SHANE ROGERSON – Lead Pastor
Shane's is the Vicar of St Matts, but he prefers to be called Shane and describes his role as leading and pastoring. He does this through preaching, praying, training and keeping things on purpose. He's passionate about engaging with the bigger questions of life and helping people grasp the reality of God and the grace of Jesus. He is married to Alison who by far 'his better and younger half' keeps him smiling and in line, she also helps him muster their 4 kids and whoeverelse is living with them at the time. In his spare time he is the Director of church planting company, and an Army Chaplain. Shane was a wannabe rugby player who would have been really good back in the day if it wasn't for his lack of speed, strength, stamina and skills.
HELEN JACOBS – Children and Families
I grew up and studied in New Zealand and came to Melbourne to a research position at Melbourne Uni in 1991. I met my husband, Bruce, at St Jude's in Carlton, and we have 2 teenage children, Anna and Sam. As far as I can remember I have always believed that Jesus loves me and died to save me, and was diligently taught scripture by my parents until I left home to go to university. I recognise a time of significant spiritual maturing through being welcomed into a church community in Wellington in my mid 20’s. This growth continued through serving and working at St Jude's and then at St Matt’s.
My 2 general roles at St Matt’s involve running playgroups and running Kids' Church during our Sunday morning services.
Running the 2 playgroups each week involves welcoming mums, dads, nannies and grandmas (and the children in their care) from our local community and from our St Matt’s community to play, chat, build relationships, share morning tea, be creative and sing together at the end. We try to love every member of playgroup as Jesus would, and openly invite them to join us at our Sunday gatherings, especially our Easter and Christmas family services. I am passionate about introducing everyone at playgroup to warm, welcoming and accepting relationships with members of St Matt’s community, and making playgroup a place where anyone who is interested in knowing God better can do this.
My role with Kid's Church is to recruit, train and manage our leaders, and to enable all of the kids of St Matt’s to learn from the bible about who God is, and about God's love, forgiveness and plan for us. I want the kids of St Matt’s to love learning about our amazing God, both at Kid's Church and at home, and I want to see them growing and wanting to serve Him.
God is showing me that he is actively involved in my life through answered prayer. He encourages me as I learn to trust in his guidance and wisdom in more and more aspects of my life.
I enjoy the great outdoors: kayaking; camping; bushwalking with Bruce, and we love it when our kids decide to come too! I enjoy keeping fit by cycling beach road most Saturday mornings, and I love it when I have time to read.
REMY CHADWICK - Creative Ministries Director
Remy's role is to help facilitate our praise of God creatively, especially as we gather together corporately each Sunday. He leads our music and is a gifted communicator. He is a trained actor working in theatre and the arts, who thinks clowns are highly underrated. He's older than he looks!
SARAH CREEK - Care Ministry Co-Ordinator
Sarah is invloved in our care ministry - Hope Prahan - which exists to give relief and recovery to those who are battling at the moment. We believe God is a God of justice and mercy - and we hope we can be a signpost to and foretaste of his coming Kingdom of love. Sarah is completing her training through Ridley Melbourne and is also involved in care ministry amongst the elderly. She is married to Sam who is clearly punching above his weight and a very wise man for marrying her.
LYNN CUPIDO - Administrative Co-Ordinator
Lynn probably wouldn't like this photo because she loves to serve behind the scenes. She helps us stay organised and communicate well as a church. She loves quiet places and helping other women to grow in their faith. She can't stand typos and spelling errors, but is humble and puts up with a lot!