Bishop Matt Brain was installed at the 10th Bishop of Bendigo on Saturday, 17 February 2018 in St Paul’s Cathedral, Bendigo.
Bishop Matt was ordained in the Diocese of North-West Australia in 2003 where he gained valuable experience in rural and remote ministry. He moved to the Diocese of Canberra-Goulburn in 2010 and was consecrated a bishop in 2015 at Goulburn.
In Canberra and Goulburn, Bishop Matt was responsible for Ministry Training and Development and oversaw Parish Support, Chaplaincy and Mission. He was also the Rector of Arawang Anglican Church, south-west of Canberra, where he led a ministry team comprising of ordained and lay leaders.
He served as Acting Registrar for the Diocese of Canberra and Goulburn on two occasions and was the General Manager of Anglican Diocesan Services through 2016. He has also served on numerous diocesan and school boards and is a member of General Synod and the Primatial Panel of Electors.
Bishop Matt has published numerous books, articles and conference papers and lectured at St Marks Theological College in Ministry and Outreach where he was also the deputy chair of the board. His doctoral thesis was “Treasures in Jars of Clay: Towards a new Pauline Pastoral Theology of Mission to Generation Y in Australia.”
Bishop Matt has a keen interest in advocacy and is a trustee of the Anglican Relief and Development Fund – Australia.
He is married to Rachael and they have five children. Bishop Matt originally trained and worked as a physiotherapist and his interests include playing guitar, reading, cycling and jogging.
As a diocese we have worked hard to be transformative, mission-shaped communities of faith so that our society may be transformed by Jesus. Bishop Matt is delighted to be able to join with us as we seek to be true to this calling and is looking forward to sharing in Jesus’ transformative work with us.