Ministry team



Lindsay Urwin was born in Melbourne and educated at Camberwell Grammar School.

Already intent on becoming a priest he travelled to the United Kingdom in 1976. He was prepared for ordination at Ripon College Cuddesdon as a candidate for the diocese of Melbourne, but remained in England. He was ordained in 1980 to a curacy at St Peter’s, Walworth, in the diocese of Southwark and in 1983 was made incumbent of St Faith’s, North Dulwich, also in that diocese.

In 1988 Lindsay was appointed diocesan missioner in the Diocese of Chichester and then Area Bishop of Horsham in 1993 at the age of 37.

In 1996, alongside his duties as Area bishop, he was elected Provost of the Southern Region of the Woodard Corporation of Schools, and two years later appointed by the Archbishop of Canterbury as President of the School Chaplains Association.

Lindsay was professed as a member of the Oratory of the Good Shepherd in 1991 and served as United Kingdom provincial from 1996 to 2005. He is now a brother in the Australian province.

He received an MA degree in pastoral liturgy from Heythrop College of the University of London in 2003 and was granted an honorary Doctorate in Divinity from Nashotah House, Wisconsin, in 2011.

In 2009 Lindsay resigned as area bishop of Horsham to become Administrator of the national Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham while remaining an honorary assistant bishop in Chichester as well as in the English dioceses that cover the area of England known as East Anglia. He remains an honorary assistant bishop in the diocese of Norwich. He came back to Australia in September 2015 to be vicar of Christ Church and to be the bishop with a care for the ministry in Anglican schools.


dscn058213453Bishop James Grant was born at Red Cliffs, Victoria, educated in Scotland and Geelong High School. He was ordained in 1960 and consecrated as a Bishop in 1970.

Bishop James was the Chairman of the Brotherhood of St Laurence from 1972-1987. From 1985-1999 he was Dean of St Paul’s Cathedral, Melbourne. In 1994 he was awarded the Order of Australia for services to the Church. He is married to Rowena Armstrong QC.

After over 65 years of ministry, when anyone sensible might be putting their feet up, week by week Bishop James  attends the Eucharist daily and faithfully celebrates two of our weekday masses, and is still working part time at Trinity College at Melbourne University. But then, faithful servants of the Lord are rarely ‘sensible’ in the eyes of the world!



Father Chris was ordained a deacon in September this 2017 and ordained priest at the end of November.

Chris was formerly a minister in the Uniting Church, and before his retirement was a professor in Systematic Theology at the University of Divinity. His ordained journey before joining the Anglican Church included parish ministry as well as teaching theology. He has always had a heart for ecumenism and over the years taught many people who are now clergy serving in the Anglican Church!

Chris and his wife Barbara, who remains a Uniting Church minister began worshipping at Christ Church not long after Bishop Lindsay arrived and soon became very welcome members of the parish family.

PETER COTTERILL: Parish Assistant

Peter arrived in Melbourne on March 14th and will be part of the team until early 2019.  He has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management from the University of Winchester (UK), and a pretty eclectic employment history, much of which, he hopes will help with his role in the parish.  He is also currently finishing his Master’s degree in Reconciliation and Peacebuilding through the University of Winchester.

As well as assisting with the day to day administration of the parish, he helps in leading our daily worship and teaching ministry, takes communion to people at home, helps to run the church’s Op Shop, website, and social media presence, occasionally plays the organ for Evensong, and is at the heart of the offering of hospitality in the Vicarage.

In his free time, Peter likes to get out and about, especially driving and exploring Victoria.  He has also been very active in the local community, and amongst other things, has brought a group of people together to play Dungeons and Dragons…odd as that sounds!

Peter can most commonly be seen dashing to and fro around the church and grounds as he goes from task to task around the place.


Father Grant is a retired priest who has been ordained for forty years. His ministry so far has been full and varied, with a great focus on ministry among disabled scouts.  Within the life of Christ Church, Father Grant is instrumental in the running of the Mass with laying-on of hands, anointing, and prayers for healing on Fridays at midday.


Mother Jenny is technically ‘retired’ but very much active in ministry, primarily at Christ Church, South Yarra, but also assists here at Christ Church, Brunswick.