About the blog.
George Robert Iles (1949-2009) was a pastor, theologian and apologetic and passionate about Jesus.
Born in Fremantle, Western Australian he grew up with a love for the ocean and a thirst for adventure, travel and music.
In his early years George was rebellious but attended church dutifully with his parents until he was asked to leave by his Sunday School teachers for being too disruptive. He continued, however, to attend youth camps and services at Trinity Congregational.
He was influenced early on by the radio ministry of Herbert W. Armstrong and felt a call to ministry in his mid-twenties when he discovered that God was ‘for’ him and not a distant, authoritative God.
When George told his parents of his decision they replied, ‘Minister? What do you want to be a politician for?’
When he decided to become a pastor, Trinity Congregational did not know what to do because they had never had a candidate before, so they sent him to Adelaide to study at Parkin Wesley Theological College.
This was just as well as it was here that he met his best friend Murray Earl and his future wife, Janis.
After graduation, George embarked on his first parish at Waikerie Uniting Church in the Riverland of South Australia where he learned much about practical ministry.
Continuing his lifelong love of study, he took his family to the United States to complete a Masters at the prestigious Fuller Seminary and taking an Associate Pastor position at a local church.
During this time he decided to become known by Robert, previously his middle name.
After almost two years, he returned to Adelaide where he ministered in the UnitingChurch at Tusmore Memorial, Golden Grove and Walkerville.
In 1994 he completed his Doctor of Philosophy through KensingtonUniversity; his dissertation being ‘A Study of Key Writings of Soren Kierkegaard and Their Relationship to Sartrean Existentialism.’
Soren Kierkegaard, P.T. Forsyth, Karl Barth, C.S. Lewis, Alister McGrath, R.T. Kendall, Eugene Peterson, R.C. Sproul, Chuck Swindoll, William. H. Willimon and John Stott were the biggest theological influences on his ministry.
During his time in the UnitingChurch he was instrumental in establishing a renewal group called Evangelical Members of the Uniting Church (EMU) and fought many battles over the biblical authority of Scripture.
In 2008, he was diagnosed with an aggressive brain tumour (glioblastoma neoplaste) and died a year later.
His ministry lives on through the Iles Memorial Trust, The Iles Lectures and the Iles Blog.
He is survived by his wife Janis, daughter Julia and son Callum.
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Blessings in Christ,