St Mary’s Staff

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

(Acts 6:4)

Rev. Gavin Ward


Gavin has lived in Sunbury for over 12 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.
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 two grand-daughters 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 is currently learning to fly.
Gavin would love to welcome you to St Mary’s one Sunday.

Rev. Matthew Browne


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 three 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.


Ros Armstrong  

Discipleship and Ministry Coordinator

Ros has a passion for helping others understand the Scripture to deepen their relationship with God. In her role she enjoys preaching and facilitating the Ridley Certificate. In her spare time, she likes to spend time with husband, Mark, and their two adult children, and enjoys knitting and crocheting (not at the same time).
As a Collingwood supporter amongst the otherwise Essendon staff team, she is happiest when the Bombers dive and the Magpies soar.

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 and loves to help people develop and use the gifts God has given them.
Narelle and her family are volunteer foster carers for the Australian Border Force, raising Labrador puppies, and in her free time, Narelle is a huge sports fan and has a goal to attend every V8 event in Australia.