John was born on the 11th March 1956 in Bexley
Heath, Kent, England. He is the youngest of three children. He
learnt from an early age to enjoy travel as his father was in
the regular army and was posted to Tripoli, Libya six months after
he was born. Eventually the family settled in Canberra in 1967
where John completed his secondary school education and attended
what is now the University of Canberra where he was awarded a
Bachelor of Education.
John developed a passion for the theatre in his last couple of
years in secondary school and became an active member of the Canberra
Repertory Society. John and his wife Jan met at Repertory but
were also studying for the same degree. John proposed to Jan following
a performance of a ‘Mid-Summer Nights Dream’. They
were married in 1979 and have two sons – Andrew who married
to Bronwen and Chris. Both Jan and John are pleased to have a
daughter in the family – Jan more so as it means she is
not outnumbered three to one anymore.
John taught in Primary Schools within the ACT education system
for fifteen years, completing his teaching career as the Principal
of Tharwa Primary School, a small rural school to the south of
John had left the church at thirteen and returned in his early
thirties following a period of seeking for meaning and purpose.
He and Jan attended St. Mary-in-the-Valley, South Tuggeranong
in the ACT (the parish incorporated the village of Tharwa). While
a parishioner at St. Mary’s John felt the call of God to
ministry, eventually recognised as a call to the ordained ministry.
He undertook his studies for his Bachelor of Theology at St. Mark’s
National Theological Centre, Canberra. He was ordained Deacon
in 1995 and Priest in 1996.
John served his curacy at St. Saviour’s Cathedral in Goulburn
and was also the half-time chaplain at the Goulburn Correctional
Centre and Warden of Wollondilly Retirement Village. He has exercised
his ministry in Tumbarumba/Batlow (South-West Slopes Ministry
District – a Ministering Community in Mission), Hackett
in the ACT and for five and a half years in the Anglican Parish
of Wagga Wagga as Archdeacon for Continuing Ministry Development.
John was consecrated Bishop in August 2009 and served as the
Assistant Bishop of the Diocese of Bathurst; this included the
role of Ministry Development Officer and Principal of the Company
of the Good Shepherd. John and Jan lived in Dubbo.
In March 2012 John was elected as the Seventh Bishop of the Diocese
of Willochra in South Australia. The Diocese encompasses some
900,000 sq km. He was installed as the Diocesan Bishop on the
30th June 2012.