The Revd Barbara Bagley has joined St Matthew’s as Priest in Local Mission.
Barbara was born in Canada to a loving family and parents who lived their Christian faith. “I don’t ever remember not believing in God,” she said. “That is not to say that there weren’t many times when God strengthened my faith, sometimes before I even knew I would need that.”
From the age of 11, when she was confirmed, Barbara felt called to be a minister. At the time she was told, “women don’t do that in our church.” Barbara was still very young and thought she must be mistaken, but says “I knew that God was calling me for something.”
Barbara trained as a physiotherapist and, with her husband David, moved to Australia, living in Melbourne before settling in the Hunter. Barbara began working in palliative care and the couple started a family. Tragically, David died when their youngest child was just two-and-a-half.
The family was worshipping at a central coast Anglican church when the Diocese began the Newcastle School of Theology to train committed lay people to be ministers in their own communities. Barbara enrolled and was accepted as an ordinand. While full-time work and parenting four children has taken Barbara away from parish ministry for some time, she is delighted to be able to take up her new role with us in Georgetown.
“May I say how blessed I am to be welcomed at St Matthew’s,” said Barbara. “I am honoured to serve in this parish in any way I am able, God willing.”
Please join us in welcoming Barbara, as well as her two youngest children Dorothy and Patrick, to St Matthew’s.