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Stephen Larkin

Minister of the Word
Stephen.Larkin@NedlandsUniting.com

Stephen grew up on a dairy farm in the Hunter Valley of New South Wales.  He initially trained as a Science teacher and began teaching with the Anglican Church in PNG, and then the Summer Institue of Linguistics. On returning to Australia he worked as a Youth Worker on the Central Coast of NSW before candidating as a minister. Upon being ordained in 1987  he served in a parish in the Snowy Mountains, NSW for 4 years and at Tuggeranong Uniting in Canberra for 6 years. He moved to Western Australia in 1998 to assist congregations make strategic decisions for their future health and to develop and grow new congregations    He established a new congregation at Carramar at St. Stephens School. He worked for the Red Cross for a period as a Youth Development Officer and then served at YouthCARE for 7 years providing both training and management of the chaplaincy program. He recently worked with The Fathering Project. Stephen is married to Glynn and has two adult children, Merinda and Amy.


Emma MatthewsEmma

Deacon

emma.matthews@nedlandsuniting.com

Emma grew up in northern NSW and trained as an English and music teacher in Sydney. She was a teacher for 20yrs as well as a volunteer in various Uniting Church congregations in NSW, Qld and WA teaching RE, teaching and coordinating Sunday Club, leading youth groups, organising youth rallies, mentoring and training youth music bands and coordinating women’s ministry. She also taught English to speakers of other languages, before being ordained as a Uniting Church Deacon in 2010. She served as a school chaplain at a Uniting Church girls school until accepting the call to serve as a children, families and mission outreach worker here. She joined our team in February 2016. Emma is married with two adult sons, Joshua and Peter, and two adult step-daughters, Jemima and Kimberley.


 

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