The Vicar—The Reverend Michael Lazarus

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grew up in Sydney where I was brought up in the Roman Catholic faith. When I left school I started to really seek answers for spiritual questions that had been nagging me for years. I started helping with a non-denominational youth group in the inner Sydney suburb of Glebe working with teenage boys and girls. I met Alison who had been a leader for seven years in the Glebe Club. I started attending the Anglican Church in Kings Cross and in 1978 I married Alison. We moved to Mittagong, NSW where I was working as a Youth Worker with the Department of Youth and Community Services at a residential establishment for state wards. Our first child Rebecca was born in 1980. We felt that God was calling us to full-time ministry and in 1981 I began my studies at the Church Army College of Evangelism. I graduated and was commissioned as a Church Army evangelist in 1982. I served in Dingley, Victoria where our second child, Timothy was born in 1986.

Dingley was an exciting parish and I was part of the leadership team that saw an amazing movement of God. The worship services grew so much that we had to move out of the church into the church hall. There were over 200 people in small groups and we saw many people come to know Jesus as their Lord and Saviour. Even though there were many great things happening, both Alison and I felt that God was calling us to move and in 1987 we answered a call to Townsville, Queensland.

During the first week in Townsville, Timothy contracted meningitis and sadly he passed away. It was a very sad and difficult time for us but God brought many people around us who supported and encouraged us. We were blessed with the birth of our second daughter, Katherine later that year. Townsville was a great time and we saw many people grow in their faith. And it was exciting to see people who had been coming to church more than 50 years starting to understand the gospel message. These people were able to explain their faith in a way that amazed them and their families! In 1989 our third daughter, Penelope was born, and we answered a call to go to Belrose, NSW.

I worked in Belrose for two years, mainly working with the youth and in high schools. I started to think that God was calling me into the ordained ministry and in 1993 the family packed up and moved to Brisbane.

I attended the Brisbane College of Theology in Brisbane and graduated in 1995. I served at Holy Spirit Parish, Surfers Paradise as assistant curate from 1996 until 1998. In 1999 I went to St Laurence's Parish in Caboolture where I was eventually made Rector. I have enjoyed my time at Caboolture and have witnessed the parish grow in numbers and spiritual maturity. It has been an exciting time, but I look forward to the new challenge which God has placed before me.

I enjoy seeing people come alive in their faith, and love to see people come into a living relationship with Jesus that affects their whole life. I long to see people move from just sitting in the pews to them telling their family and friends about what Jesus is doing in their life.

I enjoy fishing, kayaking, woodwork, reading (mainly history), trying to master the computer and spending time with Alison and my family.

 

Michael