Rev Stacey Aslangul
Stacey joined us at St Kilda in February 2012. She was ordained as a Baptist minister in 2007 and Â came to us after several years working with young adults in cross cultural ministry.
We love her courage, her creativity and her sense of fun. She is always encouraging us to try new things in new ways. And she leads by example.
She is a gifted communicator with a deep love for people.
She shares her life primarily with husband Michael their son, Noah and a formidable, irrepressible dog named Hunter.
Rev Andrew Woff
After his early family life in Morwell (Latrobe Valley), Andrew moved to Melbourne to study commerce, economics and accounting at Melbourne University. After 2 years working in a Chartered Accounting office, he realised his â€œfirst guessâ€ at a career would not be his final one. An interest in studying a few theology subjects felt like â€œa duck discovering waterâ€ and led to a role at East Doncaster Baptist as Associate Pastor (Youth). During this period he met and married Alice and applied for ordination as a Baptist pastoral leader. Further ministries included Assistant Pastor (Community Outreach) at Upwey and Pastor at Phillip Island Baptist Church and then as a member of the Ministry Team at Newport Baptist Church. Delighting in the privilege of being a pastor but drained by its expectations â€“ including the self-driven ones – a 30 day silent retreat in Ireland was a game changer. Andrew was captured by a sense of being encountered by a God who not only loves us but delights in us and desires not our perfection, but to be in relationship with us. Â Soon after this Andrew was invited to join the ministry team at the Baptist Union of Victoria as a Regional Minister and then later as the Head of Pastoral Leadership Support and Development.
Andrew is very excited about being a church pastor again. He relishes the grounded, compassionate, generous, ordinary goodness of the St Kilda Baptist community. He has done further training as a Spiritual Director and is a member of WellSpringâ€™s formation team for the training of Spiritual Directors. While fully committed to life at St Kilda, Andrew and Alice are soon to become members of the Holy Transfiguration Community which is based in Teesdale outside Geelong.
Like most of us, life for Andrew has included the gifts of love, community, beauty and growth and the agony of trauma, suffering, fear and loss. Faith and doubt belong side-by-side in his spiritual experience.
Andrew is passionate about the idea that God is present in the ordinary stuff of human life, that God is much more forgiving, compassionate and inclusive than we can possibly imagine. He believes that churches are spiritual communities and not businesses and that their primary focus is constantly asking the question about where Godâ€™s love is at work in our lives and in the world and aligning ourselves with it. He sees no divide between religious and secular life: all of life â€“ preparing a meal, putting clothes on the line, walking the dog, balancing the bank account, seeing a film, worshiping with friends, listening to others, living and dying â€“ is an invitation to say â€œYesâ€ to God who loves us!
Andrew and Alice do not have children, but seek to be open to the abundance of life. They walk their Belgian Shepherd dog every day, enjoy playing non-combat games on the computer, love beauty and try to express it in their own garden. Andrew plays tennis, runs weekly, follows the Western Bulldogs, enjoys silence but would rather listen to a person than read a book!
Church OfficeÂ PhoneÂ : 9525 4620
Church Administrator: Sally Wall
We have many volunteers across the church who support many activities.