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About Our Team

Church Staff

The Revd. Dr. Peter French


Peter was appointed to St. John's in 2016, having returned to Melbourne from almost a decade in the USA, where he served principally as Chaplain to Princeton University for 8 years. In the Diocese of Melbourne, Peter has served on Archbishop in Council, the Prevention of Violence Against Women Program, and as Area Dean of Stonnington. He is a member of the Council of St. Catherine's School, Toorak, and the founding Chair of its Hardship Committee of the School. For more information, please see below.

Ms Alicia Groves

Parish Administrator & PA to the Vicar

Alicia manages the busy parish office and is also personal assistant to the Vicar of the parish. Alicia handles all enquiries of a general nature.

The Revd. Dr. Wendy Crouch

Assistant Priest

Wendy was appointed Assistant Priest at St John’s in March 2022. She
comes to this half-time appointment from ministry at St. Bartholomew’s Burnley with St. Stephen’s, Richmond, and St. Peter’s, Bundoora. She completed her theological studies through the University of Divinity (Trinity College Theological School). Wendy is also a trained clinical psychologist and Fellow of the Clinical College of the Australian Psychological Society. For more information, please see below.

The Revd. Lydia Thangadurai

Assistant Curate

Lydia was ordained as a Deacon in February 2022 at St. Paul’s Cathedral and is now appointed as an Assistant Curate at St. John’s. She completed her Master of Ministry and Graduate Diploma of Divinity at the Australian College of Theology (Ridley College).

Mr Zachary Hamilton-Russell

Director of Music & Parish Organist