The members of our leadership team are:
(Rev) Bill Stewart
Bill is passionate about helping people of all ages to meet Jesus. With his family he moved to Hobart in 2010
to lead the team at New Town and Lenah Valley Anglican. After completing High School
he studied business at the University of Queensland and worked in real estate
valuation in North Queensland. Later he trained for ministry at Ridley College,
University of Melbourne. For ten years Bill was involved in university student welfare
and as a lecturer at Ridley College. He then served in two churches in suburban
Melbourne before moving to Hobart.
At Ridley College Bill taught courses on the New
Testament and the history of Christianity. He
received his Doctor of Theology degree for research in biblical studies. He
is currently an Honorary Scholar of Alphacrucis College. Bill
also serves as Mission Support Officer for the Anglican Churches of
southern Tasmania and as an honorary chaplain at Calvary Hospital in
Bill is married to Melanee and they have two children.
reading history and fantasy, listening to music, camping and gardening. Bill supports
the Brisbane Broncos Rugby League team (he grew up in Queensland!).
In a recent ABC interview Bill was asked:
if there was just one thing you would like to say to people what that would be?
His answer was: “If people have not taken
at least a little bit of time to consider Jesus and his life and what he did,
and taught, they are depriving themselves of an insight into why he is then . .
. and now today is still shaping and
transforming so many lives and why so many people seek to shape their lives
around him. I think that impact is so significant that anyone who has not taken
at least some time to explore that is depriving themselves of something
extraordinarily significant and transformative of so many millions of people.”
Senior Associate Minister
Children, Youth &
(Rev) John Stanley
John Stanley joined our leadership team
in 2014. He is passionate about building Christian community and communicating
the good news of Jesus to people that wouldn’t normally come into meaningful
contact with the church. John has a special responsibility for fostering our
ministry to children and youth and their families.
John began his ministry serving in an Anglican
church and as a secondary school chaplain, both in the northern suburbs of
Melbourne. Later he moved to a church in the western suburbs near Melbourne
airport. John then served in Darlinghurst and Kings Cross in inner-city Sydney,
where he was Outreach Director. For the next 13 years John led a major community
outreach project in a former steel mill town in Pennsylvania in the
north-eastern United States. Under John’s leadership the Uncommon Grounds Café
was established as a public space where Christians could serve the local
community. He was also the National Director of the Church Army USA working
with churches and leaders all across America.
John studied for a diploma in Sydney and while
ministering in Melbourne he earned his Bachelor of Theology degree. While in
the USA he began studying for a Doctor of Ministry degree. John has also
undertaken further studies in pastoral education. He has a wide range of
experience in coaching and professional supervision.
John is married to Alison, and their three boys, Zac,
Ben and Luke are living and working in Melbourne. John enjoys hanging out
with Alison, walking the dog (Max), playing music, working with wood, riding
(or fixing) his Harley, and playing sports, all the more enjoyable when they
are done with friends.
(Rev) Marie Ellison
Marie has been an honorary
Associate Minister in the parish since 2006, following early retirement from
teaching and education management. She has tertiary qualifications in arts, the
humanities, education and theology. Marie enjoys all aspects of parish life and
ministry. She is passionate about chaplaincy. Marie is an Anglican chaplain at
Calvary Hospital in Lenah Valley and chair of the chaplaincy committee for
Ogilvie High School in New Town. She also loves encouraging other women in
their life and faith journey.
Marie is Tasmanian, born into a
Huon Valley orcharding family. She's married to Tom, a retired engineer. She
has 3 adult children, 5 grandchildren and a large extended family scattered
around the state and in the northern isle. Her interests include music,
reading, history, life-long study, gardening and knitting. Marie’s retirement
plan had included learning to play croquet. God had other plans!
(Rev) Marilyn King
desire is to bring the gospel to people who have not yet met Jesus, and
to support and honour the elderly and the sick. Marilyn was born in
Hobart and has lived all of her life in Tasmania.
Marilyn attended Goodwood Primary school and Hobart High schools, and
then trained at Hobart Teachers College. She taught at New Norfolk
Primary School, Smithton Primary School, and worked as a Teacher’s Aid
at Oatlands District School. After her children were all at school she
went back to teaching and taught part-time at Brent St Primary. Marilyn
was also a founding participant in a drug education program based at
Cosgrove High School and went on to train as a trainer for schools
Growing up Marilyn attended St Christopher’s, Goodwood, went on to be a
Sunday school teacher, and was involved in the youth group. After
returning to Hobart from teaching in regional Tasmania Marilyn rejoined
the parish she had grown up in. She became a Reader in 1989 and was
ordained Deacon in 2010. Marilyn studied ministry through Moore
College, Sydney, and recently completed further studies in pastoral
education, pastoral visiting in hospitals and aged care. In 2013
Marilyn became a member of St John’s congregation and in 2014 joined
the New Town and Lenah Valley Anglican leadership team. She is
particularly involved in leading Sunday services and contributing to
services at Mary Ogilvie, Barrington Lodge and Rosary Gardens aged care
Roger and Marilyn were married in 1969 and have three children and four
grandchildren. She is a keen gardener and enjoys sewing, reading and
all types of craft work. Marilyn volunteers two days a week at the
Centrecare “Stitch” program teaching newly-arrived migrant women
sewing, knitting, crocheting and supporting them with their English and
settling into life in Tasmani
To Meet Us
on our leadership team will be very pleased to speak, meet or pray with you. You can contact us through
our parish office.