Meet our team

West Ryde Community Church is led by a team of leaders – men and women, younger and older, paid and voluntary, but all with a heart for seeing God’s will done here on earth as it is in heaven. Our goal is to equip and enable every member to use their abilities and passions to serve and grow and build up the church (Eph 4.12).


Pastors


Rev Jennie Clarke – Interim Pastor

part-time: Wednesdays and Sundays

Jennie commenced as Interim Pastor in February 2022 to provide support to the church and help lead the Pastoral Search Team. Jennie studied at Morling College and completed Interim Ministry and Intentional Interim Ministry training with Transitional Ministries Association of Australia. 

In her spare time, Jennie enjoys walking the beach or bush, reading and spending time with family and friends.


Karen Quah – Equipping Pastor

part-time: Tuesday, Wednesday, Sunday (AM)

Karen feels privileged to be a part of our pastoral team. She loves the spirit and diversity of our church family and local community, and values building relationships within them that reflect Jesus. Karen also enjoys empowering people to grow their gifts so they can help and connect with others.

On her days off, she is likely to be found with her head in a book, bushwalking or hanging out with friends and family. 


Staff


Scott Hill – Community Engagement Coordinator & Property

part-time: Wednesdays & Fridays

Scott has been attending West Ryde Community Church for over 30 years. He has served in various ministries especially youth ministries for most of those years,  and the leadership of the church for the last 15 years. He always wants to ensure people feel welcomed and included in the church community.


He is transitioning from the accounting profession to aid & development after completing a degree last year. He loves to travel, meet new people and enjoys outdoor activities.


Cassandra Falson – Office Manager

part-time: Wednesdays

Cassandra is married to Mark and has three adult children – Erin & Lachlan & Amy. Cassandra has been a part of the West Ryde team in a part-time capacity since 2008. She enjoys working in a team to build God’s Kingdom and using her skills to help lighten the load of the pastors.

When not at work, Cassandra likes a good book or movie, bushwalking and spending time with her family, especially her new granddaughter.


Senior Leaders


Cameron Phipps – Treasurer


Daniel Maddingham – Mission & Social Justice


Nazi Gharehbaghi – Inclusion

Nazi has been part of West Ryde Community Church since 2019. She is married to Roozbeh and has one daughter – Raha. Nazi has been a part of the West Ryde staff team in a part-time capacity since Feb 2020 and joined the leadership team in 2022. She enjoys helping and be useful in her job through her Administrative Assistant role. She enjoys communicating with people and sharing her faith and experience of being a Christian.

When not at work, Nazi likes to watch movies, read books and listen to music. She also enjoys playing with her daughter when she is free.


Ranjit Bala – Community Programs

Ranjit had a family connection with West Ryde church through his mother and sister who attended in the late 1970’s and 1980’s. Whilst he wasn’t a Christian at the time, the testimony and prayers of the church members at that time played a part in him later coming to faith. He commenced attending West Ryde in 2019  and enjoys working with and supporting the church leadership and has a background in accounting and management.

Away from church he enjoys playing golf, watching cricket and the mighty West Tigers as well as going on long walks with his wife.


Marilyn Watts – Care

Marilyn has been active in multiple rolls at the church over many decades: from Sunday school Teaching; Girls and Boys Brigade Leader; Coffee Drop Inn & Playtime. Her current role involves coordinating practical care for those in need within the church family. She is married to Graham and has 4 adult children and 3 grandchildren. Her great niece lives with her and Graham.

She loves reading, gardening and movies but mostly enjoyed caravanning and travelling.