Staff & Leaders

St Columba's Church Warren Huffa

Parish Priest –  Revd Dr Warren Huffa

Warren comes to St Columba’s with a desire to continue to integrate deeper spiritual wisdom into his life. He has a passion for theology and understanding the Bible, and making space for others to learn and minister.

Read his reflections here.

Julie Ascher-Ellis

Family and Children’s Worker –  Julie Ascher-Ellis

Julie enjoys working with families and young people of all ages and comes to us with vast experience both in the church setting and currently through her work in local schools as a pastoral support worker. And before turning her skills to this ministry Julie completed a PhD in Agricultural Science.

Julie Ascher-Ellis

Pastoral Ministry Worker and Priest’s Warden- Ann Nadge

Ann has worked in a variety of pastoral, educational and leadership roles. She seeks to engage creatively with others to explore the richness and mysteries of faith. Ann is a published poet.

Parish Warden of St Columba's Church, Elizabeth Bleby.

Neville Haar – People’s Warden

After many years living in rural South Australia, Neville moved to Hawthorn in 1989 and became a parishioner at St Columba’s Church. He has been immersed in many aspects of parish life; including several years on Parish Council, organising the annual fete, looking after the Church’s audio and video equipment and maintenance and repairs to buildings.

Parish Council

Wendy Thomas, Mark Engelhardt, Elizabeth Bleby, Bill Gehling, Julie Ascher-Ellis, Stroma Hagger, and Mike Lucas are our current Parish Councillors, and together with the the the Parish Priest and Wardens, Ann Nadge and Neville Haar, comprise the Parish Council. Wendy Thomas is also our Treasurer.