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.
Sydney Nor East Region
Sharna is the director and founder of Arts Care International where she works as a chaplain to the arts and entertainment industry.
Sharna’s chaplaincy background is in the community sector working in mental health and international community development on a local and government level.
She enjoys watching the Sydney Kings play (who she supported as chaplain) and enjoys drinking an extra hot soy chai latte while catching up with friends.
Mid North Coast Region
Phil is a regional chaplain as well as a campus pastor with Generocity Church at Port Macquarie.
His passion is seeing people living the abundant life Jesus promised.
Phil is involved in University and Business Chaplaincy as well as assisting individuals.
Married to Sue with four adult children, two married and now four grandchildren.
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.
Deb has worked in Pastoral Ministry for over fifteen years in the Wollongong area and attends Lighthouse Church where she is a pastor on team.
Her main chaplaincy work is in her local community and in the mental health sector where she is passionate about connecting with those who are “stuck” in life and seeing them move forward and living a purposeful life.
Deb is also a professional pastoral supervisor and loves family, art and fishing.
ACT & Rural South Region
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
Gary has been a chaplain at Long Bay Correctional facility for over 15 years.
He is a regional chaplain for the Sydney North region.
Blue Mountains Region
Cornelis has been involved with Chaplaincy Australia for 8 years and the last 3 years as regional chaplain (with the great support of his wife Teena).
He recently completed 7 years as chaplain in Cobham juvenile detention center working with boys generally 14-18 of all faiths.
Cornelis has now retired from full time business interests and now have more time for work with pastoral visitations and also working with the indigenous people in his area.
It is his heart to be of service to all the chaplains in his region and assist with any of their needs.
Rural West Region
Michelle has been in Chaplaincy for over 5 years specialising in community aged care and dementia.
As a trainer at Lifeline she works in the areas of mental health, domestic and family violence, and suicide prevention. Michelle also works with funeral services to provide support in loss and grief and conduct funerals for people in her local community. She has a zeal for self care, with a desire to see people in ministry look after themselves.
Michelle has 5 boys and is involved in Generocity Church in Bathurst where she is involved in worship and pastoral care. She is a published author and enjoys speaking at various events in her chaplaincy, training or ministry roles.