Bishop Tim Harris

Bishop Tim is a Kiwi by birth, while living the great majority of his adult life in Australia. Nurtured and formed within a strong Christian home, he originally trained as an ancient historian to embark on a career as a teacher. Finishing his undergraduate studies, Bishop Tim experienced a call to ordained ministry and undertook further training and embarked on a pathway that has led to many contexts and experiences.

After initial ministry in Wollongong and Helensburgh with Stanwell Park (both in the Illawarra region of Sydney Anglican Diocese), Tim, Fiona and family undertook the adventure of moving to Adelaide in 1995. Tim was rector of St. Matthew’s Kensington (1995-2008, including Norwood 2004-2008), founding Dean (Principal) of Bishopdale Theological College in Nelson, NZ (2008-2011), before returning to Adelaide to take up the ministry of Assistant Bishop (Mission and Evangelism) in November 2011. Since that time, Bishop Tim has also stepped in as Diocesan Administrator whenever the Archbishop is absent from the Diocese.

Bishop Tim has combined grassroots ministry responsibilities with continuing academic studies, culminating with a Flinders University Ph.D in Pauline studies.

Alongside his ministry and academic research, Tim has over 30 years of tertiary teaching experience through various universities, colleges and seminaries. While continuing with his interest in New Testament studies, Tim has furthered his research in the fields of cultural anthropology, missional and practical theology and Anglican missional expressions. He has a long history in ecumenical dialogue (especially national and international Anglican-Lutheran Dialogues as co-chair), and a particular interest in innovative expressions of church.

Always having had a heart for the northern area of Adelaide, Tim served as Parish Priest at Holy Cross, Elizabeth and Missional Bishop to the City of Playford from 2019-2021. In this capacity, he encouraged networking among churches in that area.

In 2021 Tim experienced a strong call to return to ministry again at St. Matthew’s Kensington (his ‘2nd innings’!) as rector, and since February 2022 he has combined this parish ministry with continuing episcopal ministry in the Diocese of Adelaide, together with further teaching and research with St. Barnabas College.

Bishop Tim has been married to Fiona since 1979, and they have three adult children and five grandchildren. Their middle son Jonathan has special needs and lives with them at home, with Fiona as full-time carer (amongst many other things!)

Tim has a love of woodwork—especially giving new life to discarded and distressed timber, and enjoys getting on the water in their boat on the River Murray. Developing, nurturing and maintaining two gardens keeps him busy—but very satisfied!