But within hours of his appointment, Mr Thorburn’s links to a controversial church organisation were thrust into the spotlight.
“If you struggle with same-sex attraction, it is vital to speak to a mature Christian whom you trust, so you can receive the support and accountability you will need in the long term to survive these temptations,” the City on a Hill article reads.
‘My faith is a personal thing’
“That makes us a more human organisation and makes us a higher-performing organisation.
Mr Thorburn said the church does some “great things” for disadvantaged people and plays an important role in Australian society.