Our Clergy

INTERIM RECTOR

Fr Ernest Chau, BATh ACTh (Moore), MA (Macquarie), CertTh (Oxford), BSc (Hons, Durham)
(e: rector@stjohnsgordon.org.au)

Fr Ernest was deaconed in 1982 and priested in 1983. He was the rector of St Basil’s Artarmon from 2007 to 2016 when he retired. He has been Honorary Assistant Priest at St John’s Gordon since his retirement. In September 2019, he accepted the post of Interim Rector upon the elevation of then-current rector Fr Keith Dalby to Bishop of the Diocese of The Murray.

Prior to Artarmon, he served in parishes in Neutral Bay and Kirribilli.

Fr Ernest and his wife, May, have one child, Nicola.

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

PASTORAL CHAPLAIN

Jennifer (Jen) Lum, BTH (Moore) BA LLB (Sydney)

Prior to graduating from Moore Theological College in 2019, 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. In her part-time role as Pastoral Chaplain for St John’s, she visits parishioners in homes and hospitals, leads a women’s Bible study group, teaches Scripture at Gordon East Public school, preaches occasionally at Sunday services and helps out at playgroup. As well as being active on many Church rosters such as intercessors, welcoming and morning tea, she attends parish events such as the monthly community lunches to engage with the wider community. She has been an integral part of St John’s Warrior Welcome Home ministry since its inception. Jen is actively involved in the Cursillo movement and the Kairos prison ministry and is also the Episcopal Standards Director for the Anglican Church of Australia.

Jen holds a Lay Minister’s Licence from the Archbishop of Sydney. Her great joy is sharing the Word of God. She is married to Steve and they have two children, Imogene and Ethan.