NSW/ACT Regional Chaplains
Our Network is supported by a fantastic group of Regional Chaplains located in each of the designated regions in NSW and the ACT. Our Regional Chaplains are all active in Chaplaincy ministry and they are there to provide face to face support and encouragement to each of our Network Members.
If you haven’t been in contact with your Regional Chaplain in recent times, why not send them a quick email and connect!
They would love to hear from you; to join with you in celebrating the joys of chaplaincy ministry as well as providing any support needed.
Barb is the State Pastoral Leader looking after our regional chaplains.
Sydney Nor East Region
Kay has had seven years experience working as a Chaplain attached to the Chaplaincy Department at R.N.S.H. and concurrently six years facilitating a team of chaplains while co-ordinating the LifeSource Community FoodCare programme which included Church and Community reach.
She is presently very passionate about her Church and Community reach.
Kay resides with her daughter, son-in-law and two adorable grand children in Frenchs Forest where she enjoys a variety of activities from keeping fit to reading a variety of genres.
Debbie has been the Senior Pastor of Tumbarumba Community Church for 10 years. Deb joined Chaplaincy Australia as a disaster recovery & community chaplain following the Black Summer Fires across the Snowy Valleys and surrounds in 2019-20. Deb has experience in diverse leadership roles, and served as joint ACC Riverina Women’s Leader for a number of years.
She has 36 years of teaching experience including 16 years with the Department of Corrective Services, teaching Literacy, Communication and ESL to minimum security offenders at Mannus Correctional Centre..
Deb’s passion for chaplaincy was ignited by the Black Summer Fires, and continues to burn strong with a growing team of community and school chaplains operating out of TCC. Chaplaincy has offered a powerful opportunity to come alongside individuals and families as her fire ravaged community recovers together.
Looking ahead, Deb sees chaplaincy playing an increasing role across the Australian landscape, and she is excited to be part of this growing movement.
Sydney North West Region
Ray is a Community Chaplain and Pastor. Ray represents DRCN in Western Sydney at Government and NGO agency Disaster management Meetings.
Ray has been deployed to the Lockyer Valley/Toowoomba Floods, The Blue Mountains Bush fires, the Raymond Terrace/ Gulgong Floods, Tathra Fires, Martin Place Siege, Music Concert at Parramatta Park and recently deployed to the Townsville Floods with Norma.
Ray is married to Norma who is a Chaplain and they have 3 Children and 5 Grand Children they both attend and serve at Hillsong Church.
Central Coast Region
Sam has been married to Kylie for 15 years this December.
They have 4 Children, two boys and two girls.
Sam is a high school teacher and has school chaplaincy background, pastoral ministry since 2008.
He is a trainer with AC college and lives in Umina, attending HopeUC Peninsula campus.
North Coast Region
Sue is an active member in her local church since moving to Coffs Harbour 27 years ago.
She is directly involved in pastoral care and loves connecting with people in this way.
Sue’s passion is being a chaplain, which enables her to engage with the community.
Highlights in this role include assisting in the aftermath of the Black Saturday fires in Victoria, and similarly, after the Lockyer Valley floods in Queensland.
Sue has been married to her husband Geoff for over 40 years and has three children and nine grand children.
She believes chaplaincy is an opportunity to be Jesus on the earth to our community. Jesus just loved people and ministered to their specific needs.
Sue says, “Chaplaincy, it’s who I am, serving and loving people with no strings attached where they are at”.
She is currently work as a school chaplain and aged care chaplain.
Sue and her husband attend Macquarie Life Church at Cardiff and have four adult children.
Her heart is for chaplaincy to be in every church, every work place and every corner of the community.
Rachael has had over 12 years chaplaincy experience having joined the Chaplaincy Australia network in 2008. Rachael also joined the DRCN in 2017.
Rachael’s chaplaincy experience has been versatile. She has been a chaplain to prisoners in Kerobokan Jail, Bali, as well as providing Chaplaincy support to Iranian refugees in Jakarta.
Rachael became the school Chaplain at William Campbell College in 2010, a special assistance school based in Nowra NSW. In 2011, the doors opened the doors to Rachael’s current full time Chaplaincy position at William Campbell Foundation.
Rachael a pastor in her local church, Increase Church, Albion Park. She is married to John and enjoys good music and long drives
Sue is a Senior Pastor who is passionate regarding every believer having an ‘up close and personal’ relationship with our Living God.
She also passionate in providing opportunity for every believer to outwork the Eph. 4:12-16 scripture in there being positive growth in our lives as we all seek to know Jesus more personally for ourselves by prayer, study of the Word of God, and opportunity to serve the community in which we live.
Sue is a great Chaplain with a heart to people’s needs met.
Sydney South West Region
Maria has been involved in chaplaincy for over 5 years.
She works with young women who have unplanned pregnancies as well as admin work in the Chaplaincy Australia office.
Maria is a foster carer and is very passionate about supporting and advocacy for families.
She has been married for 27 years and has 3 biological children, one adopted child and one foster child.
Sydney South Region
Dearne has been a community-based Chaplain for 10+ years working with women who need the support to get them back to where they want to be in life physically, emotionally and spiritually. She has spent the last 14 years in women’s Prisons, a few years in Brothels and frequents places where women may need a safe and secure space to feel heard, comforted and assisted to make positive changes for a brighter future.
Dearne is passionate about seeing Jesus move in ordinary encounters in extraordinary ways and loves to watch the unexpected happen through spaces of support and care.
Married for 30 years to her husband Steve, they have 2 children and love caravanning to balance the time “inside the big house” with time exploring the great outdoors in “the little house”.
Blue Mountains Region
Kaye is an active member in her church. She has been involved with Chaplaincy Australia since 2006. Over many years she has been active in pastoral care and over the past eight years has been employed as a Chaplain in Aged Care, engaged in setting up a chaplaincy ministry with over 450 Residents.
In addition, Kaye is passionate about mentoring professional women and journeys through some of life’s difficult circumstances with them.
Married with four adult children and eight grandchildren, life is full and fun. Hobbies are gardening and reading.
Rural West Region
Sharon is a Team Leader for Chaplaincy Australia’s National phone line- 1800chaplain and also serves as a call chaplain on this team. She is passionate about this Ministry and serving the Australian people by offering care and support over the phone.
Sharon is also an authorized High School SRE Teacher and has taught SRE in many Western NSW Public Schools. She has also worked as a School Chaplain in a small Western NSW School.
Sharon did her Chaplaincy Training with Alpha Crucis college in 2015 and completed a Diploma in Counselling in 2020.
She is passionate about caring for and supporting people through life’s journey.
She has a daughter and has been married to Shane for 30 years and live in Dubbo NSW. Sharon also has a good knowledge of Western Regional NSW and the unique issues that Regional people experience, both in life and ministry.