Peter Adam was born in Melbourne in 1946. He studied classical music, then trained for the ministry at Ridley College. He was ordained in St Paul’s Cathedral Melbourne in 1970, and served curacies at St James’ Ivanhoe, and St Andrew’s Rosanna. He then went to England, where he completed his London BD at King’s College, and served at St George’s Queen Square. He returned to Melbourne for a year, and lectured at Ridley, and was curate at St Thomas’ Essendon. He then returned to London, where he gained his MTh in New Testament, and then moved to Durham in 1975.
In Durham Peter was a tutor at St John’s College, and then lecturer in Systematic Theology. He also ministered at St Cuthbert’s Durham and St Aidan’s Framwellgate Moor. He gained his Durham University PhD in systematic theology on the theme of the Imitation of Christ in the theology of Dietrich Bonhoeffer in 1981.
Peter returned to Australia in 1982 to become Vicar of St Jude’s Carlton, where he served for twenty years. During that time he also lectured at Ridley, was Archdeacon for Parish Development, Anglican Chaplain at Melbourne University, and was elected a Canon of St Paul’s Cathedral.
He then served as Principal of Ridley Melbourne from 2002-2012. He is now Vicar Emeritus of St Jude’s Carlton, and Canon of St Paul’s.
Peter has spoken at preaching training conferences, and Bible and missionary conventions throughout Australia, and in England, Switzerland, New Zealand, Singapore, India and Pakistan. He has written a number of books, booklets, articles and chapters. His list of publications is available on this website, as is a list of his books currently in print.
In 2011, a Festschrift was published, marking Peter’s 65th birthday. It is Serving God’s Words: Windows on preaching and ministry, edited by Paul Barker, Richard Condie, and Andrew Malone, Nottingham, IVP. In 2012 Peter was awarded an OAM for his services to the Anglican Church and to theological education.
He continues his ministry of praying, writing, speaking, mentoring, and training others in ministry. He also supervises research students for Ridley.
Peter serves on the Chapter of St Paul’s Cathedral, on the General Synod Doctrine Commission, and on the Leon and Mildred Morris Foundation. He is also a Vice-President of the Church Missionary Society Australia, and of the Australian Fellowship of Evangelical Students, and a member of the Board of Reference for Langham Partnership Australia.
Peter lives in North Carlton. He likes good friends, classical music, reading history and fiction, spending time at the beach, walking his dogs, and tending his mechanical clocks.
Audio files of Peter's sermons and talks can be found at:
The Proclamation Trust
St Helen's Bishopsgate London
IBG - Institut Biblique de Geneve
Christ Church Ormond
St Matthews Prahran
As well as on the St Jude's website here.
Select from the publications below to view or download.
1. Ministry and training
Education and formation for ministry in Theological education today
The domestic captivity of the church - Peter Adam
Why you should belong to a Church - Peter Adam
Peter Adam's daily prayers
2. Sermons and training preachers
Peter Adam's publications on preaching
John Stott memorial sermon - Peter Adam
Preaching and Pastoral Ministry - Peter Adam
Finding the central ministry purpose of a book of the Bible - Peter Adam
14 Arguments for expository preaching
5 completely effective ways to avoid boredom in expository preaching
3. Theology, history and ethics
Australia whose land - Peter Adam
Our environment Christ and Creation - Peter Adam
Sexual abuse power and authority - Peter Adam
Why learn and why work - Peter Adam
Australian Anglican Bishops' statement on ministers and sexuality
A Church 'Halfly Reformed' the Puritian Dilemma - Peter Adam
Incarnational theology for a missional church - Peter Adam (download to view)
Click Here for a full list of Peter Adam's Publications
Click Here for a full list of Peter Adam's current books in print.
Peter's position of Vicar Emeritus is an unpaid honorary position. If you would like to provide financial support for his ministry, you can send a cheque made out to St Jude's Carlton Vicar Emeritus account, c/o Peter Williams, St Jude's Church, 235 Palmerston Street Carlton 3053 VIC Australia, or you can transfer money to:
Melbourne Anglican Trust Corporation
Account number: 05009059
Account Name: “St Jude’s Anglican Church
Adjective: the former holder of an office,
allowed to retain their title as an honour.