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 first guess at a career would not be his final one. An interest in studying a few theology subjects felt like a duck discovering water 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 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 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.
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 God’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 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 is an invitation to say Yes 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!
Stephen Said (Interim)
Stephen grew up in Melbourne in a home of Maltese migrants and came to faith in Jesus as a young adult. When he moved out of home as a young bloke, he lived in St Kilda and Elsternwick for a number of years.
He has a strong background in Christian mission working with TEAR and Urban Seed, and in education at Tabor, Australian College of Ministries and Whitley. Stephen now works as an educator, mentor, activist, speaker and writer. He has particular gifts in faith formation among young adults. He is a creative thinker about discipleship in contemporary culture, highly innovative in mission, passionate about personal and community transformation in the ways of Jesus and a compassionate and personable follower of Jesus. For many years he was also co-leader of a missional faith community called missio dei. He is currently studying a masters with Mark Brett and Jason Goroncy at Whitley. He is also a husband, a dad to 3 children, a cook, a reader, a gamer, a martial artist and self-confessed geek. He is a member of Southern Cross Community Church – a Baptist Church serving the community around Eltham who have kindly loaned him to St Kilda Baptist in this season.
We works alongside Andrew and Ann in pastoral support of our community, support of our leaders, contribution to our Sunday worship and supporting us in our quest to live by and express the values of Jesus. We also think he may be able to help us to explore creative ways of connecting with the young adult demographic in St Kilda. We think he will enrich our life and lift some of Andrew’s workload.
Ross Dickson – Community Kitchen Coordinator
Ross’ biographical info will appear here shortly. Stay tuned!
Church Office Phone : 9525 4620
Church Administrator: Sally Wall
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