Our Team

Meet the staff at St Jude's

THE team

MINISTRY TEAM

At St Jude’s we are blessed with a dedicated and faithful ministry team.  
Please contact any one of us should you have an enquiry or need.

Senior Minister / Rector

Gavin Perkins

Doctor of Ministry (TEDS Chicago), MA Theol (MTC), BD (Hons 1) (MTC), BA (UNSW)

Gavin commenced his ministry with us in February 2018. Previous to the role at St Jude’s, he was a minister at St Thomas’ North Sydney for six years and Course Director of Cornhill Sydney (training people in preaching). He is married to Amy and they have three grown-up children. Gavin leads the ministry team, has primary responsibility for our preaching and teaching, and delights to spend as much time as possible in spiritual conversation with believers and non-believers alike. 

Alongside his responsibilities in the parish Gavin also has a range of roles in the wider Sydney Diocese, including being a member of the Standing Committee of the Synod, a member of the Diocesan Doctrine Commission, and in Anglican school governance.

Gavin’s doctoral studies led him to an investigation of how we best prepare Christian believers to interact with the community and speak up for Christ in an increasingly contested context. It is deeply on his heart that we at St Jude’s continue to grow in maturity in Christ and grow in confidence to speak up for Christ in our beautiful Southern Highlands. 

Assistant Minister

Graham Schultz

BFA, Grad Dip Ed, BTh, Grad Dip Div

Graham’s ministries at St Jude’s supports our Auditorium church services, Connect Groups, various pastoral care, preaching and other ministries.

As a minister he particularly enjoys opening the scriptures to help disciple and grow others in maturity and confidence in salvation. It’s a great privilege and blessing to grow in faith and share the gospel with our St Jude’s church family.

He is married with four children. As a family they will use any spare time to get outdoors.

Assistant Minister / Youth

Matt Jacobs

BTh, Adv Dip Min

Matt has worked in youth ministry for a little over 20 years, and has been serving at St Jude’s as an Assistant Minister since 2016. He loves teaching the Bible, talking about Jesus, and training teenagers and young adults for youth ministry.

He has studied at Youthworks College and Ridley College. Matt is married to Keren, and is Dad to Abby, Noah, and Hayley.

He loves running, cooking with the kids and playing with Lando, their big dopey Hungarian Vizsla.

Lay Minister

Kate Pearse

Dip Ed, Dip Th, Cert 4 TAE

Kate is a lay minister who steers our 9:30 auditorium service, leads Connect Groups, coordinates social events and is involved in Christian Care. She also helps facilitate programs offered at St Jude's eg. GriefShare  

 Kate has a background in education, both children and adult, has completed the Anglicare Counselling Course and has authored a parenting program that is offered in the Sydney Diocese.

She is married to Ian and they have 3 adult children and one grandchild – Emily (Nathan and Lilli), Jake (and Ineke) and Sophia (and Logan). For downtime the family enjoys board games, beach, snowy mountains, camping under a thousand stars with limited facilities or staying in a 5 star hotel!

Children's Minister

Jaryd Hoffman

BCA Mus, M-teach, Adv Dip Min.

Jaryd is our Children’s Minister and 5:30 Music Coordinator, married to Erica, with children Alice and John. Jaryd works towards the growth of faith and love in our children by managing and supporting the teams of our regular Sunday children’s programs at our 9:30am and 5:30pm Sunday services, Arvo Club on Friday afternoons and other children’s events throughout the year like our BIG DAY IN holiday clubs and Square 1 Camp. Jaryd studied Music and a Master of Primary Teaching at UOW and Ministry at Youthworks College. When he can, Jaryd enjoys spending time with extended family, producing Christian music and playing video games.

Lay Minister

Sarah Bull

Bach Ed, Dip Div, CPE, Grad Cert Professional Supervision (Pastoral)

As a Lay Minister, Sarah's particular focus is on offering spiritual encouragement to our St Jude’s members who live in residential aged care or who are home-based, as well as caring for those in our traditional morning congregations. This role flows naturally out of a number of years in various pastoral ministries within school & hospital chaplaincy, & caring for her own parents as they became unwell & spent time in aged care facilities. Sarah loves offering a listening ear and going ‘deep’ in conversation about matters of faith and how God’s words of life can sustain us in whatever we are facing. Sarah also loves a swim at Jervis Bay, birdwatching at dawn, and time with her husband Pete, their boys, and their daughter & son-in-law.

Organist & Director of Classical Music Program

Dr Allan Beavis

OAM, BSc, Dip Ed (UNSW), MEd Admin, PhD (UNE), ARCM, AMusA.

Before retiring in 2001, Allan had been Headmaster of St Andrews Cathedral Choir School in Sydney and Master of New College at the University of NSW.

Allan is the Public Officer of St Jude’s Music Association Inc, Principal Organist at St Jude’s and the director of the classical music program.

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