Defence Force Board

The Defence Force Board of the Anglican Church of Australia is an important interface between the Anglican Church and the Australian Defence Force (ADF). The Board seeks to promote a closer relationship between itself and Anglican National Church agencies and the 23 dioceses of the Australian Church. The Defence Force Board (DFB) was established by a Canon of General Synod of the Anglican Church of Australia in order to:

  • be a resource available to the Primate, the bishops, the Synod and the Standing Committee of General Synod on all matters concerned with the ministrations of the Church among men and women of the Defence Force and the families of those men and women;
  • consult with and to give advice to the Bishop to the Defence Force, and
  • maintain the office of the Bishop to the Defence Force.

The Defence Force Board’s members have played an important role in supporting Anglican ADF Chaplains.

Defence Force Board Membership

The member’s affiliation or diocese appears in brackets.

– The Right Reverend Grant Dibden (Chairman)
– Chaplain the Venerable Andrew Lewis (Navy)
– Chaplain the Venerable Rob Sutherland (Army)
– Chaplain the Venerable Kevin Russell (Air Force)
– Chaplain the Venerable Glenn Buijs (Melbourne, Chaplain Army Reserve)
– The Reverend Andrew Nixon (Head of Pastoral Care and Volunteer Services at Hammond Care, Sydney)
– The Reverend Tim Booker (Rector, Guildford and Villawood, Chaplain Army Reserve)
– Associate Professor Dr Megan Best (Sydney)
– Colonel Mark Francis (Canberra)
– Mr Alan Gallimore (Brisbane)

The Board usually meets four times a year with one of the meetings to coincide with the conduct of a Vocational Panel for prospective ordination candidates