Rev Andrew Woff – copastor
After his early family life in Morwell (Latrobe Valley), Andrew moved to Melbourne to study at Melbourne University. An interest theology 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. At this time a 30 day silent retreat in Ireland proved transformative. Soon after this experience 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 WellSpring’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.
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. 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!
Katecia Taylor – copastor
Katecia or Teash as she is usually called is in the office Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.
Teash has a few more subjects to go before she completes her Master of Divinity. She has a particular interest in queer and feminist theologies. She believes that a large part of her role as pastor is to encourage others, celebrate their gifts and help people to see God in everyday life. Teash is very comfortable with doubt and sees it as an integral part of faith. She believes that God’s love is bigger than we can comprehend. Teash is delighted to be pastor at St Kilda Baptist and is thankful for their wonderful sense of community, passion for justice, and for their inclusivity. Teash doesn’t drink coffee but will happily have a cuppa tea with anyone.
Teash has a wonderful partner Tegan and is godparent to Tegan’s cat Rosie who she believes is the softest cat in the world.
Ross Dickson – Community Kitchen Coordinator
Ross’ role as the Community Kitchen Coordinator is both a pastoral and administrative role.
Administratively, the logistics of providing meals for 80-100 people is a mammoth task. The food donations are generous, but unpredictable. The volunteers are wonderful, but need support and coordination.
Pastorally, it’s an even bigger and more important job. Community Kitchen is not so much about the meal, but about community. The diners are great folk, but many of them are very needy. Ross brings a wealth of pastoral experience and expertise. He does this not just at meal times, but also in visits and contact outside of set times.
Sally Wall – Church Administrator
Her office days are Thursday and Friday.
As well as the office tasks of emails, newsletters, weekly aroma for Sunday morning, bookings for church buildings, keeping on top of church maintenance and keeping the church finances in order, Sally contributes in many other ways.
Sally is often leading Sunday morning services, running the meditation at MOTH, organising and conducting seasonal mid week contemplative services, and is an integral part of Community Kitchen.
Sally is also a Spiritual Director and offers her services both within and without the community.
We are grateful for the work of our paid staff. But its those that volunteer their time, across many church activities, who together with our paid staff, make St Kilda Elsternwick Baptist Church what we are.