And one was a Doctor – A Life of Rev Dr A J Waldock

By Roy B Henson

Baptist Historical Studies

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About the book

There are few clergymen who have newspaper editorials written to acknowledge their contribution to the general community, and fewer still to whom this happens during their lifetime. Such a one was Arthur John Waldock, who rose to become the best known leader in the Baptist denomination across Australia in the first half of the 20th century.

He held a range of positions within the church during his lifetime, and has left an enduring legacy of influence for good. He was honoured by Baptist Community Services of NSW and ACT through the naming of Waldock Hospital in Carlingford, Sydney, and is still remembered with affection by former members of his congregation in Canberra where he conducted his final ministry between 1929 and 1948.

“It has been a privilege to read the story of Dr Waldock so beautifully crafted by Roy Henson… All of us in the Baptist Union of Australia owe so much to this man for whom until now there has been no clear and lasting record of his legacy.”

Rev. Tim Costello,

Collins Street Baptist Church

“Roy Henson has done us a great service. Reading his account of Rev. A.J. Waldock’s life and ministry is exciting and inspiring… I hope that many will read this book, not only to get a glimpse of the past, but to see what God can do through a person who echoes the love and passion of God in his life.”

Rev. Dr Thorwald Lorenzen,

Canberra Baptist Church

 About the author

Roy Henson studied at the NSW Baptist Theological College in Sydney, and was ordained in 1959. He has pastored churches at Kurri Kurri, Lithgow and Petersham in NSW, and at Dickson in the ACT. He obtained a Bachelor of Divinity from the University of London, and a Master of Arts from Macquarie University.

In 1991 he was awarded an Order of Australia Medal for his services to youth, particularly through Caloola Farm, where he lived for 14 years as manager and training co-ordinaton Caloola Farm provided training and support services to long-term and disadvantaged young people. He retired from full time service in 1998, and worked part-time as a chaplain for five years with Baptist Community Services in the ACT in the Home Care program and at Morling Lodge Nursing Home. He is the ACT Regional Superintendent for the Baptist Churches of NSW and the ACT, and president of the ACT Baptist Historical Society.

The book is available at its cost price ($20.00) plus postage ($5.00 within Australia) making a total cost of $25.00.

For copies write to the Office of the Canberra Baptist Church at PO Box 4055, Kingston ACT 2604, or telephone 02-6295 9470 or contact the church office here.