The Rev Paul Cohen

Rector, & Archdeacon of North Canberra
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Paul Cohen

Paul Cohen

City to Surf

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Quiz time, Carols @ Lawson December 2019

St Simon’s 40th Anniversary






Paul completed the Mental Health First Aid Certificate course in April 2019 – he learned a lot, and he highly recommends the course!

Paul & Sue (a workforce planner) were married in 1987; they have a daughter 27, and two sons 24 and 22, & Sue’s mum Judy has been an integral part of their family life for the past 25 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 mature, energetic & godly people.

Paul was diagnosed with CLL (chronic leukaemia) in Sept 2018, & after 6 months of chemotherapy to March ’19, & a graduated return to work to June ’19, is back full-time and fit as a Mallee bull and harder to kill than a brown dog!

Paul is very grateful to all those who have prayed for him & continue to pray for him – and also very grateful to our Lord!

Paul was appointed Archdeacon of North Canberra in mid-2018. 

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The Rev Wendy Bloomfield (January 2020 to mid 2021)

Wendy joined St Simon’s church family as our Associate Priest in 2020.

In 2021 we farewelled Wendy for her to take up the position as long term locum for Cooma Parish.

The Rev Susan Williamson

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

Susan is highly experienced in parish ministry.

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

The Rev Tim Mannix (Jan 2018-Dec 2019) Air Force Chaplain from January 2020

was Assistant Minister

Tim at Kaleen Shops collecting food for Anglicare’s Pantry Appeal 2019









We welcomed Tim, Kylie & their daughter Emily into our church family in Dec 2017.

We farewelled Tim on Sunday 29th December 2019!

Tim was with us for two years to gain parish ministry experience as part of his training for Defence Force Chaplaincy in the Air Force from 2020.

Tim was posted to Edinburgh Air Base in South Australia in January 2020.

(it took a very large post-parcel!)

The Rev Tracey Matthews (Feb 2016 – March 2019)

was Assistan Minister & Pioneer Priest

While on Sunday 17th September 2017 we farewelled Rev Tracey Matthews after two years as our Assistant Minister, we also sent her out to begin a pioneering ministry in the community.

We continued to partner with Tracey in her role as Pioneer Priest, both financially and as her church family.

Tracey was the Locum for 6 months (October ’18 to March ’19) while Paul was on sick leave.

Tracey returned to Canberra in 2022 after being the Rector of the Parish of Charlestown, NSW.

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Reconciliation Sunday 3.6.18

Tracey Paul painting farewell 17 9 2017 sm2

Tracey commissioned local indigenous artist Leah Brideson to paint her vision for pioneer ministry (unveiled at her farewell, with Paul)



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)

was Assistan Minister

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.

In January 2016 Sam, Adele & Eleanor moved to Townsville for Sam to begin his ministry as a Defence Force Chaplain.

In 2019 they moved to Puckapunyal, Victoria, to continue ministry as an Army Chaplain.

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.