introducing the clergy at St John’s



The parish is currently in the care of a Locum Vicar, Father Ken Hewlett, as the Parish Incumbency Committee seeks the one God is calling to be the next Vicar of St John's


Father Richard Wilson

Fr Richard was appointed to St John’s in 2011 in his first curacy following ordination. After a three year term he moved to St Peter’s Eastern Hill to complete his pastoral and liturgical training and commence a doctoral research project at the University of Divinity and Trinity College Theological School. His area of interest is the relationship between the Church and the business community, bringing thirty years of working experience in business and government to his Church work.

Fr Richard returned to St John’s in Easter 2017 as Locum Vicar for six months and remains as an Honorary Associate Priest.

The Revd Helen Creed

Helen is currently Chaplain to Camberwell Girls' Grammar School, a role she began in 2004. She was originally trained as an English teacher.

Helen was ordained a deacon in February 2002 and a Priest later that year. She is married to Roger, a teacher at Caulfield Grammar. 

The Revd Dr Brian Porter

Brian is a retired school chaplain, whose extensive ministry encompassed schools in Sydney, Canberra and Melbourne. His last chaplaincy post was as Senior Chaplain of Melbourne Grammar School. He is married to Muriel, a member of the parish choir. They have two adult children and two grandchildren. Brian was born in Melbourne, educated at Caulfield Grammar School, and at Monash, New England and Cambridge Universities. He was made a Doctor of Theology for a study of Archbishop Frank Woods 1957-1977.

introducing the lay staff



Mr David Byrne

David Byrne is a graduate in Arts and Music from The University of Melbourne. He studied organ with Sergio de Pieri and Douglas Lawrence and was appointed to his first church music post at the age of 16. He has been Organist and Choirmaster in several churches around Melbourne, most recently at St Paul's, Canterbury where he served for 13 years, building a cross-generational choir which earned a reputation for fine singing enriching parish worship and ministry.

For nine years, David was Director of Music and Chapel Organist at St Peter's College, Adelaide and prior to that he spent 13 years as Director of Music at Grimwade House, Melbourne Grammar School.

In 1996 David returned to Melbourne to take up his current post as Assistant Director of Music at Camberwell Grammar School.

David's expertise in education, organ and choral music has been enriched by periods of study in Europe and the UK, including post-graduate studies in education at York University and observing cathedral choirs and playing many grand organs such as Winchester and Salisbury cathedrals, King's College, Cambridge, the Frari Church in Venice and in the Dusseldorf prison!

David's wife Penelope is Coordinator of Music at Strathcona and their daughter Sally is a cellist currently studying Nursing.

introducing the lay leaders


– Lay men and women elected or appointed annually to conduct the management of the parish and church business:

Glenis Heath and Cynthia Nyholm (People's Wardens), Brian Crouch, Ann Darlington, Peter Forwood, Annette Holland, Sue Keogh, Greg Lee, Andre Lim, and Ross Smith. 


Glenis Heath, Georgina Porter and Ross Smith.


– Elected in response to the Archbishop’s Mandate:
Georgina Porter, Julian Rait and Geoff Vincent, with Wendy Crouch the alternate representative.


Verona Lea, Muriel Porter and Wendy Crouch

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