Chris and Sharon Ekins
Coast Evangelical Church, Forster
Chris Ekins is the lead pastor of Coast Evangelical Church (Coast EC) that meets in Forster Public School Hall. St Matthews has partnered with them since the church was planted there in 2009. Chris and Sharon have three children Caleb, Hannah and Chloe.
William and Grace Eyika
Dagoretti Corner, Nairobi, Kenya
William is the pastor of Dagoretti Corner Baptist Church, located in Nairobi, Kenya. William and Grace have been serving the urban poor in Nairobi since 1988, when they planted the church.
Their focus is on long-term community development which brings lasting change, through education, health care and vocational training.
Personnel Director for SIM Australia
Jenny is the Pastoral Care and Development Coordinator for the interdenominational mission, SIM, (Serving in Mission) Australia. This involves the assessment and preparation of new missionary candidates, as well as their ongoing pastoral care, in collaboration with their sending churches. Jenny is happily married to Dale Williams and living in Sydney.
Waterford, Ireland with ECM
After completing studies at Sydney Missionary and Bible College, Ross will be joining a team who are working with a young church in Ferrybank, Waterford, in Ireland for a two year, short-term mission placement. Ross will be involved in the outreach kids’ Bible club, youth ministry, community outreach and serving in Sunday services. He also hopes to get out into the community, build meaningful relationships and share Jesus through joining various clubs and groups.
Dave and Beck McIntyre
Nishinomiya City, Kansai, Japan with CMS
Dave and Beck McIntyre, and their children Alyssa, Natasha and Mitchell, are in their first year in Japan. Beck and the children are learning language and about Japanese culture, while Dave begins building relationships in the local community. In due course, they will serve at Mondo Bible Church.
Steve and Melinda McKerney
Murdoch University, Perth
Steve is an AFES Staff Worker and Chaplain at Perth’s Murdoch University, where he is bringing the gospel to students, helping them to grow in their knowledge and love of Jesus. Steve and Melinda have 4 sons Jaidon, Lewis, Ezra and Sheamus.
Morgan and Anna Powell
Arequipa, Peru with SIM
The Powell's live in the city of Arequipa and are involved in Theological Education in the South of Peru. Morgan teaches in a local bible institute and also helps with the TEE course (Theological Education by Extension) used to equip the believers in the highlands and rural areas. Morgan is also the Team Coordinator for the SIM team in Arequipa. Morgan and Anna have two girls Anika and Lila.
Reuben and Chiedza Zivagwe
Pastor Reuben Zivagwe, supported by his wife Chiedza, founded Living Word Ministries, to take the gospel to their people, the Tonga of the Zambezi Valley along the Zimbabwe/Zambia border. Reuben is Pastor of Mufakose Baptist church on the edge of Harare and they support and minister to orphaned and vulnerable children in Kotwa.
Pennant Hill & Cherrybrook Christian Education Association
In conjunction with other churches from our local area, St Matthews supports the Pennant Hills and Cherrybrook Christian Education Association. This group ensures the provision of Christian education in our local high schools by providing financial and prayer support for the educators, Peter Murphy at Cherrybrook Technology High School and Graham Castle at Pennant Hills High School.