The Early Years
Brian Wenham, the youngest of three siblings, was born in the New
South Wales country town of Yass, in 1933, and, at the age of 13,
moved with his family to the Sydney suburb of Beverly Hills. Brian's
family was centrally involved in the Methodist Church, with both
parents holding office at various times. His father was Circuit
Steward for a time, the most senior lay office in the parish. Sadly,
however, salvation and the Gospel were not presented or encouraged.
Following graduation from high school, Brian completed a degree
course in civil engineering, majoring in hydrology and engineering
geology. He was employed by the Sydney Water Board, where he went
on to specialize in structural design. In this discipline, he was
privileged to participate in the design of the upper levels of the
During these years Brian also served in the military as part of
the Citizen Military Forces (CMF). Throughout the seven years he
served in the CMF, Brian proceeded up through the ranks, finally
holding the post of Company Sergeant-Major for his final three years.
Brian's family belonged to Penshurst Methodist Church, as did
the family of a young lady by the name of Fleur. They were acquainted
with each other but became better friends during the choir ministry.
Both worked in the city and attended lunch-hour Christian fellowship
meetings, and were invited along to a long-weekend camp where they
both came under the sound of God's Word in a mighty way. On the
last day of the camp, April 27, 1958, both came to faith in Christ.
They were married at Penshurst Methodist Church, their home church,
on 7th February 1959.
The Call to the Ministry
Brian and Fleur immediately sought to pursue the will of the Lord
and, at a meeting, just months later, there was a call for young
people to stand if they believed that the Lord was calling them
to serve Him full time. Without any collusion, they both stood.
Brian candidated for the Methodist ministry, which was the only
pathway they could see at the time.
Beginning in 1961, Brian studied for three years in Leigh Theological
College, Enfield, in conjunction with the United Faculty of Theology,
Sydney University. Due to the liberal nature of the training being
presented, he had to take a defensive stance during his study. Although
this was just a sign of the many battles to come, the Lord brought
Brian and Fleur through into a Biblical position and ministry.
Following his training, Brian took up two appointments in the
Methodist Church between 1964 and 1970, first in the Wollongong
area, then in the country area of Clunes-Dunoon. However, in December,
1970, due to apostasy within the Methodist Church, and the Holy
Spirit's conviction of the need for separation, Brian tendered his
Then, in January of 1973, Brian received the call from Condell
Park Bible Church and was appointed as pastor. Brian's ministry within the church has
covered numerous areas, from the ministry and exhortation of the
Word, to involvement in the School and College. He has also been
blessed to undertake travel overseas to minister in a number of
contexts, most recently taking a number of visits to India to provide
Bible training. In 2016, Brian adopted the role and title of Pastor Emeritus,
having handed over the main Senior Pastoral responsibilities to Pastor Glenn Matthews.
Brian's desire for the nation of Australia is that we be challenged
to the old paths of Biblical nationhood as were our forefathers
in England during and after the Reformation.
Brian's interests beyond the pulpit are varied. His love of sport
can be seen through many seasons of cricket, rugby league, and athletics.
Brian also enjoys photography, previously developing and printing
his own work. He also has a passion for motor mechanics, having
rebuilt both a neglected motor cycle and an "A" Model Ford in his
Wife & Family
Brian's wife, Fleur, was born and raised in Sydney and, following
her studies, was employed in both Sydney and Lithgow as a legal
stenographer. She was a talented athlete and pursued her sprinting
to both a national and international level. Fleur was a member of
the world-record breaking Australian 4x100m track relay team in
the 1956 Melbourne Olympics, as well as being a member of four other
world record victories.
Ever since their salvation and Brian's call to the ministry, Fleur
has exercised her ministry of pastoral care and support. She has been
the leader of the church Women's Ministries and is active in personal
evangelism and counseling. She has also enjoyed a ministry in music,
not only in voice, but also by the strains of the piano and organ,
through which many have been blessed by her touch.