About St Thomas'

We believe that God became one of us in the person of Jesus Christ. He died in our place and rose again to bring us forgiveness and new life.

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Our history

Meet the team

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Micky Mantle
Rector

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Paul Dudley
8am, 10am and Kids' Minister

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Gerard O'Brien
Youth Minister

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Philip Percival
Music Minister

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Luke Shooter
5pm Minister

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Veronica Hoyt
Women's Minister

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Annaliese Waine
Women's Worker

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Ling Shooter
Serving Minister

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Nick Ward
Youth and Students' Worker

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Jackson Burt

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Aimee Gray

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Annika Jolliffe

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Dominic Kuek

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Dan Mak

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Brian McAlea

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Henry Pascoe

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Paul Rajkumar

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Amanda Rajaratnam
Office Manager

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Albert Wong
Operations Manager

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Ellise Jones
Communications Coordinator

Craig Harris
Operations Assistant

Ken Chapman
Warden

John MacLeod
Warden

Mark Charlton
Treasurer

Our beliefs

There is one unique and eternal God, who exists in an everlasting loving relationship of Father, Son and Spirit – one God in three persons. God is sovereign in all things.

Men and women together are created in the image of God, and therefore enjoy a unique dignity in creation and a unique relationship with God.

 

Tragically, human nature is universally sinful since the fall and all are guilty before God. This leaves us under the wrath and condemnation of God.

 

We are unable to turn ourselves to God.

There is no other way to know God except that he reveals himself to us. The Bible is God’s revelation and the words of the Bible are divinely inspired and infallible, as originally given, and have supreme authority in all matters of faith, conduct and experience.

 

The Bible is sufficient for knowing God.

Jesus Christ is both fully God and truly human. He entered fully into human experience, enduring temptation, suffering and death. He was perfectly obedient to God his father.

 

In his death Jesus took on himself the consequences of human sin, but on the third day he rose from the dead bodily and is now exalted as ruler over all.

 

He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead.

Salvation is entirely of God’s grace and not of human merit or works. It is only through the sacrificial death of Jesus Christ, as our representative and substitute, that the guilt, penalty and power of sin can be removed.

 

The Spirit enables the sinner to repent and put their faith in Jesus Christ.

 

Although we enjoy now the blessing of union with Christ and secure relationship with God, we await the final consummation of our hope with the return of Christ, the resurrection of our bodies and life with him eternally.

The Holy Spirit is co-equal with the Father and the Son, and indwells all true believers.

 

His role is to bring glory to Jesus Christ, thus making Jesus Christ central in all things.

 

The Spirit enables believers to grasp the truth of the Bible, transforming them and empowering them for service.

 

The necessity of the work of the Holy Spirit to make the death of Christ effective in individual sinners, granting them repentance towards God, and faith in Jesus Christ.

 

The ongoing work of the indwelling Holy Spirit in the believer.

The visible church is the gathering of believers around Christ in his Word.

 

It is a community of people intended by God to bear witness to him and use their gifts as they work to build the church in love.

 

The Bible makes clear that in church leadership, as in marriage, the roles of men and women are not interchangeable. We are committed to expressing the differences within relationships of mutual dependence.

Micky Mantle

Micky has been the Rector at St Thomas’ since September 2021.  He grew up in Brisbane and moved to the UK for University where he remained working in Christian ministry and in Finance.  He returned to Australia in 2012 to complete the Bachelor of Divinity at Moore Theological College.  After College he served as an Assistant Minister at St Helen’s Bishopsgate in London.  Micky is married to Ellie and they have three children – Jono, Olivia and Theo.  

Paul Dudley

Paul is married to Michelle and has 4 beautiful children. Prior to going Bible college, Paul worked as a science teacher, residential care worker and children’s and youth worker in a church. After college he was ordained and worked as a senior assistant minister in Melbourne and a family pastor in Canberra before taking the role of Senior Chaplain at Shore School, North Sydney in 2008. Since February 2022, he is now the 8am, 10am and Kids Minister at St Thomas’. He loves creatively telling people about Jesus, hanging out with his family at beaches, triathlons, rock climbing and building stuff.

Gerard O'Brien

Gerard is married to Briar with two daughters and has been the Youth Minister at St Thomas’ for nine years. He loves shooting hoops and fried chicken, and speaks Spanish. He is more and more thankful for Jesus every day.

Philip Percival

Philip is a founder and Executive Director of Emu Music. A song writer and author (Then Sings My Soul, Matthias Media), he was Music Minister at St Ebbe’s, Oxford, UK for 15 years, and now teaches about music ministry at conferences and Bible colleges in Australia, the UK and Asia, as well as being St Thomas’ part time Music Minister. He is married to Kate, has three adult children, and is completing a PhD on the worship theology of conservative evangelicals.

Luke Shooter

Luke has been the minister of the 5pm service since the beginning of 2022. He is married to Ling who is also involved in ministry at St Thomas’. He knew from a very young age that the best thing in life was following Jesus. During university the Lord really grew Luke in his faith. After university he worked for six years as a maritime engineer. Having grown up in other churches he was surprised when the Lord led him to study for ministry at Moore College. During his studies the Lord grew his love for the Word. He loves rugby, exploring Australia and enjoys solving chess puzzles to unwind.

Veronica Hoyt

Veronica will be joining our ministry team very soon. She loves warm weather and gardens. She grew up in Western Australia and moved to New Zealand just before her marriage to Berwyn in 1999. They have a son, Emlyn, who is in his fourth year at university.

Annaliese Waine

Annaliese is a junior staff member who works particularly with women from the 5pm congregation. She spent a year studying and training at St Helen’s Bishopsgate in the UK. Since moving back to Sydney she has now finished 2 years of study at Cornhill. She loves dancing, coffee and the beach! 

Ling Shooter

Ling grew up in Newcastle and worked as an occupational therapist for 7 years before being persuaded to do MTS at Hunter Bible Church. She moved to Sydney to study at Moore College and married Luke Shooter in 2020. Ling spends her time thinking and talking about ministry, and meets with women to read the Bible and help them grow in their love for Jesus.

 

Ling would love to speak with you about your gifts, convictions and capacity to see what kind of ministry would be a good fit for you to serve in. She is the first point of contact before being connected with a ministry at St Thomas’. This role aims to mobilise each of us for God’s glory and streamline processes.

Nick Ward

Nick became a Christian as a teenager and has been talking about Jesus since. He serves with the team at 5pm and alongside Gerard at youth. Nick’s interested in any sport that involves a ball and has a love-hate relationship with golf. He studied Latin at uni but spent more time going to coffee shops than in class.

Jackson Burt

Jackson joined St Thomas’ as a student minister in January 2022. He grew up in Christchurch, New Zealand and worked in investment services in Wellington and financial regulation in London. He loves running, the beach, and snowboarding (although that is on hold for now). Jackson came to faith after university having been challenged to explore Jesus. He was struck by the truth and goodness of God’s word and Jesus opened his eyes to see that He is the Lord. Jackson is married to Annalise and they have two children – James and Zoe. They wish to return to NZ after college to make Jesus known.

Aimee Gray

Aimee began as a student minister in Feb 2024. She grew up in Auckland, then spent a formational 6 years in London (while teaching children to sing for a job). There, she was captivated by the power of God’s Word, and was compelled to spend more time speaking of Jesus to others. She has served for the last 3 years in a small church in Christchurch, NZ, in women’s and music ministry. Aimee loves to potter on the piano, belt out a show tune or bury herself behind a sewing machine.

Annika Jolliffe

Annika is in her second year of study at Moore College, having recently finished her MTS training at Toongabbie Anglican Church. She is particularly involved with Children’s ministry at St Thomas’, as well as leading a Central Discipleship Group. This is very on brand, as Annika decided she wanted to be a children’s minister in year 6! She grew up in a family where Jesus was the most important thing, and seeing her parents make their biggest decisions for Jesus taught her to do the same.

 

Annika loves exploring the food options in Newtown, and tearing up her local skate park.

Dominic Kuek

Dom is a Student Minister in the 5pm congregation and a student at Moore College. He grew up in Singapore and put his faith in Jesus as a child, but it was in university when he was struck by the power of God’s Word to give life and the need to listen to it. He has set his medical career aside to be equipped to proclaim God’s gospel of eternal life back in Singapore. He is married to Gillian and is expecting his firstborn in December 2023.

Daniel Mak

Dan started as a student minister at Moore College in January 2023. He grew up in Hong Kong and the UK in a Christian home, but became convinced of the priority of Gospel ministry at University, and subsequently trained for ministry in London and has been working as a youth worker for the last seven years in the UK. He hopes to go back to Hong Kong after College to proclaim Christ and build up the church there.

Brian McAlea

Brian moved with his wife, Theodora, to Sydney in 2024 to study at Moore College and begin a role as a student minister at St Thomas’. Originally from Belfast, Northern Ireland, he has lived in England for the past 12 years (so grasping his somewhat diluted Belfast accent shouldn’t be an issue!). Brian studied music at the University of Oxford, before moving to London to study classical singing and subsequently pursued work as a classical singer for 6 years. He acknowledged Jesus as Lord during his time in London and trained on the Associate Scheme at St Helen’s Bishopsgate, London, before working as a Mens’ Worker for the evening congregation there.

Paul Rajkumar

Paul has been a student minister at St Thomas’ since February 2023. He grew up in Sydney and worked as a finance lawyer in Sydney and London. In London, he trained as an Associate at St Helen’s Bishopsgate and then worked as Assistant Minister at St Stephen’s Church, Westbourne Park for a little under 2 years. He returned to Australia in 2023 to commence the Bachelor of Theology / Masters of Theology at Moore Theological College. Paul is married to Tori and they have two children – Reuben and Scarlett.

Amanda Rajaratnam

Married, with two grown up sons and an elderly father-in-law at home; Amanda loves to bake, make sourdough bread and potter in her little veggie patch in the garden. She attends her local church in the Hills and runs a bible study with her husband.

Albert Wong

Albert works part time after retiring from fulltime work. He has a background in corporate accounting. Albert and his wife Adeline enjoy serving at church in a variety of roles. They have a son. Albert likes playing golf and listening to music.

Ellise Jones

Ellise is married to Sean and has a beautiful daughter. Having lived in the UK for 4 years, Ellise moved back to Sydney in 2022. She has been a member of St Thomas’ since she was 11 years old (with the small break in-between when living in the UK).

Craig Harris

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Ken Chapman

Ken is married to Judy and together they have been members of St Thomas’ since 1987. Ken’s professional working life has been in financial markets and he also serves as a Board Member of a number of other organisations including Moore Theological College.