Our Ministry Team

Ultimately our ministry team is the whole church. That's what disciples of Jesus do, they serve one another. At Epping Presbyterian we're privileged to have a great team of elders and other lay leaders as well as a number of paid ministry staff.

  • Senior Minister

    Our previous Senior Minister, Matthew Oates, concluded his ministry with us in late 2017, to take up a new role within the denomination as Superintendent of Ministry & Mission. The Senior Minister position is currently vacant.

  • Bern Merchant - Associate Minister

    Bern has been part of the team at Epping Presbyterian since December 2014. He trained at SMBC (Sydney Missionary & Bible College) and the PTC (now know as Christ College) before serving at Grenfell and Caringbah. Bern shares in a variety of ministries in the church, and is currently focuses on our Growth Groups. He is also passionate about Biblical counselling. Bern is married to Alison and they have three children. 

  • Taeyong Chong - Cross Cultural Pastor

    Taeyong joined the team to assist us in working towards our vision of "Many peoples one in Christ." He completed his theological studies and was ordained in Korea, and was doing post-grad studies at Macquarie University when he became involved with Epping Presbyterian. Taeyong leads our Cross Cultural Ministry team as well as helping us develop our ministry amongst people from Non English Speaking Backgrounds. Taeyong is married to Hannah and they have four children. 

  • Kamal Weerakoon - Youth Ministry

    Kamal was born in Sri Lanka and immigrated to Australia as a teenager. He used be an accountant, but gave that up for ministry because telling people about how God freely forgives our debts in Christ is more fun than examining corporate profits. In addition to his role at our church, he's an AFES staffworker with Macquarie University Christian Union, and he's studying towards a PhD in multicultural ministry. Kamal works two days a week.

  • Kelly Aston - Children's Ministry

    Kelly has been part of Epping Presbyterian all her life. She has a background in Social Work and Special Education, and has also studied children's ministry and Bible at SMBC. Kelly began leadng our children's ministry in 2008 - she loves teaching kids about Jesus and is excited about equipping a new generation of leaders with the skills and passion needed for children's ministry in the future. Kelly is married to Dave and they have two children. Kelly works three days a week. 

  • Christine Puffett - Church Office

    Chris and Ed share the work of the church office. Chris works Mondays and Tuesdays. Chris is married to Rob. They have two adult children (both serving overseas) and they attend the 6:30pm service together.

  • Ed Tsai - Church Office

    Chris and Ed share the work of the church office. Ed works Wednesday to Friday. Ed is married to Emily. They have two children and are part of the 4:30pm community.