The Vicar - The Venerable Ian Morrison SCP

Archdeacon of Box Hill


The Vicar is a graduate of the University of Sydney (Bachelor of Economics & Bachelor of Laws), the University of Divinity (Master of Divinity, Advanced Diploma in Ministry & Master of Theological Studies) and Monash University (Master of Bioethics). He also completed an Associate Diploma in Securities Management at Ku-Ring-Gai College of Advanced Education and a number of property-related tertiary courses. He is currently undertaking an Graduate Diploma in Property at Deakin University. He is a lifelong Anglican who grew up in Sydney and moved to Melbourne to begin his ministry formation and training for Holy Orders at Trinity College Theological School in 2005. His grandfather and uncle were both priests in Victoria.


Following a career in the property law and management, he was ordained as an Anglican priest in 2008. After service as Assistant Curate at St George’s Malvern and as an Assistant Priest at St Peter’s Eastern Hill, he came to Holy Trinity in March 2011. He was appointed as the Archdeacon of Box Hill in November 2014. Fr Ian is currently the Secretary of the (Anglican) Society of Catholic Priests Melbourne Chapter, President of the Australian Church Union and a member of the Council of the Diocese of Melbourne. He has served on various Human Research Ethics Committees at medical institutions in Melbourne, is a practioner mediator of the Resolution Institute (LEADR & IAMA) and is a member of a number of Diocesan Committees including its Property & Building Committees.


"Here at Holy Trinity I seek to foster an ethos in which everything we do, including our preaching, speaks of the extraordinary love of God for all of us no matter what we might have done or know ourselves to be. It is through such a polyphony of experiences and struggles for the fulness of life, that Christ weaves a new kind of community in, through and between us. It can be demanding and fulfilling work and I embrace it willingly with God’s help." Fr Ian


Assistant Priest - The Reverend Jenny Sumpter SCP

"Our journeys in this life are unique; God is never content to leave us in our safe places, as I have discovered over the last few years! God is always calling us, to new pastures, to new ministries, to new life experiences."

I was born in Coventry, and baptised and confirmed into the Church of England. From school I went straight into training as a State Registered Nurse, and in 1972 decided to come to Australia for two years, (as a £10 pom) to see a little of the world. I fell in love with Australia following a holiday to Darwin from there we travelled down through the Northern Territory, Central Australia, and South Australia. The vast open space and beauty of the red earth was enough to change my mind about returning to England. During my nursing career I have specialized in Ear, Nose, and throat nursing; worked extensively with children and adolescents with multiple special needs. I have also worked in aged care where I had a special interest and training in dementia care.

I graduated in 2010 with my Bachelor of Theology and Diploma in Ministry and I have also completed two units of Clinical Pastoral Education. I was ordained Deacon in the Anglican church of Australia on 7th February 2009 at St Paul’s Cathedral, Melbourne. I have committed my life to God; with the help of the Holy Spirit I have achieved things that I would never have dreamed possible. Now, is a time when we need to be looking for ways to move the church forward, a time to be inwardly focused and just as importantly outward focused as individuals, and as a church, the body of Christ. I continue to grow into the person God wants me to be because I have been encouraged to address certain fears and apprehensions, and acknowledge the gifts that I have been given. I am now called to support and encourage people to put aside their fears and anxieties; to acknowledge the gifts that they have been given so that they too can grow into the people and church God wants them to be. I am so thankful to God for the journey that I am travelling and for the precious gift of people that I meet along the way.

"God's call is constant yet always changing, our journeys in this life are unique; God is never content to leave us in our safe places." Rev'd Jenny


Assistant Curate - The Reverend John Raike

John is a graduate of Monash University (Bachelor of Arts with Honours in history, and a Bachelor of Laws), University of Melbourne (Graduate Diploma in Corporations & Securities Law), University of Canberra (Graduate Diploma in Management) and the University of Divinity (Master of Divinity). He is also a graduate of the Australian Command & Staff College.

John was ordained as a Deacon in February and as priest in November 2016. He was born in Melbourne, and is married to the Rev’d Fiona Raike, who is an Anglican Priest and School Chaplain of Korowa Anglican Girls’ School in Glen Iris. They are the proud parents of two adult children. A kitten has also recently joined the family.


Honorary Associate Priests

The Venerable Fr George Lucas OAM

Fr George Lucas was ordained in the Diocese of St Arnaud (now Bendigo) in 1953 and was Assistant Deacon at the parish of Mildura. He was priested in 1954 and remained at Mildura as Assistant Priest until taking the position of Rector of the parish of Sea Lake in 1955. In 1958 be became the Diocesan Director of Youth and religious education, a position he retained when he moved to be Rector of the parish of Charlton in 1960. He was an examining chaplain for the Diocese of St Arnaud from 1960 to 1964. George then moved to Melbourne and was the Vicar of St Matthew's Cheltenham from 1964-1970 followed by St George's Malvern in 1970-85. During his tenure at Malvern he was Rural Dean in 1972-75, becoming the Archdeacon of Brighton in 1982 a position he retained when he became Vicar of St Luke's Frankston East in 1985. During his time in Melbourne he was a chaplain to the Inter-Church Trade and Industry Mission. George retired from St Luke's in 1995 and was made Archdeacon Emeritus for his service to the Diocese. Fr George celebrated the 60th anniversary of his ordination in 2013.


Honorary Associate Priests

The Reverend Fr Jim Pilmer PSM

Fr Jim Pilmer is a former vicar of this parish. He was ordained in the Diocese of Melbourne in 1969 and was Assistant Curate at All Saints' East St Kilda and and Australian Inland Mission. He was vicar of this parish from 1977 to 1986. Following his tenure here, Fr Jim was the Assistant Director of the .


The Reverend Fr Tat Hean Lie SCP

Like the vicar, Fr Tat Hean felt the call to ministry and the priesthood after a long career, his in medical research at St Vincent's Hospital in Melbourne. He graduated from the Melbourne College of Divinity having studied at Whitley College and Trinity College Theological School, and was ordained in 2003. Fr Tat Hean was an Associate Priest at St Peter's Eastern Hill in the city until 2011. During that time he was chaplain to the hospitals of East Melbourne - Peter MacCallum Cancer Institute, both St Vincent's Public and Private Hospitals, Mercy Private Hospital and Epworth Freemasons, and he sits on the Human Research Ethics Committee of the Cancer Council of Victoria. He is highly regarded for his pastoral care afforded to those who are ill and their families. Over the years he has met many, many people in their hour of need. Fr Tat Hean continues in his chaplaincy work at Epworth Freemasons and the inner city private hospitals.

The Reverend Dr George Mullins


Past vicars
Priest-in-Charge Rev'd H E Taylor 1886 - 1889 vicar of St Barnabas' Balwyn in charge of the Surrey Hills district
  Rev'd R W Green 1889 - 1904 in charge of St George's Surrey Hills and Box Hill
  Rev'd T W Davis 1904  
Vicars Rev'd L Townsend 1904 - 1908
  Rev'd C G Brazier 1908 - 1925  
  Rev'd L G Vance 1925 - 1929  
  Rev'd J W P Oates 1929 - 1934  
  Rev'd C P Schwieger 1934 - 1953  
  Rev'd C P Coad 1953 - 1957  
  Rev'd J H Brown 1958 - 1965 Archdeacon of Kew
  Rev'd E R Baldwin 1965 - 1970  
  Rev'd C M Duns 1970 - 1977  
  Rev'd J D Pilmer 1977 - 1987  
  Rev'd D M Jones 1987 - 2006 Oct 1999 - April 2000 the Rev'd Ben Philips of St John the Baptist, Bodicote, England & Rev'd Derek Jones exchanged parishes
  Rev'd J F Inglis 2007 - 2010  
  Rev'd I L Morrison 2011 - Archdeacon of Box Hill 2014 -

Past Associate Priests


The Reverend Fr Lawrence Reeve


Fr Lawrence Reeve was ordained in the Diocese of Melbourne in 1952 after completing an Arts degree at Melbourne University and reading theology at Trinity College. Following a curacy at St James Ivanhoe, he was ordained to the priesthood in 1953 and ministered at Lorne from 1954-58. He was made incumbent of Holy Trinity Bacchus March in 1958 and subsequently of Emmanuel Parish, Oakleigh in 1963. He had five years at St Mark's East Brighton from 1970 and then eleven years at St George's East Ivanhoe where he was also the Area Dean of Heidelberg. Lawrence was also incumbent at St Peter's Brighton Beach from 1986-1993. In retirement he was honorary Associate Priest at St Dunstan's Camberwell and chaplain at St Paul's Cathedral for over fifteen years. He is remembered affectionately as one of our honorary Associate Priests and a mentor to our Vicar and Curate. He celebrated 60 years as a priest in 2013. He died in July of that year and was farewelled by a packed church of those to whom he had ministered from each of those former parishes.


The Reverend Fr Bill Gill


William Booth Gill’s life was an impressive testimony of a commitment to service and integrity. He got involved with professional stage work between 1933 to 1940 and was with the Air League/Army cadets between during the war years. He was educated at Mont Albert Primary, Trinity Grammar, studied Theology at Brisbane, Queensland’s St. Francis College (1948-1950) and education at Queensland University. He attended Monash University, Mercer House Teacher’s College and the Melbourne Victoria College of Divinity. Later in life Bill Gill undertook sociological research between 1986 and 1987 at Latrobe University. Academically he was very well accredited with a B.A., Th.L., Adv. Dip.Theology., Dip. R. Ed. Bill’s working life was just as impressive. He began teaching in Papua New Guinea in 1948. Bill Gill became an ordained priest in Queensland in 1950 and returned to mission work in Papua New Guinea, where he was also in educational administration between 1952 and 1959. Reverend Gill was the founding head of St. Francis’ Educational Centre at Port Moresby between 1953 and 1954. He even was a sessional broadcaster on 9PA radio at Port Moresby in 1953 and between 1959 and 1962 he tried his hand at freelance writing with the Brisbane Sunday Mail. Bill became internationally known to the UFO field for his famous “Boianai visitants” sightings at Boianai, Papua New Guinea in June 1959. Upon his return to Australia after his mission and education career in Papua New Guinea he taught at Essendon Grammar (1960-61), Camberwell Grammar (1962-1980) and St. Michael’s Grammar (1981-1987). Following his retirement from St Michael's where he was accredited as an excellent classroom teacher, Fr Bill was an Associate Priest in this parish. His pastoral work was always quiet, unobtrusive and effective. By any measure Reverend Fr William Gill was a remarkable man, with a life full of service and integrity - a career distinguished by kindness and loyalty. He died in June 2007 and was farewelled from Holy Trinity by a church full of those who held him in the highest regard.