The Reverend John Stewart

The Reverend John Stewart B.Min (ACD), currently Acting Rector at St James’, was licensed at Choral Eucharist at 10am on Sunday 14th April, 2002 as Associate Rector. He previously served in the Diocese of Wangaratta, Victoria.

Father John has a background in retailing, his earlier experience gained within what was then a family operated department store in Wellington, New Zealand. He then worked for David Jones, Sydney, for eleven years, his last eight years as the National Buyer of men’s footwear. He was a parishioner of Christ Church Saint Laurence and served in the sanctuary for a number of years. Having been accepted as an ordinand for the diocese of Wangaratta, Fr John began the formal testing of his vocation by commencing study in 1994 at Saint Barnabas’ Theological College, Adelaide. On completion of his Bachelor of Ministry Degree in 1996, he was made a Deacon, serving his curacy at Holy Trinity Cathedral, Wangaratta.

Ordained to the Priesthood by Bishop Paul Richardson in 1997, Fr John continued to serve at Wangaratta Cathedral as the Assistant Priest, until his appointment as priest-in-charge of the parish of Nagambie in early 1999. From early 2001, Fr John also served as the Rural Dean for the Acheron Valley, until he moved to the diocese of Sydney.

Fr John and his wife Jan have three young adult children, Dominic, Emily and Matthew.

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Dr Aaron Ghiloni

Dr Aaron Ghiloni (BA, MA, PhD, GradCert) was commissioned as Director of the St James’ Institute on 1 November, 2020.

Dr Ghiloni is a teacher and scholar with interests in religious diversity, educational philosophy, and the intersection of religion and culture. He has taught religious studies at the University of Queensland and theology at Australian Catholic University.

Aaron is concurrently a Research Fellow at the Centre for Public and Contextual Theology (Canberra) and a Senior Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Queensland.

Dr Ghiloni is the author of John Dewey among the Theologians (2012) and Islam as Education (2019), and the editor of World Religions and their Missions (2015, 2021). He is on the editorial team of Religious Education.

In previous roles, Dr Ghiloni served as Principal of Trinity College Queensland, Director of the Australia Studies Centre (Council for Christian Colleges and Universities), and Director of the Centre for Practical Spirituality. He has also worked within the Anglican Church in Queensland, the United Methodist Church (USA), and the Uniting Church.

Aaron has been a Visiting Scholar at York St John University (UK) and Point Loma Nazarene University (USA).

Warren Trevelyan-Jones

Warren Trevelyan-Jones was appointed Head of Music at St James’ Church, King Street, Sydney in 2008, and is regarded as one of the leading choral conductors and choir trainers in Australia. He began his singing career as a Choral Scholar and Lay Clerk in Exeter Cathedral Choir, graduating in music at the University in 1988. In 1993, he qualified as a music therapist at Bristol University and became a Lay Clerk in Winchester Cathedral Choir, combining freelance singing with work in music therapy.  Warren has had an extensive singing career as a soloist and ensemble singer in Europe, including nine years in the Choir of Westminster Abbey, and regular work with the Gabrieli Consort, Collegium Vocale (Ghent), the Taverner Consort, The Kings Consort, Dunedin Consort, The Sixteen and the Tallis Scholars. He has appeared on over 60 CD recordings, numerous television and radio broadcasts, and in many of the world’s leading music festivals and concert halls.

Warren founded the Gramophone award-winning group Ensemble Plus Ultra with Dr Michael Noone in 2001. In 2008 he founded The Consort of Melbourne with Peter Tregear, and has directed them in a series of concerts at the new Melbourne Recital Centre and for Music Viva Australia.

In September 2017, Warren was appointed Chorus Master of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.

Marko Sever (Acting Assistant Head of Music)

The Australian organist, Marko Sever, has emerged as a powerful presence in the organ world. Equally at home in the concert hall and in the liturgy, his virtuosic performances have taken him to some of the most prestigious venues across Europe and Australasia.

Marko has recently returned to his home country of Australia, having spent six years working and studying in London, gaining experience at the highest level of the English Cathedral tradition. His time in the UK concluded with two years at Westminster Cathedral, where he regularly accompanied and directed the famed Cathedral Choir. While at the Cathedral, he recorded his debut CD, Symphonie-Passion, on the Cathedral’s world-famous Grand Organ, considered the crowning achievement of Henry Willis III.

A prizewinning Fellow of the Royal College of Organists, Marko’s repertoire spans five centuries of the finest music written for the organ.

Administrative Staff

Facilities Manager: Tony Papadopoulos
Parish Administrators: Dianne Ward, Fr Jonathan Elcock
Accountant: Michelle Chan
Vergers: Gilbert Santayana, James Farrow
Wardens: Chris Lock, Alan Melrose, Holly Raiche

Position Vacant: Honorary Archivist (Part-Time)

Download the Position Description here.

Applications to be sent to the Rector’s Warden, Mr Chris Lock by 31 August 2022: rectorswarden(at)