St Johns East Malvern



Fr. Alex Ross

The Reverend Dr Alexander Ross was born and bred in Melbourne: his parents were married at St John’s East Malvern and he was baptised at St Agnes’ Glen Huntly. He completed his schooling at Caulfield Grammar and undergraduate studies in History, Classics and Education at the University of Melbourne.

Fr Alex trained for ministry at both Trinity College Theological School, Melbourne, and Ripon College Cuddesdon in the UK, commencing studies in theology at the Melbourne College of Divinity before being admitted to the degree of Master of Theology with Distinction at the University of Oxford, supervised by Martyn Percy and examined by Graham Ward. He served as Assistant Curate of Christ Church South Yarra, before returning to the UK to undertake doctoral study at the University of Cambridge as a Commonwealth Scholar under the supervision of former Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams.

During his time in Cambridge he was engaged as a chaplain at Emmanuel College, latterly as Associate Dean and Bye-Fellow. His doctoral dissertation, which offers a paradigm-shift in understanding authority and polity within the Anglican Communion, was published by SCM Press in July 2020 and is described by Rowan Williams in his Foreword as “groundbreaking and profoundly illuminating”.

Beyond his parish responsibilities, Fr Alex is an Archbishop’s Examining Chaplain for the Diocese of Melbourne and assists in the delivery of the post-ordination training programme for newly ordained curates. He is a member of School Council of Melbourne Grammar School, the Theological School Committee of Trinity College Melbourne, and the Quality and Care Governance Committee of the Brotherhood of St Laurence. He is an elected delegate to the Provincial Council of the Anglican Province of Victoria, as well as the General Synod of the Anglican Church of Australia. He is an Honorary Postdoctoral Associate of the University of Divinity, co-Chair of the Anglican Church of Australia-Uniting Church of Australia Joint Standing Commission and one of nine Anglican theologians appointed by the Archbishop of Canterbury and Secretary-General of the Anglican Communion to be a member of the Anglican-Roman Catholic International Commission (ARCIC).

Fr Alex is married to Kirsty, Chaplain of Melbourne Girls’ Grammar School, and they have two young children, William and Isabella.

Associate Clergy

Fr. Ken Hewlett

Fr. Ken Hewlett has served in a variety of urban and rural settings over 40 years of ministry, including as Dean of Bathurst Cathedral, Warden of the Community of the Holy Name, Vicar of Saint Andrew’s Brighton, and most recently as Vicar of Saint Oswald’s Gen Iris, retiring in 2014.

Contact Fr. Ken Hewlett
Telephone 03 9885 1125
Mobile 0427 584 624

Fr. Gary Bouma

The Reverend Professor Gary Bouma AM has served as an Honorary Assistant Priest at Saint John’s for the past four years. Recently retired after a long and significant academic career, Gary remains an Emeritus Professor of Sociology in the school of School of Political and Social Inquiry at Monash University, and is currently the UNESCO Chair in Interreligious and Intercultural Relations – Asia Pacific. Professor Bouma’s research has primarily focussed on the interaction between religion and society in Western societies including Canada, The United States, Australia, New Zealand and Europe. His current work includes a major study of religious plurality in multicultural Australia, making strategic comparisons with other societies; research into the management of religious diversity and continuing work on Post-Modernity as a context for interfaith dialogue and theological reflection.

Contact Fr. Gary Bouma AM
Telephone 03 9571 6616
Mobile 0409 234 960

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