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.
Callum Close (b.1991) began musical studies at a young age and graduated with a Bachelor of Music (Honours) from the University of Newcastle, where he studied Pipe Organ with Dr. Philip Matthias and conducting with Dr. David Banney. He also holds an A.Mus.A and A.Dip.SCSM in piano performance. Prior to his position at St Luke’s, Callum was Sub-Organist of 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 is a respected Arts Administrator and Fundraiser, who has worked at some of Australia's largest arts organisations, including Musica Viva Australia and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. He is currently Director of Philanthropy at the Australian Youth Orchestra, where he is a member of the organisation's executive, and is responsible for the national fundraising strategy. Callum is currently studying for his Archbishops' Certificate in Church Music, as well as a Masters of Business Administration. He serves as a National Councillor for the Guild of Church Musicians, and leads an active recital and performance schedule outside his professional life.
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