I am a Baptist minister, teacher and writer. I serve at the Collins Street Baptist Church in the heart of Melbourne, one of Australia’s most beautiful cities. With a history dating back to 1836, Collins Street is the nation’s oldest continuing Baptist congregation. More than that, it’s an engaging and courageous community deeply committed to the city and its people.
After a decade of service in church planting and youth ministry, I did postgraduate studies in practical theology at Fuller Seminary in Los Angeles, California. I then spent 15 years teaching in spirituality, ethics and pastoral theology, first at Macquarie Christian Studies Institute in Sydney and then at Melbourne’s Whitley College. My research and writing interests include the ethics of everyday life, the theology of food and hospitality, and the nature of Christian mission in suburbia. My books include God Next Door: Spirituality and Mission in the Neighbourhood (Acorn, 2007), Eating Heaven: Spirituality at the Table (Acorn, 2013) and Heaven All Around Us: Discovering God in Everyday Life (Cascade, 2018).
I live with my partner and two children in the city and am inspired every day by the neighbourhood of which I’m a part.
I have two blogs, Eating Heaven where I write about all things food, and this one where I wonder about everything else.
Simon Carey Holt