our vision is jesus. our mission is people. our cause is grace.

As a Christian community, CCIW exists only because of what Christ, in his life, death and resurrection, has done for us. It is on this conviction that we stand, and out of which our vision and values flow.

Our prayer at CCIW is:

to be a Biblically vital Christian community
where believers, as well as strangers to the love of Jesus,
grow more and more into
fully devoted children of God
who know, love and serve
the Lord Jesus Christ, his church and his world
in the power of the Holy Spirit,
to the glory of God the Father.

the means of grace

The  structure  of  all  our  programs  and  activities  follow  what  we  call  the  “means  of  grace”.  The phrase comes from the prayer of general thanksgiving in the Book  of  Common  Prayer:

 “We  bless  thee  for  our  creation,  preservation,  and  all  the  blessing  of  this  life;  but  above  all,  for  thine  inestimable  love  in  the  redemption  of  the  world by our Lord Jesus Christ, for the means of grace, and for the hope of glory.”

So, “means of grace” refers to God-given instruments through which he works  by  his  Holy  Spirit  to  pour  out  his  grace  upon  us,  conforming  us  to  Christ.

The five means of grace are:

  • Gathering regularly in corporate worship
  • Sharing in a life of joyous fellowship
  • Using our gifts to serve others in ministry
  • Being rich in personal devotion
  • Extending gracious witness to others.

Just as physical growth comes from having a good diet and good exercise routine, so the means of grace include both a good spiritual diet and a good spiritual exercise routine. Together, they make for a healthy Christian, who is growing more and more into a fully devoted child of God.  

 

 

meet the staff team

 

Andrew Katay Senior Minister andrew@cciw.org.au Andrew is married to Catriona and together they love hanging out with their kids, Miles, Paige and Sabrina. Andrew came to Christ as a teenager, and was nurtured in faith through the ministry of the Evangelical Union at Sydney University and St Barnabas, Broadway, where he was variously a member and youth group leader, the office secretary, Senior Associate Minister and Chaplain! After moving to become Senior Minister of St John's Ashfield in 2005, Andrew's role expanded when Ashfield parish amalgamated with Five Dock and Haberfield to form Christ Church Inner West Anglican Community in 2008. Andrew is currently enrolled in a Doctor of Ministry program at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Chicago, muses on church leadership at his blog, and dreams of playing golf as well as he used to.

Andrew Katay
Senior Minister

andrew@cciw.org.au

Andrew is married to Catriona and together they love hanging out with their kids, Miles, Paige and Sabrina. Andrew came to Christ as a teenager, and was nurtured in faith through the ministry of the Evangelical Union at Sydney University and St Barnabas, Broadway, where he was variously a member and youth group leader, the office secretary, Senior Associate Minister and Chaplain!

After moving to become Senior Minister of St John's Ashfield in 2005, Andrew's role expanded when Ashfield parish amalgamated with Five Dock and Haberfield to form Christ Church Inner West Anglican Community in 2008. Andrew is currently enrolled in a Doctor of Ministry program at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Chicago, muses on church leadership at his blog, and dreams of playing golf as well as he used to.

Megan Winch Morning Congregation Pastor megan@cciw.org.au Megan first moved to Sydney to study Design at UTS. Whilst living at the St Barnabas Terraces as a student and attending St Barnabas Church for many years after that, Megan's childhood faith grew and matured into a deep conviction of Jesus being the suffering servant and risen king. Megan loves being married to Paul, and with him raising their three kids Oliver, Evangeline and Reilly. She has too many hobbies to list but include supporting the Sydney Swans and spending regular time drawing, painting and at the gym. At CCIW Megan works with the St John's 10am congregation especially  supporting the leaders of the playgroups, pastoral care team and kids church.

Megan Winch
Morning Congregation Pastor

megan@cciw.org.au

Megan first moved to Sydney to study Design at UTS. Whilst living at the St Barnabas Terraces as a student and attending St Barnabas Church for many years after that, Megan's childhood faith grew and matured into a deep conviction of Jesus being the suffering servant and risen king. Megan loves being married to Paul, and with him raising their three kids Oliver, Evangeline and Reilly.

She has too many hobbies to list but include supporting the Sydney Swans and spending regular time drawing, painting and at the gym. At CCIW Megan works with the St John's 10am congregation especially  supporting the leaders of the playgroups, pastoral care team and kids church.

Fiona Smartt Executive Pastor - Development of Ministry and Leadership fiona@cciw.org.au Fiona had the great joy of being born in a Christian family and has known Jesus for as long as she can remember, but it was towards the end of high school that her faith started to deepen and become her own as she was convicted of the truth of the gospel and grasped the freedom grace brings.   Fiona has served on the team at CCIW since the start of 2010 in a pastoral role amongst youth and young adults. In May 2017 she took on the role of Executive Pastor with a special focus on developing and growing leaders and ministries.  Fiona loves seeing people given opportunities to, under God, discover their capacity and potential as Christian leaders. She counts it a constant joy and privilege to see people grow in grace as they serve with the gifts God has given them.   Fiona lives in Ashfield with her husband Ryan and their exuberant young son Zane. She loves the inner west, dumplings, the bay run and a great cup of coffee.

Fiona Smartt
Executive Pastor - Development of Ministry and Leadership

fiona@cciw.org.au

Fiona had the great joy of being born in a Christian family and has known Jesus for as long as she can remember, but it was towards the end of high school that her faith started to deepen and become her own as she was convicted of the truth of the gospel and grasped the freedom grace brings.  

Fiona has served on the team at CCIW since the start of 2010 in a pastoral role amongst youth and young adults. In May 2017 she took on the role of Executive Pastor with a special focus on developing and growing leaders and ministries.  Fiona loves seeing people given opportunities to, under God, discover their capacity and potential as Christian leaders. She counts it a constant joy and privilege to see people grow in grace as they serve with the gifts God has given them.  

Fiona lives in Ashfield with her husband Ryan and their exuberant young son Zane. She loves the inner west, dumplings, the bay run and a great cup of coffee.

Richard Glover Assistant Minister - Youth and Young Adults richard@cciw.org.au Richard grew up in a Christian home and grew into his faith in Jesus with the help of his family and his high school mates. His faith continued to deepen through involvement with the Evangelical Union (EU) at the University of Sydney, where he  studied a Bachelor of Arts and a Masters of Political Economy. After uni he worked on the establishment of a Christian not-for-profit, before returning to uni to complete a ministry apprenticeship with the EU. He's currently completing his theological studies at Moore College in Newtown.  Richard met his best friend Alison at uni and married her in 2012. They're expecting their first child, and live in Ashfield with their dear friend Laura. When not studying or hanging out with the crew at The Attic (youth group), Richard enjoys listening to 1970s post-punk (preferably on vinyl), reading and writing about theology, politics, and economics, and passing himself off as an armchair cricket pundit. 

Richard Glover
Assistant Minister - Youth and Young Adults

richard@cciw.org.au

Richard grew up in a Christian home and grew into his faith in Jesus with the help of his family and his high school mates. His faith continued to deepen through involvement with the Evangelical Union (EU) at the University of Sydney, where he  studied a Bachelor of Arts and a Masters of Political Economy. After uni he worked on the establishment of a Christian not-for-profit, before returning to uni to complete a ministry apprenticeship with the EU. He's currently completing his theological studies at Moore College in Newtown. 

Richard met his best friend Alison at uni and married her in 2012. They're expecting their first child, and live in Ashfield with their dear friend Laura. When not studying or hanging out with the crew at The Attic (youth group), Richard enjoys listening to 1970s post-punk (preferably on vinyl), reading and writing about theology, politics, and economics, and passing himself off as an armchair cricket pundit. 

Ali Warren Director of Children's Ministry ali@cciw.org.au Ali grew up in a Christian family and started following Jesus when she was three, after hearing about how powerful God is in the Bible stories her Mum read to her at night. Her faith continued to grow and deepen throughout her life, particularly through various challenges that her family faced, which they learned to see as opportunities for God’s grace to be shown to them and for God’s power to be made evident in their lives. She loves working with kids of all ages and taught science to middle schoolers for a few years before studying at SMBC, to help her better understand and explain the truth of God’s word in ways that make sense to kids (and adults!). Ali married Ben at the start of 2017 and they love the way that God is both challenging their sinfulness and blessing them with joy in their relationship together.

Ali Warren
Director of Children's Ministry

ali@cciw.org.au

Ali grew up in a Christian family and started following Jesus when she was three, after hearing about how powerful God is in the Bible stories her Mum read to her at night. Her faith continued to grow and deepen throughout her life, particularly through various challenges that her family faced, which they learned to see as opportunities for God’s grace to be shown to them and for God’s power to be made evident in their lives. She loves working with kids of all ages and taught science to middle schoolers for a few years before studying at SMBC, to help her better understand and explain the truth of God’s word in ways that make sense to kids (and adults!).

Ali married Ben at the start of 2017 and they love the way that God is both challenging their sinfulness and blessing them with joy in their relationship together.

Jared Attia Children's Ministry Intern jared@cciw.org.au Jared is a recent high school graduate from Trinity Grammar School in Summer Hill and has always known Jesus, having grown up in a Christian centred family. In 2017 he will be supporting the children's ministry in a number of exciting ways: helping start up new ministries while supporting continuing ones in kids' church and scripture. Jared attends the 6pm service at St John’s and loves being encouraged by fellow members and taking every opportunity to swing by Macca’s after the service with church friends. In his free time, he enjoys playing piano and listening to music over almost everything he does.

Jared Attia
Children's Ministry Intern

jared@cciw.org.au

Jared is a recent high school graduate from Trinity Grammar School in Summer Hill and has always known Jesus, having grown up in a Christian centred family. In 2017 he will be supporting the children's ministry in a number of exciting ways: helping start up new ministries while supporting continuing ones in kids' church and scripture.

Jared attends the 6pm service at St John’s and loves being encouraged by fellow members and taking every opportunity to swing by Macca’s after the service with church friends. In his free time, he enjoys playing piano and listening to music over almost everything he does.

Merina Selvarajah Office Administrator merina@cciw.org.au Merina was brought up in a Christian family in Sri Lanka, and spent her school days there at an American missionary school. She migrated to Australia as a teenager and completed her B.Comm at the University of New South Wales. Since 2000, Merina has worked at the St Johns Ashfield church office as bookkeeper and parish administrator. When CCIW was formed, her role expanded with the larger parish. Merina has worshipped at St Johns Ashfield for the past 20 years.

Merina Selvarajah
Office Administrator

merina@cciw.org.au

Merina was brought up in a Christian family in Sri Lanka, and spent her school days there at an American missionary school. She migrated to Australia as a teenager and completed her B.Comm at the University of New South Wales. Since 2000, Merina has worked at the St Johns Ashfield church office as bookkeeper and parish administrator. When CCIW was formed, her role expanded with the larger parish. Merina has worshipped at St Johns Ashfield for the past 20 years.

Doug Shoemark Property Manager doug@cciw.org.au Doug grew up in Newcastle, the youngest of four children in a very poor family. Although he attended church with the family, he used his poverty as an excuse to be a juvenile thief. When he was 16, he heard the gospel of Jesus as if for the first time and accepted God’s gracious gift of eternal life.  As he studied God’s word, he learnt that his sin hadn’t just been about running from the police as a young criminal, but he had been running from God.  Finally, in his 20’s, he understood that his value lay not in living a better life but in the saving grace of Jesus. Doug has worked mostly in community services and Christian camping, with roles mainly in staff development and management. He enjoys serving people and the church, running, exploring the bush and spending time with family: wife Kerrie, two married children and their spouses, and two cheeky young grandsons.

Doug Shoemark
Property Manager

doug@cciw.org.au

Doug grew up in Newcastle, the youngest of four children in a very poor family. Although he attended church with the family, he used his poverty as an excuse to be a juvenile thief. When he was 16, he heard the gospel of Jesus as if for the first time and accepted God’s gracious gift of eternal life.  As he studied God’s word, he learnt that his sin hadn’t just been about running from the police as a young criminal, but he had been running from God.  Finally, in his 20’s, he understood that his value lay not in living a better life but in the saving grace of Jesus.

Doug has worked mostly in community services and Christian camping, with roles mainly in staff development and management.

He enjoys serving people and the church, running, exploring the bush and spending time with family: wife Kerrie, two married children and their spouses, and two cheeky young grandsons.

Matthew Moffitt Sunday Curate matthew@cciw.org.au Matthew helps on Sunday mornings with the 8am congregation. During the week he works alongside the Evangelical Union at Sydney University. He studied ancient and modern history at university, and is a recent graduate of divinity from Moore College. He's married to Alison, who is part of the staff team at St Alban's Five Dock.

Matthew Moffitt
Sunday Curate

matthew@cciw.org.au

Matthew helps on Sunday mornings with the 8am congregation. During the week he works alongside the Evangelical Union at Sydney University. He studied ancient and modern history at university, and is a recent graduate of divinity from Moore College. He's married to Alison, who is part of the staff team at St Alban's Five Dock.


 

St John's Preschool

St John's Pre-school is a community based Christian pre-school on the St John's Ashfield site.

We are a not for profit pre-school and aim to provide a program that allows children to foster a sense of belonging while also motivating independence and an eagerness to learn.

In partnership with families, Christ Church Inner West  and the community, we have managed to develop and grow in excess of sixty years while acknowledging and embracing the changes in our locality.

Visit the Pre-school website.


Wardens

Our Wardens are responsible for the control and administration of church money and property, and keeping order in our grounds. 

 

TODD MAY

TIM NORTH

DAVID DAVIES

Parish Council

Together with the Wardens, the Parish Council has overall responsibility for the budget and finances of the church, and confers with the Senior Minister regarding the initiation and development of church work.

Matthew Jones

Scott Pooke

Kate Warren

Carolyn Watson

Yi Zhang


St John's Cemetery

The grounds of St John's have a rich and interesting history. The records are thorough and as detailed as possible. Our grounds are always open and free for visitors to enjoy!

See the links below for information.


GIVING DETAILS

If you'd like to give to the ministry at St John's, find the details below. Thank you!

CCIW ACCOUNT

Christ Church Inner West Anglican Community
BSB: 062 169
Account No: 1025 6905
Reference: St John’s Offertory

MINISTRY CENTRE ACCOUNT

St John’s Ashfield Christian Education
BSB: 032 082
Account No: 325 162
Reference: Your name (for a tax-deductible receipt)