About ENC

Throughout the last century, Evangelism and New Churches has been at the forefront of proclaiming the Gospel within Sydney and into the wider world.

In its early days, Evangelism and New Churches was directed by Australian evangelist John Chapman for 25 years. The ministry expanded under his leadership from the 1970s to the 1990s and now enjoys a far-reaching impact throughout Sydney and Australia. Read more about John here.


  • Raising evangelists
  • Community chaplaincy
  • Cross-cultural networking
  • Church planting
  • Repotting and regrowing churches


Evangelism and New Churches (formerly known as the Board of Diocesan Mission, The Department of Evangelism and Evangelism Ministries) exists under an Ordinance of the Synod. Its purpose is ‘to advance the evangelistic purposes of the Diocese, including through the planting of new congregations and fellowships in the Diocese’ (Department of Evangelism & New Churches Ordinance 2010).

Under the Ordinance the Board may fulfil this object by:

  1. Resourcing churches and parishes to evangelise, including through the planting of new congregations in the Diocese, and
  2. Identifying, training, supporting and appointing suitably gifted persons to evangelise, including through the planting and leading of new fellowships in the Diocese.

Aims & Objectives

Evangelism and New Churches is currently active in five areas:

  1. Establishing and supporting new fellowships and evangelists
  2. Raising up evangelists and providing outstanding training opportunities for them
  3. Building a coaching practice to encourage rectors to think evangelistically
  4. Undertaking cross-cultural evangelism among the major ethnic communities
  5. Enhancing evangelistic opportunities through the use of community chaplains

Ministry Partners

ENC partners with many other organisations to fulfil its mission. These partner organisations include:

Partnership in Community Chaplaincy

Centre for Ministry Development (CMD)

Ministry Training Strategy (MTS)

Ministry Training & Development

Gevena Push Planter Coaching

Anglican Church Growth Corporation


Members of the Board of ENC:

  • Mrs Louise Crawshaw, Chair
  • Mr Mark Robinson, Treasurer
  • Rev Joe Wiltshire, Secretary
  • Mrs Ruth Colvin
  • Rev Simon Gillham
  • Mr Peter Jones
  • Mrs Lana Kularajah
  • Rev Graeme Howells
  • Ms Grace Huang



Philip Wheeler

Phil is our Director. He was the Senior Minister at Christ Church Gladesville for 13 years and also served as Mission Area Leader for Ryde. Prior to that, Phil held ministry positions at a number of different churches in the Diocese. He has wide involvement with a number of external ministries including Board appointments at Anglican Deaconess Ministries and was previous chair of Katoomba Christian Conventions. Phil is married to Jill and they have 3 adult children.


Dave Jensen

Dave is the Assistant Director. He has worked as a pastor focusing on evangelism in churches in Australia and the UK over the past decade. Dave thinks there is nothing better than preaching the gospel of Jesus to non-Christians. He is married to Sam and they have 4 sons. Read more about Dave here.


Sarah Seabrook

Sarah is a women's evangelist, trainer, and speaker. After studying at Moore Theological College, she has served in various ministry roles in Australia and the UK alongside her husband, who is a minister. Read more about Sarah here.


Bruce Hall

Bruce is Cross-cultural Ministry Consultant to the diocese and assists ENC with Community Chaplaincy recruitment, training and cross cultural ministries. He was ENC’s Director from 2012–2016 and prior to that was Senior Rector at St Paul’s Carlingford for 28 years. Bruce is married to Rose and they have 4 adult children and a growing number of grandchildren.


Kerrie Newmarch

Kerrie is the Community Chaplain Coordinator and offers chaplaincy to ENC staff. Kerrie has experience in teaching and chaplaincy in previous roles with Anglican Education Commission, Yagoona Anglican, Youthworks College, Wollongong Region, Professional Standards Unit for the Diocese of Sydney, and Anglican Deaconess Ministries. She is currently a part-time Anglicare Chaplain at Bankstown Hospital.


Tanya Earngey

Tanya is our Partnership Development Coach. Equipped with her background in marketing and communications, she assists our staff with raising funds and support.

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Amelia Millard

Amelia is the Office Manager and EA to Phil and Dave. She is the first port of call when you contact the office.


Sarah Matthews

Sarah is our Accountant. She brings her background in chartered accounting and finance to her role in financial governance.


Cathy Grimmond

Cathy is our Bookkeeper. She is responsible for invoicing, billing, and financial reporting.

Leanne Cornford

Leanne assists the finance team, particularly with expense claims.