Prof Dr Ben Witherington III – Asbury Theological Seminary: Paul Wallis provides us with an appetizing model of discourse…at the table of ideas…My advice in regard to Paul Wallis’ entree is the advice God gave Ezekiel: Eat this book!
Phyllis Tickle – Publishers Weekly USA: A rich gift to the church…draws us into some of time’s deepest currents…charming, wrenchingly serious…serene, superb…so worthy of any and every good thing I could say.
Metropolitan Anthony of Sourozh: Where Paul Wallis provides the meat I am happy to provide the gravy.
Most Revd & Rt Hon David Hope former Archbishop of York: I really do admire the tremendous energy and vigour that are a mark of Paul’s ministry…One of the greatest rewards is to listen as Paul Wallis poses all those difficult questions we might have longed to ask for ourselves. We come away enriched and encouraged to expect great things of God in our own lives.
Joyce Huggett – Author: Paul’s refreshing breadth of spirituality restore[s] a much needed sense of perspective .[His words] lightened my sense of desolation…became my constant companion and gave me the hope to carry on.
Rt Revd Stuart Robison, Bishop of Canberra & Goulburn, writes: “How blessed we have been to have had you [as Archdeacon]. Your work has been exemplary. Many thanks for your diligence, creativity and service.” Rt Revd Trevor Edwards, Vicar-General of Canberra & Goulburn, adds: “The whole Episcopal team wish to publicly acknowledge Paul’s exemplary service and leadership.”
Kirk Delaney & Greg Trainor – National Director and Director of Training – Vineyard Churches Australia – Paul is a good strategic thinker – a steady hand – willing to tackle harder organisational challenges – [and] with a skill-set that includes strong Biblical engagement and a track record of leading groups to navigate difficult transitions.
Rt Revd David Pytches, former Vicar St Andrew’s Chorleywood, spiritual-father to New Wine and spiritual-grandfather to Soul Survivor, writes: “[I am] delighted that Paul’s vision, ability and drive for the Kingdom have been recognised.”
Joan Hammond writes: “I have followed [Paul’s] career for many years and with great interest…[He is] the most amazing person whom God uses in the most unusual ways to achieve his purpose. I commend him for his courage and tenacity.”
Travis Grey – Worship Pastor, Yarra Valley Vineyard commends Paul as “…a really good man and an awesome leader. I can say with confidence that I have grown in my faith as a direct result of [Paul’s] leadership and wisdom.”
Barry Kissell – Author & Speaker; “Paul has the profound ability to make subjects such as listening to God, prayer, solitude and faith accessible and understandable.”
Tina Kennedy – Pastoral Search Team – Churches of St Barnabas, St Michael & All Angels, Charnwood-Hall ACT: “I thank the Father for Paul’s ministry…his grace-filled, calm and Spirit-filled leadership…[and his] attentive ear to the leading of the Lord…The Father has bestowed many precious gifts upon Paul – [gifts] that only the Father can give…Truly a wonderful man of God.”
Wardens and Council of St Simon’s Anglican Church, Kaleen-Giralang ACT wrote: “Parish Council…would like to say thank you, Paul, for all you have done for us; for your guidance and wisdom, for getting us into a position to know each other and be able to work in a collaborative and inclusive way – and for always leading us by example. You have equipped us with the tools needed to operate in a way that is much more effective and considerate, and have brought us to a point where we are ready to work effectively with a new Minister. Again, thank you for everything.”
Members of Holy Covenant, Jamison write in appreciation of; “Paul’s…magnificent expository preaching…with wisdom, learning, intellect and humour…enlivening, challenging, refreshing and engaging delivery; bringing Scripture into a modern context; [his] warm pastoral presence [and]…a great ability to wrestle with the deep issues of faith…and communicate the Spirit of Jesus.”
Mal Prior – Chair of the Board of Directors for Unity College Australia writes “with love and appreciation…to acknowledge our indebtedness to Paul for the wonderful contribution he has made to the life and work of Unity College Australia. We greatly appreciate Paul’s gentle but firm God-ward focus in all his conversations and deliberations. Paul’s students come away wiser and deeper.”
Nick Jensen – Founder & Director – The Lachlan Macquarie Internship writes: “I have yet to meet anyone with more wisdom, passion and personal integrity than Paul. His ability to speak into people’s lives and to see years into the future is an exceptional gift.”
Revd. Mark Beresford – as Director of Ministry at Burgman Anglican School, Canberra wrote to commend Paul – “for his willingness to openly and vulnerably share his wisdom and experience, for his able leadership in prayer, worship and Biblical insight, and for his consistent, faithful and calming influence.”
As High School Department Leader, Evelyn Gothard wrote: “Paul has a deep compassion for people and has a unique ability in combining leadership with friendship towards people ranging from senior professionals to those left to ‘care in the community’. His counselling skills are exemplary. His rapport is a very rare gift.”
Revd. Bill Huff-Johnson – as Anglican Chaplain at the Australian National University / School of Arts – commended Paul – “For living out the motto of the University, which is ‘first to know the nature of things’; for his ability to initiate ways to dialogue with and ‘accept the other’. He came among us as a writer of books, yet [his] ministry was frequently silent in his being and listening.”
The Church Wardens at St Stephen’s Church, Kambah ACT wrote: “Paul’s special leadership-ability was most necessary at St Stephen’s Kambah. His work was tireless, empathetic, respectful, supportive and effective. He came to the parish at a time when the parish was in the process of recovery from a divsive event. Paul…was able to relate to all parties in the parish. [His] proactive…approach to the situation…has been a focus in reuniting members of the community, and under Paul’s guidance the parish has redeveloped into a united and vibrant corporate identity…”
“Paul inspires confidence in young people, encouraging them to step out in pursuit of their personal goals…[He] has a quiet but affirming leadership style; encouraging others to explore their leadership potential while walking alongside them. We have no hesitation in recommending Paul.”
As Principal of the International Bible Institute of London Will Napier wrote: “Paul is a high-level leader and is always a great blessing wherever he ministers. I do not know anyone with more passion, commitment and personal integrity than Paul.”
Chris Davies – writer for “The Word” (a secular paper in Canberra, Australia) “Even weeks after interviewing the Reverend Paul Wallis, his presence still resonates in my mind, the believer’s gentle yet firm aura of goodwill and kindness.”
The Ven. Jonathan P. Smith – as Anglican Ecumenical Chaplain at The City of London University – wrote “I am especially indebted to Paul for helping to encourage and nurture student-led prayer meetings and study groups and [other] opportunities for Christians of differing ages and traditions to come together in worship.”
As President of the Portsmouth University Student Union Neil Curtis wrote: “Paul’s commitment to the care and personal development of young people is exemplary.His understanding of the pressures that young people face is excellent and plays an important part in the quality of Paul’s work.”
John and Zara White – purchasers through Morrissey Property were… “Thank[ful] for Paul’s excellent support and guidance as it was our first purchase in ACT. We have bought several properties over the years. [Paul’s] great communication made [this one] all hassle free.This transaction was – with out a doubt – the smoothest , quickest, most stress-free ever! Thank you, Paul, for going the extra mile – even rolling your sleeves up and helping with furniture.