introducing the clergy at St John’s


David joined St John's in September 2013. Originally from Perth, he first worked as an industrial chemist, then as a teacher of Media Studies. He qualified with a Bachelor of Divinity from Murdoch University in Perth in 1995 and was ordained deacon and priest that year by Archbishop Peter Carnley for the Diocese of Perth. He served as student deacon in St George's Cathedral Perth in 1995 and then assistant curate in the Parish of Christ Church Claremont 1995 - 1997. He served as Priest in Charge of the Parish of St Julian of Norwich, Ballajura 1997 - 2000, and then as Chaplain of John Septimus Roe Anglican Community School in 2000. In 2001, David moved to New Zealand where he became associate priest from 2001-2002 in the Parish of St Barnabus, Fendalton, in the Diocese of Christchurch. He was then appointed Vicar of the Parish of St Luke – also known as St Luke’s in the City – in the Diocese of Christchurch, serving there from 2002 until 2013. During that time he also served from 2003 - 2008 as chaplain (part time) of College House, a residential college of the University of Canterbury. David is a trained spiritual director. He is married to Judy, and they have three adult children and two grandchildren.


The Reverend Kuncoro Rusman

Kuncoro Rusman was ordained priest in November 2015, having been ordained deacon in February 2014, following the completion of the formation program at Trinity College Theological School. He holds a Bachelor of Computing (Information Systems) from Monash University and the Graduate Diploma in Theology, and is studying for the Master of Divinity degree at the University of Divinity.

Previously, Kuncoro was an ordained minister with the Jemaat Kristen Indonesia (JKI) Church denomination; he has been serving in the Indonesian community as well as in the Australian community since 2002. His wife Mun is also an ordained minister with JKI, and regularly assists Kuncoro in ministry, particularly with St John’s Indonesian congregation.

Kuncoro came to Melbourne in 1982 and studied at high school in Camberwell. For 23 years, he worked at Monash University in various fields and departments, including as a Network Manager, Assistant Lecturer, Dealing Room Manager, Oracle DBA, System Administrator, IT Post Master, IT Supervisor and Computer Programmer. He has also been a director and manager in various private companies.

Kuncoro has been actively involved in the Indonesian Community Organisation in Victoria as well as with the Indonesian Christian Cooperation Council for many years. He has travelled overseas to serve in various church communities. In 2006, he set up a foundation in Indonesia, a charity that mainly aims to help elderly widows who live in very poor circumstances in Indonesia. The foundation helps them by providing food on a monthly basis. Government departments such as Centrelink do not exist in Indonesia.

Kuncoro’s son, Rama, 17, is studying at RMIT University. He plays golf daily and his aim is to be a professional golfer. His 12-year-old daughter, Arielle, loves playing tennis competitions.



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.

The Revd Dr Michelle Trebilcock

Michelle is a full-time doctoral student with the Public and Contextual Theology Unit at St Marks National Theological Centre in Canberra. Her research is exploring the possibilities of spiritual ways of truth and knowing and their potential contributions to public conversations about religion and ethics. Her contribution to the St Johns community is focused on the hidden ministry of prayer. You can read her blog at

introducing the lay staff


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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:

Kerry Pratt (Vicar’s Warden), Wendy Crouch and Glenis Heath (People's Wardens), Greg Beeton, Greg Lee, Andre Lim, Cynthia Nyholm, Muriel Porter and Julian Rait.


Wendy Crouch, 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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