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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. 

The Children’s Ministry Team

At St Matthew’s we know that supporting children to grow in the knowledge and love of God is one of the most important things we do. We are very blessed to have two wonderful young people who provide ministry with children each Sunday.

Jemimah and Emma are excited about working with children and put a lot of love into providing engaging activities and sharing their faith with our parish children.

As well as our weekly Children’s Church, once a month, the children in our parish lead us in our worship; reading, praying, playing music, serving at the altar. We are privileged to be their Faith Family.

Jemimah Savage is our Children’s Ministry Leader. She is currently studying a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Archaeology.


Emma Burton is our Children’s Ministry Assistant. She is currently studying a double degree in Nursing and Business.