BCom(Hons), MCS, CertIV TAA, PhD (Candidate)
Rowan Lewis is an educator, youth worker, writer and speaker who remains deeply committed to the tradition of spiritual formation in young people. Having begun his professional life as a tutor and research assistant at Monash University, he completed a Masters in Christian Studies from Regent College, Vancouver and subsequently commenced 10 years of work coordinating Tabor College’s youth work programs and Year in the Son.
It was from these experiences that Rowan developed his concern for the genuine nurturing of personal faith throughout the challenging and irreverent years of late-adolescence and emerging adulthood. His approach to holistic youth spirituality challenges many to rethink contemporary discipleship practices in the effort to truly help young people practice authentic faith in the context of their fast-paced, meaning-focused yet often doubt-riddled lives.
As the Coordinator of NEXT, Rowan is excited to be developing a program that offers emerging and young adults a unique experience of personal development and spiritual formation within an accredited setting. He is also engaged in PhD research, exploring the ways in which young people established, lose and renegotiated their identification with faith through their late teens and twenties.
Together with his wife Kirra, Rowan lives in Melbourne with three energetic young children who keep life suitably animated.