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.

Sharna Lovell

Sharna Lovell

Sydney Nor East Region

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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.

Phil Brown

Phil Brown

Mid North Coast Region

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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.

Ray Lemon

Ray Lemon

Sydney North West Region

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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.

Sam Collins

Sam Collins

Central Coast Region

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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.

Sue Harris

Sue Harris

North Coast Region

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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.

Susanne Jenkins

Susanne Jenkins

Hunter Region

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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 Riddington

Rachael Riddington

Illawarra Region

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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 Miller

Sue Miller

ACT & Rural South Region

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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.

 

Maria Quarterio

Maria Quarterio

Sydney South West Region

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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.

Dearne Cipolla

Dearne Cipolla

Sydney South Region

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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”.

 

Kaye Johnson

Kaye Johnson

Blue Mountains Region

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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.

Andrew Hunt

Andrew Hunt

Rural West Region

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Andrew and his wife Michelle have lived in Forbes since 2013. That are Lead Pastors for Generosity Church and have faithfully lead their people in that capacity for the past three years.
Andrew is Chaplain to both the local Rural Fire Service and the Christian Motorcycle Association.
Andrew has a great understanding of our rural west area, having been born and raised there himself, and then raising his own family there with his wife Michelle.
Andrew’s training suits him well for the position of Regional Chaplain for Chaplaincy Australia, having completed Cert iv and Diploma of Nursing, Cert iv in Drug and Alcohol and working in these areas including 10 years at Dubbo Base Hospital in the Mental Health area.