BA, DipEd, BD(Lond. Hons 2A) ThL (Hons 1), MA (Latrobe)
Richard Prideaux holds degrees in Arts, Education and Theology from Melbourne, Monash, Latrobe and London Universities and the Australian College of Theology. His MA thesis from the Religious Studies Department of Latrobe University was entitled “The place of the Epistle of James in the growth of the Primitive Church”.
After studying Biology, History and Philosophy of Science, English and Geography at Melbourne University, Richard taught English and Geography at Shepparton and
Frankston High Schools. In 1974 Richard became the Youth Worker for the Anglican Parish of Holy Trinity Kew whilst studying theology at Ridley College.
In 1975 Richard joined the staff of Ivanhoe Grammar School where he was Head of Religious Studies until 1992. He also held the positions of Level Master of Year 12 and
Head of Curriculum.
In 1993 Richard became the second principal of St Paul’s Anglican Grammar School overseeing a period of expansion and growth from 500 secondary students to a five campus K -12 school of 1500 students when he left the School in 2006.
In 2007 Richard accepted the position of Chaplain and Head of Religious Studies at the Beaconhills College Village Campus in Berwick thus returning to his first love of teaching religion. In 2011 Richard was appointed to the role of Head of the Valley (Pakenham) Campus of Beaconhills College, a P-12 school of 1500 students.
Richard has maintained his involvement at Ridley Theological College in Parkville having been a former secular and theological student, part-time lecturer, Council member and Chairman of Council for a two year period.
He is married to Ann and they have two sons and six grandchildren. When not reading theology or Eng Lit, Richard enjoys philately and collecting 1950’s die-cast model cars and is an increasingly impatient Demons supporter.
Richard has maintained a lifelong interest in Science and Religion issues and has presented lectures in this area at Ridley College, the 2009 COSAC Conference and the 2010 AARE Conference. His particular interests are in Biblical hermeneutics particularly the Old Testament theology of Creation as well as the History and Philosophy of Science. He recently co-authored a book on science and religion with Dr Anthony Pepper which they are hopeful will soon be published.