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 Tolhurst-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. Callum holds an A.Mus.A and A.Dip.SCSM in piano performance. As soloist and collaborative musician, Callum has performed in cathedrals, concert halls, and venues around Australia and internationally.
Callum is currently Organist & Director of Music at St Luke’s Anglican Church Mosman and prior to this, was Sub-Organist at Christ Church Cathedral, Newcastle. An in-demand repetiteur and accompanist, Callum has worked with Sydney Philharmonia Choirs and Pacific Opera, as well as numerous community ensembles and solo musicians. He is also sought after as a Musical Director for theatre, with highlights including Theatre & Company’s The Full Monty, Willoughby Theatre Company’s The Sound of Music and SYMT’s The Little Mermaid.
Outside his musical endeavours, Callum is a respected Arts Administrator and Fundraiser, who has worked with 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 Team and responsible for developing and implementing the national fundraising strategy.
The Revd Dr Max Wood is presently on long service leave. We are very pleased to welcome the Revd Philip Bradford as our Locum Tenens while Fr Max is away.
Fr Philip has been engaged in Parish Ministry since his ordination in 1987. Before ordination he was an Audiologist working with The National Acoustic Laboratories. Fr Philip was a Curate at St. Mark's Darling Point from 1987 to January 1989, then Assistant Minister in the Parish of East Sydney from 1989 until April 1991, before being appointed as Rector of St. George's Paddington. He was appointed Rector of the Parish of Hunters Hill in December 2000, a position he held until October 2014. Following "retirement" Fr Philip was the Acting Rector for the Parish of Enmore with Stanmore from February 2015 until February 2019, and then Acting Rector of St. George's Paddington from March 2019 until the end of January 2000 and then resumed the role in April of that year. He finished his ministry at Paddington in October of 2021.
Fr Philip will be ministering to the parish until the end of March, when Fr Max returns to St Luke’s.
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