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The Revd Dr Peter French

The Revd. Dr. Peter French was ordained deacon and priest in the Diocese of Wangaratta in 1999 and served as Curate at St. John’s, Wodonga, as Assistant Priest at Holy Trinity Cathedral, Wangaratta, and then as Chaplain at Trinity College, The University of Melbourne. In 2006 Peter moved with his wife Robyn to Chicago, USA, for Robyn to undertake doctoral studies at the University of Chicago. Joining the Episcopal Church, Peter served as Interim Rector of Messiah-St. Bartholomew, an African-American congregation on the city’s south side, and then as Associate Rector of Grace Church, Hinsdale, a 700-member church in the city’s west.

From 2008 Peter served as Chaplain of the Episcopal Church at Princeton University, one of the oldest and largest Episcopal chaplaincies in the United States. At Princeton University he taught as the Co-Director of The Program on Religion, Diplomacy and International Relations and was Founding Director of Princeton University’s Christian-Muslim Dialogue.

Peter trained for the priesthood at Trinity College, the University of Melbourne and received his Bachelor of Theology in biblical studies from The Melbourne College of Divinity. He completed his Bachelor of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy at The University of Melbourne in history and art history respectively. Peter enjoys windsurfing, modern and contemporary art, tennis, excellent food and wine, travelling and the company of many friends and family. Peter is married to Robyn Whitaker, a New Testament scholar and Uniting Church minister, who currently lectures at Trinity College, University of Melbourne.

Assistant Curate

The Revd Matthew Connolly

Director of Music & Parish Organist

Mr Christopher Cook

Christopher graduated in piano & organ from the Queensland Conservatorium of Music in 1983 and has worked in the music and education professions variously as teacher, performer, accompanist, conductor, musical director & concert producer; as well as examiner for primary, secondary and tertiary music institutions, for ANZCA and the AMEB.

Christopher works with a wide social spectrum of society, and is able to communicate with varied age groups and musical development. He has played concerts in UK and Europe and performed in all states of Australia, as soloist and accompanying choral groups in orchestral-organ transcriptions of Messiah, Mozart Requiem, Mendelssohn Elijah etc.

In addition to varied and extensive pro bono and free-lance activities, Christopher is currently Repetiteur/Accompanist/piano and theory tutor at Haileybury and The Peninsula School, an Organ Tutor for University of Melbourne, and Director of Music at St John’s Church, Toorak. He is a Director of the Organ Historical Trust of Australia [] and the Australian and New Zealand College of Organists [].

WG Price Organ Scholar

Hanford Lam

Hanford is a piano student at the Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music, Monash University. Hanford currently spends his time outside his music degree enriching the musical education of younger students, accompanying two fantastic choirs, and travelling.

Parish Administrator & PA to the Vicar

Ms Sally Robertson

Sally manages the busy parish office and is also personal assistant to the Vicar of the parish. Sally handles all enquiries of a general nature. To email the office, click on the photo left.

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