of Tewkesbury in the Cotswolds district of the UK where he was a chorister. Attending King’s School Gloucester, he was confirmed by Bishop Basil Guy in 1963, afterwards altar serving for two years in the Cathedral. His love of organ music came from listening daily to the playing of the late distinguished interpreters of English church music as well as the whole organ repertoire from JS Bach onwards, Doctors Herbert Sumsion and John Sanders. 

After four years in the Glorious Glosters, his county regiment (Feb 65 to Oct 68), with postings to Mauritius, active service in Aden & South Yemen, then Cyprus, Chester, and Berlin, he became a ‘Ten Pound Pom’ & immigrated to Tasmania at the end of 1968. His faith was reawakened through his sister’s love and prayers. Married to Barbara, a native Tasmanian, in 1970, he spent 1972/3 at Bible College in Brisbane subsequently returning to Savage River on the West Coast leading the inter-denominational Community Church and teaching scripture every week in the Area School for nearly three years. By this time Jonathan and Kirsty had arrived followed soon after by Benjamin and Stefan, the latter in France, where he worked with a large Evangelical Church in the University City of Montpellier, primarily amongst foreign students. He then engaged in church planting and congregational development in a beautiful region called the Massif Central.

On his return to Tasmania at the end of 1989, he soon became involved in the leadership of the Tasmanian College of Ministries subsequently to become Tabor College Tasmania (now Alphacrucis College, Hobart campus) teaching regularly and leading it through a period of intense development and helping to gain government accreditation for their courses in 1996. He taught a range of subjects including Bible, Comparative Religion, Ministry and Theology. Barbara was the Library manager at Tabor from 1995 and played a large part in the success of the College. Over twenty years later she has now returned to manage it again. Beginning in 2002 Simon’s postgraduate part time study gave him the opportunity to explore the theology of Karl Barth and Thomas Torrance as well as reflect on the lessons and stages of leadership development.

After serving for part of 2003 as a Pastoral Assistant at BayWest (Wellspring) Anglican Church in Sandy Bay during an interregnum, he returned again to University to complete a Bachelor of Education in 2004 subsequently teaching in Charters Towers & Townsville (Qld) as well as Kingston (Tas) in 2005. He was admitted to Anglican orders on his 58th birthday in October 2005 and ordained priest at the beginning of 2006. In early 2007 he and Barbara moved to the Diocese of North Queensland, where Simon was Rector of Mount Isa and then Heatley in Townsville.

Since his ‘retirement’ at the end of 2012, Simon has secured a publisher (Wipf & Stock) for a revised translation that he has completed of Pierre Maury’s work on Predestination (Westminster/John Knox Press 1961) while also completing translations of two other significant works  including a seminal paper Maury gave in 1936 in Geneva that has never ever been translated into English. This paper had a huge influence on Karl Barth and is to be included in the upcoming publication.  Maury was a well known and loved French Christian leader, theologian and Reformed Minister. This project has garnered a lot of interest and support from a whole range of theologians here in Australia, the UK, Germany and the USA.

Simon is enthusiastic about encouraging and equipping God’s people for works of service and the partnership that the Diocese has forged with both Moore College in Sydney and Ridley College in Melbourne.