We welcome the contributions of each member to see our church flourish. Together, we play our parts, for the good of the whole. You are welcome if you are in a season needing rest or a season of service. There are many ways to serve in our community from helping to run our weekly services to pastoral care & preaching. Please talk with the staff team as you consider how you would like to get more involved.
Our church is led by:
Our Parish Council is the governing body for the financial and property affairs of the parish. The 2017 Parish Councillors are Kate Harrison Brennan, Bruce Howe, Merrian Penn, and Bernard Stewart.
Our Wardens are on the Parish Council and are responsible for administering the financial and property affairs of the Parish. The 2017 Wardens are Barbara Booth, David Triggs and Kate Stevens.
Our Staff team has the responsibility for overseeing the ministry affairs of the parish.
Rev Dr Geoff Broughton, Rector, rectorATpaddington.church
For the last 20 years Geoff has been an Anglican priest in the inner-city (Darlinghurst/Kings Cross, Glebe and now Paddington). Currently combining his twin vocations of pastor and theologian (as Lecturer in Practical Theology for the School of Theology, Charles Sturt University), Geoff’s passion range from Christology, restorative justice and Christian engagement in inner-city contexts. A full list of publications can be found at academia.edu including his book, Restorative Christ: Jesus, Justice, and Discipleship Pickwick Publications, 2015.
Byron Smith, Assistant Minister, byronATpaddington.church
Byron and his wife Jessica share the rectory with their two young children, as well as David and Sarah Taylor, a rabbit, two worm farms and a beehive. Byron works one day a week in the parish while dividing the rest of his time between parenting, a PhD, public speaking and the pitter patter of tiny (insect) feet. For too many years to mention he’s been working on a doctorate in Christian ethics on emotional responses to climate change. He frequently speaks and writes about following Jesus in a warming world. He’s authored a number of scholarly articles and book chapters, is a climate consultant for Common Grace and has joined in creative peaceful actions against new coal projects. He loves Five Ways and chatting with locals about religion, politics and the weather.
Jessica Carroll Smith, Executive Pastor, jessicaATpaddington.church
Jessica loves using her organisational gifts to build community, and to encourage service and pastoral care. She acts as a central hub of information about our life together and coordinates our Hall bookings. Jessica works 1 day per week for the church, she’s best contacted on Monday, Thursday or Sunday. She lives in the Church Rectory Community House.
In her other time, Jessica is Operations Director at Common Grace, a movement of Christians passionate about Jesus and justice. She is married to Byron and has two children – Aurora and Marlowe.
Dave Taylor, Community Engagement Worker, daveATpaddington.church
Dave’s passion is for equipping people to engage with the deeper questions of life and to think through matters of faith with honesty and openness. He is the coordinator of a monthly lecture series called PEACEtalks that seeks to provide a context where all manner of issues related to politics, ethics, the arts, and culture can be examined in a context of community. Dave works 1 day a week at the Church and is best contacted on Mondays.
Dave is also currently writing a masters thesis in political philosophy focusing on the work of political philosopher Giorgio Agamben. He, along with his wife Sarah, currently share the Church’s rectory with his colleagues Byron and Jess and their two children.
Philip Wilcox, Children & Families Minister, philATpaddington.church
Phil is a performance poet, children’s entertainer and is doing a degree in primary education. He is a passionate Christian who has been involved in scripture and childrens ministry for many years. He loves praying with kids, banana paddlepops and lives in the inner west.