Parish Profiles

Here are some profiles of our current Parish Council

Harold Bates-Brownsword (Treasurer)

Claire Fok

Rob Haese

I have been a parishioner at the Church of the Good Shepherd since early 2017 after moving back to Adelaide from Queensland. Born in Unley, I spent my early childhood at Victor Harbour and was baptised and confirmed at Saint Augustine’s. My family moved to Elizabeth in 1957 where I worshiped and served at the altar at the newly established Saint Peters College Mission Church.

I completed my secondary education in Gawler before training as a radio technician with the Department of Civil Aviation in Adelaide. During this time I was a member of YAF and a member of the choir at Saint Andrews, Walkerville.

Following completion of my training I worked in Adelaide, Alice Springs and Darwin and as a project manager with Air Services in Melbourne and finally In the satellite communications industry with a private company at Mawson Lakes.

In 1964 I took up a position with the Fiji Government at Nadi Airport in Fiji. It was there that I met Joy in 1966 while she was holidaying in Fiji. She was training as a nurse in Sydney.

We were married in 1967 in the Church of the Epiphany, Crafers and moved to Mount Gambier in 1968 where our two daughters Megan and Bronwyn were born. We returned to Adelaide in 1975 and Joy and I moved to the Sunshine Coast in Queensland after our retirement in 2006. We were actively involved in volunteering in the aged care environment there and found it a very satisfying and rewarding experience.

I have been a member of various parishes in the Adelaide area. This has exposed me to a range of liturgical styles but regard myself as a traditional Anglican and I enjoy the form of worship at CHOGS (Church of the Good Shepherd).

Fran Kerwin (People’s Warden)

I was born in Adelaide in 1951. Until I was 11 years old we lived at Bourlang Ave Camden Pk. My father was with TAA and we moved to Alice Springs in the early 60s, where I was confirmed into the Anglican Church. We came back to Adelaide for a year then to Darwin where I met my husband Cliff. We were married at St Edmonds, Camden Pk. As Cliff was in the Army we moved to Brisbane, Melbourne, Bendigo, Seymore and back to Adelaide in 1982, where we lived with my father and our two children Daniel and Cathy.  The children and I all became active members of the Good Shepherd, both were married from here and later their children were baptised here. Eventually Cliff and I made the decision to sell the family home and move to a Retirement Village in Brooklyn park. For us it was the best decision, though very hard to close the front door for the final time after it being in the family for 64 years!  Through my spiritual journey the Good Shepherd has supported me and encouraged me to go forward in faith.

Michael Lane (Parish Priest)

I was born and raised in Mt Gambier. I’m the oldest of five children and a lifelong member of the Anglican Church. I am married to Carol Fort and have two adult children and two grandchildren. We worshipped for over 20 years in the parish of Holy Cross, Elizabeth. Throughout my life I have been nurtured by the authentic Christian love of many parishioners. I especially enjoy rich and vibrant parish liturgy that honours all congregational members. Music is a great joy and I treasure my membership of Kapelle, a choir with a rich sacred music repertoire. Initially I trained as a chef and thoroughly enjoyed my career in hospitality. I became a high school teacher in 1997 and in 2000 joined the staff of a joint venture Anglican Roman Catholic school, St Columba College. Ordained Deacon in the school community in 2013, subsequently priested and became chaplain at Pulteney Grammar School for 5 years before being commissioned Good Shepherd’s Parish Priest in October 2018.  

Rosemary Miller

Rosemary Miller is married with three children and two grandchildren. I have lived in the UK, Spain and Australia and love travelling and learning about different cultures. After completing my BA and Dip. Ed at Flinders University, I taught senior high school students English, French, English as a Second Language, Bible and Special Ed. at State and Independent schools for forty years. I also completed my Certificate in Ministry at the College of Divinity and worked as a school chaplain at a State High School.

I enjoy singing, reading good books, walking, gym and helping the Pastoral Care Workers at our local primary schools to serve the needs of their school communities. At church you will be able to catch me singing in the choir, entertaining and hopefully enthusing our young people about their faith and Lay Reading. My husband and I also take monthly services at Bucklands Residential Care.

Marilyn Owen (Priest’s Warden)

Hello everyone, my name is Marilyn Owen and I have been worshipping at the Good Shepherd for more than 45 years. Prior to that I worshipped at St James Mile End. I have had 4 generations married, baptised or buried from that church. I moved on because I needed to have my children involved in a thriving and youthful church. I have lived in the area all my life, bar the one occasion when Trevor, my husband, went in into the army for National Service. I spent about 18 months living in Melbourne and from there we moved into our current home and have been there for 48 years. I have been involved in many things at The Good Shepherd one of them being a term as president of The Fellowship for 15 years. We had some great social and fundraising events during that period and due to this we have been able to update the kitchen and support a number of charities and projects. I look forward to many more years of service to our Parish. 

Trevor Owen (Secretary)

John Thorne

John was born in Hindmarsh in 1942. He grew up and was educated in the area before being employed in various roles including clerical work, bus driving, the CMF and infantry training. He eventually joined the South Australian Police which saw him in patrol duties, heavy vehicle driving and the work of a motor cycle constable. From there he moved into accident investigation and rescue.

Throughout these various roles John maintained his involvement in the CMF and became a member of the SAPOL Emergency Operations group undertaking cliff rescue and related tasks. In 1978 he was promoted to Senior Constable, First Grade, and eventually to the rank of Sergeant at Ceduna in charge of patrol Officers to the Western Australian border. It was from this post he was later transferred to Patrol Sergeant at the Port Adelaide Police Station.

1985 saw John moving to leadership roles in the State Emergency Service. The 1989 floods up north and other operations that occurred during this period, along with extensive leadership training, enabled him to qualify as a Leadership Trainer across the Emergency Services. 

Since retirement John has been Secretary/Treasurer of the Nashos Touring Club for three years, and State President of the National Servicemen’s Association (South Australian Branch) for the past seven years. He and his wife, Chris, moved into our local area for the next step in their retirement living where they are making a significant commitment to our parish.