Who we are
The Rev’d Dr Daniel Dries RECTOR
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The Rev’d Dr Daniel Dries is the eleventh Rector of Christ Church St Laurence. He was ordained in the Diocese of Newcastle (NSW) and has served in a number of parishes in that Diocese, including Christ Church Cathedral, Newcastle. Fr Daniel was inducted as Rector of CCSL on the 21st of January, 2013. Prior to his ordination, Fr Daniel pursued a career as a professional musician and teacher. Fr Daniel is married to Peta, also a professional musician; they have two daughters, Charlotte and Emily. Fr Daniel greatly enjoys the beauty of the liturgy and music at Christ Church St Laurence, as well as the colour and diversity of its growing parish.
The Rev’d John Sanderson SENIOR ASSISTANT PRIEST
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The Rev’d John Sanderson was ordained in the Diocese of Bendigo (VIC) and served in the Parish of Christ Church Castlemaine before returning to the Australian Defence Force (ADF) as an Army Chaplain where he served with the 3rd Battalion the Royal Australian Regiment, 1st Health Support Battalion and the 2nd Commando Regiment. Fr John has undertaken operational deployments to East Timor, The Solomon Islands and Afghanistan (twice), and was welcomed to Christ Church St Laurence on the 16th February 2014. Prior to his ordination, Fr John held a number of leadership positions in the public and private sector. Fr. John is married to Josie, a Registered Nurse; they have two children, Harry and Beth.
Melinda Seed YOUTH MINISTRY LEADER
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Melinda Seed was appointed to the newly-created positon of Youth Ministry Leader in January 2017. Melinda has been involved with Sunday School and ministry to young people for many years, and served as the Children’s Minister at St Bede’s Drummoyne immediately prior to joining Christ Church St Laurence. Currently a part-time student at Moore Theological College, Melinda holds a Bachelor of Economics, Master of Arts and a Master of Teaching.
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Mrs Brenda Hunter formerly worked in corporate information technology systems and services, including as managing director of three small software companies in Australia, and as an IBM executive in South Asia and Australia. She participates in Belltower Bookshop, Sidespersons, and CANA rosters, and The Deacon’s Treasure editorial group. Brenda greatly appreciates the continuity of Christian worship in Christ Church St Laurence and the diversity and strength of our community. Her tertiary qualifications include MSc degree (Akl) and Diploma of Teaching.
Anthony Miller PEOPLE’S WARDEN
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Dr Anthony Miller (BA WAust MA Cambridge PhD Harvard) was formerly Associate Professor of English and Chair of the Department of English at the University of Sydney. His academic speciality was Renaissance literature and its relations to classical literature. His current studies include Anglican writers from the sixteenth to the nineteenth centuries.
Peter Hanson PEOPLE’S WARDEN, PARISH TREASURER, LAY SYNOD REPRESENTATIVE
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Peter Hanson is the Parish Treasurer. His role is to guide the Wardens and Parish Council to make financially sustainable decisions which will allow Christ Church St Laurence to continue as a beacon of light, showcasing the catholic traditions of the Anglican Church within the Diocese of Sydney. Peter is thrilled that the CCSL community provides leadership in our particular tradition and wants to ensure this remains the case for many generations to come.
Lyn Bannerman LAY SYNOD REPRESENTATIVE
Lyn Bannerman (BSoc.Stud., Syd.) has practised as a Social Worker, mostly in court work with juveniles and assisting low-income families in distress. Lyn has thirty years experience in a variety of welfare administration and policy advising positions with the Federal Government, mostly in areas of welfare and employment services. She has represented Australia at a number of international forums relating to youth unemployment. Lyn has been a parishioner of Christ Church St Laurence for two decades, and is heavily involved in the CANA ministry, and the catering, sidesperons and counting rosters. Lyn has attended Synod for the past six years as the elected representative of our parish.
Rebecca Mychael PARISH ADMINISTRATOR
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Rebecca coordinates the non-liturgical administration of the parish and assists the Clergy and Wardens in the day-to-day operation of our church. She is the first point of contact for non-worshippers, first-time visitors and those seeking more information about our church, our practices or our history.
Francesca Jones OUTREACH AND COMMUNICATIONS ASSISTANT
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Francesca was married at Christ Church St Laurence back in 2010 thanks to her mother’s glowing recommendation and has been a parishioner ever since. She has taught the Sunday School where her young sons, Dante and Leonardo attend, is in training to work with CANA and now works as the Communications and Outreach Coordinator. Prior to this she has worked in marketing within the education industry before retraining to become a high school English teacher and then becoming a mother. She loves the warm inclusive ethos of the church and is motivated to communicate this to the wider community.
Brian Luhr HEAD SERVER
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Brian Luhr been associated with Christ Church St Laurence since 1976 and has served at the altar for three decades. He was appointed Head Server in Advent, 2002. He leads the serving team to ensure the smooth running of the sanctuary, and upholds the great traditions of the liturgy. He works closely with the priests and choir and is responsible for the reading rosters. Recent achievements have been the restoration, purchase, fund raising and ongoing maintenance of the church’s extensive and priceless vestment collection. Brian also actively supports Christ Church’s contribution to the homeless by way of the Cana Community, has served as People’s Warden and Parish Nominator, and actively participates in the Parish Council. Brian is a skilled Service Executive for Telstra, working specifically for the Anglican, Catholic and Uniting Church portfolios. He is the father of three children and has four grandchildren. On Friday 18 July 2014, Brian was admitted as a Minor Companion of the Oratory of the Good Shepherd (OGS) and was admitted as a Probationer on the Feast of the Assumption, 2015.
Neil McEwan DIRECTOR OF MUSIC
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Dr Neil McEwan AM FRSCM became Director of Music at Christ Church St. Laurence in 1980 and since that time has extended the repertoire of the choir substantially to include a wide variety of sacred music. He has led the choir on a number of overseas tours, which include residencies at Westminster Abbey, St. Paul’s Cathedral, London, also singing in Notre Dame in Paris, Würzburg Cathedral in Germany and Grace Cathedral, San Francisco. The choir has recorded a number of CDs under his direction. Neil McEwan is an Associate Professor at the University of Sydney, Conservatorium of Music and, apart from his teaching and choral direction, he is actively involved in research into Gregorian chant having published a number of papers in journals overseas.
Peter Jewkes ORGANIST
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Peter Jewkes attended his first service at CCSL at the age of 16, and at 18 sat for his Licentiate Diploma from Trinity College London on the CCSL organ. His training in organ and choral conducting included a residency at the Royal School of Church Music, Addington Palace UK. Peter has held various organist posts throughout his career including at Scots Kirk Mosman, the Sydney University Graduates’ Choir, St Bride’s Fleet St London, and St James’ King St. He was Assistant Organist at CCSl from 1980 to 1985, returning as Organist at the beginning of 1997. He has given recitals throughout the world, and makes a specialty of liturgical accompaniment and improvisation. Peter is also an organbuilder, and has served several terms as President of the Australian Guild of Master Organbuilders, and as Deputy President of the Organ Music Society of Sydney.
Josuha Ryan ORGAN SCHOLAR
Joshua Ryan was born in 1994 in Sydney, Australia. He commenced his organ studies in late 2009. Currently he is studying for a Bachelor of Music (performance) degree, majoring in Organ, at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music (The University of Sydney). His teachers have included Thomas Wilson, Oliver Brett, Philip Swanton, and Mark Quarmby. In 2011 Joshua received a scholarship to study at the Prospective Organ Scholar Course at Oxford University. At Oxford he received lessons from Susan Landale, James Parsons, David Goode, and Daniel Hyde. He also gave a recital at St Mary’s, Warmington, with fellow organists Oliver Brett and Victor Mathews. In late 2011 Joshua received first prize in the Intermediate Section of the Sydney Organ Competition. Joshua has performed in major Sydney venues such as the Sydney Opera House (as part of its open day celebrations in 2010 and 2011), the Sydney Town Hall, the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, St Mary’s Cathedral, Christ Church St Laurence, and St Andrew’s Cathedral. He also actively performs with the Sydney Conservatorium of Music Symphony Orchestra, and Wind Symphony Orchestra. In 2015, Joshua performed as a soloist with the Conservatorium’s Wind Symphony Orchestra in the premier performance of “Requiem for a City” by Matthew Hindson and Paul Mac as part of the Conservatorium’s centenary celebrations. Joshua has held scholarship positions at St Mary’s Cathedral, Sydney, and St Stephen’s Church Macquarie Street, Sydney. He has been Organ Scholar of Christ Church St Laurence since June 2015.