Staff

Reverend Dr Mark Harding (Acting Rector)

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The Reverend Dr Mark Harding is the Executive Officer of the Australian & New Zealand Association of Theological Schools and of the Council of Deans of Theology. He retired in March 2016 from the role of Dean and Chief Executive Officer of the Australian College of Theology. He has a PhD in New Testament from Princeton Theological Seminary. He is married to Sue. They have four children and five grandchildren. . 

 

Reverend George Atkinson (Honorary Associate Minister)

georgeAfter training at Moore Theological College, George was employed in the lay positions of Parish Youth Director St Luke’s Mosman; Field Officer with IVCF – Pioneer Camp, Ontario Canada; Twice Director of CEBS – The Anglican Boys Society, Diocese of Sydney, and in the years between directorships employed as a Youth Worker with Delinquent Boys for the State Government.

George is married to Robyn and has a BA from CSU in Social Sciences and a Certificate in Residential Child Care.

Ordained in Bathurst Diocese in 1984, George served a 2 year Curacy at All Saint’s Cathedral, and then was appointed Chaplain at All Saints College, Bathurst. Returning to Sydney in 1994, he and Robyn were employed as Children’s Ministry Consultants with the Anglican Education Commission

Following a year as Chaplain at Bankstown Grammar School, George was appointed acting Rector and then Rector of St Luke’s, Concord/Burwood from 1998 till retirement in 2008. He was Rector Emeritus from 2010 until Easter 2014 when they joined St Anne’s. As a member of the congregation George helps out when needed.

 

Steph Mackenzie (Children's Ministry Assistant)

stephSteph joined the ministry team at St Anne’s in 2016 at the same time as moving onto the SMBC campus with her husband Josh and their son Ezekiel, having lived and worked on the Tiwi Islands for 5 years. Prior to that she was studying in Bendigo where she was involved in her local Christian Union and church as well as teaching swimming at a local pool. Steph is a qualified teacher and was teaching in a multi-year level primary classroom prior to the birth of Ezekiel, and she brings to St Anne’s a vast experience of working with children of all ages and backgrounds.

Steph has a strong passion for sharing the gospel personally and practically, especially with women and children. She would like to work overseas helping underprivileged woman create small businesses to support their families, and sharing the good news of God’s grace with them in as many ways as possible.

Steph enjoys spending time with family and friends, chai tea, reading, music, travelling, cooking and sewing.

 

Dharshana Aseervatham (Student Minister)

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Dharshana started life in the Riverina, and also lived in the Bathurst diocese before moving to Sydney and attending St Anne's as a parishioner. She returned as a Student Minister in 2016 and is involved in youth and young adult ministry. She has been serving in these areas of ministry over the last few years in a variety of contexts and demographics.
Dharshana is completing her Bachelor of Ministry at Morling College, with a focus on youth and young adult ministry, and chaplaincy with young people. Prior to this she completed her BA in Politics and Modern History at Macquarie University and worked within the NGO/not for profit sector before commencing her theological studies. 
She enjoys music, reading, travelling, films and sport. As passionate as she is about the beach, dark mint chocolate, and Red Rooster, she is more passionate about seeing people come to Jesus and finding/experiencing the fullness of life that is found in him alone.

 

Josh Mackenzie (Student Minister)

joshJosh is studying at SMBC, Croydon. He has a deep hunger for the lost and upon completion from college he sees himself working cross culturally; investing in the lives of locals who can take the good news to their own people.

Josh has a wife, Steph (also on staff at St Anne's) and a son, Ezekiel. Previously he and Steph spent 5 years on the Tiwi Islands, living, working and investing in their community there. Before this, he was a student at Latrobe University Bendigo where he was an active member in his local church and a student executive member of his local Christian Union.

Josh enjoys time with his family, fishing, touch football, AFL and strumming his guitar.

 

David Taylor (Organist)

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David Anthony Taylor was born in Wimbledon, London, and started his musical career as a young chorister. From the age of seven he also studied piano with the esteemed Venezuelan recitalist Clara Rodriguez, later taking up the organ and percussion. In 1999 he gained a BA (hons) Music from Middlesex University where he studied composition with Francois Evans. During the early part of his career David was also a member of the London Philharmonic Choir, performing under the direction of such international figures as Mark Elder, Kurt Masur, Pierre Boulez and John Eliot Gardiner. He went on to take up the position of Organist and Choirmaster at St. John the Divine Church, Merton, and pursued a career in choral direction, studying for a time with Paul Spicer at the Royal College of Music. In 2003 he founded the New London Camerata chamber choir. Before moving to Australia in 2005, David also held the position of accompanist at the Morden Park Choral Society together with a number of teaching positions in and around London, namely at the John Kelly Music School. As a percussionist, David has worked freelance for many orchestras including the Thames Philharmonia and TOPS, in Sydney.

Between 2009 and 2011 David was Assistant Chorus Master at the Sydney Philharmonia Choirs where, in 2010, he travelled with them back to London to conduct them in Evensongs at Westminster Abbey and St. Paul's Cathedral as part of their tour engagements.

David was formerly Musical Director of Coro Innominata and works in Sydney as a freelance musician. He holds both a MMus in Musicology and a research MMus, both from UNSW and is currently studying for his doctorate at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.

David is married to Sarah and they have two young daughters, Giselle and Molly.

 

Etta Sigsworth (Office Assistant)

ettaEtta has been the friendly voice on the telephone at St Anne's since 1994 and is here four mornings per week. The rest of her time is taken up with her family - she and her husband, Phil, have 2 married children and 4 grandchildren.