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Deacon, St Anne's, Highfields

The Rev'd Melissa Conway

About The Rev'd Melissa -

The Rev’d Melissa Conway is deacon at St Anne’s, Highfields. She has a Certificate in Financial Markets, Securities Institute of Australia; a Graduate Certificate in Public Sector Leadership, Griffith University; and, a Bachelor of Theology, Charles Sturt University. She is also a Justice of the Peace (Qualified), Queensland.

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Articles by The Rev'd Melissa

Reflections The Anglican Pilgrimage international cohort of seminarians, clergy and lecturers Reflections

Canterbury tales: pilgrimage highlights and insights

Assistant priest The Rev’d Mel Conway from St Anne’s, Highfields and St Francis College formation student Allana Wales from St Andrew’s, Indooroopilly recently received a scholarship so they could participate in an annual pilgrimage for seminarians and clergy in the early years of their ordained ministry. In this special joint reflection they share their pilgrimage highlights and insights

Bishop Jeremy Greaves preaching at the Anglican Schools Commission end-of-year celebration service on Tuesday 29 November in St John’s Cathedral

What is your favourite Gospel of Matthew passage and why?

Four priests from across our Diocese tell us about their favourite passage from the Gospel of Matthew, including Bishop Jeremy Greaves, The Rev’d Ms Melissa Conway, The Rev’d Canon Bruce Boase and The Rev’d Canon Dr Jim McPherson


The streets don’t shift, but what happens on them does

“And, like the streets, so many of the things I cherished about Toowoomba and Highfields from my childhood have not changed – the warmth, hospitality and pragmatism of country people; the fresh, peaceful environment; the ease of getting around; and, the sense, being on the edge of the country and the bush, that we humans are part of a much bigger expanse and plan for God’s good creation,” says newly ordained deacon The Rev’d Mel Conway from St Anne’s, Highfields


My hairdresser call to the priesthood

“Sometimes going to the hairdresser can be unexpectedly life-changing. For about a year, people in my community had been urging me to explore a calling to ordained ministry. However, when my hairdresser, who is not religious, said, ‘You know what? You should become a priest!’, I knew I had to start paying attention,” says Melissa Conway, who is soon to be ordained a deacon and appointed as assistant curate at St James’, Toowoomba


Hope for Creation

Find out what insights three members of our Diocesan community have to share following a recent ‘Hope for Creation’ workshop, as well as about the biggest ever faith-based day of action for the environment, to be held in March