St Paul’s Anglican Church – East Kew


Rev’d Heidin Kunoo

Commissioned as Assistant Priest on Sunday 18 April 2021

Heidin Kunoo

The Archbishop of Melbourne, the Rt Rev’d Dr Philip Freier and the Vicar of St Pauls East Kew, the Rev’d Canon John Sanderson are pleased to announce the appointment of the Rev’d Heidintatha (Heidin) Kunoo as as an Assistant Priest at St Paul’s East Kew and as an Assistant Chaplain with the Mission to Seafarers - Victoria (MtSV).

Heidin previously served as the Assistant Priest (Curate) at Holy Trinity Anglican Church, Bacchus Marsh and at Point Lonsdale and Queenscliffe Anglican Church, and as Chaplain to the Foundation Studies Program at Trinity College, University of Melbourne.

Heidin and her family are of Karen ethnicity from Burma. Heidin has two older sisters and states that she “was born into a strong Christian family and the church is my second home.” Because of the civil war Heidin and her family moved to Australia in 2005 and Heidin subsequently graduated with a BTheol from Trinity College Theological School in 2016 before ordination in the Diocese of Melbourne in 2017.

Heidin originally thought that she might like to become a missionary in developing countries, “but God is calling me to be ordained and serve in His church.”

Fr John says: “We are thrilled that Heidin has discerned a call to serve here at St Paul’s and with the Mission to the Seafarers in Docklands. A humble priest with a gentle presence who has exercised a ministry of presence and care in her curacies and amongst the broader community we are overjoyed that she has accepted the invitation to be part of the community not only here in East Kew, but also with St Georges in East Ivanhoe and the Mission in Docklands.”

Heidin will be welcomed and commissioned into this new role during public worship on Sunday 18 April, 2021.

Please uphold Heidin in your prayers in this time of transition, and pray for the community at Holy Trinity Bacchus Marsh as they farewell a much loved priest and friend.

Rev’d John Sanderson

Commissioned as Priest-in-Charge on Thursday 11 February 2021

St Paul’s East Kew has NO connection with the Australian Christian Lobby

On 30 January 2021, the name of our parish was included along with a large number of other parishes and church organisations in an advert placed by the Australian Christian Lobby (ACL) in the Melbourne Herald Sun opposing the then Change or Suppression [Conversion] Practices Prohibition Bill 2020.

This community has no connection with the ACL, nor do we support the apparent attempt of the ACL to portray themselves and the broader Christian community as “victims.” This community supports legislation and people of good faith who seek to oppose and eradicate so-called ‘conversion therapies.’

The use of our community name in this advertisement was unauthorised.

The use of our name in this advert provides us, the people of St Paul’s East Kew the opportunity to remind our friends, neighbours and the broader community of our long held views as articulated on our parish website.

It is incumbent upon us all to live out our stated declaration to welcome all into community, however, and in whatever form their lives may be made manifest.