Our Clergy

The Very Rev'd Frank Nelson
The Very Rev'd Frank NelsonDean
As Dean of St Peter’s (since late 2012) Frank exercises a key leadership role in facilitating the mission and ministry of the Cathedral in the Diocese and City of Adelaide.

Ordained in 1978 Frank worked in a wide variety of churches and cathedrals in South Africa, New Zealand, Hong Kong and Australia before being invited to become Dean of St Peter’s. He finds stability and wisdom in the teaching of St Benedict believing that, in the busyness of cathedral life, the need to find balance remains essential. (Frank’s thesis for M Min explored this theme. See https://ourarchive.otago.ac.nz/handle/10523/1800 )

As well as being part of the Diocesan leadership team he continues his interest in the education of lay people through the EFM programme, as a mentor and a national trainer.

The Rev'd Jenny Wilson
The Rev'd Jenny WilsonCanon Precentor
As Canon Precentor of the Cathedral, Jenny plays an active role in the music and liturgy of St Peter’s, and exercises oversight of the Cathedral’s pastoral care ministry.

A former mathematics teacher, with extensive experience in both South Australia and England, Jenny was ordained in 2006 after completing a Bachelor of Theology at Flinders University. Jenny was assistant curate at All Souls’ Church in Adelaide before joining the Cathedral staff as associate priest early in 2008. As Chaplain to the Cathedral Choir she has twice travelled with them on overseas tours.

Jenny has a particular interest in the discipline of homiletics and the liturgical formation of new clergy. She is currently studying for a Masters degree through St Barnabas Theological College.

The Rev'd Dr Lynn Arnold AO
The Rev'd Dr Lynn Arnold AOAssistant Priest
Lynn Arnold joined the Cathedral following his ordination in December 2013. Building on his career in teaching, politics (as a former Premier of South Australia) and non government organisations, his is a part time role specifically focusing on “Faith in the Public Square”.

Lynn seeks to be a bridge between church and society, encouraging dialogue on social justice issues. He convenes “Thinking Aloud Allowed” and has his own radio programme on Sunday nights on Life FM.

Lynn was appointed as an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2004 for ‘service to the community through the South Australian Parliament as Premier and through a range of portfolio responsibilities, and internationally through the development and humanitarian aid sectors’.

Our Office Staff

Kate Palmrose
Kate PalmroseCathedral Administrator
Kate is responsible for all practical arrangements in the Cathedral Office, diary and bookings, and oversight of the plant.
Andrew VictorsenCommunications and Events Coordinator
Andrew joined the Cathedral in October 2015.

Our Music Staff

Leonie Hempton OAM
Leonie Hempton OAMDirector of Music
Appointed Director of Music at the Cathedral in 1996, Leonie is responsible for the music programme of St Peter’s, as well as teaching music at Marryatville Special Interest Music High School.

After graduating from Sydney Conservatorium, Leonie spent four years in England developing her skills as a pianist and accompanist. As a music educator, she has had vast experience in many areas of music and music education. She has taught in a number of secondary schools and worked as a vocal coach for the State Opera and State Theatre Companies of South Australia, as well as teaching at NIDA in Sydney. Leonie has conducted many community, university and school choirs.

Leonie was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia on Australia Day 2014 for ‘service to the community through music’.

Dr Josh van Konkelenberg
Dr Josh van KonkelenbergPrincipal Organist
Appointed Principal Organist early in 2015 Josh van Konkelenberg studied piano and composition at the University of Adelaide before relocating to London to study organ and improvisation with David Graham and Sophie-Véronique Cauchefer-Choplin at the Royal College of Music. He received the degree of Master of Music with distinction in 2012, and completed a PhD in Composition (at the University of Adelaide) in the same year.

Josh was awarded the Walford E. Davies Prize for Dux of the Organ Faculty at the Royal College of Music, and has been the recipient of grants from the Australia Council for the Arts and the Ian Potter Cultural Trust, an University of Adelaide Medal for Outstanding Academic Achievement, and an Australian Postgraduate Award.

He has toured extensively as a soloist and chamber musician, and is a passionate teacher of the organ, piano, and improvisation.

Andrew Chatterton
Andrew ChattertonAssistant Director of Music (Hon)
Andrew Chatterton, conductor, pianist, singer and teacher, completed his studies at the Elder Conservatorium, studying piano with Gabriella Smart and Eleonora Sivan. He continues to study voice with Keith Hempton. A teacher at St Peter’s College, Andrew works with choirs across the Junior and Senior Schools.

This year he also begins working with the Adelaide Harmony Choir as Director of Music and continues working as a conductor with Young Adelaide Voices. As Assistant Director of Music at St Peter’s Cathedral, Andrew regularly conducts and sings with the Cathedral Choir, and has conducted the choir on tour in England and Italy. As a choral singer he performs regularly in Adelaide Festivals and with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra. He has studied conducting with Johannes Fritszch, Arvo Volmer, János Fürst and Christopher Seaman as part of the Symphony Australia Conductor Development Program.

Andrew conducted the Flinders University Choral Society for six years and has conducted premier performances by many Australian composers.

Mark Joyner
Mark JoynerAssistant Organist
Mark Joyner studied at the University of Melbourne, where his organ teachers were June Nixon at St Paul’s Cathedral and Lindsay O’Neill at St Andrew’s Brighton. Earlier, he was a chorister and then pupil and Assistant Organist to Paul Paviour at All Saints’ Cathedral Bathurst, NSW. Later he was Organist and Choirmaster at several churches, including Holy Trinity Cathedral Wangaratta and St George’s Church Malvern, in Victoria.

He is also a school music teacher and has taught at a number of schools. Prior to moving to Adelaide in 1999, he was Assistant Director of Music, Organist and Choirmaster at Melbourne Grammar School. He is currently on the music staff at Pembroke School.

David HeahSub Organist (Hon)
Appointed Sub Organist in 2016, David Heah has a long association with the music program at St Peter’s Cathedral. He joined the Cathedral Choir in 2000, becoming Head Chorister in 2004, and in doing so developed a passionate interest in both Anglican choral repertoire and organ music.

After matriculating David sought further musical challenges and, under the tutelage of Dr David Swale OAM (Organist Emeritus), returned to the Cathedral as an Organ Scholar in 2012. He has continued his studies under Dr Joshua van Konkelenberg from 2013. The scholarship provided David with opportunities to accompanying the choirs of the Cathedral in service and worship, as well as solo performances.

David studied a double engineering degree at the University of Adelaide and now works as a professional engineer in the petroleum industry.