|Rev'd Canon Patrick Curran
Patrick was born in Germany in 1956 and spent his early years in Ontario, Canada (Toronto, Scarborough, and Galt, now Cambridge) before returning to Germany in 1969, where he completed secondary school at a Lutheran boarding school on the Baltic coast. He returned to Canada to study at the University of King’s College in Halifax, obtaining a BA in Classics and German. He was sponsored by the Diocese of Gibraltar in Europe to train for the ordained ministry at Chichester Theological College in England. There he completed a BTh with the University of Southampton. In 1984, he was ordained deacon, and in 1985 priested in Exeter Cathedral, England, serving his title at St. Michael’s and All Angels, Heavitree, with St. Paul’s, Burnthouse Lane, Exeter.
In 1987, he moved to Bradford, West Yorkshire, to be the Bishop’s Chaplain to Students. After this, he returned to the Diocese of Europe as Chaplain in Bonn and Cologne and latterly as Chaplain in Vienna and Archdeacon of the Eastern Archdeaconry (2001-2015). He is married and has two adult daughters.
Canon Curran is eager to commend the Christian faith to this generation as a living tradition as practised in the Church of England and the wider Anglican Communion, in order that we may pass through things temporal so that we lose not our hold on the things eternal. He is blessed to be serving an international congregation committed to this tradition. He is aware that through the church building, and the gathered church Sunday by Sunday, he is privileged to see the gifts of faith made manifest.
May this living tradition always be inspired by a prayer from Bishop Thomas Ken (1637-1711):
make the door of this house wide enough
to receive all who need human love and fellowship,
and a heavenly Father’s care;
and narrow enough to shut out
all envy, pride and hate.
Make its threshold smooth enough
to be no stumbling-block to children,
or to straying feet,
but rugged enough
to turn back the tempter’s power:
make it a gateway
to thine eternal kingdom. Amen.
|OTHER LICENSED CLERGY|
|Rev'd Mike Waltner (Honorary Assistant Curate)
Mike hails from Erie, Pennsylvania. After completing his Master of Divinity at Union Theological Seminary in New York, he began a career developing interreligious dialogue projects and initiatives with NGOs in the United States and Europe. In 2009, he moved to Vienna with his Austrian wife, Heike, and their young daughter. He continues to work in the area of interreligious dialogue at the KAICIID Dialogue Centre in Vienna as Programme Manager of the Fellows Programme. Mike was ordained priest in July of 2016 by Bishop Robert Innes.
“I think the major task of Christians today is to learn to live as expressions and signs of God’s desire for fellowship and reconciliation within the world. I hope to emphasize that as Christians we are called to be a kingdom people, we are called to live as expressions of a kingdom whose politics is manifested in the sacraments and the life of the church as modeled by our Lord’s ministry and the ministry of the Apostles.”
|Rev'd Dr. Robert S. Kinney (Honorary Assistant Curate)
Robert is honored to have the opportunity to serve at Christ Church in Vienna and very much enjoys the life of this church community. In his day job, he is the Director of Ministries of the Charles Simeon Trust. A native of Illinois, Robert earned a bachelor’s degree in Early Christian Literature at the University of Chicago. His BA thesis was on idolatry in Paul's epistle to the church in Rome. In 2008, Robert earned an MS in Communications (Journalism) from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, focusing his final project on issues of race, education, and Christianity on the South Side of Chicago. In 2015, Robert finished a PhD in New Testament at the University of Bristol in England. His dissertation explored aspects of Greco-Roman rhetoric in the Gospel of Matthew and was published by Mohr Siebeck in the WUNT II series as Hellenistic Dimensions of the Gospel of Matthew: Background and Rhetoric. He also served formally as a pastoral intern at Holy Trinity Church in Chicago for six years (2002-2008) and later as University Minister (2012-2014). He is a Fellow at the Center for Pastor Theologians and also serves on the Boards of the Charles Simeon Trust of Canada and Prédica Fiel in Cuba.
|Rev'd Dr. Christian Hofreiter (Priest with Permission to Officiate)
Christian is the Director of the Zacharias Institut für Wissenschaft, Kultur und Glaube in Vienna and a Research Fellow at the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics. A native of Tyrol, he first studied translation and interpreting at the University of Innsbruck, where he later also taught. He then worked for a government relations firm in Washington D.C. before studying theology in Oxford. His doctorate focused on violence in the bible and will be published by OUP in 2018 as Making Sense of Old Testament Genocide. At Oxford, Christian also worked as chaplain to postgraduate students, served on the leadership team of St Aldates church, and was involved in several interdisciplinary research projects. He lives with his family in Vienna and periodically serves at Christ Church.
|Dr. Gabe Byng
Gabe was born and raised in London before studying at Cambridge and the Courtauld. He is delighted to be joining the community at Christ Church! He is a historian of medieval objects and architecture, and is currently the Richard Plaschka Fellow at the OeAD, where he is researching the political, social, and economic history of church buildings in Vienna. Before coming to Vienna, he was a PhD student and then a research fellow at Cambridge, where he was part of the community at St Bene't's church.
|Erica Schenk (Church Administrator)
Erica has been Church Administrator at Christ Church since November 2017. Originally from North Yorkshire, she studied Modern Languages at Emmanuel College, Cambridge, before working in UK and US city law firms in London. Since moving to Vienna to settle down with her Viennese husband, Michael, she has enjoyed serving the Christ Church community in different ways, including on the Church Council and as leader of the toddler group. She enjoys being a part of the very diverse, multi-cultural, and multi-background community and considers it a privilege to see, through her work, how church life and the community all fit together. Outside of Christ Church, she enjoys reading and travel when she is not looking after her three children.
|Dr. Joan Avery (Choir Director)
Joan was born in England, went to school in several continents, and moved to Austria in the early nineties to study music. She has a licentiate in Violin Performance from the ABRSM and a PhD in German Literature. She is currently leading four choirs, as well as playing in various orchestras. She enjoys getting the best sound out of people, especially those who think they cannot sing.
|Andrew Couse (Organist)
Andrew has served as our organist for several years. He came to Vienna in 1998 to take a position at the Volksoper and has taught at the Musik und Kunst University of the City of Vienna (formerly Konservatorium) for the past ten years. Originally from Ottawa in Canada, he studied piano and organ with Marion Hewitt and Dr. Godfrey Hewitt, received a bachelor's degree in music from Carleton University and went on to Montreal to do a master's degree in Musicology and Conducting at McGill University, concurrently with completing an Advanced Diploma in Organ Performance at Concordia University under Bernard Lagacé. He spent several years working as Director of Music at the Church of St. John the Evangelist in Montreal before travelling to Germany in 1990, under a Canada Arts Council grant, to study orchestral conducting at the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst "Franz Liszt" in Weimar. He particularly values the high standards and appreciation of good music here at Christ Church and the enthusiasm that the congregation brings to singing the hymns! Outside of music, Andrew is a qualified Shiatsu practitioner. He teaches at the International Academy for Hara Shiatsu in Vienna, regularly travels to China to study aspects of traditional Chinese medicine, and has a Shiatsu practice in Vienna.
|Andrew Seneviratne (Verger)
As Verger, Andrew is responsible for looking after the church premises. He works with the Chaplain to ensure that all runs smoothly during regular and special services, particularly baptisms, funerals, and those over the Christmas and Easter seasons. Born and brought up in Sri Lanka, he came to Vienna to be with his brother and to work in the hospitality industry. Brought up in the Roman Catholic Church, he feels at home at Christ Church and particularly appreciates the fact that the services are in English. He enjoys getting to know Christians of a variety of different nationalities within our congregation. Being a hotelier does not allow Andrew much free time, but he enjoys getting involved, along with his wife, at the Vienna Christian Center.