Our Ministry Team is a motley group with experience in the church, not-for-profit, education, arts and local government sectors.
Hi, Matt here. I’ve been a pastor at Northern Community Church for several years now. What I love about this church is our commitment to being a friendly place for the common good in our neighbourhood. Whether you come in for a community lunch or an op shop bargain or for Sunday worship, we are a place of welcome.
My role at Northern involves overseeing and supporting our volunteers, sharing life with those attending our community lunches, coordinating community activities and events such as Compassionate Voices Community Choir, our open band ‘The Matadors’ and ‘Harbour’, a weekly discussion group on things of faith.
I’m grateful to be sharing life with Roslyn, my wife and my daughter Tessa. I enjoy any chance to explore, even if it’s in my own neighbourhood. I’m a bit of a daydreamer and love reading, listening to music, playing guitar, catching a good film with friends and enjoying the occasional bike ride.
Having grown up in the outer Eastern suburbs of Melbourne, it is a real treat to be living and working in the Inner North. For a coffee snob like myself there are a plethora of amazing cafes, restaurants and music venues. I just don’t know where to start.
My friends would describe me as enthusiastic, encouraging and a little nerdy. I have been known to hang out at the theological library on my days off, chasing one idea or another. This curious nature has lead me on many adventures including a recent job teaching ballet in India.
I have been connected to Northern Community Church for a few years and am privileged to join the staff in 2016 as Careworks Manager. Everyday throws up new surprises but also opportunities to welcome people into our community who in turn contribute to the ever-changing landscape.
I have been part of the ministry team at Northern Community Church since April 2014. I co-ordinate the provision of pastoral care. Northern Community has a number of people who assist me by voluntarily visiting and helping people. We visit people in aged care facilities, people who are in hospital, and people at home who are ill or need a caring listener. I regard pastoral care as important in the life of the church and enjoy my role. I also appreciate being part of a wonderful ministry team who seek to integrate every aspect of the church into a practical expression of God's love and care.
My background was in secondary school teaching, prior to theological study, then ministry in local, state and global settings. I believe that the local church, particularly churches like Northern Community, has an opportunity to be a safe and accepting place for people, and to be an influence for good in the community.
I am married to Athol, and we have two adult sons and nine grandchildren. I enjoy reading, walking, dining with family and friends, and live music and theatre.