​The Revd Dr Jonathan Wei-Han Kuan

​The Revd Dr Jonathan Wei-Han Kuan has been appointed the new State Director of the Church Missionary Society in Victoria, the Chair of the Victorian Branch Council of CMS, Pam Thyer, has announced.

Dr Kuan will take up his appointment on Monday 24 September this year and will replace the Rev Paul Arnott, who is stepping down after having served for almost 11 years in the role.

Wei-Han, who is the Senior Associate Minister at St Alfred’s Blackburn North, in the Eastern Region of the Diocese of Melbourne, is married to Valerie. They have three children, five-year-old Alexandra, three-year-old Samuel and Josephine, who is six months.

He has recently been awarded a doctorate by Australian College of Theology and also holds a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws (Honours) from The University of Melbourne. His doctoral thesis was entitled, A History of Evangelicalism in the Anglican Diocese of Melbourne, 1847-1937.

Wei-Han and Valerie were both born overseas, in Malaysia and Singapore respectively.  They came to live in Melbourne in their late teenage years. Wei-Han was educated in Malaysia and Singapore before commencing university studies in Melbourne. He speaks Malay, as well as English and has conversational Cantonese and Mandarin.

Before training for ordination, Wei-Han worked in taxation law with the Australian Taxation Office and was part of the team that delivered the Goods and Services Tax in 2000. He also worked with the international business consulting firm KPMG. 
He is a member of the General Synod of the Anglican Church of Australia and of the Diocese of Melbourne’s Board of Nominators, Board of Reference and Diocesan Tribunal.

Wei-Han is a member of the executive of the Evangelical History Association and the editor of Essentials, the journal of EFAC (Evangelical Fellowship in the Anglican Communion) Australia and has taught theology overseas within the Langham Partnership International.

“I am excited by the challenge to keep CMS at the forefront of global mission, and expand its vital role of encouraging and strengthening the local church through its expertise and enthusiasm,” he said.

Pam Thyer
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