2016 Parish 40th Anniversary

The Rev Paul Cohen

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All family City to Surf 2015

Paul & Sue (a workforce planner) have been married for 29 years; they have a daughter 22, and two sons 18 and 16, & Sue’s mum is an integral part of their family life, having lived with them for the last 19 years.

After growing up and then ministering in Sydney (Camden Parish 4yrs & Malabar Parish 8yrs) we ministered in Cooma Parish (NSW) from 2005 to April 2013, when Paul then joined the energetic folk at St Simon’s in May 2013, & he is thoroughly enjoying his time with them! Paul considers himself very blessed by the Lord to be ministering amongst and alongside such mature, energetic & godly people.

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The Rev Susan Williamson

Honorary Deacon

We welcomed Rev Susan Williamson as our Deacon (honorary) as she began her ministry with us in 2016.

Susan is experienced in parish ministry in her role as a Deacon.

Susan, with her husband Graeme, moved from ‘up north’ to Canberra to be closer to their family.

The Rev Tracey Matthews (7 Feb 2016 – 30 Sept 2017)

While we farewelled Rev Tracey Matthews on Sunday 17th September 2017, we are also sending her out to begin a pioneering ministry in the community.

As we continue to support Tracey, she will return to us every few months to give us an update on her ministry.

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Tracey commissioner a painting to represent her future ministry (unveiled at her farewell, with Paul)

Tracey was Ordained a Deacon on Saturday 27th February at Goulburn Cathedral.Tracey was Ordained a Priest on Saturday 26th November at Goulburn Cathedral.


Tracey, with folk from St Simon’s who attended her Ordination as Priest on 26 November 2016


The Rev Sam Gregory (Feb 2014 – Dec 2015)

Sam, Adele & Eleanor moved to Townsville in January 2016, for Sam to begin his ministry as a Defence Force Chaplin. We miss them already!

Sam, along with his wife Adele, joined St Simons in February 2014. This was quickly followed by the arrival of their daughter Eleanor in June. Sam was at St Simon’s as part of his training toward Defence Force Chaplaincy with the Australian Army.

Sam has a particular interest in small group bible studies and discipleship as means to encourage believers in their walk with Christ. He and Adele have enjoyed the warmth, friendliness and generosity extended to them by those at St Simon’s.