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Trinity News : July 2008
GREG WEBSTER I was born a suburb away from Summer Hill so the Inner West always feels like home. I went to several ‘blue collar’ style public schools where in my senior years I came under the really positive influence of Christian teachers who talked to me about Jesus. I became a Christian soon after that, which is the best thing I have ever done and the most important. Leaving school, I worked and studied engineering with Qantas, then left to do Applied Science in Physiotherapy. After graduating, I worked for a number of years as a Physiotherapist and then found myself on the teaching staff of the college. A Bachelor of Theology from Moore College was followed by a number of happy years working on the staff of North Sydney Anglican Church. I am married to Cath and have four energetic children. I’ve been the Chaplain at Trinity for almost twelve years, which means I have been in school for twenty- five years and at University for eleven. I am quite looking forward to Heaven because, I’m looking forward to seeing the Saviour and having all the tears wiped away. I’m also keen to learn how to surf and play the bassoon and there just isn’t the time here on earth! CLAYTON MOSS I grew up in Engadine and attended St Andrew’s Cathedral School. I started taking Jesus seriously soon after leaving school. I worked for nine years as a plumber and then completed a Bachelor of Theology at Sydney Missionary and Bible College. While studying, I was a student minister at Engadine Anglican and Mt Druitt Anglican, working particularly in youth ministry and school scripture. In 2004 I started as an Assistant Chaplain at Trinity. My job allows me to do the things I am most passionate about – teaching the Bible and seeing young people grow and mature as they follow Jesus and are trained to serve Him. This involves teaching Christian Studies classes, co-ordinating camps, preaching in Chapel, running lunchtime Christian groups and leading the co-curricular Berea. I’ve been married to my wife Anna for almost ten years and have two wonderful daughters, Talitha (3 years old) and Eva (8 months). When I get some spare time, I love going for a surf, somewhere on the south coast. CHRIS THANOPOULOS Born to Greek migrant parents in Sydney in 1974 we lived in Cronulla and Carlton and eventually settled in West Ryde. Childhood was interspersed with attempts to migrate back to Greece where I lived for six months. I attended and enjoyed both West Ryde Public School and then Epping Boys’ High School. After achieving the initial goal of entering Medicine and thinking about the next goal, life took an unexpected turn when I became a Christian at the age of 18 when reading from the Bible about the grace of God in the death of Christ. I later met my future wife, Merrin, who was studying in the same year group and we were married with two years remaining as full-time students. We now have two sons. After completing my internship at St George Hospital, I continued to work in the Emergency Department for two years while being an Assistant Chaplain at the University of New South Wales. After studying for a theology degree at Moore Theological College, I was the Assistant Minister at Cross-culture Bible Church, Arncliffe – a great congregation consisting of people of many different ethnic backgrounds. The university experience of ministering to young students brings me to Trinity Grammar School as an Assistant Chaplain. PETER WRENCH During the last Federal election campaign, I remember hearing that one of the candidates being asked a prickly question about God by a young school student. The media was gathered, cameras were rolling, lights blazing and the answer was …I forget. Being asked difficult questions in pressure situations is the bread and butter of a Chaplain’s work. I find that the Chaplaincy work at Trinity requires me to call upon all of my ministry experience. During the past dozen years I have been Assistant Chaplain at UNSW, youth pastor at the University church and Assistant minister at Beverly Hills Anglican Church as well as graduating from Moore College and my subsequent ordination. The greatest moments in my day are when students seem to grasp a new concept, or have a burning question answered to their satisfaction. Since I didn’t grow up in a Christian home, I am forever thankful that I had the opportunity to hear the message about Jesus when I attended a Christian Camp (BMX Bandits!) when I was in Year 8. My sincere hope is that Trinity students will have the same opportunity. My background is in Law so I enjoy teaching my Legal Studies students about justice – both penultimate and ultimate! I am married to Jacinta, have four children and enjoy going to the beach with my family – and surfing if it is six foot and glassy! STUART SMITH I began ministry with young people at Christ Church Anglican at Gladesville in 1989 and for the next eight years I was involved in all manner of ministry from teaching scripture in primary and high schools to running kids and youth groups. From 1997 to 2005 I worked as a fulltime children’s and youth minister in Anglican churches around Sydney. Investing in quality time with my wife Nicola and our four children is integral to what I do. The opportunity to come back to Trinity (I attended the high school from 1984 - 1989) and share the gospel as well as my life with the boys has been a great joy for me. I count it a huge privilege to open God’s word with them, and to give many boys the opportunity to respond to the love of our gracious God. One of the joys of working as a Chaplain at the Preparatory School is to listen to the boys express their personal delight and thanks about the death and resurrection of Jesus and how this brings fulfilment in their lives. One of the challenges is to wisely use every opportunity in class, C.I.A. (Christians in Action - the lunchtime Christian group) and Chapel as this is the only contact many of the boys have with the Bible and the person of Jesus. JAMES RICKETTS I grew up in the country town of Young, the “Cherry Capital of Australia”, where I attended the local public school. My family went to the local Anglican Church where I enjoyed Sunday School and a vibrant youth group during high school. I became a Christian at a summer camp and grew as a Christian through the ministry of ‘Cornerstone’. After leaving school I studied at one of the Cornerstone colleges, on a vegetable farm just outside of Canowindra the “Balloon Capital.” I then spent a few years working in Cornerstone mission teams, which took me to Bathurst “the motor racing Capital.” It was here I met Naomi and within 12 months I followed her to Sydney, “the NSW Capital.” Marriage and world travel followed, and we ended up in Albury (the by-pass Capital!!) where I finished a degree in Parks and Recreation. We then moved to Sydney where I worked for Anglican Youthworks at Port Hacking. Last year through a gracious God I was brought to the Trinity Junior School, Summer Hill (the Jewel of the Inner West). I really enjoy teaching the boys, coaching sport, our staff community, the Lewisham lot, and my Wednesday lunchtime ‘FISH’ group. TRINITY’S CHAPLAINCY TEAM > from left: Peter Wrench, Clayton Moss, Greg Webster, James Ricketts and Stuart Smith. absent: Chris Thanopoulos