Ian McWilliam Was born in 1956 in Brisbane and grew up in the Northern suburb of Torwood. Upon leaving school in 1961, he joined the Bank of New South Wales and served on both a permanent and relief basis in many Queensland branches. He resigned from the bank in 1967 to enter into a newsagency partnership with his father at Stafford Heights, a business which they operated together until 1980. Ian then worked in a senior administrative capacity with Orlando Wines for 4+ years, then P.G.H. Tiles. It was during his tenure with PGH that he experienced God’s call upon his life and commenced Theological studies at St Francis’ College.
Upon his being retrenched from PGH Tiles in 1991 Ian secured a position with Anglican Aged Care. His responsibilities included the purchase of equipment and goods for the 10 hostels within the Brisbane Diocese as well as the allocation of all maintenance requirements and input into the planning of new hostels. In 1994, during his time with Aged Care, Ian was ordained Deacon. He resigned from this position upon his ordination to the priesthood in 2000.
As Deacon, Ian served in the parish of St Clements Stafford for 6 years, then as priest in the bayside parish of Cleveland as Assistant Priest for 2 years. In 2002, he was appointed as Priest in Charge and later Rector of the parish of Sandgate Northpoint. As the name suggests this parish was formed by the joining together of 2 parishes with a total of 4 worship centres and a large aged care ministry. Ian retired due to ill health after 6 years in this parish in 2008.
Since retirement, Ian has served as locum priest for a number of parishes within this Diocese, Ashgrove, Clontarf, Stafford, Clayfield, Hamilton, Wilson and Aspley Albany Creek where he is licensed as an Assistant Priest.
Ian is married to Linda, (also a priest and Director of Mission and Social Justice with Anglicare) and together they have 4 children and 7 grandchildren. In his spare time Ian enjoys reading, model ship building, genealogy and utilizing the many maintenance skills he has acquired over the years at home and for his family.