St Mary’s Staff

“and we will give our attention to prayer and the ministry of the word.”

(Acts 6:4)

Ven. Gavin Ward


Gavin has lived in Sunbury for over 15 years, joining St Mary’s as Vicar late in 2006.
He loves being part of the Sunbury Community as Chaplain to the National Servicemen’s Association, Co-ordinator of the Sunbury Minister’s Fellowship and involved in a variety of community events and groups.He is passionate about his relationship with God through Jesus and loves to read, study and preach the Bible and is an Archdeacon in the Diocese of Melbourne.
His desire is to see others hear about and experience the love of God and His grace. He loves seeing people grow in their faith and use their gifts and abilities in God’s service. Gavin loves living in the north-western suburbs, near his beloved Essendon, whom he follows regularly as an AFL Member. Gavin and his wife Sharon have recently purchased a home in Sunbury. Gavin enjoys playing with his grand children and spending time with his daughter Emily on date nights. He enjoys playing competition tennis at Sunbury Lawn Tennis Club, bushwalking, watching movies and playing cards with Sharon.He also loves watching planes and has recently obtained his pilots licence .
Gavin would love to welcome you to St Mary’s.

Rev. Matthew Browne

Assistant Minister

Matthew grew up in Adelaide and worked in the Public Service before moving to Melbourne to study Theology at Ridley College. It was there that he met, and soon after married Erin. They have four children.

Matthew is passionate about seeing people come to know Jesus and growing as His disciples. In his spare time, he enjoys fishing, watching AFL (especially Essendon) and spending time with his family.


Rev. Dr Kathleen Alleaume-Ross

Sunday Curate


Narelle Rile

Manager of Operational Ministries

Narelle has been in paid employment at St Mary’s since 2008, but has been part of the St Mary’s family from the day she was born!  She was baptised here, married her husband Steven here in 1995, and their 2 adult children, Tom and Meg, have both grown up within the bluestone walls.  Narelle is passionate about supporting mission and ministry, especially women’s ministry, and loves to help people develop and use the gifts God has given them.
Narelle and her family are volunteer foster carers, raising labrador puppies into future detector dogs . In her free time she loves doing jigsaw puzzles and is a huge sports fan with a goal to attend every V8 event in Australia.