David Griffin joined us as pastor in February 2014. Previously he was the pastor at Jervis Bay Baptist Church on the south coast of NSW.
David is an accredited and ordained Minister of the Baptist Churches of the NSW and ACT. He has been in various forms of Christian work for over 35 years. He was a sports instructor, high schools worker with Scripture Union (ISCF), and a church youth worker before entering pastoral ministry.
David accepted the invitation to our pastorate because of a shared vision of pastoral ministry. That vision focusses upon preaching and teaching the gospel and the Bible. "It is though Scripture that Christ and his Spirit are mediated to us," says David. "Yet the Bible is not just a textbook for our minds: it is also a testimony to God's power, grace and mercy. God speaks now though what he spoke long ago, calling us to obedient discipleship. But in today’s somewhat aggressive secular Australia, walking faithfully in all God’s ways requires navigational skills that can be enhanced through a grasp of ethics and social philosophy. God calls us to walk in all his ways, but those ways go through the world," says David. "So we are called to be the living evidence of a different spiritual and moral vision. This vision is engendered through the rich moral imagination of Scripture. Christ’s world is simply a better world, and we are invited to become part of it."
David’s interest in faithful discipleship led him to complete a ThD in ethics (moral theology) before coming to North Canberra. This project focussed upon the life of Jesus and natural law. "How does radical discipleship relate to natural law and our universal humanity?" was the critical question he sought to address. His continuing academic interests are twentieth century theology and theological ethics.
David is married to Jenny, who has had a career in secondary education. They have one married son who is a research scientist. In his spare time he swims (he holds a swim instructors licence), runs, and cycles, and does a bit of cabinet making. Recently he and Jenny have enjoyed holidays in Vietnam and have connected with an orphanage in Da Nang.