Mark Leach - Rector (Team Leader)
Mark joined the family at Darling St in May 2015. He brings a rich and varied life and ministry experience to his role as Rector. Born in Zambia to Roman Catholic and Jewish parents, he grew up in Zimbabwe and South Africa, coming to a life-changing faith in Jesus as Messiah and God at age 15. A couple of years at Medical School were followed by a God guiding him to Sydney to study theology at Moore College. Marriage to Margo, 2 children, ordination as an Anglican cleric, service in churches in Sydney, Melbourne and Toronto, Canada, a couple of decades and he's back in Sydney.
Mark is passionate about, and committed to, helping people find Jesus and follow Jesus in their vocations and businesses. You can check out how he is trying to connect the gospel with the marketplace at www.markleach.com.au
You can contact Mark in the following ways:
phone: +61 431 847 871
Belinda Burn - Pastor
Belinda grew up on Sydney’s North Shore and decided at the age of 15 that Jesus was someone worth following. More than 30 years later, that hasn’t changed! Belinda now has a degree in theology and has spent most of her adult life working in church ministry. She is passionate about the church representing Jesus authentically in all things.
Belinda is married to John and they have five children, one son-in-law, two labradoodles and five chickens. She likes to pray, enjoys working in a team, and also likes holidays with the family, reading, music and surfing when no-one’s watching.
Time and time again, Belinda has been struck by God’s grace, kindness, power to transform lives; and by the fact that He actually does love us, a lot.
You can contact Belinda in the following ways:
phone: +61 409 710 990
Liz Raymond - Executive Pastor
Liz has been a resident of Lilyfield for over 25 years and for the last ten has worked in church administration and financial management. Liz started her career in marketing and PR in the IT industry with a few years spent in the UK. After having her two boys, she re-trained as a bookkeeper and contracted to mainly creative businesses and NFP's. She has also studied Ministry (Leadership) via a local church facilitator by Alpha Crucis College.
Liz became a Christian here at Darling Street Anglican Church. She is married with two boys and spends most of her spare time in the kitchen. The rest of the time, she's at the gym working off her time in the kitchen. She has a passion for local Church community and loves to see people find their place in the church.
You can contact Liz in the following ways:
phone: +61 2 9810 7483
Joel Williams - Pastor (Music)
Joel grew up in a family of musicians and brings to Darling St 20+ years experience as a professional musician, a passion to build the church into a worshipping community served by gifted, humble and excellent musicians and artists, and wonderful gifts as a pianist and vocalist and leader of musicians.
You can contact Joel in the following ways:
phone: 0449 782 754
Eliza Leedow - Pastor (Children & Families)
Eliza has been a part of the Darling St family since 2017 after moving to the inner west of Sydney. Eliza has a heart for seeing God work in the lives of the people of Sydney. In particular, she loves hanging out with kids and youth and watching them come to love Jesus as their King.
Eliza is married to James and together they enjoy playing sport, holidaying, and serving Jesus in all sorts of capacities. Both Eliza and James, are trained Primary School Teachers and her passion and love for teaching kids is evident in all aspects of her life.
Eliza co-ordinates the teaching of scripture in five primary schools in our area, leads our Friday afternoon Kid’s Club, and leads our Kid’s Church at 10am on Sundays.
You can contact Eliza in the following ways:
phone: 0435 196 308
Jono Webster - Pastor (Youth and Young Adults)
Jono has been at Darling St. for as long as he can remember. He has known Jesus all his life and owes a lot to his parents for raising him that way. He loves sharing the message of Jesus with young people and is excited to be a part of helping Darling St. to do that.
Jono has done an English degree and is currently studying to be a High School English and Visual Arts teacher.
Jono likes things that help him connect with people, things like sport, music, fashion, architecture, movies, art, food, memes, and social media. He loves the Inner West of Sydney, the beach, walking barefoot and the smell of clean linen. He loves Darling Street in particular for its community feel, coffee, pubs, kebabs, juice and clothing stores.
Jono leads the Friday night Youth Group and helps lead the 5pm congregation.
You can contact Jono in the following ways:
phone: +61 424 702 698
Wendy Coleman - Pastor (Young Families)
Wendy has been a member of the Darling St Anglican community for over 12 years. She has been involved in small groups, Sunday school, welcoming new people and walking with her fellow Christian travellers. Wendy is married to an adorable musical Irishman, Kealan, has 3 energetic dogs (that was a crazy idea) and two beautiful children.
Alongside her life at Darling St, Wendy has a Vocational Graduate Diploma of Relationship Counselling from St Mark’s National Theological Centre. She has many years of experience in event management, project management and Christian counselling and brings these skills to serve the people of Darling St.
Wendy has a heart for people from all sorts of different backgrounds and believes it is an absolute privilege to walk alongside others in their time of need.
Wendy loves spending time with friends, a good conversation, reading, drinking coffee, yummy foods and baking… and sometimes this happens all at once!
You can contact Wendy in the following ways:
phone: 0414 062 466