About Us

What do we believe

At St Anne’s Ryde Anglican Church we are convinced that Jesus is who he claimed to be, the unique Son of God, and that he alone has the right to our ultimate allegiance. Our conviction is based on the historical claims made in the eye witness documents of the New Testament, especially the claim that Jesus rose from the dead.

What the Bible says, God says

At each of our meetings we focus on relevant and applied Bible teaching because we believe that what the Bible says, God says. This is one way we equip both individuals and our congregations to grow as God’s people. We encourage members to apply their Christian faith in their workplace and neighbourhood and to care for each other in practical ways through ministries such as Helping Hands and Food Bank. We are a church with active involvement in our local community. We teach Scripture (SRE) in our local primary and secondary schools. We also run English classes and a Playtime group. We are a church with a world mission focus. We provide financial and relational support for people and organisations involved in evangelism, relief and development work in Australia and overseas.

Our Mission Statement

Growing as a loving community, shaped by God’s word,  in step with God’s Spirit, making other disciples of Christ

What to expect at Church

I am coming to church – what can I expect
Experiencing something for the first time can be a daunting experience. Where do I go, what do I do? Coming to church is no different so we hope this information will help put you at ease. If you require any assistance during your visit, please speak to one of the ushers at the entrance or contact us beforehand.

Who can come?
Everyone is welcome at church at any time. You don’t have to book, just turn up. Check out our times and location here. You will notice that each meeting has a different ‘feel’ so come to the one you think will suit you.

What will happen when I get there?
When you arrive at the main door you will be greeted by an usher, given a news sheet, a Bible and shown to a seat. 
Our meetings usually go for a little over an 1 hour. We will stand for community singing, someone will pray from the front and the Bible will be read and explained. There will be an update on Church news and upcoming events. You won’t be expected to do or say anything.
During the meeting a bag will be passed around for the regulars to make financial contributions towards the activities of our church but there is no obligation for visitors to contribute so just pass the bag to the person next to you.
After the meeting, everyone is welcome to stay and chat over morning tea or supper. These are great opportunities to get to know one another better.

What should I wear?
Church is not formal, so wear something comfortable.

I have children…
We love to see children at any of our meetings but during the 10am meeting there is a special preschool to year 6 children’s Kid’s Bible Fun program that your child is welcome to join.
There is room for prams in the main meeting area and young children are welcome to stay with their parents. A crèche for parents and young children where the meeting can be seen and heard is available if needed.

Parking
Undercover parking is available off Gowrie St during service times, with access to the Auditorium and Hall via stairs or lift. There is disabled parking beside the Court House on Church St.

I have a disability
Our building is wheelchair-accessible and hearing loops are installed.

Staff

Rev Greg Burke Senior Minister
Greg was appointed as Senior Minister in 2003. After studying at Moore College, he held ministry positions at St. Paul’s Chatswood, The Round Church Cambridge, St Mark’s Chapel on the University of New England Campus and St Peter’s East Lindfield. He qualified as a Civil Engineer and worked on several major freeway construction projects in Sydney. Greg enjoys the challenge of helping people to interact with Jesus as he is revealed in the biographies of the New Testament. He lectures in Ethics, World Religions and Theology courses at the School of Christian Studies (SOCS), Macquarie University and the Wesley Institute. He is married to Pat, and they have three adult children. When not working Greg enjoys tennis, playing in a rock band with some mates and good coffee.

Rev Janine Steele Associate Minister
Janine joined St Anne’s staff in July 2014. She previously ministered at Anglican Retirement Villages, and before that as a chaplain in public hospitals, as well as parish and student ministry. Before entering full time ministry Janine worked as a health educator in western Sydney. Janine has special interests in pastoral care, preaching and training. She loves to sing, travel, look at art, and eat out.

Katie Bolton Youth and Children’s Minister
Katie joined the staff team in July 2017 as the Youth & Children’s Minister. She’s previously worked in both University and Parish ministries. Before completing her Bachelor of Theology at Moore College, she completed a Bachelor of Science (Biology) at Wollongong Uni. She grew up in ‘The Shire’, loves good coffee, playing with her nephews and niece, and going on various adventures.

Rev U H Tay
Rev Tay is in charge of the Mandarin Speaking congregation at St Annes. He is married to Becky and they have 2 adult children. He enjoys badminton and table tennis. He is also the full-time head of the Mission to Seafarers.

Stephanie Colocino Ministry Trainee
I’ve grown up in a Christian home, the daughter of a minister, so I’ve moved around a lot both in and out of the Sydney area, including in Papua New Guinea as missionaries. I’ve been attending St Anne’s for about a year and a half at both 10:00am and 6:00pm services, and have been involved in Reboot as a leader. I’ll be studying at SMBC while I’m doing my ministry traineeship here. I’m hoping to use this opportunity as a chance to explore what my options are for further ministry. 

Sharon Badman Office Manager
Sharon works in the office on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays. She deals with bookings for hire of St Anne’s facilities and looks after all wedding arrangements, liaising between the ministers and wedding couples.

Anne Luo, Administrative Assistant
Anne joined St Annes in January 2019. She is responsible for the administration of the Mandarin Speaking congregation. She also teaches SRE in our local schools. Prior to this, she worked in China, Hong Kong, the United Arab Emirates and other countries and regions in scientific research, import and export trade, accounting and auditing. Anne has a strong interest in evangelism. She likes to listen to music, read books, plant flowers and travel.

History of St Annes

The history of Ryde has long been associated with the Church of St Anne. It is the third oldest church in Australia.

The nave of St Annes was originally a schoolhouse which was built in 1826. In 1838 another schoolhouse was built on the corner of Victoria Rd and Belmore Streets allowing the original building to become St Anne’s Church. A Chancel and Bell Tower were added and the building was consecrated by Bishop Barker in 1870.

By the turn of the century a complex of civic buildings existed on the present Church St block including the Post Office, Court House and Registry Office. Of these only the Court House remains.

The Centenary Memorial Hall built in the 1920s to accommodate the growing number of Sunday School children was demolished in 1999 to make way for the Ryde Anglican Centre.

The book “The Church on the Hill” written by Mavis and J Ernest Benson is available from the Church Office.

More information from Ryde Library Local Studies Section

Ryde Library has the records for St Anne’s
Baptisms 1826-1942
Marriages 1826-1953
Burials 1826-1913

Local Studies Librarian
City Library
Locked Bag 2069
North Ryde 1670

Phone: 9952-8353
Fax: 9952-8355