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. 

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

Cherrybrook Public School
131 New Line Rd
Cherrybrook NSW 2126

02 9479 3700
[email protected]

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