Knox PCEA is a congregation formed in 1987, and is part of the oldest Presbyterian denomination in Australia that began in 1846 (PCEA). The Presbyterian Church of Eastern Australia stands for the full-orbed expression of the biblical and Reformed faith and office-bearers cordially adhere to the Westminster Confession of Faith.
Our elders form a session to oversee and shepherd the congregation with the loving heart of Jesus Christ.
Our congregation is a small but devoted community that loves to worship God sincerely, serve others humbly, and grow in faith joyfully.
John was ordained as an elder at Knox PCEA in 2021 and serves as Pastoral Assistant to share pastoral responsibilities for the congregation. John is a Korean-born New Zealand citizen, and earned his Master of Arts in Historical Theology from Westminster Seminary California and a doctorate from the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. John served as an administrative staff at Reformed Theological College for four years and is currently an Adjunct Lecturer in Theology at Presbyterian Theological College. John also contributes to Modern Reformation as a regular writer. Happily married to Daisy, John enjoys reading, writing, and exercising, all for the furthering of faith, hope, and love.
Rowland was the founding pastor of Knox PCEA from its foundation at Wantirna in 1987 until his retirement in 2012. Rowland trained for the ministry in the Free Church of Scotland College, Edinburgh (1972–75), and in 1994 received a doctorate in Presbyterian history from the Australian College of Theology. He is married to Anna and has five adult children. Currently Rowland serves the Knox congregation as an elder and interim moderator, providing spiritual and administrative oversight with his decades of pastoral experience. Rowland also serves as Research Lecturer at Presbyterian Theological College in Melbourne.
John spent his working life with the Rural Finance Corporation (originally the Soldier Settlement Commission). John is married to Lorraine and they have two adult sons, one of whom (Stewart) is an elder in the Narre Warren PCEA. John, formerly an elder with the Presbyterian Church of Victoria, served as an elder of the PCEA from 1984, and became emeritus in 2017 but resumed service in 2019 for Knox.