Our Ministry Team
The Rev’d Canon Paul Black, Rector, came to the parish from Melbourne in January 2008. St John’s College, Morpeth (in the Diocese of Newcastle) is where he did his theological training. He was ordained deacon and priest by the Bishop of Rockhampton in 1986 and 1987. Rev’d Paul gives thanks for the many people and faith communities that have nurtured and challenged him on the journey of life. On Long Service Leave.
The Rev'd Canon Margaret Emil, Associate Priest, is an enthusiastic grandmother of five (universally known as Revvy) who loves knowing and living in God’s love. She relishes opportunities to explore faith and what matters to people who are searching. Email: Mobile: 0417 423 472
The Rev'd Canon Kevin Stone, Associate Priest, has a pastoral ministry within the parish which is especially focused on older persons. He retired as the Rector of St Luke’s, Deakin, in 2014. Email: Mobile: 0450 676 864.
Michael Shaw is our Young People's Ministry Facilitator. He studied a Bachelor of Video Games and Virtual World's Programming and has been involved in a number of other activities such as Medieval Re-enactment with sword fighting. He is a committed Christian and strives to walk in the path God has set before him. Email:
Mobile: 0458 618 595.
The Rev’d Vicky Cullen, Honorary Priest, was a secondary and tertiary teacher for 20 years before ordination. She studied at St Mark’s National Theological Centre and was made deacon in 1988, being appointed to St John’s as curate for 3 years until 1992 when she was ordained priest. During the next 25 years she was rector of several parishes and did more study in counselling and spiritual direction. Email: Mobile: 0476 777 203
Archdeacon David Hill, Honorary Priest, is the son of Archdeacon Hill who was the Rector of St John’s in the 1960′s and early 1970′s. He served as a Naval Chaplain for almost twenty years and left the RAN as a Senior Chaplain in order to return to the Diocese as Rector of Moruya in 1995. He has retired from full-time Ministry and joined the staff of St John’s in 2007.
The Rev’d Canon Geoffrey Sibly, Honorary Priest. Tel: 02 6249 1170
Sheila Thomson OAM, Director of Music, has a performance degree in pipe organ from the Canberra School of Music. She is a teacher of piano and organ and is one of the conductors of the local U3A choir. On Australia Day 2012 she was awarded an Order of Australia in the General Division for the service to the community as a church organist and musical director.
Nailia, Case Manager, St John's Care. Supports clients with a variety of complex issues that require extra attention in order for them to be supported in a more holistic manner. Tel: 02 6248 7771
Tracy, Finance and Administration Officer, St John's Care. Email: Tel: 02 6248 7771
2020/21 Leadership Team/Parish Council
Clergy: Canon Paul Black and Canon Margaret Emil.
Wardens: John Richards, Christine Hawkins and Russ Tunks.
Parish Councillors: Helen Wilson, Edward Jackson, Cerelia Lim, Sean Noble, Cecilia Symonds, Shawn Liew, John Lawson and Andrew de Lautour.