We are an Anglican church full of ordinary people seeking to follow an extraordinary God.  

Rev Guy Matthews         Sita Matthews
Senior Minister               Women's Ministry                                        Leader

Guy was appointed Rector in February 2012.  He has a passion for teaching the bible and is confident in the power of the gospel to transform lives.  He is married to Sita.  Sita has a passion for discipling women and leads our women's ministry.  They have four adult children and one granddaughter.   They enjoy participating together in 'adventure sports'.

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Rev Tim Purser
Assistant Minister.

Tim joined our staff at the beginning of 2016 to be the pastor for our 4.30PM congregation.  He grew up in Canberra before leaving to study Commerce/Law at the University of New England.  Tim practiced as a lawyer before studying theology in Sydney and moving back to Canberra.  He is married to Elaine and they have a baby daughter Anita. Tim enjoys bush walks, travel and good coffee. 

Rev Martin Christensen
Honorary Associate.

Martin is married to Cath and they have four adult children.  Martin has worked as an naval architect but is now the full-time chaplain for Australian Border Force as well as a Navy Reserve chaplain.  He still finds time with Cath to serve at the Good Shepherd.

Rev Luther
Honorary Karen Pastor.

Luther was ordained in Myanmar in 1994.  He served in the Mae La refugee camp in Thailand before moving to Canberra in 2014.  He is married with three children and has a passion for (Karen) church choirs.  He serves on the Good Shepherd team as pastor for our Karen congregation.

Su Whyte
Church Administrator.

Su is employed part-time as our church administrator.  She is married to Brendan.  She would be pleased to answer questions that you might have.  She is in our office on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

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Libby Gale
Children's Minister.

Libby joined our staff at the beginning of 2017 as the Children's Minister. She originally hails from Sydney where she worked as a teacher but came to Canberra via Vietnam and Wagga Wagga. Libby is passionate about seeing children have a personal relationship with Jesus. She is married to Dave

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Carlos Aguilera
Worship Minister.

Carlos joined our staff in July 2017 after working for a Christian non-for-profit organisation that took him to the Middle East to help persecuted followers of Jesus. He is a passionate individual who loves to gather with others to magnify the name of Jesus. He believes that 'we exist in order to make the most of Jesus'. Carlos loves to hang out with his wife Merran and his son Ari. He loves all things 'hipster', tech, visuals and really good long-blacks!

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Joseph Ree
Youth Group Leader.

Joe is passionate about youth and heads up our team. He grew up in Sydney and moved to Canberra at the start of 2016. Joe works in the public service and enjoys hiking, motorbiking and reading.

Our Mission:

The Good Shepherd has been a light to the people in South Canberra for over half a century.  It continues to be a place where people from all backgrounds, cultures and nations meet to give thanks to God for his amazing love shown to us in His Son Jesus.

Our Mission is to help all people know, love and live for Jesus.


Our Values:

At the Good Shepherd, our core values are:

1: GOD GLORIFYING
 We are creatures made to glorify our creator.
 We aim for this in all we do.   (Revelation 4:11)

 2: CHRIST CENTRED
 All things were made through and for Jesus and salvation is found in Christ alone.
 Therefore we seek to promote Christ in all we do.  (Colossians 1:15-20)

 3: LOVE FOCUSSED
 Following the example of Jesus we aim to act in love toward one another and toward  our community.  (John 13:34)

4: PRAYERFULLY DEPENDENT
 Prayer is an expression of our dependence upon God and our relationship with him as our  heavenly Father.  Prayer is a priority in all our gatherings.  (Ephesians 6:18)

 5: SPIRIT EMPOWERED
 We believe that all Christians have the Holy Spirit.
 We are confident in the powerful work of the Spirit in and through us.  (Acts 1:8)

6: BIBLE BASED
 We are confident that the bible is the living and powerful word of God that changes lives.
 We believe the bible is sufficient for all we need to know about God.  (Hebrews 4:12)

 7: DISCIPLE MAKING
 In obedience to Jesus’ commission we are proactive in making mature disciples for Jesus.  (Matthew 28:18-20)

Safe Community:

We are committed to providing and ensuring that our church is a Safe Ministries church. We seek to build and maintain a safe community of faith by:

  • fostering relationships between members, and those of the wider community, based on the teachings of Jesus;
  • providing a safe and secure environment where all people can feel respected;
  • providing responsible and loving Christian leadership and management practices built on a scriptural base; this includes requiring all our leaders -paid and voluntary - to undertake the Creating Safe Ministry Course administered by the Diocese , and
  • ensuring that any cases of alleged abuse, neglect or grievances and complaints are handled in a consistent, unbiased and thorough manner.

More details about our Safe Communities Policy can be provided on request.


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