Senior Leadership Team: Cameron Phipps, Scott Hill, Chris McGowan, Karen Quah, James Piper, Helen Carruthers, David Um
Lead Pastor – Chris McGowan
part-time: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday (AM), Sunday (AM)
Chris has been part of the pastoral team here at West Ryde since August 2010. Her responsibilities include Discipleship, Preaching, Women’s ministry and whatever else comes her way. She’s married to Rob, a fire-fighter and they have 4 great adult children.
Chris enjoys spending time with people and loves being outside whether in the garden, walking in the bush or running around on the soccer field. She’s passionate about building community and seeing people develop and grow in their relationship with Jesus.
Student Pastor – Karen Quah
Karen has completed a Graduate Diploma of Divinity and is completing a Grad. Certificate in Chaplaincy. In 2017, she had the privilege of preaching at West Ryde Community Church as a guest speaker and started attending the church in 2018. She feels humbled for this opportunity to serve as student pastor. Her tasks include oversight of Discipleship, leading a Connect/Bible Study group, Women’s activities, Preaching and Pastoral Care.
Karen is a single mother of a teenage daughter. Before studying, she worked in aged care. She has a heart for those who do not yet know God, those who are spiritually yearning, and those who are struggling – physically, mentally and emotionally. Karen enjoys writing and telling stories, fiction and ancient mythology, cooking, bushwalking and anything beach-related.
Administration & Communications – Cassandra Falson
part-time: Tuesday, Wednesday (AM)
Cassandra is married to Mark and has two adult children – Erin & Lachlan & one teenager – Amy. Cassandra has been a part of the West Ryde team in a part-time capacity since 2008. She enjoys helping to lighten the load of the pastors through her admin & communications role. She enjoys greeting all who pass by her office but is often ‘in the zone’ – head down, task-oriented mode.
When not at work , Cassandra likes a good book or movie, bushwalking and holidaying with her family.
Administration (Secretary) – James Piper
James is married to Jenny and has two young girls: Miriam and Aurelia. After moving into the area in 2010 he joined West Ryde Baptist Church, and has served in a variety of ministry roles. He enjoys applying his administrative skills to assist the Church in the position of Secretary.
James works full-time as a Principal Engineer in the transport sector. In his spare time James enjoys cooking, board games, cinema, and occasional do-it-yourself handiwork.
Care – Helen Carruthers
Helen has been part of West Ryde Baptist Church since 2000 and loves being part of the leadership team. Since her husband’s death nearly three years ago she has been more involved. She loves relating to people, especially those from other cultural backgrounds.
She loves looking after her grandchildren. In her spare time she loves watching AFL football, reading, researching her family tree, and visiting or enjoying a coffee with others.
Community – David Um
David became a follower of Jesus from age 15 and grew in the Lord through God’s grace in Korea. Since arriving in Australia in 2008, he has led English worship services for 7 years and evangelized many nonbelievers. Previously he studied in his native language (Korean) and gained a B.A and a M.Div. in theology. And he is now studying theology (in English) towards a M.Div. at Morling College. Now he is serving as our student pastor at WRBC.
He has great enthusiasm for multicultural ministry. Especially, he is passionate about meeting many people from diverse backgrounds and helping them find their goal for the future. He likes to play many sports such as soccer, tennis, basketball and badminton. He is married to Esther and they have three kids, Joy, John and Joseph.
Finance (Treasurer) – Cameron Phipps
Cameron is married to Cindy and they have been attending WRBC since 2001. They are blessed to have 4 children: Joshua, Hayley, Aaron and Alyssa. Whilst Cameron works full-time in the IT industry, he knows that Cindy has the more challenging role of full-time super-mum!
Property Use & Development – Scott Hill
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 is currently serving on 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.