Ministry Team

St Luke's Ministry Team 

The Reverend Dr Max Wood


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.

Dorothy Sercombe

Organist and Director of Music

Dorothy Sercombe is a respected musician with extensive experience in performance, composition, teaching and choral music. She has more than 10 years’ experience as an organist and was employed at St Giles, Greenwich from 2000-2008 in various roles, as well as playing piano at St Swithin’s, Pymble and St Stephen’s, Lugarno. Dorothy has been a peripatetic violin, piano, viola, 'cello and music theory teacher and music director for around 20 years. She has accompanied the St Andrew’s Cathedral boys’ choir on violin and piano, and serves as pianist for the Cathedral’s Healing Ministry. Dorothy commenced as Organist and Director of Music at St Luke’s in February 2024.

Helen Bell

Parish Manager

The Parish Office is open Monday to Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Enquiries about services and parish events, baptisms, marriages and funerals should be directed to the Parish Office. Phone: (02) 9969-6910


Cnr Ourimbah and Heydon Street, Mosman
Ph: 9969 9610