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Our Team

Meet the leadership team at St Swithun's

Stuart Holman, Senior Minister

Stuart is married to Cate and together they have three adults sons (and two daughters-in-law!). Under Jesus Christ, and along with the Wardens and Parish Council, Stuart provides overall leadership and direction for our church. He is responsible for the spiritual nurture, preaching, prayer, pastoral care and staff of St Swithun’s. Stuart also pastors the 9am congregation.

Before coming to St Swithun’s, Stuart has served in the parishes of Roseville, Barrenjoey and Manly. His theological studies were completed at Moore Theological College, Sydney, and Regent College, Vancouver. 

On his days off, Stuart enjoys Mountain Biking, the Beach, playing guitar and walking his dog, ‘Joey’. 

Andrew Bell, Assistant Minister

Andy has is married to Tori, with two little daughters in tow. Andy's role is to help us welcome all into an authentic sense of Christian 'belonging' at St Swithun's, whether we're just exploring faith or we've been living it for years. Andy studied at SMBC, and is currently a candidate for Ordination. His previous role was the Music Director and Lay Minister at Church Hill Anglican in the city. His experience in training, equipping, and shaping Sunday services, both traditional and contemporary, will help our community to worship God together at our various services. Andy wants to see our church grow, and is looking forward to getting to know everyone, with a focus on our families. 

On his days off, you’ll usually find Andy with his family at a park or a cafe, or watching sport if he can! 

Nigel Gray, Assistant Pastor

Nigel's role is to help us reach out to all members of our community with the message of Jesus, and then to introduce them to God. Nigel also pastors our 6pm congregation. Born and bred in Northern Ireland, Nigel studied theology there before going on to serve as a missionary in Spain. He is married to Delia and they have two daughters. His interests are swimming, art and the occasional bush walk.

Email: nigel@swiz.org.au

Hannah Killen, Children's and Youth Minister

Hannah oversees our ministry for children, youth, and young adults with a strong commitment to fostering a community that guides and disciples young people towards Christ. She is married to Mikey and holds degrees from Youthworks Bible College and Sydney Missionary Bible College. Having served in churches in Roseville and Town Hall, she is excited to journey alongside the young people of Pymble in life and faith.

Born in Texas but raised on the northern beaches, Hannah found her faith in a small local church in the northern beaches. She enjoys the beach, good coffee, and conversations. When she can't be by the beaches, she helps out with kids and youth camps, writes music, and plays the guitar.

Email: hannah@swiz.org.au

Emilia Oslington, Youth Ministry Worker

Emilia works with Hannah leading our Youth Ministry program at St. Swithun's. This includes programs on Friday night, Sunday morning and a mid-week bible study, along with camps and adventures throughout the year. Emilia works part-time.

Emilia grew up in Oxfordshire, UK, where she studied Fine Art. Aside from her work with the Church, Emilia is a practicing artist, who paints and has worked with encaustic and ceramics. She loves reading and being out in the sunshine.

Email: emilia@swiz.com.au

Christina Hollister, Seniors' Minister

Chris is passionate about caring for older people, especially those living with cognitive and/or physical issues. She is privileged to be able to minister to and care for the pastoral needs of the older members of our congregation and the older members of our community who are house-bound or live in local residential care facilities. Chris also works for Anglicare as a residential care chaplain.

Email: chris@swiz.org.au

Phil Linquist, Choir and Traditional Music Director

A man of many talents, Phil stepped down from his role as the Assistant Director of Music at Barker College to run his family hairdressing business at Lindfield. He not only leads our large choir, but also conducts special events such as Messiah at Easter.

Peter Hamilton, Organist

Peter is our principal organist, who plays each Sunday at our 9am Traditional congregation. Peter is also available to play at weddings, funerals and at other services. He also composes and arranges music for our choir and congregation.

Dineesha Welikala, Administration Assistant

Dineesha is our Administration Assistant serving our church community with day-to-day office duties and Sunday service requirements. After living and working in Sri-Lanka, New York and Toronto, Dineesha and her husband with their two children have made Sydney their home. She enjoys reading, painting and walking in her spare time. Dineesha feels blessed to be serving Christ in this role and looks forward to meeting all of you.

Email: admin@swiz.org.au

Jean Gurusamy, Parish Administrator

Jean enjoys welcoming and helping people which fits in well with her role in managing the administrative & property functions of the Parish. She is thankful for being able to use her gifts to serve Jesus and to be a part of the staff team.

Email: office@swiz.org.au