Our Staff Team | St. John's Anglican Church Highton Geelong

Our Staff Team

The ministry at St. John's is a shared ministry, including our Staff Team, Wardens, Parish Council and Ministry Co-ordinators, and also many dedicated St. John's members.


Rev. Will Orpwood - Vicar

Will was inducted as Vicar of St. John's in January 2009.

Will is married to Leisha and they have five children. Both have a passion for the local church and working in parish ministry.

Will trained at Moore Theological College and served in curacies in Sydney at Quakers Hill Anglican Church and Naremburn Cammeray Anglican Church.

He has a passion for teaching and preaching, and he also enjoys most sports, but now just as a spectator rather than as a participant. Will loves cooking and reading and going to the theatre.


Rev. Chris Lynch - Associate Minister

Chris joined St John's staff in January 2018. He is married to Amanthi, and they have 2 children, Rose and Isaiah.

Chris values the influence of Deakin Uni CU and ministry experience at GWAC in his growth as a Christian. Through that period God put on his heart a desire to go into full-time ministry.

After spending some time working in industry he completed his theological studies at Ridley College and commenced a curacy at St Luke's Anglican Church Frankston in 2013. His responsibilities there included Music, Youth, and Children's and Families ministry, as well as preaching, Bible Study leading with Amanthi, and helping lead a Men's Ministry team.

He enjoys good coffee, sneaking Richmond Tigers references into his sermons, record shops and music, and seeing people turn their hearts to Jesus.



Jennie Macaulay - Executive Assistant (honorary)

Jennie is a long term member of St. John's, until recently an active Church Warden and is currently serving as a staff member. She has completed an Bachelor of Theology at Ridley Melbourne.

Jennie is married to Cameron, mother of 5 adult children and custodian of many pets! In her staff team role, Jennie works alongside Will and Chris in an administrative, ministry and training & resources role.

She is in the church office Monday, Tuesday and Friday 9am to 1pm..


Core Lay Leadership Team:

Wardens: Rohan Hamer and Shelley Duff

Parish Council: Tim Kirtley (Treasurer), Dennis Grinter (Assistant Treasurer), Emily Flavell, Jess Slade, Malinda Meredith, Helen Muldoon and James Walker