Leadership (Servanthood) Team:
Our leadership team recognizes the authority of God, and realizes that we are shepherds who serve under the Chief Shepherd, Jesus Christ. We desire to devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the Word. Our passion and goal is to equip the believers for the work of the ministry until we all attain maturity in the fullness of Christ.
Johnathan and Meredith Hughes
Our church has truly been blessed by Johnathan and Meredith Hughes. They have provided our church with such a wonderful example of servanthood. Johnathon is a gifted preacher who has recently enrolled in his Masters of Divinity at Emmaus Bible College. The church is thrilled to see him have an opportunity to further develop his gifts.
Meredith often works quietly in the background but she is highly valued by our church. Her ability to minister to children, help with the general organisation of the church and just get things done with such a spirit of humility has blessed everyone at Sanctuary.
In addition to their work at Sanctuary, Johnathan and Meredith work as teachers at a local Anglican School. They have two beautiful daughters who also shine for Jesus.
John and Lyn Vergara
John is a passionate believer who has a heart for serving the poor. He recently went on a Mission Trip to the Philippines to serve with GAIN and to also look at way to support the LEAD Christian School. He is determined to improve the lives of the impoverished and has a special love for the Philippines as he lived their as a boy. Currently he is looking at ways to raise money to support the education of children in need. John also is a talented preacher who looks to build up new Christians in their faith and gets behind the computer to help things run smoothly on a Sunday.
Lyn is such a blessing on the leadership team. Her training as a counsellor and her ability to see the bigger picture has guided many of our decision and she often has shone in a time of crisis. She is a dedicated stay at home mother who also runs an ice-cream cake business (which is also a blessing to the church- Mmmmm Yum!). She has been Sanctuary’s prayer coordinator and has also helped established our breakfast ministry. We are all very grateful for our quiet achiever.
John and Lyn also have two children, a boy and a girl who bring joy to all who know them.
Philip and Vanessa Hughes
Philip is a talented musician who has written many worship and children’s songs at Sanctuary. He has helped train many of our other musicians and has helped build the music ministry at Sanctuary. He is also a gifted children’s worker and amuses both the children and adults with his colourful stories and songs. He is currently completing his PhD in Land and Water Science and is also part of our teaching team at Sanctuary.
Vanessa is passionate about helping women and children especially those in slavery. She is currently looking at ways to raise awareness and support for those less fortunate and has recently started building awareness through the Women’s ministry. She is a Senior Lecturer at Sydney University and loves using her gifts as a teacher to build up her sisters and brothers at Sanctuary. Vanessa is currently involved in the Children’s and Women’s ministries and is keen to build a support network for other parents who have a child with special needs.
They have two wonderful, highly active girls who love Jesus and sharing their faith.