Fraser Coast Anglican College new chaplain Mark Payne talks with students and Bishop Jonathan Holland from Brisbane and college principal Tony Wood.
Fraser Coast Anglican College new chaplain Mark Payne talks with students and Bishop Jonathan Holland from Brisbane and college principal Tony Wood. ALISTAIR BRIGHTMAN

Chaplain takes up new role

THE NEW chaplain of Fraser Coast Anglican College, Mark Payne, has been officially commissioned.

The Archbishop has licensed Mr Payne as a lay minister with chaplain responsibilities.

On Friday the license was officially declared and handed over. The school celebrated and welcomed Mr Payne.

Northern Region Bishop Jonathon Holland presided over the service and was assisted by Canon Jim McPherson and Ian Marshall, the rector of St John’s Church in Hervey Bay, as well as college principal Tony Wood, students and staff.

Fraser Coast Anglican College enrolments and marketing director Peter Carey says the school felt blessed to have Mr Payne on board and looked forward to his ministry.

Anglican schools were established by the church to further the mission of God and to provide schools that were learning communities of excellence.

The chaplain plays an important role in teaching, ministering, offering pastoral care, presenting the liturgy and news of the gospels and generally connecting the church with the school and vice versa.



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