New Bishop for NW Australia
Conservative Anglican outpost, the Diocese of North West Australia, has its new bishop in place. The Rt Revd Darrell Parker was installed as the diocesan bishop in a service on 15 February. Bishop Parker had been consecrated at St Andrew’s Cathedral in Sydney on 3 February.
“Jesus’ primary mission was not easing human suffering and pain. His mission was to provide for forgiveness of sins through his atoning sinless sacrificial death and resurrection in the place of sinners like me,” he said.
“Our mission is to preach, declare and live out that salvation that He alone could win.
“Jesus is our only way home. Our only way of making sense of this life and being ready to meet our maker in the next. For in him alone is the forgiveness of sins.”
Darrell exhorted people to live a life worthy of the gospel so the church could point the world to God’s goodness and love.
“We want to be a good news story to the world. We want to be a blessing to our world. We want to reflect the goodness of our maker to want people to come to our Maker because of what people see in the church.”
Bishop Parker and his wife Elizabeth spent twenty-five in Armidale Diocese in New South Wales before coming to North West Australia. For the past several years he was the Senior Minister at St Paul’s, Tamworth.
The Diocese of North West Australia is the third largest geographical diocese in the world. Only the Diocese of Europe and Diocese of the Arctic are larger. NW Australia covers approximately 1,000,000 square miles or one third of the Australian continent.