The Reverend Dr Max Wood BA LLB(Macq) BTheol(Hons)(Charles Sturt) PhD(Durham) is a Clerical Fellow and Deputy Chair of the St Paul’s College Council, first taking the position of Clerical Fellow in 2015. Fr Max is also the Rector of St Luke’s, Mosman.
Fr Max grew up in Sydney and was educated at Trinity Grammar School. Before being ordained in 2004 in the Bathurst Diocese, Fr Max was a practising solicitor in Sydney. He undertook his theological studies in Morpeth, Canberra and Durham.
Prior to joining St Luke’s, Mosman, Fr Max was the Rector of St John’s Mudgee. He also had oversight of St Luke’s Gulgong and served in a variety of Diocesan positions throughout Bathurst. Fr Max has also ministered at Holy Trinity Orange, St Augustine’s Merewether in Newcastle Diocese, and St Margaret’s in Durham, UK.
Fr Max was an Honorary Associate Priest at St James King Street in Sydney before leaving Australia to pursue his doctoral thesis in the UK. While at Durham, Fr Max was also a member of the ministry team and a Fellow at St Chad’s College. During this time, he studied for his doctorate in systemic theology and became licensed to officiate in the Province of York.
Fr Max currently serves on the General Synod Mission and Ministry Commission, as well as the Northern Regional Council of the Diocese of Sydney.
He is married to Dr Danielle Firholz and has two children. Fr Max enjoys watching documentaries about activities he would never do in person – such as Alaskan crab fishing – and is a life-long passionate supporter of the St George Illawarra Dragons.