Chaplain, Chivalric Order Member
Who is Geoffrey Blackburn?
Blackburn was born in Melbourne in 1914, and began his ministry as a home missionary at Beechworth Baptist church in 1934. He completed his studies at the Baptist College of Victoria in 1939, obtaining B.A. and LTh degrees, and ministered in the parishes of Hopetoun and Elsternwick. He also served as an army chaplain during World War II.
In 1947, Blackburn was appointed as the Baptist Union of Victoria's first full-time Youth Director, during which time he completed a B.Ed. at the University of Melbourne. He served in the capacity of Editor of Sunday School Publications from 1949 to 1972, before returning to parish ministry at Syndal until his retirement in 1986. In addition to this, Blackburn was Secretary of the Baptist Union of Australia from 1949 to 1971, and its President General from 1971 to 1975. He also served as Vice-President of the Baptist World Alliance from 1975 to 1980.
Blackburn obtained an M.A. from the University of Melbourne in 1965, examining the development of the Jewish elementary school. In 1969 he received a PhD from the same institution. His doctoral thesis involved methods of biblical study in the Early Christian Church. He also obtained a DMin from Fuller Theological Seminary in 1991, writing on cross-cultural ministry.
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