Here’s a brief bio about each of the members of our Session (elders) pictured here at Russ’ ordination and induction as Minister of South East Bendigo PC on December 14th, 2014. (L-R, Drew Kerr, Russ Grinter (with son), John Sutherland and Philip Burns)
Drew (Andrew) Kerr hails from Perth (WA) and Wagga Wagga (NSW) where he studied to be a teacher and was very involved in the work of AFES through the Christian Union at Charles Sturt University. He is now a teacher at a local Secondary College, is the Session Clerk of St John’s and is married to Esther and father of one daughter and two sons.
Rev Russ Grinter is from Temora (NSW) and has a farming background. He studied at Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga and also at Moore College, Sydney. From 2008-2012 he was the AFES Campus Director at La Trobe University, Bendigo leading the Christian Union. Russ has now begun the task of planting the South East Bendigo Presbyterian Church (‘Reforming’) and was ordained as a Minister of the Presbyterian Church in December 2014. Russ continues to serve as an appointed assessor to the St John’s Session. He is married to Aimee and they have two sons (one of them in the picture!).
Rev John Sutherland was born and raised in Scotland and is a retired minister of the Presbyterian Church of Australia (ordained in 1961) and is an appointed assessor to the Session. He has served in parishes in Scotland, Western Australia, Queensland and Victoria, and is a widower with two daughters and one son and 1 grandson.
Rev Philip Burns is from Aspendale, studied at RMIT, then trained for the ministry at the Presbyterian Theological College in Melbourne (then known as the Presbyterian Theological Hall), was ordained in 1986 and has ministered in the Upper Yarra (Warburton) from 1986-1997, in Vanuatu in 1998 with APWM and then in Warrnambool from 1999-2006. He has served as the Minister of Bendigo PC since 2007. He is married to Sandra and they have 2 sons and 2 daughters, 2 grandsons and 2 grand-daughters.