James Collins


Rev’d Dr James Collins OAM, DipTeach(Claremont TC) GradDipRelEd(CathPastInstWA) GradDipRelEdStud BEd(WACAE) BTheol(Murdoch) CPE(RPH) PostGradDipArts MA(ECowan) PhD(Tasm) has been a Clerical Fellow since 2015. James’ career commenced as a music teacher at primary and secondary levels at Christ Church Grammar School in Perth. After this experience, James studied theology whilst residing at St George’s College within the University of Western Australia. He was ordained a Deacon in 1987 and a Priest in 1988.

James served in the Anglican Diocese of Perth between 1987 and 2000 and in the Anglican Diocese of Tasmania from 2000 to 2011. He has also served as the Rector of St Paul’s Anglican Church, Burwood, in the Anglican Diocese of Sydney since 2011.

James has been a Fellow of St Paul’s College since 2015 and also serves as the Vice-President of the New South Wales Ecumenical Council. In 2021, James was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia for service to the Anglican Church of Australia.

James carries a deep commitment to seeing residents of St Paul’s College flourish in a holistic manner across body, mind and spirit in order to contribute to the wellbeing of society through meaningful and respectful relationships that honour all and seek the good of others.

James states ‘as God is the God of love, and life, and of being, we are called to participate in and share God’s love, life, and being, so that others may love, live, and be who and what God intends them to be (that is, to grow into the fullness of life which God has for all). This call to participate in and share God’s love, life, and being, may, at times, involve a struggle to work for justice and peace, and involves an active engagement with our community and society.’