Our Staff

Executive Team

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Dave Mears (Senior Minister)

What do you do get up to in the week?
I lead the staff team and oversee all the ministry that goes on at Christ Church.  If you come along on a Sunday, more often than not, you’ll hear me preaching at the service that day.

Family, kids, pets?
I am married to Amanda and have four sons and an overly chunky Labrador.

Likes and dislikes about Gladesville and Putney?
As a third generation local I love our part of Sydney!  The river, the closeness to the city, the abundance of sporting fields, the wonderful people… its a great place to live.  Its also exciting to see so many new people move into our area. Dislikes: Peak hour traffic and the fact that we shouldn’t eat fish from the river!

Two-sentence testimony
I grew up in a Christian family and so had the great blessing of being told about Jesus from an early age.   As a teenager I tested whether I could really believe what I had heard. The more I tested it the more convinced I became that Jesus really did rise from the dead and that I really needed the forgiveness that he brings.

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Jeremy King (Executive Pastor & Membership Pastor)

What do you do get up to in the week?
I spend my time helping us as a team to plan and coordinate so we do the best we can to love people. I also focus on helping new people find a place in church so they feel at home quickly. 

Family, kids, pets?
We have a rabbit called Tobi, but I'm a little bit afraid of him and his vicious bite. He does however really like my wife and most of the time my 3 kids.

Likes and dislikes about Gladesville and Putney?
Likes: The people! And my wife and kids live in Gladesville.
Dislikes: It's a long way to the Stelvio Pass

Two-sentence testimony
As a good Asian student I studied hard so I could go to uni, get a good job, own a sweet car and be comfortable. At some point in high school I wondered if there might be more to life, because after all I would still die. Thankfully my parents showed me that in Jesus there is lot's more to life!

Admin Staff

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Lindsey Burman (Admin Assistant and Receptionist)

What do you do get up to in the week?
I’m the first face you’ll meet on Tuesdays and Wednesdays and look after phone calls, visitors, as well as being part of the team that organises our Sunday services.

Family, kids, pets?
I’ve been married to Kevin for 36 years. Two grown up children, two grandchildren, 2 cats and fish. A little like Noah’s Ark really.

Likes and dislikes about Gladesville and Putney?
I spend a lot of my week at Gladesville in the parks, cafes and of course my favourite church is here!

Two-sentence testimony
My husband and I didn't understand why my daughter decided to call herself a Christian after coming to the Christ Church youth group in year 10, so I decided to come and find out for myself. I was really surprised to meet the God of the bible, who has taken me a sinner into his family and sacrificed his son, our precious Jesus to die for my sins. What an amazing thing that is!

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Cindy Tan (Ministry Executive)

What do you do get up to in the week?
I'm involved with the administration side of the church which includes managing various services and events along with the website, publications and database. I’m in Mondays and Tuesdays.

Family, kids, pets?
Married to Sean and mum to a little boy who loves yellow diggers. 

Likes and dislikes about Gladesville and Putney?
Likes: It's the place of my 'other church family'. (You generally won't see me at Christ Church on Sundays as my family worships at another Anglican church closer to home.)
Dislikes: Haven't discovered any yet.

Two-sentence testimony
A scripture teacher told me about Jesus when I was in primary school and a few years later at a high school Easter service, I first believed that the bible is true and that God is real, good and the creator of all things.  I treasure my relationship with God not because of what I've done (or can do), but because He lovingly reconciled me through Jesus Christ.

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Helen Cheung (Ministry Executive)

What do you do get up to in the week?
My two days at CCG as Ministry Executive is to support a team of 7 Pastors by being a multi-tasker in the church office. 

Family, kids, pets?
Married to Stephen, have 3 kids and a spoodle (that doesn't look like a spoodle!) called Zara.

Likes and dislikes about Gladesville and Putney?
Likes: Many parks, recreation areas and river close by. 
Dislikes: Needs to have a bigger variety of cafes and restaurants. Especially useful for date nights after dropping kids off at youth programs on a Friday night!

Two-sentence testimony
I grew up with the idea that God was a distant and impersonal god that judged me by what I did or didn't do, so it wasn't until I got to university when I met a friend who loved Jesus and challenged me about my relationship with him, that I realised God really wants to know me intimately. It astounded me that I didn't have to impress him, or do anything to get on his good side, because he ultimately has forgiven me and offered his complete and utter love through Jesus. Pretty amazing stuff!

Children and Youth

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Sarah Lancaster (Kids and Families Minister)

What do you do get up to in the week?
I spent my time planning games, coming up with fun ideas and helping kids understand who Jesus is.

Likes and dislikes about Gladesville and Putney?
Likes: I love that Gladesville is near the water, especially when it sparkles on a sunny day. And I really love that I’m always bumping into kids and their families at the supermarket.
Dislikes: I'm a little disappointed that our best cafes aren't near the sparkly water.

Two-sentence testimony
I’ve grown up always knowing that there’s a God who loves me more than I can understand but being really sick as a teenager challenged my confidence in God’s goodness. Now I know that just like Nemo always has a story to remind him that his dad loves him, Jesus shows me that God is always full of love for me.

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Ruth Colvin (Children's Ministry Event Manager)

What do you do get up to in the week?
I spend a day a week helping smooth out the running of kids groups with Sarah. Occasionally I also help smooth things out in the office as well, when Cindy or Helen are away. 

Family, kids, pets?
I’m married to Dan with 2 kids and a whippet called Cody. But our kids seem to keep adding animals to the family!

Likes and dislikes about Gladesville and Putney?
Likes: Call me old fashioned, but I really like the comfy suburbia here. It's a bit of a village atmosphere I think which is nice. Dislikes: Building dust and traffic - does anyone like it??

Two-sentence testimony
Jesus found me at a Christian youth camp when I was 12. He’s had to put up with a lot, but Jesus has never got sick of me in all these years.

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Marty Hughes (Youth Pastor)

What do you do get up to in the week?
I get to help young people to know Jesus better, encourage young adults to lead others and generally just hang with some of the best people on the planet. 

Family, kids, pets?
I have a great family and love hanging out with them. Our dog keeps us all fit.

Likes and dislikes about Gladesville and Putney?
I love the parks and greenery around Gladesville and Putney. I don’t love how many fast food restaurants there are within 1 minute of my stomach. 

Two-sentence testimony
I was raised in a family that believed in Jesus and went to church. After high school and after some tough years of ignoring my faith I sensed that Christ was calling me to serve him more genuinely. I thank him daily for this call. It is truly the better way. 

Assistant MInisters

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Mike Allen (Director of Ministry and Magnification)

What do you do get up to in the week?
I’ve got a great job, recruiting, training and encouraging our church to serve God with their lives. I ensure that our Sunday meetings are as good as they can be.

Family, kids, pets?
Michelle and I married in 2001, and we now have four kids and one cat. We’d love more, but how many cats do you actually need?

Likes and dislikes about Gladesville and Putney?
Michelle and I have lived in a number of different parts of Sydney, and we have loved each one - there is so much to explore and appreciate. But the single best thing is the encouragement that we receive from partnering with God’s people.

Two-sentence testimony
As a kid I went to church, but it wasn’t until my time at university that I fully came to appreciate God’s love for me in Jesus.

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Andrew Levy (Mission Director)

What do you do get up to in the week?
My role is to encourage our church to reach out to our community and world with the love of Jesus in the hope that they may come to know Him as King.

Family, kids, pets?
Married to Jess with two growing boys. The thought of a dog licking my face means that we have no pets. And never will.

Likes and dislikes about Gladesville and Putney?
I love the combination of suburbia and buzzing city as well as diversity of people who are coming to live here. Dislikes: I have to mow a lawn and remember which nights to put the garbage out on.

Two-sentence testimony
My life plans were completely altered at 19 years old when a friend invited me to church at university and I read the bible with another bloke. When you know Jesus, he changes everything – I could never have written my life story in advance and am excited to see what he’s got in store for me in the future.

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Morgan Renew (Maturity Pastor)

What do you do get up to in the week?
I get to spend my week meeting, encouraging and equipping our small group leaders, as well as helping our church to read, understand and get transformed by God’s word in the Bible.

Family, kids, pets?
My family includes my wife, Liv, and our four kids. We love being a part of the Gladesville community and our neighbourhood, preschool, school and church.

Likes and dislikes about Gladesville and Putney?
Likes: The Parramatta River that flows along one side of Gladesville (and all the water-sports it makes possible).
Dislikes: Living on the side of Gladesville furthest from the water.

Two-sentence testimony
I grew up in Gladesville, so haven’t moved far. I didn’t grow up going to church or anything like that but when I was 17 a friend invited me to hear some talks from the Bible. I realised that there was a true God who made me and who sent his Son for me, who I was made to serve. Since then I’ve tried to live for him, which is a joy because I know he lived and even died for me.

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