Pastoral Staff


Craig Schafer is our pastor. Craig and his wife Julie moved to Pennant Hills in July 2008. They have two young daughters Emma and Zoe. Prior to joining the family at St Mark’s, Craig ministered at Springwood – Winmalee Anglican Churches. Craig loves talking to people about Jesus, playing a mediocre game of tennis and SCUBA diving with sharks. He drinks way too much Pepsi Max. You can contact him here.

Rick Hall is our Associate Pastor. He heads up the team at our new 4.15pm Sunday afternoon congregation as well as a bunch of other things. He loves playing with his daughters (Elise, Ashley and Laura), hanging out with his wife, Helena and drinking good coffee (often all at the same time!). He also loves to play touch footy when he can. Rick is especially excited about seeing people come to know Jesus and have their lives changed by Him.

Adam Scott is our Associate Pastor: Youth & Young Adults. He is mostly involved in 6.30pm church and oversees our youth ministries including Forge and Gap. Adam is married to Edwina and they have a little daughter Adelaide and an even smaller son Spencer. Adam is a big fan of encouraging people to live Godly lives. He also enjoys fishing, eating and spending far too much time on the computer – he’s currently devising a plan to do all four at once.

Paul Whiting is our Associate Pastor: Seniors Ministry. He is involved in sharing the good news about Jesus with Seniors, including arranging ministry in local retirement villages. He has a bunch of letters after his name because he used to lecture in Education at Sydney University. He has been married to Jenny for 4 decades and has three children and five grandchildren. Paul plays the piano and the organ.

Katrina Low is our Ministry Apprentice. She’s involved in a range of ministries like English classes, youth ministries and meeting up with women to read the Bible. She’s getting a taste of what full time ministry is like and is excited about being trained to pass on the gospel baton to the next generation of runners. Speaking of running, Katrina loves playing sport like touch footy. She also loves food (which makes her run slower) & coffee (which helps her run faster).

Sarah Thorburn is a student minister at St Mark’s and is involved in 6:30pm church. Originally from Perth, she misses being able to see the sun set over the ocean. Sarah moved to Sydney in 2011 and is currently studying at Moore Theological College. Sarah enjoys baking and dancing and appreciates good coffee. But even more than that she loves meeting with women to read the Bible and seeing God transform their lives as they listen to His Word.

Luke Bird is a student minister at St Mark’s. He serves alongside those at 10am and 4:15pm and is currently studying at Moore Theological College. He enjoys trying to make his wife Gemma and baby daughter Ruby laugh. A fan of food, people and stories, he loves to share stories about Jesus and see the difference he makes to life. His accent is a little strange as he is from the UK, but please don’t hold that against him!