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Pastor Richard Haar

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Lecturer in Systematics and Pastoral Theology, Coordinator of History and Systematics Studies, Overseas Student Support

Richard commenced work at ALC in semester 1 2016, having accepted the call of the Church to serve as lecturer in Systematic Theology.
Location ALC North Adelaide


Richard was born in New Zealand and immigrated to Australia in 1977 to train as a pastor at Luther Seminary in Adelaide. Following his ordination he served as a missionary in Papua New Guinea for five years, first ‘out bush’ in Menyamya and then as assistant to the Yabem District Bishop in Lae. He returned to Australia in 1988 to serve for six years as pastor in the Latrobe Parish in Gippsland, Victoria. He obtained his Master of Theology at Luther Campus in 1996. Following this he served as co-pastor then senior pastor at St John’s Unley in Adelaide from 1997 to 2010. In 2011 he moved to St Paul’s Glenelg in Adelaide where he served as pastor to the end of 2015. He is married to Julie and has two adult children, Emily and Sam.

Special interests

  • Professional: Christology, Trinitarian theology, making doctrine understandable and accessible to the average person
  • Personal: science fiction (Dr Who, Star Trek, Stargate), history, psychology, sport, classic British comedy (Monty Python, Black Adder, Thin Blue Line)

Teaching areas

  • Beliefs
  • Bible
  • Creation and Redemption
  • Moral Theology
  • Pastoral Care in Context 1
  • Pastoral Care in Context 2
  • Pastoral People 1
  • Pastoral People 2
  • Pastoral People at Work
  • Prolegomena and the Triune God
  • Sanctification
  • Spirituality
  • The Christian Faith
  • The Christian Faith in Modern Context
  • Theological Foundations for Educators

Community engagement

  • Commission on Social and Bioethical Questions

Qualifications in detail

  • Bachelor of Theology (Luther Seminary, North Adelaide, 1983)
  • Master of Theology (Luther Campus, North Adelaide, 1996)
  • Graduate Certificate in Counselling (Tabor, Adelaide, 2010)
  • Certificate IV in Training and Assessment (Unity College, ACT, 2016)
  • Ordained 1 January 1984, St Paul’s Lutheran Church, Box Hill, Victoria
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