Avondale College of Higher Education president Professor Ray Roennfeldt graduated as a registered nurse from Sydney Adventist Hospital’s School of Nursing in 1969. He then completed a Bachelor of Arts in theology at Avondale, graduating in 1973. He has also earned a Master of Arts in religion and a Doctor of Philosophy from Andrews University (Berrien Springs, Michigan, USA). His thesis for the latter analysed and critiqued Christian theologian, apologist and author Clark H Pinnock’s shift in his doctrine of biblical authority and reliability.
Ray feels called to Christian ministry and leadership. He has served as a local Seventh-day Adventist church minister in southern New South Wales and as a district director and educator in Papua New Guinea. He began lecturing at Avondale in 1991 and was a senior lecturer in and dean of the Faculty of Theology before becoming president. He is widely published as a presenter of papers at academic conferences and as the author of articles and book reviews in academic and denominational journals. Ray says his ability to care for and lead others is “dependent on maintaining my personal spirituality, my family and personal relationships and my professional relationships. My capacity for ministry and leadership is dependent on my being a person of genuine openness and ethical integrity.”
Ray believes firmly in the importance of mission. He calls it a “vital” part of spiritual growth, and hopes to create more ways for college students to experience the miracle of mission.