The Reverend Jan Joustra was born in the Netherlands and migrated with his family to Hobart in Tasmania in 1960. His education was carried out in Hobart where he completed a Bachelor of Arts at the University of Tasmania and received a Certificate in Woven Textiles from the Hobart Technical College.

Jan worked at a tutor at the Tasmanian School of Art before becoming a lecturer in textiles and design at Charles Sturt University in Albury. It was while lecturing in Albury that he became an Anglican and was accepted for ordination by the Diocese of Wangaratta.

With his Hong Kong born wife, Linda, he moved to Trinity College at Melbourne University to begin training for ordination. Jan was ordained a deacon in 1989 in Holy Trinity Cathedral in Wangaratta and then completed his time as a deacon working in Melbourne, at Holy Trinity, East Melbourne, and later in Wangaratta.

Jan was priested on February 2nd 1991, after completing his Bachelor of Theology Degree, and served for three years at the assistant priest at Holy Trinity Cathedral, Wangaratta before becoming the Rector of the parish of Rutherglen-Chiltern.

In 1997 Jan was awarded a Master of Arts in Fine Arts and presented a thesis on the Architecture of the Diocese of Wangaratta. The same year Jan and his family moved to Hong Kong where he was appointed Priest in Charge of St Stephen’s Stanley. This position involved caring for a multicultural expatriate community, working in two Hong Kong Government Prisons, being School Chaplain to 1200 ethnic Chinese students at St Stephen’s College in Stanley and being a chaplain of St John’s Cathedral in Central.

In 2004 after serving for seven months as acting Dean of Hong Kong, Jan moved to the Diocese in Europe as Chaplain at St Paul’s in Monte Carlo.  In 2007 Jan was appointed Dean of Waikato in the Diocese of Waikato, New Zealand and there served as a member of Hinota Whanui/General Synod, the Episcopal Ministry Group, (Bishop in Council) Standing Committee of the Diocese, and as a New Zealand Police Chaplain.

In 2012 Jan was made an Honorary Canon of St Peter’s Cathedral, Hamilton in recognition of his contribution to the Cathedral and Diocese during his time as Dean.

Jan is now the Vicar of St Andrew’s Church, Brighton.


 Examining Chaplains