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.

Parish Deacon

Katie joined the parish team at her ordination to the diaconate in January 2020.



Father Chris was ordained a deacon in September 2017 and ordained priest at the end of November 2018.

Fr 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!

Fr 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.


Father Matthew Dowsey has recently joined the ministry team at Christ Church, having had a long and storied Ministry that took him from these shores to spend a significant amount of time in Community life and parish ministry the United Kingdom.

Fr Matthew is a Priest Associate of the Anglican Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham, and knew Bishop Lindsay from his time as Administrator there.

We are grateful to Fr Matthew for bringing his experience and his love for the Lord and Our Lady to share in our lives here at Christ Church.

REV JENNY NELSON: Associate priest

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.


Cara has been a parishioner at Christ Church for some five years. Her role as sacristan includes ensuring that the church is prepared for the various daily liturgies that form the rhythm of life at Christ Church. Later in 2020 she will travel to the United Kingdom to test her vocation to the religious life with the Community at Tymawr in Wales. (


Jesse is a whiz at computers and communications and is currently working with us over our webiste communication and as we face the challenges of keeping in touch with our community during these difficult days of the Corona virus.