Reverend Keith Dalby has been elected as the fifth Bishop of The Murray, an area which takes in the south east of South Australia including The Fleurieu Peninsula and South Coast, the Murraylands, the Riverland, and the outer southern regions of Adelaide.
Previously the Rector of St John's Gordon in the Diocese of Sydney for the last 15 years, he replaces Bishop John Ford who officially retired at the end of May. Reverend Dalby, 57, is married to Alice and they have five children. He said it was with a great sense of excitement and anticipation in coming to be the Anglican Bishop of The Murray.
"It is particularly pleasing for both of us to be returning to South Australia, where both our parents live in Adelaide, along with two of my sisters who reside in the Diocese," he said
Dalby was born in the UK after his parents married in Adelaide, before they returned to South Australia. Dalby spent time in the NT before joining the Navy, spending 13 years with the Defence Force, during 12 of which he was assigned to submarines.
He started training for the priesthood at St Barnabas Theological College in Adelaide in 1992 and became a curate at St Michael's Mitcham, before moving interstate.
"We moved to the Diocese of Ballarat in 1997 where I served as the Parish Priest at Timboon and Warracknabeal, before moving to Sydney in 2004 to the Parish of Gordon, where I am currently the Rector," said Dalby.
Reverend Dalby said the Murray diocese under Bishop John's leadership offered a good blueprint for engaging with the wider community.
"I look forward to working with the clergy and the men, women and young people of the diocese in bringing that vision to fruition."
not just within the life of the Anglican Church, but within the lives of every person who lives within the diocese".
"I am delighted to be able to continue the efforts of Bishop John Ford in encouraging the diocese to engage with the wider community and enable them to be more aware of the good news of Jesus Christ".
The new bishop will bring to the diocese a breadth of experience both rural and city, which reflects the character and make-up of the diocese.