A Brief History
We are a church family saved by grace through faith in Christ Jesus. Though Christians have been meeting on this site since 1918, it was only in 2014 that we re-launched as a growing community of followers of Jesus.
In the early 1900s, the current location of the church buildings and its surrounds were sparsely settled, served with poor roads, and contained market-gardens, violet farms and much vacant land. By 1916, it had slowly developed with the advent of the tram to Burwood. It was around this time that the Senior Minister of St John’s Camberwell, Rev. A. Roscoe Wilson, suggested planting a church in Camberwell South. In 1918, John Payne donated a piece of land for this purpose, other monies were raised and the doors of St Mary’s were opened on 10 August 1918.
Since the church was formed, it grew to become a thriving community, reaching its peak in the 1940’s under Rev. C. R. C. Tidmarsh. It celebrated its Silver Jubilee and had several thriving Societies. However, since the 1980’s the church suffered dramatic decline, even to the point of being considered by the Diocese in 2011 for closure or amalgamation with another, stronger parish.
At the same time, David and Kylie Huynh had been praying for a number of years that God would allow them to serve in replanting a small, dying parish. God provided the opportunity in February 2012 when David was appointed the new Senior Minister of St Mary’s Anglican Church Camberwell South.
In subsequent years the church went through a process of consolidation and growth as it set a new vision and mission. It was a challenging time with various setbacks, but by God’s grace and through the commitment of members old and new, the church relaunched as Camberwell South Anglican Church on Sunday 23 February 2014. This was an important milestone for the church, which has since grown to include a Kids Church ministry, Bible Studies, the Camberwell Table Tennis Club, a French ministry and the Multicultural Carols Service, a joint project with 3 other local churches.
As a church we are still in a stage of infancy as the church slowly grows in number, strength and maturity. We look forward to continuing to serve together as coworkers with Christ, and seeing what God will do in this church and community for His kingdom and glory.
David Huynh is the senior minister of Camberwell South Anglican Church and the chairman of Connect Ministry. He is passionate about long-term parish ministry, raising leaders for the next generation and ultimately seeing people follow Jesus to the glory of God. David is married to Kylie and they have four children; Maddie, Liam, Peter and Evie. They love going to the park, making up pretend stories together and being generally very noisy and very silly.
Dave runs on two things: Jesus and coffee. Dave delights in talking to people about Jesus, watching people grapple with the word of God and seeing believers boldly proclaim our amazing Lord. He loves being married to Emily and daddy wrestling with their two boys ‘Macadactyl’ and ‘Tritheotops’.
Jonathan was born and bred in Pau (South West France). After graduating in English and in bilingual journalism, he worked for 2 years as a journalist in Paris. Jonathan then studied Theology in London and in Paris, and worked among students in Lyon. Jonathan’s desire is to help others understand what Christianity is all about, and to encourage believers in their faith in Jesus-Christ. In that respect, he especially translated A Fresh Start by John Chapman into French : Un nouveau départ. Jonathan now lives in Melbourne with his Australian wife Meg, and their three children (Emma, Édouard and Hugo). They enjoy watching Disney movies together. In French of course !