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New archbishop for Sydney: The Church of England Newspaper, August 16, 2013, p 5. August 22, 2013

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Archbishop-elect Glenn Davies of Sydney

The Sydney Diocesan Synod has elected the Rt. Rev. Glenn Davies to be the next Archbishop of Sydney.  Dr. Davies (62), who currently serves as Bishop of North Sydney, will be installed as archbishop on 23 August 2012 at St Andrew’s Cathedral in succession to the Most Rev. Peter Jensen.

In addition to assuming the leadership of Australia’s largest diocese, Dr. Davies appointment as archbishop will propel him to the centre of the evangelical movement within the Anglican world. Although he is not the primate of the Anglican Church of Australia – as archbishop he will be metropolitan of New South Wales – Dr. Davies will likely be the one of the most influential archbishops in the Communion – second only to the Archbishop of Canterbury in spiritual authority among the church’s “white” archbishops.

On 6 August 2013 over 800 clergy and lay delegates began voting in a series of elimination ballots to elect the new archbishop from among the two candidates: Dr. Davies and the Rev. Canon Rick Smith (49), rector of Naremburn/Cammeray on Sydney’s Lower North Shore. After the first round an error in the vote tally gave Canon Smith the lead, but it was found that approximately 170 votes had been miscounted. After the recount, Dr. Davies was found to hold a strong majority among the clergy and a comfortable majority amongst the lay delegates. At the start of the evening session Canon Smith proposed Dr. Davies name alone be moved to the final list – and by a show of hands the new archbishop was elected by what observer tell the Church of England Newspaper was a unanimous vote.

A native of Sydney, Dr. Davies was educated at Sydney Church of England Grammar School and the University of Sydney. He trained for the ministry at Moore Theological College and Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia and earned a PhD from Sheffield University in 1988.  Dr. Davies served as a parish priest in the diocese and as a lecturer in Old and New Testament at Moore College before being appointed assistant Bishop of North Sydney in 2001.

Dr. Davies has served as a member of General Synod Doctrine Commission for 20 years and as a member of the General Synod since 1996 and its standing committee since 2007.  From 2002 to 2012 he was chairman of EFAC (Evangelical Fellowship in the Anglican Communion) Australia and was one of the authors of the 2008 Jerusalem Statement of the GAFCON conference. A father of two and grandfather of three, Dr Davies has been married to his wife Dianne since 1979.

In a flurry of interviews with the secular press, Dr. Davies fielded questions ranging from refugees and asylum seekers to the role of the Anglican Church in contemporary Australia. He told reporters he hoped to be able to “facilitate as many grass-roots ministries as possible. We’ve not only got parishes, we’ve got schools, we’ve got organisations like Anglicare and Moore College, Youthworks and retirement villages” that are lay led. “They all reflect different aspects of our society where they are bringing the love of God and the saving message of Jesus to bear in their particular context.”

The archbishop-elect dismissed claims made by some newspapers that his election was a rebuke to the current archbishop and signalled a shift away from the diocese’s evangelical roots. “I can’t imagine there would be a lot of difference” between his priorities and those of his predecessor Dr. Peter Jensen.

The two shared the “same theological framework and passion about God’s word and the Gospel being brought into the lives of people around us, and we’ve got the same passion with regard to justice and injustice and the desire for people to be treated with dignity and respect.  At that level, as issues come up, I will seek to address them with as much wisdom and grace as I have” the new Archbishop said.

A spokesman for the diocese told CEN that while he was stepping down as archbishop of Sydney, Dr. Jensen was not stepping down as secretary of the Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans (FCA).



1. Mark - August 23, 2013

Not really important, but in the election synod the initial results of the first round of voting did not give Canon Smith “the lead”. They indicated that both Glenn Davies and Rick Smith would be going through to the next round of the election synod process (with Glenn Davies “in the lead”). The reversal of the error in counting revealed that Rick had not, in fact, joined Glenn in making it through the first stage of the process.

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