FOR more than 60 years the Reverend Kenneth Chant has dedicated his life to God. The avid writer, theological teacher and preacher, said it was God who first called him to serve in the church.
"Since I was a child, I always knew that I would go into the church," Dr Chant said.
"It was God's purpose and I had to fulfil it."
His dedication to the church and religious studies was recognised on Monday when he was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM).
Dr Chant said he was surprised to receive such an award.
"I was astonished when I received the letter telling me that I was to be given an Order of Australia medal," he said.
"I never imagined that I would receive the award."
Dr Chant has pioneered and been a pastor of churches in Australia; been the editor of two pentecostal journals, Revivalist and Vision, and written more than 50 books.
He teaches theology and is the president of Vision Christian College for Australasia.
Dr Chant established Vision International College in Launceston, Tasmania, as a Bible correspondence school in 1974.
To enhance this teaching ministry, he spent time in the US from 1981.
Along with Stan DeKoven, he established Vision International University.