Anabaptist Association of Australia and New Zealand

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AAANZ Gathering, 2017. Photo supplied by Jim Longley

The Anabaptist Association of Australia and New Zealand (AAANZ) was incorporated on 30 July 1998, following several meetings from 1995 onwards. The founding committee was Ian Duckham (President), Tim Dyer (Treasurer), Gary Baker (Secretary), Bessie Pereira (Minute Secretary), and Doug Hynd (Newsletter Editor). They agreed to appoint Mark and Mary Hurst as full time Pastoral Workers in a partnership agreement with the Eastern Mennonite Board of Missions (USA) which was finalized in June 2000. In September 2001 in response to the attacks in the USA on 11 September 2001 (9/11), Mark and Mary Hurst commenced AAANZ Mailings, having previously also become editors until 2009 of On The Road journal (website which commenced in 1998, with current editors Matt Anslow and Doug Hynd. The bi-annual conferences typically had 50 members in attendance.

Occasional visits from Stuart Murray Williams (author of The Naked Anabaptist) in June 2000 and June 2002, and from Alan and Eleanor Kreider in July 2005 with themes of "Praying the Anabaptist Tradition," and "Worship, Mission, and Peace After Christendom," plus regular annual visits by Mark and Mary around Australia and New Zealand, ensured ongoing input to the highly dispersed groups.

In 2007 Doug Sewell became President of AAANZ and was active in filling in while Mark and Mary were in the USA, and in 2009 AAANZ formally adopted the Vision Statement, “Jesus is the centre of our Faith, Community is the centre of our Life, Reconciliation is the centre of our Work.” A new partnership agreement was struck with Mennonite Mission Network which saw Mark and Mary Hurst become independent workers for AAANZ.

The New Zealand mainstay for AAANZ was Chris Marshall, Professor at the University of Victoria, Wellington, New Zealand, where he continued in 2019 as Chair in Restorative Justice, and who spoke at the Mennonite World Conference (MWC) assembly in Paraguay in 2009.

There were also guest-speaker visits from Michael Hardin (2012, author The Jesus Driven Life) and Darrin Belousek (2014, author Atonement Justice and Peace: The Message of the Cross and the Mission of the Church), and by Vern and Dot Jantzi covering for the Hursts on different occasions when they were in the USA (2012, 2015). In 2018 Table Fellowship meetings were linked quarterly by webinar across Australia and New Zealand as a development of the successful phone conference links. AAANZ also participated in the global Anabaptist Network meetings organized by MWC in Zimbabwe in 2003 and Harrisburg, Pennsylvania in 2015.


Information from original documents and discussion with Mark and Mary Hurst.

Additional Information

Address: 190 Magpie Hollow Road, South Bowenfels NSW 2790 Australia

Phone: +61(0) 2 6351 2896


AAANZ Biennial Conferences

Date Location Theme Speakers
May 1995 Sheffield, Tasmania "'A Call to Gather" Chris Marshall and David Shenk
June 1999 Wollongong, NSW Graeme Chatfield and Mark and Mary Hurst
January 2001 Melbourne "Peacemaking, Reconciliation and Mission" Chris Marshall, Marita Munro, Gordon Preece, Mark and Mary Hurst, Ross Langmead and Tim Costello
January 2003 Sydney "Peace Church: Sustaining Discipleship for Building Community in a Violent Time" Ross Langmead, Mark and Mary Hurst
January 2005 Canberra "Christianity and Violence" Chris Marshall, William Oates, Christine Vertucci
January 2007 Perth "Living Anabaptism – Seeking a Community of Promise" Ian Barnes, John Olley, Ian Packer, Jarrod McKenna, Christina Gibb
January 2009 Melbourne "Communities of the Kingdom – New Monasticism and Anabaptism" Gordon Preece, Paul Wallis, Community of the Transfiguration
February 2011 Ngatiawa River Monastery, New Zealand Stuart Murray
January 2013 Sydney "From Pieces to Peace: More Than Just Neighbours in a Multi-faith World" Dave Andrews, Matt Anslow
January 2017 Sydney "Called To Community" Representatives of intentional Christian communities from Australia and New Zealand including the Bruderhof, Wellspring, and Urban Vision communities
January 2019 Sydney "Reconcile" Paulus Hartono, Andrew Shepherd, Jonathan Cornford, Simon Moyle

Author(s) Jim Longley
Date Published April 2019

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