The Reverend Andrew Sempell
The Reverend Andrew Sempell BA (UNE), BTh (Hons), Dip Min (ACT), was inducted as the sixteenth Rector of St James on 1st July, 2010.
Father Andrew grew up at Glenorie, NSW and was educated at James Ruse Agricultural High School, the University of New England and St Mark’s National Theological College, Canberra.
Andrew worked for a number of years in local government administration in Armidale. During this time he was active in the life of St Peter’s Cathedral and also served as a trooper and later as an officer in the Army Reserve with 12/16 Hunter River Lancers and the 1/15 Royal NSW Lancers.
Andrew was ordained by the Bishop of Grafton and served four years as Assistant Priest at Christ Church Cathedral, Grafton additionally holding at various times the positions of part-time prison chaplain, and chaplain with both the Naval Reserve Cadets and Army Reserve.
In 1993, he joined the Australian Regular Army as a chaplain and was posted for two years to the School of Signals in Melbourne, followed by a further two years in Townsville with 1st Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment. He then served four years at the Royal Military College in Canberra, initially as the Coordinating Chaplain and later as the Senior Instructor Chaplain. In 1999, he served with the Peace Monitoring Group on Operation Bel Isi in Bougainville. His final posting was in 2001 as the Coordinating Chaplain at HQ, 7th Brigade in Brisbane.
In 2002 Andrew became Dean of All Saints’ Cathedral, Bathurst. During this time he served as Deputy Commissary to the Bishop of Bathurst; was a member of the General Synod, (including the Defence Force Board and the Special Tribunal); and Deputy Chair of the All Saints’ College Council. While in Bathurst he oversaw the completion of the new bell tower for the Cathedral, he was President of the Bathurst Ministers’ Association and Secretary/Treasurer of the Australian Deans’ Conference.
In addition to being Rector, Fr Andrew is a Fellow of St Paul’s College, Sydney University, and a member of Sydney Legacy. He is married to Rosemary, who is an Archivist with the NSW Government and they have one daughter, Kate, who is currently overseas. The family also owns a farm at Black Springs, (near Oberon), where they run Angus cattle.
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