Members

 

Office Bearers

John_Donnelly Chairperson – Mr John Donnelly  

John Donnelly is a Catholic who has worked all his professional life as a religious educator. After twenty five years of teaching and coordinating religion in Catholic Schools, John was called to serve Government School children and their families in 2003. He has a degree in Theology and a Masters in Religious Education that he put to good use in the development of the K–12 Catholic SRE program. John is currently employed by the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle as the Director of the Office of Life and Faith. He heads a team of coordinators in the Hunter and Manning regions who support and train SRE teachers, parish catechists, Seasons for Growth companions, marriage educators and Natural Fertility Services.  Formation and training of church workers is a real passion for John who gains great satisfaction in organizing conferences, workshop days, forums and retreats. John and his wife Brenda have five grown up children and many grandchildren. The faith formation of children has been a life work through involvement in family, parish and schools. John has taught SRE in many state schools including Belmont, Floraville, Cessnock West and Hamilton South public schools.                                 Contact details: e: john.donnelly@mn.catholic.org.au; p: 02 4979 1329

Peter_Adamson Deputy Chairperson – Mr Peter Adamson
Originally a civil engineer, Peter became a Presbyterian minister and has for decades been employed in church planting both in WA and NSW. Along the way, he has regularly taught SRE and was one of the first two school chaplains in WA. For many years he has also been a casual teacher in Christian schools. Currently he is completing a Dip Ed. Once Director of Scripture Union in WA and most recently Chairman of Scripture Union in NSW, he was also the original Executive Officer for GenR8 (The NSW High Schools SRE Association). He is currently Director of Camping and SRE for Presbyterian Youth in NSW.
Contact details: e: peter@pynsw.org.au; p: 02 8567 4714.
 Cheryl_Clendinning Honorary Secretary – Rev Cheryl Clendinning

As a trained primary school teacher and ordained Baptist pastor, Cheryl constantly seeks to be in the best place that God would have her, and currently she combines her gifts of teaching, pastoral and administration to be the Production Coordinator of GodSpace, a ministry resource for SRE teachers and children’s ministries and as the SRE Consultant for the Baptist Association of NSW & ACT (Baptist Union of NSW). Over the past 35 years Cheryl has completed studies in Wollongong and Sydney, NSW, and Philadelphia, USA; had pastoral responsibilities at four Baptist churches; been a classroom teacher in a number of state schools and Christian Studies at Menai High School; started the Creative Arts programme at St George Christian School; been the Coordinator of Creative Ministries with Baptist Youth Ministries which included collating a resource book on creative arts called ‘Beyond The Arts ‘ and the Coordinator of Kids Stump (part of Black Stump). Each week Cheryl builds her hands on experience by working with a Year 6 SRE class that includes a special needs child. Cheryl has a passion to see that children and young people have the opportunity to receive well presented information about the Christian faith and journey so that they may make up their own mind about responding to God’s invitation to a transforming life experience. Cheryl currently shares her home with a delightful Labradoodle dog. Contact details: e: sre@nswactbaptists.org.au;   p: 02 9868 9235

Constantine_Varipatis Honorary Treasurer – Rev Fr Constantine Varipatis
Constantine is the Parish Priest in the Sutherland Shire for the Greek Orthodox Church. He teaches SRE at Endeavour and Sylvania High schools. His qualifications are a Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Theology and Masters Hons in Theology with a thesis on Marriage and the Freedom of the Human Person using Archbishop Stylianos’ Poetry.
Contact details: p: 02 9587 5083.
Executive Officer – Mrs Di Goldrick
Di was employed by ICCOREIS as its Executive Officer in March 2017.
Contact details: e: execofficer@iccoreis.asn.au;  m:  0400 652 505

Representative Members

Anglican Church of Australia, NSW Province

 
 Janene Lewers Mrs Janene Lewers  Janene worked for Anglican Youthworks for 8 years training and resourcing Scripture teachers and church leaders in children’s ministry. She has a Diploma in Divinity and Mission from Sydney Missionary and Bible College and has completed the Preliminary Theological Certificate through Moore College. She currently teaches two SRE classes each week and assists in another and is seeking to help in the same school with a Breakfast Club and an after school club. She is passionate about making the most of the opportunities afforded in the school community and building those relationships.
 Michael Ridge Rev Michael Ridge

Michael taught geography for 14 years in the UK before getting ordained in 2009. He is currently Rector of St Stephens Dorrigo in the Anglican Diocese of Grafton. He teaches SRE every week in the local primary school and is Vice Chair of the Waterfall Way Christian Education Committee which employs a high school SRE teacher in the Dorrigo and Bellingen area.
He has been married to Stephanie for 16 years and has three children.

Australian Christian Churches

Allyson_Parker Ps Allyson Parker
Allyson is the Children’s Pastor of ImagineNations Church at Penrith. She has been involved in children’s ministry for 20 years. Allyson has taught SRE in schools for 19 years and currently has a team in nine schools in her local area. She is part of the ACC NSW Safe Places Unit. Allyson is married with three beautiful daughters.
Contact details: e: allyson@inchurch.com.au; p: 02 4736 3000.

Baptist Churches, NSW and ACT

Cheryl_Clendinning Rev Cheryl Clendinning (Honorary Secretary)

As a trained primary school teacher and ordained Baptist pastor, Cheryl constantly seeks to be in the best place that God would have her, and currently she combines her gifts of teaching, pastoral and administration to be the Production Coordinator of GodSpace, a ministry resource for SRE teachers and children’s ministries. Over the past 30 years Cheryl has completed studies in Wollongong and Sydney, NSW, and Philadelphia, USA; had pastoral responsibilities at four Baptist churches; been a classroom teacher in a number of state schools and Christian Studies at Menai High School; started the Creative Arts programme at St George Christian School; been the Co-ordinator of Creative Ministries with Baptist Youth Ministries which included collating a resource book on creative arts called ‘Beyond The Arts ‘ and the Coordinator of Kids Stump (part of Bsslack Stump). Each week Cheryl builds her hands on experience by working with a Year 2 SRE class that includes a special needs child. Cheryl has a passion to see kids empowered to be a part of the church of today and to be free to express their God given gifts wherever and whenever God desires them to be ministering to others. Cheryl currently shares her home with a delightful Labradoodle dog.
Contact details: e: editor@godspace.org.au; p: 02 9868 9235

Catholic Church, NSW and ACT

John_Donnelly Mr John Donnelly  (Chairperson)
John Donnelly is a Catholic who has worked all his professional life as a religious educator. After twenty five years of teaching and coordinating religion in Catholic Schools, John was called to serve Government School children and their families in 2003. He has a degree in Theology and a Masters in Religious Education that he put to good use in the development of the K–12 Catholic SRE program. John is currently employed by the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle as the Director of the Office of Life and Faith. He heads a team of coordinators in the Hunter and Manning regions who support and train SRE teachers, parish catechists, Seasons for Growth companions, marriage educators and Natural Fertility Services.  Formation and training of church workers is a real passion for John who gains great satisfaction in organizing conferences, workshop days, forums and retreats. John and his wife Brenda have five grown up children and many grandchildren. The faith formation of children has been a life work through involvement in family, parish and schools. John has taught SRE in many state schools including Belmont, Floraville, Cessnock West and Hamilton South public schools.
Jude_Hennessy Mr Jude Hennessy
Jude is Director of the Confraternity of Christian Doctrine, Catholic Diocese of Wollongong. He has 20 years experience in the teaching of Religious Education to young people in schools around Sydney. Jude has significant experience in the development of Religious Education curriculum materials and in training adults who are involved in the catechesis and evangelisation of young people.
Contact details: e: jude.hennessy@woll.catholic.org.au; p: 02 4253 0987; m: 0408 236 191.
Alison Newell  Alison Newell

Alison Newell  has been involved in Catholic religious education for over 25 years at a local and State level, teaching every year group from Kinder to Year 12.  She is currently employed by the Catholic Diocese of Broken Bay which covers an area from Manly to Palm Beach in the northern beaches, the North Shore and Hornsby regions of northern Sydney and the Central Coast.  Alison leads a team of coordinators and administrative staff whose work involves authorisation, training, curriculum development and support to coordinators and SRE teachers.  She is responsible for the continuing development of the K-12 Catholic SRE program Walking With Jesus Pathways of Discipleship. Alison is currently the Chair of the Central Coast SRE Committee, an interchurch group which supports SRE across the Central Coast region.  She serves as the Chair of the Catholic Conference of Religious Educators in State Schools (CCRESS), whose membership is drawn from the eleven Catholic Dioceses of NSW and ACT.  Alison is a Catholic representative on the DEC Consultative Committee.  Her objectives are to promote SRE as a valuable inclusion in the State school curriculum, whilst respecting the rights of parents and all SRE providers; and to support SRE teachers to provide quality religious education to children and young people of the 21st Century.

Helen_C_Ryan Miss Helen C Ryan
Helen has worked as a primary school teacher in Catholic schools. She finished full time teaching in 2005, and was then asked to take on the role of Coordinator for the Western Region of the Diocese of Bathurst. Helen spent two years working in SRE in this ministry. In 2008 she was appointed Director of CCD SRE in the diocese.
Contact details: p: hcryan@nsw.chariot.net.au

Christian Community Churches of Australia (Christian Brethren)

Bradley_Scott Bradley Scott
Brad is employed by Christian Community Churches (CCCAust (NSW)) for 3 days a week. His role includes the training of SRE teachers, Marriage Celebrants and running personal and church growth seminars. He is a leader in his local church and is married with three teenage children. Brad runs his own engineering consultancy, Scott Tech Consulting, offering structural and civil engineering solutions to the public.
Mr Bradley Scott – p: (02) 9626 005  e: brad@cccaustnsw.com

Fellowship of Congregational Churches

 Mr Paul Warren  

p: 0412 510 858

 

Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia

Constantine_Varipatis Rev Fr Constantine Varipatis (Honorary Treasurer)
Constantine is the Parish Priest in the Sutherland Shire for the Greek Orthodox Church. He teaches SRE at Endeavour and Sylvania High schools. His qualifications are a Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Theology and Masters Hons in Theology with a thesis on Marriage and the Freedom of the Human Person using Archbishop Stylianos’ Poetry.
Contact details: p: 02 9587 5083.

Presbyterian Church

Peter_Adamson Mr Peter Adamson (Deputy Chairperson)
Originally a civil engineer, Peter became a Presbyterian minister and has for decades been employed in church planting both in WA and NSW. Along the way, he has regularly taught SRE and was one of the first two school chaplains in WA. For many years he has also been a casual teacher in Christian schools. Currently he is completing a Dip Ed. Once Director of Scripture Union in WA and most recently Chairman of Scripture Union in NSW, he was also the original Executive Officer for GenR8 (The NSW High Schools SRE Association). He is currently Director of Camping and SRE for Presbyterian Youth in NSW.
Contact details: e: peter@pynsw.org.au; p: 02 8567 4714.
 Murray Norman Murray Norman

Murray Norman is the General Manager of Presbyterian Youth and has been for with PY for the last 16 years.  He is also the Deputy Chair of Genr8.  Murray is involved in youth camps, training youth leaders, and the development of SRE in the Presbyterian church and beyond. He has a background in law and accounting, is married with four children and attends Abbotsford Presbyterian Church. Contact details: e: murray@pynsw.org.au; p: 02 8567 4700

The Salvation Army (Eastern Australia Territory)

Major John Viles

Territorial Youth and Children’s Secretary for the Salvation Army

p: 02 9727 3836

Serbian Orthodox Church in Australia and New Zealand

Angela_Bubalo Mrs Angela Bubalo
Angela has been the Serbian Orthodox Church’s ICCOREIS representative since 2007.
Contact details: e: angelastailormadeceremonies@gmail.com

Seventh-day Adventist Church, Greater Sydney, North and South NSW Conferences

 Pastor Daron Pratt

Family and Children’s Ministries Director NNSW Conference

p: 4951 8088

Uniting Church in Australian, NSW and ACT

Jean_Evans Mrs Jean Evans
Jean is a State Councillor, Life Member, and former Country Vice-President of the NSW Federation of P&C Associations. She has also represented the P&C on the Director-General’s Consultative Committee on Special Religious Education. Jean lives in Albury, where she is active in many church and community organisations. She is an elder of St David’s Uniting Church; Chairman of St David’s Uniting Care; Education Chairman of the Albury Business and Professional Women’s Association; and a member of the ecumenical Chaplaincy Support Group, which supports the University Chaplaincy in Albury and Wodonga. Jean also works part-time as a job trainer at Wewak Special School, helping students with special needs who are close to leaving school. Jean is married to Malcolm, and they have three children and four grandchildren.
Contact details: e: evansmalcolm1@hotmail.com; p: 02 6025 6448.
Emma_Parr Ms Emma Parr
Emma is the coordinator of SRE and Child Protection for the NSW & ACT Synod of the Uniting Church in Australia. She has been an active leader in youth and children’s ministry since she was in high school herself. Having studied education at Charles Sturt University in Bathurst for two years, Emma felt a strong call to youth ministry and has since undertaken tertiary study in youth ministry and theology at United Theological College, North Parramatta. Emma has experience teaching SRE and is passionate about ministry with people in the first third of life, particularly multi-generational ministry and helping prepare and support leaders in ministry with young people. Emma is currently involved in both congregational and presbytery youth work in Sydney North and Kuringai presbyteries, and attends Burwood Uniting Church where she is an active member of the evening congregation.
Contact details: e: emmap@nsw.uca.org.au; p: 02 8267 4290.

Elected Advisors

ICCOREIS has a pool of advisors who provide information and advice on a range of issues related to religious education in public schools.

Life Members

Mrs Jean Ferrington
Dr George Hazell
Rev Dr Mark Hillis
Dr Grant Maple
Dr Ann Maree Whenman