EXIT STUDENT PROFILES: Cameron Griffiths
Anglican Youth pastor becomes a Presbyterian Preacher
I spent most of my childhood in Sydney’s leafy Hills District. I spent my afternoons drawing with the neighbours, catching lizards and cicadas and catching tadpoles. I also kept geese, ducks and chooks. Louise’s parents were Salvation Army officers and that meant living all over our country according to their postings.
I became a Christian when I was about eighteen while I studying Fine Arts at the University of NSW. I became involved in the Christian group on campus and it changed my outlook on the world and the great need for gospel ministry. After teaching for a couple of years I did a ministry traineeship with this ministry group (the Fellowship for Evangelism in the Visual Arts). I prayed and pondered my gifts and my suitability to work in pastoral ministry. I then went to study at Sydney Missionary and Bible College.
After I married Louise we spent eight years in Sydney working amongst Anglican churches. In 2014 we moved down to Melbourne so that I could work as a Youth Pastor at Donvale Presbyterian Church and later study at the Presbyterian Theological College (PTC) and ‘retrain’ as a Presbyterian minister. My theological study has helped me turn my hunches and opinions about the Bible into more grounded and thoughtful positions. It has also helped me to better approach and study the Bible. Specifically, PTC gave me a better understanding of the Presbyterian church and reformed thinking.
I can’t express how excited and grateful I am to be given the opportunity to work with the Croydon Hills congregation and join with them in their gospel ministry to their neighbourhood. I look forward to getting to know them and seeing how I can best serve them, teaching them the Word, and training them up to serve His kingdom.
Cameron Griffiths has been appointed to Croydon Hills Presbyterian Church.