About Jeff Stacey
© Jeff Stacey
Last updated: 18 August 2020
I am married and live near Sydney, Australia.
As a child and teenager I attended church activities weekly. But Christian concerns were a “compartment” in my life, alongside other things like sport that were my main interests. I only became a committed Christian when I was age 20, as a university student.
After graduating in civil engineering (BE) from the University of Sydney I worked as a highways engineer for a number of years in Sydney and some regional centres in south eastern Australia. During this time I also studied in Sydney at the Baptist (Morling) Theological College and gained a BD(hons) degree awarded by the Melbourne College of Divinity. Later I gained an MTh degree awarded by the Australian College of Theology.
After leaving engineering I did part-time lecturing for about 10 years in a theological college and several Bible schools. Although I am not an ordained minister I have various church responsibilities and continue to be involved with other Christian organisations.
Working on this website is an inspiring and creatively satisfying project. For me it has been a bit like John Bunyan’s description of producing his 1678 classic, “The Pilgrim’s Progress”1
More than twenty things which I set down.
This done, I twenty more had in my crown;
And they again began to multiply…
… I only thought to make
I knew not what: nor did I undertake
Thereby to please my neighbour: no, not I;
I did it my own self to gratify …
… Thus I set pen to paper with delight,
And quickly had my thoughts in black and white.
For having now my method by the end,
Still as I pulled it came; and so I penned
It down, until at last it came to be,
For length and breadth, the bigness which you see.
Well, when I had put my ends together,
I showed them others, that I might see whether
They would condemn them, or them justify
And some said, let him live; some, let him die;
Some said: John print it; others said, not so.
Some said, it might do good; others said, no.
Now I was in a strait, and did not see
Which was the best thing to be done by me;
At last I thought, since you are thus divided,
I print it will; and so the case decided.
So I too have “set my pen to paper with delight”, then said to my website “let it live”! But unlike Bunyan’s masterpiece, my efforts will always be a work in progress…
Now over to you – my hope and prayer is that “it might do good”.
1. The Complete Works of John Bunyan [Brantford, Ontario, 1877], page 85. Our old leather-bound copy of this volume is a treasured heirloom of my wife’s family. They are direct descendants of Bunyan. (Return to reading).