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Vision & Mission

We share the same Vision & Mission as the Anglican Diocese of Sydney.


To see Christ honoured as Lord and Saviour in every community.


We commit ourselves afresh, in prayerful dependence on the Holy Spirit, to glorify God and love our neighbour by proclaiming the Lord Jesus Christ, calling people to repent and live lives worthy of him.


St John's Wilberforce is now hiring a Senior Minister

Senior Minister

With the resignation of our Senior Minister, Barry Macalister, we’re currently looking for a new Senior Minister to lead our Church.

Barry and his wife, Rosemary, faithfully served us for 12 ½ years and we wish them all the best as Barry takes up a role with Anglican Retirement Villages.

We have a team of 5 elected members, called ‘Parish Nominators’, looking for a new Senior Minister.  Please pray for the Nominators as they undertake this difficult task, and also please pray that God will provide a gifted, Godly person who will be a great “leader among the believers” (Acts 15:22).

On 26 July 2020 we had a locum, Wayne Tildsley, start and he will temporarily cover this role.

Photo of our Senior Minister Locum, Wayne TildsleyLocum Wayne

Rev Wayne Tildsley

Locum Senior Minister

Wayne lives in North Richmond with his wife, Trudy, and they have 3 adult children. Wayne & Trudy also have 4 young grandchildren who are a delight to them.

For 16 years Wayne was a General Duties Police Officer in NSW serving in country areas. During this time, Wayne saw God at work in his life protecting him in dangerous situations and giving him insight to detect crimes. Wayne has always enjoyed keeping physically fit by lifting weights and running. Long bush walks and camping are activities that Wayne finds relaxing. Wayne likes to read a variety of literature – history, biographies, novels and most importantly, the Bible.

After attending Moore College Wayne returned to his hometown of Camden as the Assistant Minister. His next appointment was in Bundanoon as the Senior Minister. In 2001 Wayne moved to Richmond as the Senior Minister and retired from there in January 2020. Being able to tell people about Jesus’ amazing love and then seeing a response of joy in salvation is a great privilege. This leads to walking with followers of Jesus through whatever life brings, and encouraging and supporting their growth to maturity in Christ.

Wayne enjoys watching sport especially Rugby League. He is a ‘Holden man’ and has a HSV Clubsport. For Wayne’s long service leave last year, he and Trudy had a memorable trip to numerous Northern European countries.

Rev James Gowing

Assistant Minister

James has been married to Renee for almost six years. They have two daughters, Madeleine & Isabella.

James enjoys getting to know people, talking about current affairs, learning about ancient and modern history, playing tennis and watching his fair share of political dramas and sports on TV.

After spending more than 6 years working as an insolvency accountant, James studied at Moore College Sydney completing a Bachelor of Divinity.

James was ordained in 2016 and served as an Assistant Minister at St Mark’s in Malabar before joining us as an Assistant Minister in 2019.

James’ greatest passion is meeting with people to share the most important news of all:  that Jesus is the king of the world, and  this means following Him each and every day.

Photo of Alicia Bates, Office Administrator

Alicia Bates

Office Administrator

Alicia is married to Greg and has three school aged children. She has been at St John’s for over 20 years and has been involved in many different ministries during that time.

Alicia has a love of history, especially local and family history. She also loves going on adventures with her family, reading and jigsaw puzzles.

Having always worked in administration, Alicia is now studying a degree in history to further her passion.

Alicia enjoys supporting the work of the gospel through administration. Through her abilities in the office, she can free up the ministry team to further the gospel throughout the community.

Alicia’s favourite bible verse is one that offers comfort and hope for the future: “He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” Revelation 21:4

Commencing September 2020, Alicia will be attending the Church office on Thursdays.

Parish Officers

Wardens – St John’s Wilberforce

  • Ralph Bennett
  • Cephas Rodgers
  • Judy Brown

Wardens – St Mark’s Freemans Reach

  • Richard Lloyd
  • Sandra Casson
  • Robert Bishop

Parish Councillors

  • Alicia Bates
  • Graham Thomas
  • Brian McCaull
  • Cassie King

Parish Nominators

  • Jennifer Daly
  • Brian McCaull
  • Graham Thomas
  • Karina Chambers
  • Julie Sedorenko

Synod Representatives

  • Cephas Rodgers
  • Annette Sheen

Safe Ministry

Zero Tolerance for Abuse

We and the Sydney Diocese of the Anglican Church have a zero tolerance policy for misconduct and abuse.

We’re committed to the physical, emotional and spiritual welfare and safety of all people.

Safe Ministry Representative

Our Safe Ministry Representative is Alicia Bates.

Alicia is a member of our Church and has been appointed by our Senior Minister & Parish Council to oversee compliance with the legal child protection and diocesan Safe Ministry requirements.


Report Abuse

To report abuse to the Anglican Church in Sydney please call the Abuse Report Line on 1800 774 945.

Alternatively you may send an email to [email protected] or submit a form via the Safe Ministry website.

The Sydney Diocese of the Anglican Church has rules and protocols that our staff and volunteers must follow and adhere to in order to be able to participate in ministry.

Working With Children Check

Everyone over 18 years of age involved in ministry to young and vulnerable people must have a verified Working With Children Check.  It involves a National Police Check (criminal history record check) and a review of reportable workplace misconduct.

The result of a Working With Children Check is either a clearance to work with children for five years, or a bar against working with children. Cleared applicants are subject to ongoing monitoring and relevant new records may lead to a clearance being revoked.

Safe Ministry Training

The Sydney Diocese of the Anglican Church is an endorsed training partner under the Safe Church Training Agreement which is a nationally agreed standard for Safe Ministry training. The diocesan Professional Standards Unit is responsible for the administration of this training.

Everyone involved in ministry to young and vulnerable people (both paid staff and those volunteering) is required to complete the Safe Ministry Essentials course, and then every three years do the Safe Ministry Refresher course.  There is also a training course for Junior Leaders (designed for 14-17 year olds).


God calls all Christians to take the saving message of Jesus Christ to all nations.  For this reason, we support and are in partnership with the following missionaries:

Malcolm & Leanne

Pete & Kathryn