Fr Jeffrey Parker

My name is Fr Jeffrey Parker and I am the Vicar of St James, Dandenong.  My wife’s name is Michelle and we have been married now for some 28 years.  We have four children: Prue 25, Penny 22, Thomas 18 and Rebekah who is 15 years old. 

We were born and raised in the Newcastle area and have worked in Gosford, Singleton, Beresfield and Forster/Tuncurry parishes, all in the Newcastle Diocese, before coming to Dandenong.

I love following the cricket and rugby league and now that we are in Victoria I am trying to become more familiar with AFL football which is so much a part of people’s lives here.

In ministry my main aims are to have engaging worship, good preaching, a monthly healing service and for the parish to be a place where people can grow spiritually.

I do feel comfortable dressing as a clergyman although this is a little counter-cultural these days.  It means that wherever I go, people know that a person of God is near them and the reactions I get to my unspoken witness affirm me in this resolve.

If you would like to experience worship of a mild Anglo-Catholic nature which is true to our prayer book and with good biblical teaching, then St James Anglican Church, Dandenong will gladly welcome you. 

Rev. Jeremy Watson

Jeremy feels privileged to begin his ordained ministry life at St James in Dandenong. He was ordained deacon in February 2017, after theological studies at Ridley College, a student placement in Diamond Creek, and various ministries in the Salvation Army. He grew up mostly in Adelaide, studying Telecommunications Engineering at Adelaide University and working in IT for two years before beginning theological studies in 2011.

He was raised in a Christian family, and yet it was at University that the crucified and risen Lord Jesus took control of his heart and life-direction. Jeremy continues to support student ministry, and yet during his formation at Ridley College he began to love the New Testament’s vision of the church. This led him to pursue pastoral ministry in the Anglican Diocese of Melbourne, of which he is thrilled to be a newcomer in this great team.

As an evangelical Christian, Jeremy loves helping people to see how the death and resurrection of Jesus transforms our whole lives as we grow in him through the Scriptures. He is also aware of how much he still has to learn as he embarks on the great journey that is the Christian life (let alone, vocational ministry). Having moved into the suburb in January 2017, he is also enjoying getting to know the culinary and cultural delights of cosmopolitan Dandenong. Please come and introduce yourself to Jeremy next time you are at St James.

Rev. George Daniel Leminded Ladu

I am The Reverend George Daniel Leminded Ladu.

I was born in a town called Luka near Juba city, in the Central Equatorial State of The Republic of South Sudan. I worked in various educational institutions in Sudan and was a lecturer at the University of BKata-e Lerida from 1995-2003.

I was called to serve the Lord and ordained on 1st February 2014 at St Paul’s Cathedral, as a Deacon in the Anglican Church of Australia, Melbourne Diocese.

I am married to Farus Alyuda Laku Ladu; my true love and mother of my children. My family and I have been full members of the Anglican Church of Australia, Diocese of Melbourne, since our migration to Australia in 2004. Back home, we belonged to the Episcopal Church of Sudan (ECS), the equivalent of the Anglican Church here in Australia.

Join me for a wonderful time with the Lord at St. James’ Anglican Church in Dandenong on Sundays 10 a.m. or for the Arabic service from 4:30 p.m.

Sr Gloria Dowling, Seniors Minister at St James’ Dandenong

I am Gloria Dowling, a Novice Sister of the Community of the Holy Name in Cheltenham.

Born in Canberra, I have lived there for most of my life although I have also lived in Papua New Guinea and Tasmania.  I am blessed to be the mother of 2, step mother to 3 and grandmother to 7.  My second husband died 8 years ago.

I was fortunate to be raised in the Anglican Church and have served that church in many different roles for over 35 years.  The Community of the Holy Name has been a part of my spiritual journey for more than 30 years and during that time I have travelled regularly from wherever I lived to visit the Community.  I moved to live in Melbourne to test the vocation to the Religious Life in January 2015.

Worshipping and serving Our Lord with of the Parish of St James’ Dandenong is a great joy for me and also particularly ministering to seniors through visitation and pastoral care.