St Luke's Ministry Team
St Luke's Ministry Team
The Reverend Dr Max Wood was inducted as St Luke’s seventh Rector on 29 September 2014. Fr Max grew up in Sydney and was educated at Trinity Grammar School. He practiced as a solicitor in Sydney before being ordained in 2004 in the Bathurst Diocese. His theological studies were undertaken in Morpeth, Canberra and Durham.
Prior to coming to St Luke’s, Fr Max was the Rector of St John’s Mudgee and also had oversight of St Luke’s Gulgong as well as serving in a variety of Diocesan positions in Bathurst. He also ministered at Holy Trinity Orange, St Augustine’s Merewether in Newcastle Diocese, and St Margaret’s in Durham UK. Before leaving Australia to pursue his doctoral thesis in the UK he was an Honorary Associate Priest at St James King Street in Sydney. In Durham he was also a member of the ministry team and Fellow at St Chad’s College while at the university studying for his doctorate in systemic theology and was licensed to officiate in the Province of York.
Fr Max currently serves on the General Synod Mission and Ministry Commission and the Northern Regional Council of the Diocese of Sydney. He is also a Fellow and Deputy Chairperson of St Paul’s College Council, Sydney University. Fr Max is married to Dr Danielle Firholz and they have two children.
Revd Peter Kurti has a part-time position as Associate Priest. As well as his work as our Associate Priest, Peter is a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Independent Studies where he heads the Culture, Prosperity & Civil Society program. Peter has degrees in law, theology, and philosophy, and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. He was ordained in the Church of England and has served in the Anglican Church of Australia since 1994. Peter and his wife Linda joined St Luke's in 2011.
After National Service and a law degree at London University, Robert went to Oxford to read theology. He was deaconed in 1963 and served his time at St Mary Abbot's in Kensington, London. Robert then became Team Vicar at St John's, Notting Hill. For five years (1978 – 1983) Robert was Assistant Priest at St James's King Street. He was then Rector of Enmore and Stanmore for two years. He returned to the United Kingdom, where he had to learn Welsh, as half of the services at his local church were in Welsh. On his return to Sydney, Robert was Assistant Priest at St Peter's Cremorne. He retired from full-time ministry in 2003. His ministry at St Luke's involves ministry to the elderly in nursing homes and retirement villages, and taking Holy Communion to people who are unable to attend church.
Callum Close (b.1991) began musical studies at a young age and graduated with a Bachelor of Music (Honours) from the University of Newcastle in 2013, where he studied Pipe Organ with Dr. Philip Matthias and conducting with Dr. David Banney. Callum also holds an A.Mus.A & A.Dip.SCSM in classical piano. Prior to his position as Organist & Director of Music at St Luke's Anglican Church, Callum was Sub-Organist at Christ Church Cathedral, Newcastle and musical director of a number of community choirs, including Newcastle City Choir (2013-16) and the Conservatorium Songshine Choir (2015-18). Callum leads an active performing schedule as a recitalist, accompanist, conductor and chorister, having performed in cathedrals, churches and performance venues across Australia and internationally. Outside of his musical interests, Callum is the Philanthropy Manager at the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.
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