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Preached by Bp Ian Lambert on Saturday, September 15th, 2018
Bp Ian spent his childhood in Canberra, as a member of St Andrews Presbyterian Church, Forest. Secondary education was undertaken at Telopea Park High School, where he was School Captain. After High School, Ian entered the military as a cadet in the Royal Military College Duntroon, graduating from Duntroon with a BA (Mil) UNSW, as a Lieutenant in the Royal Australian Corps of Transport. Discipled by his local Padre, Chaplain Royce Thompson, Ian accepted Jesus as his Lord and Saviour on 10 May 1984 at a Character Leadership Course in Gillbulla. As an Army Officer Ian had a lay ministry among the teenagers of Puckapunyal, as well as in the Chapel, and subsequently the ANZAC Memorial Chapel Duntroon.
In 1989 Ian was awarded the Student of Merit, and the Australian Naval Institute Silver Medal, at the Royal Navy Staff College, HMAS Penguin. Ian commenced his theological studies, while still in the military, studying part-time at St Mark’s National Theological Centre. After discharge from the military, with the rank of Major, Ian completed his theological studies and was made deacon in 1994 at the Goulburn Cathedral. Bishop George Browning ordained Ian as priest on St Andrew’s Day 1995.
Ian served his curacy in the Parish of Cooma 1995-1996. Ian was appointed Rector of the Parish of Batemans Bay in December 1996. While serving in Batemans Bay he was appointed as Area Dean 2005. From 2009-2012 Ian served as Archdeacon for the South Coast and Monaro.
Ian demonstrated a passion for shared ministry among the denominations of the region championing Anglican/Roman Catholic dialogue, as well as numerous Combined Church ministries in the High School, Primary Schools, homeless men initiatives, combined worship services including weekly prayer meetings with all town clergy.
While on long-service- leave in the Solomon Islands, Ian acted as emissary for the Bishop of Canberra and Goulburn, to establish a Diocesan Partnership between Diocese of Ysabel (Anglican Church of Melanesia – ACOM), and the Canberra and Goulburn in 2007. Ian is the Diocesan Episcopal Representative to the Church of Melanesia, and also has a vital parish-to-parish partnership with All Saints Honiara.
Ian was consecrated Bishop, on 30 March 2012 , assisting Bishop Stuart Robinson, for the region of the South Coast, Monaro and Snowy Regions. On 1 July 2013 Ian was Commissioned as the Anglican Bishop to the Defence Force and moved to Canberra. Ian is married to Jill, and have four adult children.