Rev Dr Gary Heard
BCom, DipEd, BTheol (Hons), PhD
Gary began his working life teaching Commerce and Maths in secondary school before commencing theological education part-time while serving as youth leader at the Oakleigh church. A call to pastoral ministry followed later. He has pastored in three churches, developing internship programs in each context, and currently serves as part-time pastor of The Eighth Day in West Melbourne. Gary has also served as a chaplain to the Melbourne Tigers NBL team, and Kilvington Grammar, and is a locum chaplain at the Royal Children’s Hospital, where his wife Evelyn serves as part of the chaplaincy team. Gary and Evelyn have three children.
Gary’s passions include the interface between church and the wider community, and a commitment to life-long learning. He serves on the Board of Carey Baptist Grammar School, and is a member of the Pastoral Leadership Selection Committee, and HCCVI’s education and training committee. He has been a regular contributor to the Sunday Age Faith column. His doctoral research focused on the impact on parents of extremely premature infants.
Gary brings these pastoral and missional passions to his role as Dean – supporting faculty and students in their learning and formation.