Pastoral Staff

Craig Schafer is our pastor. Craig and his wife Julie moved to Pennant Hills in July 2008. They have two 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.

Luke Bird is our Associate Pastor. He oversees Church in the Afternoon and our Growth Group ministries. Luke is married to Gemma and they have three kids (Ruby, Noah, and Flynn). Being shown how to read and understand the Bible for himself was huge for Luke, so he is passionate in helping others to do the same. He also likes trying to make his kids laugh, watching good movies, and wrangling his lawn.

Lisa Vassallo is our Associate Pastor: Children’s Ministry Coordinator and Women’s Trainer. She oversees children’s ministry at St Mark’s, helps support and train female leaders and is keen to think with other women about how God’s Word and prayer shapes thoughts, words and actions. She loves spending time with other people, particularly when coffee is involved, and even more so when God’s word is open. She also delights in the time she spends with her nieces and nephew.

Stan Lie is the Associate pastor for our 6:30pm congregation and oversees our youth and young adult ministries. Stan is married to Clare, and they have two children, TJ and Susannah. Before joining St Mark’s, Stan and his family ministered in the Middle East. They were involved in ministry at the Alexandria School of Theology and in the local church. Stan loves helping people understand the width and depth of God’s love for them in Jesus. He also loves coffee, fixing computers and basketball.

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 over 5 decades and has three children and five grandchildren. Paul plays the piano and the organ.