Bishop of Grafton

Dr Murray Harvey was Consecrated and Installed as the 12th Bishop of Grafton in Christ Church Cathedral, Grafton, on 29 September 2018.

Murray attended the University of Queensland where he trained as a psychologist, later working in various SE Queensland locations in this capacity before responding to a call to Ordained Ministry, training at St Francis Theological College. He was ordained Deacon in 1991 and Priest in 1992, both at St John’s Cathedral, Brisbane. He has a Doctor of Health Science degree from the School of Psychology, Deakin University, Melbourne. His research drew on insights from psychology to evaluate selection processes for the Ordained Ministry in the Anglican Church. He is still involved in research and teaching in this field. Much of his ministry has been served in the United Kingdom, where he served as Vicar of the Glen Group of Parishes in the Diocese of Lincoln. The Glen Group is three rural parishes, Pinchbeck, Surfleet and West Pinchbeck, two of which have churches dating from the 12th Century (St Mary’s Pinchbeck and St Laurence’s Surfleet), and is served by a large team of Authorised and Licensed Lay ministers. In the Church of England, he also had responsibilities with the wider church, serving as the Bishop of Lincoln’s nominee as Bishops’ Selection Adviser, which involved participating in the discernment process for those offering to train for the Ordained Ministry in the Church of England. This exposed him to a variety of theological traditions in the various Dioceses and Theological Colleges across England.

On returning to Australia he served as Rector of St Mark’s Bonney Avenue, Clayfield and, from 2014, Residentiary Canon of St John’s Cathedral, Brisbane. The parish has a flourishing children and families ministry. Developing partnerships with local schools, including St Margaret’s Anglican Girls School, Clayfield College and Eagle Junction State School, were also a feature of his ministry.  In Brisbane Murray had several diocesan responsibilities, including serving as an Examining Chaplain, Diocesan Nominator, member of the Professional Standards Board and member of Cathedral Chapter. As part of a team known as the Archbishop’s Vocations Task Group, he helped develop processes and events to encourage Anglicans to think about their Christian vocation, including the development of liturgical, video and other resources as well as Social Media campaigns with a vocations theme.

He has extensive Governance experience, serving on the School Council of St Margaret’s Anglican Girls School and, before that, on the Boards of Governors of Pinchbeck East Church of England Primary School and St Bartholomew’s Church of England Primary School, both in the Diocese of Lincoln.

Pastoral Letter

Pastoral Letter on Indigenous Issues 4 June 2020

Changes for Religious Places of Worship in NSW from 1 June 2020

Covid19 Recovery and Parish Life 15 May 2020

Public Announcement NSW Province 12 May 2020

Pastoral Letter (Number 2) in Response to COVID-19 24 March 2020

Pastoral Letter regarding COVID-19 18 March 2020

Public Announcement NSW Province 18 March 2020

Synod Reflections 28 June 2019

Christchurch New Zealand 18 March 2019


Sermon Notes

Copies of Dr Harvey’s recent sermon notes can be found here:

Address for Anzac Day 2020

Sermon for Easter Day 12 April 2020

Sermon at St Matthews South Grafton 1 March 2020

Sermon at St Thomas’ Kolkata India 12 January 2020

Sermon for National Registrars’ Conference 18 November 2019

Sermon Notes 3 November 2019



Reading the Bible as Anglicans October 2019

Article for St James Connections Magazine Aug Sept 2020

Grafton Pioneer Ministry – Dr Wayne Brighton



Grafton Diocese COVID19 resources

A COVIDSafe Plan for Church Premises

Template for COVIDSafe Plan for Worship Centres

Re-opening Application Form

Attendance Record Sheet

Conditions of Entry COVIDSafe Poster

General COVIDSafe Poster

Incident Notification Form

Template for COVIDSafe Plan for Restaurants and Cafes

COVIDSafe Return to Gathering 3 Step Plan


Media Releases

COVID-19 Response re Public Worship 19 March 2020 (updated 25/3/20)

Response regarding Israel Folau Comments 3 May 2019

Religious Freedom and Gender Issues in Anglican Schools 12 November 2018

Church Bells Toll for Children on Nauru 30 October 2018

Bishop urges Federal MP’s to remove Asylum Seeker Families from Nauru 19 Oct 2018

North Coast Anglicans Strongly Endorse the Prime Ministers Apology to Victims of Sexual Abuse 17 October 2018



Bishop Murray can be contacted at or by phoning 02 6642 4122 (Tuesday to Friday).

Twitter: @MurrayAHarvey