St Luke’s is very pleased to welcome Reverend Paul Stephens to our congregation as Minister of the Word, and his wife Jenny and children Emma, James and David. Paul’s first service of worship will be this Sunday the 18th of February at 9:30am – the first Sunday of Lent.
A message from Paul
Thank you for the warmth and energy that marked the service of induction last Sunday.
I am most appreciative of the many ways in which people have sought to make Jenny and I welcome; and also acquaint us with the life and ministry of the congregation.
I look forward to sharing with you in worship, witness and service.
Paul was born in Portsmouth, England and came to Australia in the mid-1960s when his family immigrated as “ten pound poms.”
He grew up in Lara and completed his secondary education at St. Joseph’s College, Newtown. He was amongst the first graduates from Deakin University receiving a degree in Science. He then worked for a few years as an industrial chemist before being accepted as a candidate for ordained ministry.
Paul for nine years was minister within the Bairnsdale Parish, and for fifteen years served at Wesley, Geelong where he was also the director of the Wesley Centre for Life Enrichment. For the last eight years he has been Presbytery Minister for Mission and Education within the Presbytery of Yarra Yarra and was seconded in 2017 by the Synod to convene the Presbytery Transition Team.
Paul enjoys walking, cycling and reading.
He is married to Jenny, a registered nurse who hails from Leongatha. They have three adult children: Emma, James and David.