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St Matthews Anglican Parish Cheltenham

Our People

Colleen Clayton, Parish Priest

The Rev’d Colleen Clayton undertook her theological training at Trinity College, Melbourne. She was ordained deacon in February 2019 and priest in November that year.  

Colleen’s initial training was as an Occupational Therapist, working to assist people in achieving independence and meaning through their daily activities. She has also worked as a children and families minister, as a school chaplain in primary and secondary state schools, and as an Anglicare project worker. 

Colleen was commissioned as Priest in Charge at St Matthew’s on 28 April 2020, during the first Covid19 lockdown. It was a challenging time to begin a new ministry but it has also been a time in which the value of our communities has been highlighted. She believes that God’s beginnings almost never conform to human expectations and that our task is to learn to see what God is doing and join in! 

Colleen is married to Stephen. They have two adult children and a very excitable puppy.