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Rachel Ciano

Lecturer - Church History


Prior to SMBC:

Rachel studied Visual Communication and International Studies at the University of Technology, Sydney (2001-2003), before commencing studies at SMBC in 2004. She moved to England in 2005, where she and her husband ministered at an Evangelical Anglican Church in Hove, East Sussex. They returned to Sydney in 2009, where they began a church plant in Marrickville. Rachel completed her studies at SMBC in 2010, specialising in the English Reformation, particularly Thomas Cranmer and the interaction between two key points of his theology: his Erastianism and his Eucharistic position.

Publications and Research:

  • Contributing several chapters to '10 Dead Guys You Should Know' (Christian Focus), ed. Ian Maddock, forthcoming.
  • 'Lament Psalms in the Church: A history of recent neglect' in K Barker & G Harper (eds), Finding Lost Words: The Church's Right to Lament (Eugene: Wipf and Stock: 2017), 9-23.
  • 'Cranmer’s Doctrine of the Monarchy and Eucharist: An Examination of Their Interaction,' Lucas: An Evangelical History Review 2:3 (2011): 19-43.

Speaking Ministry:

  • Understanding Catholicism Today Conference, Sydney (2018)
  • Rome Scholar's Network, Rome (presenting four papers)  (2018)
  • Thinking of God Conference, Christ College (2017)
  • Reformation Celebration, Marrickville Anglican Church (2017)
  • Understanding Catholicism Today Conference, Sydney (2017)
  • Winter School on Augustine, Marrickville Anglican Church (2016)
  • Christian Reformed Churches of Australia NSW Annual Women’s Conference (2014)
  • SMBC Women’s Conference (2014)
  • Church History Seminar at Tasmanian Christian Convention (2013-2014)
  • Various Bible talks at Bishop Hannington Church, Hove

Academic Interests:

Church History, particularly the English Reformation. She has also spent time researching Church History in Italy and the UK, hence church history connected with those areas is also of particular interest.


Rachel is married to Ross, and they have two young sons. They live in Marrickville where her husband is the pastor of Marrickville Road Church. She loves enjoying the diversity of Marrickville, reading for fun, and learning the flying trapeze.

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