Edward Vaughan (Rector)

Greetings! My name is Edward Vaughan. I am currently the rector of St John’s Anglican Church in Darlinghurst in Sydney, where I started serving in 2011. I trained at Moore College, and for 13 years I led a church planting ministry in Sydney’s inner-west, based around Balmain and Rozelle. This was an exciting and challenging ministry, and we were privileged to see a number of congregations birthed during this time.

In 2005 we moved to Ireland, where my father was born, so that I could become the rector of a Church of Ireland (Anglican) church in the southern suburbs of Dublin. We were there for six years, and it was a fantastic experience to minister in another culture. We very much enjoyed our life there, and felt very blessed by God to have had that experience.

In 2011 we returned to Sydney when I became the rector of St John’s. It is both an immense challenge and a great privilege to face the challenge of being a church in the mission field of Kings Cross. St John’s church itself has a complicated history, and has a large and diverse community and welfare ministry. The task of leading a community of Christian believers in this urban context is both exciting and difficult. Just as well we have a great and powerful God!

I am involved with Arrow Australia, a leadership development programme for emerging leaders in the Australian church. While in Ireland, I had the privilege of establishing the Arrow programme there (both in the Republic and Northern Ireland), and the joy of seeing it continue and thrive after I left.

Recently, I have developed an interest in coaching younger leaders. I am one of the directors of the coaching arm of the City to City church planting network in Australia, and also coach for Arrow. In 2014 I completed the Graduate Certificate in Pastoral Supervision through St Mark’s College, Canberra.

I enjoy watching Australia beat other countries at just about any sport. And I have a deep-seated love affair with iTunes- so much music and so little time! I like running (slowly), reading (just about anything), and avoiding DIY tasks around the house (very successfully).

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Fridah Nakabiri (Administrator)

Fridah joined our team in the middle of last year after moving to Sydney from Uganda. She studied IT in India at the ICFAI university and has a desire to see Christ’s love reach those experiencing struggle and marginalisation. She has a husband Francis, a baby boy Benjamin, and loves Indian food and 90s christian rock.

Jesse Mawson (Asst Minister/Chaplain)

Jesse is the Assistant Minister at St John´s Anglican Church. A large part of his role is working as the chaplain in Rough Edges. As part of this, he runs a small church community each week called STREETWISE, where they seek to explore the complexities of following Jesus on the streets of the inner city. Before this he lived in Woolloomooloo and served as an intern for HopeStreet. His undergraduate degree is in Theology from Morling College. He is passionate about sleeping and reading. He is married to Cherry, who loves Community development, anthropology, gardening and most importantly food!

Laurie Alexander (Verger)

Laurie is the Verger at St Johns, where he takes care of all issues related to the grounds and its maintenance.

Martin Robinson (Senior Asst Minister)

Martin is the Senior assistant minister. He looks after the 11am congregation on Sundays.