Meet Our Staff

Baden Stace

Senior Minister
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Baden has served in leadership in the Sydney Diocese in a range of roles, including as a parish Rector, associate minister and itinerant evangelist. Before training for Christian ministry he worked in corporate marketing in the IT industry.

He considers the good news of Jesus Christ, his life, death and resurrection to be life changing and sees it as a great privilege to spend his life sharing this good news with others and encouraging Christians to live their lives in light of it. In his spare moments he loves spending time with his wife Karin and children Caleb, Huntley and Abby. He has also been known to enjoy a round of golf and is putting the final touches on a PhD in church history.

Baden oversees the work of St Stephen’s Normanhurst and loves being part of such an amazing and vibrant church community with a fantastic, godly and gifted staff team.

Peter Hughes

Assistant Minister
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Pete was born and bred in Sydney. He has worked in a variety of ministry positions including church planting, campus work and church ministry. He is married to Audrey and they have 3 kids: Calvin, Kia and Evangeline.

He loves movies, what they mean and how they communicate, including the ones where stuff just blows up.

Pete also loves Jesus and explaining who he is. As well as reading and watching most sports. He doesn’t like country music.

Chris Jones

Youth Minister
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Chris is very thankful to have grown up in a Christian family, who continue to remain a great encouragement to him in his faith. He is also very thankful for his wife Claire, and son Joshua.

Prior to undertaking theological studies Chris trained and worked as an architect. He completed his Masters of Divinity at Sydney Missionary & Bible College (SMBC) in 2010, and has been working in full-time youth ministry since then.

Both Chris and Claire are passionate Sydney Swans fans, and can often be found at local games on a Saturday.

Chris is responsible for the youth ministries at St Stephen’s. He has a keen passion to train and equip youth leaders in order that the youth of the local area may come to know Jesus, and grow in their relationship with Him.

Karl Bonner

Young Adults Minister
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Karl lives with his wife (Lani), their cat, and their dog. He became a Christian in his teenage years, and has had a passion for sharing the gospel of grace in Jesus Christ ever since. When not working, he enjoys all things creative and is known for taking on an endless list of DIY projects. Whether cooking, painting, writing, filmmaking, or just having a nap; Karl tries to make the most of each day believing every living moment to be a graceful gift of God to be embraced.

Karl is responsible for our Young Adults ministry, particularly through our 7pm service, as well as our senior high school youth group members. He is always happy to make new friends and meet new people.

Lea Pilon

Children's Minister
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Lea grew up in a Christian family and as a local has been attending St Stephen’s Normanhurst all her life. From Sunday school and then Youth group, to teaching and then co-ordinating various groups within the church, she has seen the growth of the Gospel from many angles

At Uni while studying a Primary school teaching degree Lea was also involved in leading on several Anglican Youth Department camps where she subsequently met her husband Brett. They have 3 gorgeous daughters; Jordan, Danielle and Ashleigh. As a family they are all very involved in Netball and spend most of their Saturdays in Winter down at the courts. For relaxation, Lea loves to scrapbook, make cards, cross-stitch, read a book or spend time with their ever growing menagerie of pets while enjoying God’s creations. Lea has a passion to teach children about God and to nurture and guide them in developing their own personal relationship with Jesus.

Felicity Stead

Office Administrator
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Felicity became a Christian at the age of 8, when she responded to a gospel talk at church in Perth. She is still God’s work in progress as she grows in the knowledge of His grace and love and the riches of his Word. Married to Michael, she served with him for 15 years at St James Turramurra in women’s ministry, conference speaking, pastoral care and leading bible studies. Now Michael is Bishop of South Sydney – her ministry focus is on supporting ministry families in South Sydney, ministry wives in the Diocese and the work of the worldwide church (through Gafcon). She has worked as a commercial lawyer, has a diploma in Biblical Studies and her eclectic interests include cooking, entertaining, playing drums and watching NFL football.

As the Office Administrator for St Stephen’s Felicity provides support to our ministry staff and oversees many aspects of the day to day running of our church.

Clare Smeallie

Ministry Intern
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Clare has lived in Normanhurst all her life and has attended St Stephen’s regularly for about 10 years. Clare is extremely thankful for her Christian family who have encouraged her in her faith for her whole life.

Clare has completed a Bachelor of Interior Architecture at the University of Technology Sydney. This year Clare will be continuing her ministry internship 4 days a week at St Stephen’s. This ministry internship will allow her to grow in skills and understanding by being involved in a variety of different ministry areas in the church in order to see whether full time ministry is something she would like to continue with in the future.

In her free time Clare takes dance classes in ballet and jazz and enjoys watercolour painting, watching English period dramas and catching up with friends at any local cafe.

Dylan Hood

Ministry Intern
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Dylan has lived in Normanhurst and attended St Stephen’s regularly for 20 years. He is ever grateful for the Christian upbringing afforded him through a loving family and faithful extended family. He is also thankful for the many devoted role models that have shaped his love for Jesus.

Dylan is in the final year of completing a Bachelor of Arts and Commerce degree at Macquarie Uni focussing on entrepreneurship. Dylan is exceptionally honoured to be able to better serve the church and to grow in ministry skills this year as he explores a potential future in ministry.

For free time, Dylan enjoys playing cricket and football, listening to vinyl music, reading and spending time with friends.

Melanie Cunningham

Student Minister
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Melanie has lived in Normanhurst for most of her life with her Mum (Ruth) and 2 brothers (James and Mitchell) and has grown up as part of the St Stephen’s community for the past 18 years. Melanie and her family started attending St Stephen’s as a family after joining the preschool and she has been attending the church since.

Melanie is extremely grateful for how incredibly blessed she is to have grown up in a home that teaches Christian values and the importance of following and loving God. Melanie, while always calling herself a Christian, was moved to personally take on her faith to have it influence and affect all areas of her life at the youth camp SHIFT in her upper high school years.

Melanie is currently completing a Diploma of Ministry at Youthworks College in Newtown, where she is learning about theology and children’s ministry. When not at church Melanie loves a good book and enjoys a nice quiet afternoon reading or exploring new places and trying new things with friends on the weekend.