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 2018 Parish Councillors are Kate Harrison Brennan, Shane Fenwick, Linda Davies and Bernard Stewart.
Our Wardens are on the Parish Council and are responsible for administering the financial and property affairs of the Parish. The 2018 Wardens are Barbara Booth, David Triggs and Francis Harper.
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, Geoff works as a Lecturer in Practical Theology for the School of Theology, Charles Sturt University and at St George’s 2.5 days per week. Geoff’s passions 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.
During 2019, Geoff has been seconded to General Synod to support the national Anglican church responding to the Royal Commission into institutional child sexual abuse. Rev Philip Bradford will be joining the team as Acting Rector from mid March.
Jessica Carroll Smith, Community Pastor, jessicaATpaddington.church
Jessica leads our Afternoon Service and supports our congregtaional and local community life. She 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. Jessica works 2.5 day per week for the church, she’s best contacted on Monday, Thursday or Sunday. She lives in the Church Rectory.
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.
Jaimie Laverty, Children & Families Pastor, jaimieATpaddington.church
Jaimie is our Children’s and Families Pastor working two days a week at the Parish. Jaimie co-ordinates our SRE provision at the local school, leads our children’s work in the Afternoon Service and supports the Something New Community. She is passionate about young people flourishing in their relationship with God and in their own individuality. When Jaimie is not working at the church she is teaching dance for the Australian Literacy and Numeracy Foundation with young people of refugee backgrounds. Or she can be found at the beach with a good book.
Dr Byron Smith, Assistant Pastor, byronATpaddington.church
Byron assists with preaching and pastoring in both our morning and afternoon services. He works one day a week in the parish while dividing the rest of his time between parenting, public speaking and the pitter patter of tiny (insect) feet. He has 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 and has joined in creative peaceful actions against new coal projects. He has 2 worm farms and 3 bee hives and a regular podcast. He loves Five Ways and chatting with locals about religion, politics and the weather.
Brooke Prentis, PEACEtalks Director, brookeATpaddington.church
Brooke is our PEACEtalks Director for half a day a week. Brooke is an Aboriginal Christian leader from the Waka Waka peoples. Brooke is the Aboriginal spokesperson for Common Grace and the Coordinator of the Grasstree Gathering. In 2019 she is the Senior Fellow at Anglican Deaconess Ministries. She is a Chartered Accountant by profession with over 15 years senior management experience. Brooke is currently studying for a Masters of Theology.