Our Staff

  • Ron Irving


    Ron joined the team at St Matt's in October 2018 as Senior Minister. He is passionate about Jesus, his family (wife Julie, and adult children) and seeing the local church be healthy and effective in its mission.

    Ron’s background is in youth ministry and he carries a desire for the church to be genuinely engaging younger generations so that they will know and serve Jesus throughout their life.

    Ron enjoys spending time with family, good food, baking and soaking in great views. His like of good food and baking has also developed an enduring passion for good walks and the occasional jog.

  • Ian Batey

    Associate Minister - Families

    Ian oversees the 9:30am [email protected] Congregation, as well as ministry to young families in general, through prayer, teaching and pastoral care. Ian is passionate about connecting to the Bible's teaching with everyday life, both in his own experience, and in the lives of families at St Matthews.

    Ian and his wife, Ruth have three children in primary and high school, and are enjoying reconnecting with family and friends after serving overseas for several years in the Spanish Anglican Church in Seville. Ian enjoys spending time with Ruth and the kids, good food, coffee, books and movies, sport and a bit of everything really!

  • Chris Donald

    Assistant Minister - Young Adults

    Chris loves Jesus, young adults, and by extension, his role as young adults minister. He is passionate about helping young people wrestle with big questions and consider the hope, peace and purpose they can find in Jesus Christ. He also loves going for walks with his toddler daughter, Clemency, talking about dinosaurs with his young son, Trace, and talking about anything at all with his wife, Emily. 

  • Kenny Liew

    Associate Minister - Asian (SMAC)

    Kenny has the teaching and pastoral oversight of the ministry of St Matthews to our English speaking Asian congregation. This bible-based ministry reaches students, young adults and families. Kenny is passionate about reaching the Hills District with the good news of Jesus Christ.

    Kenny is married to Loretta and they have six children. He enjoys time with his family at Lake Parramatta, catching up with people at church or for coffee, going to garage sales and eating a good curry

  • Jess Gough

    Youth Minister

    Jess joined the team as Youth Minister in January 2019, and is keen to be apart of thriving community for young people at St Matt's.  She loves good food and good coffee, but above all she loves Jesus. In her role as Youth Minister, Jess has the privilege of witnessing what God is doing in the lives of local teens as He builds within them a passion for Jesus that will shape their whole lives. Jess loves working with her youth leaders, training and equipping them to nurture the faith of our young people so that teenagers in our area might come to know Jesus and live for Him.

  • Clarence Huin

    Assistant Minister - Chinese

    Clarence oversees the teaching, ministry activities and pastoral care of our Chinese Congregation at St Matthews. He has a passion to build believers in Jesus Christ, creating a community that boldly proclaims and lives out the gospel, so that more and more people will come to know Jesus for themselves.

    Clarence loves movies, good food, coffee, going to the gym, reading, and making and fixing things. Clarence is married to Doris and together they have a daughter Nicole and a son Mitchell.

  • Luke Zhang

    Assistant Minister – Chinese Mandarin

    Luke is Rev. Huin’s assistant on Chinese ministry to build a Christian Fellowship of prayer and evangelism. May the Lord use him to lead more and more people to know the Lord Jesus.

    Luke loves soccer, classic music, tea and photography. Luke is married to Sandra Sii and they have a son Isaac.

  • Jacki Hellstrom

    Part-time Children’s Ministry

    Jacki co-ordinates St Matthews ministries for children between 0-12 years of age. This includes all Sunday morning programs, after-school clubs for school-aged children, and teaching SRE in the local primary schools. Her passion is sharing Jesus through word and song with the children and their parents, while building meaningful relationships with them.

    Jacki is married to Mick, they have four teenage children and have been members of St Matthews for almost 20 years. She enjoys spending time with family, reading and working in the garden.

  • Pauline Loughhead

    Part-time Pastoral Care - Seniors

    Pauline’s passion is that women should be in a deeper relationship with God through meeting with him as they read his word. She is a part-time pastoral care minister, focussing on women and works three days a week (Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday). Pauline attends both Wednesday Church and the 8am Sunday morning service.

    Pauline loves spending time with her four married children and eight grandchildren, quilt making, reading, music and beginning each day with a swim.

  • Jason Todd

    Student Minister

    Jason is currently studying at Sydney Missionary and Bible College and is working as a student minister at St Matt's. His roles at St Matt's include co-leading the Youth Ministry, leading 9am Kids Church as well as leading and preaching across Sunday services. Jason is excited to share the good news of Jesus and see Him working at St Matt's.

    Jason enjoys spending time with people, playing music and watching a good movie. Jason is newly married to Nicole and is looking forward to married life together.

  • Nate Ford

    Ministry Trainee

    Nate joined the St Matt’s team in January 2019 as a Ministry Trainee, while also completing studies in Theology at Morling College. He loves playing soccer, going to the beach and spending time in nature. But most of all, Nate is driven by his love for Jesus and his desire to see people come to know Him. His role includes leading the Sunday Fuse program at 9:30am, helping organise and lead the Youth Ministry and being able to lead at Sunday services. He loves being able to spend time with the Youth and Children of St Matt’s, building deep relationships and teaching them about Jesus and His love for them.

  • Rebecca (BJ) Yap

    Office administration - Communications

    BJ works part-time in our administration team, with a particular focus on publications and communications. She is happily married to Tim and they have two daughters, Isabella and Jessica. She loves spending time with family and friends, and going swimming (when it’s warm enough!!).

  • Kat Butler

    Office administration and Finance

    Kat works part time as part of our admin team, with a particular focus on finances. She is happily married to Dan and they have one son, Samuel. She loves playing board games with friends or catching up over a good coffee.

1 New Line Road,
West Pennant Hills NSW 2125

West Pennant Hills Public School
1 Church Street
West Pennant Hills NSW 2125

Cherrybrook Public School
131 New Line Rd
Cherrybrook NSW 2126

02 9479 3700
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