David Hurley (1953 – ) Governor-General-designate of Australia
The young officer had been drawn away from his upbringing in the Church of England by the temptations of Army life. But he found his mind being refocused when he began preparing to marry Linda, a committed Presbyterian.
At the governor’s mansion in Sydney, the Hurleys placed a stronger emphasis on Christianity than some of their predecessors. They reported “passive resistance” to the reintroduction of Christmas carols, in their interview with the Christian website, and expressed regret that official duties sometimes got in the way of attending St Peter’s Presbyterian Church in North Sydney on Sundays.
“They sing hymns, which is very important to me,” says Mrs Hurley, whose favourites include To God be the Glory, What a Friend We Have in Jesus and Oh, for a Thousand Tongues to Sing. She looks forward to the day when they can return to civilian life and a renewed commitment to church worship.
A ‘quoted’ statement attributed to David Hurley: “the standard you walk past is the standard you accept”
Recent Christian soldiers who became Australian Governor Generals
“in the end, the motivation to get out of bed in the morning and to be one of Christ’s children is an act of faith”.
Governor-General Michael Jeffery yesterday told business leaders in Perth that the Christian saviour is “the greatest leader the world has ever seen or will ever see”.
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