Staff Profile | Nigel Cowell
Assistant Chaplain brings passion for the Gospel and cricket
Trinity’s new Assistant Chaplain relishes the opportunity to combine two mighty passions – faith and cricket. Nigel Cowell, a former first grade opening bowler for Sydney University, is coaching the Year 7A team at Trinity, where he reunites with Ian Moran, a former University all-rounder and now a Housemaster and PDHPE teacher.
But it’s his passion for sharing the Gospel that excites him most.“I love to see students coming to know Jesus, and helping that to happen,” said the 30-year-old, whose background includes three years teaching Christian studies at Shore school and two years of part-time youth work at The Scots College while completing his Bachelor of Divinity Degree at Moore Theological College.
“Young people are trying to work out who they are and what they think about life.
“I think the Gospel is the firmest foundation for life; it offers hope and life for eternity.
“For young men to be confused about God is a terrible thing.
“If there’s one thing I want to do at Trinity it’s to help boys think clearly about who God is, who Jesus is, and who they are as a person made by Him.
“I want to preach the Gospel in a way that is understandable and accessible to a 15-year-old boy.”
Mr Cowell will teach ten Christian Studies classes as well as a Year 9 History class – he majored in Ancient History and Philosophy for his Arts degree.He will also assist Chaplain Greg Webster and fellow Assistant Chaplain Nathan Lee during chapel, which in pandemic times has been split between the Memorial Chapel and the Dining Hall.
Mr Cowell, whose wife Kat is assistant minister at their local church, St Jude’s in Randwick, said he was attracted to Trinity by its reputation as an educational institution and a place where the Gospel is preached. He was also aware of Head Master Tim Bowden’s previous work as Chaplain at St Andrew’s Cathedral School and Principal at Inaburra. “Many friends spoke highly of him and I was excited by the opportunity to work under him,” he said.
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