Our Clergy

RECTOR

Fr Keith Dalby, MA (Theol) (MTC), BTh (Flinders), Dip PS, Assoc Dip Elect Eng (NSW)
(e: rector@stjohnsgordon.org.au)

Prior to training for the priesthood Fr Keith was in the Royal Australian Navy serving in the Submarine Service from 1979-1991, attaining the rank of Petty Officer.

In 1992 he was accepted by the Archbishop of Adelaide and moved from Sydney to St. Barnabas’ Theological College, being awarded his Bachelor of Theology in 1995.

He was deaconed in 1995, priested in 1996 and served as curate in the Parish of Mitcham, Adelaide.

The Bishop of Ballarat invited him to be the Rector of Timboon 1997-2000 and then Rector of Warracknabeal 2001-2004. He was inducted as the Rector of Gordon on December 15th 2004.

Fr Keith is married to Alice, and has five children, Rachael, Daniel (dec’d 1999), Benjamin, Rebekah, and Matthew.

ASSISTANT PRIEST

Fr Rob Sutherland CSC, BTh (CSU), MMin (CSU)
(e: revrob@ozemail.com.au)

Prior to training for ministry Fr Rob was an Infantry Officer in the Australian Regular Army from 1974 to 1998.  He was made a deacon and ordained priest in 1997 in Canberra and Goulburn Diocese and served as Assistant Priest at St John’s Canberra and as Chaplain to Goulburn Correctional Centre before being Rector of St John’s Gordon from 2000 to 2004.

From 2004 to 2011 Fr Rob served as a full-time Army Chaplain and he continues to serve as an Army Reserve Chaplain.  He completed three deployments to Afghanistan – one in 2006 and two in 2008.  On all three tours he administered to service personnel in Tarin Kot, Kandahar and Kabul.

Fr Rob leads St John’s Warrior Welcome Home Ministry.

Fr Rob and his wife Penny have three children and two grandchildren.

Click here to learn more about Fr Rob’s time in Afghanistan.

PARISH MISSIONER

Bp Michael Hough

Bishop Michael has a Bachelor’s degree in Theology and has done post graduate studies in Biblical studies at the Gregorian University in Rome.

He was ordained a priest in 1977 in the Franciscan Order.

He served in Papua New Guinea as a missionary –  in the West Sepik; as lecturer in Biblical Studies at the Newton Theological College and then as Principal of the College;  as Bishop of the New Guinea Islands and then Bishop of Port Moresby.

Bp Michael has served in parishes in Cooktown, Camperdown, Creswick and as Dean of Thursday Island.

He was also Bishop of Ballarat.

Bp Michael is married to Bennita, a nurse, and has three children.  He lives in Linton, west of Ballarat in Victoria.  He and Bennita are foster carers and Bp Michael is a volunteer fire fighter with the CFA.

His interests are biblical languages, studying the Church’s use of the Bible, reading the story of the growth and development of the Bible, communicating the Bible to lay people and developing Christian resources for remote and rural communities and opening the Bible up and making it accessible for those who are searching for what it has to offer.

Please check out Bp Michael’s website which is the home of The Disciples of Christ, providing resources, support and encouragement for all who are seeking ways to grow as followers of Jesus Christ.

The Disciples of Christ

HONORARY ASSISTANT PRIEST

Ven. Clive King, AM ThL

STUDENT MINISTER

Jennifer Lum, BA LLB (Syd.), GDLP

Prior to commencing study at Moore Theological College in 2012, Jen was a lawyer for many years, working in private practice, government (local and state) and the community sector. One of her favourite roles was as in-house lawyer for Anglicare. Studying the Bachelor of Divinity part-time allows Jen to work and volunteer in various capacities. When her College timetable permits, Jen teaches Scripture at Gordon East Public school, takes services at Gowrie Village, volunteers at City Bible Forum and assists the General Synod Office of the Anglican Church of Australia.

Jen holds a Licence from the Archbishop of Sydney as Reader for the Parish. Her great joy is sharing the Word of God and she leads a Women’s Bible Study on Tuesday evenings in the Church Office.

Jen is married to Steve and they have two children, Imogene and Ethan.