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our team


Matthew Oates

Senior Minister

Matt has been leading the team at Epping Presbyterian since 2007. He trained at Moore College and the PTC (Presbyterian Theological Centre) before serving God's people in Mudgee and then Greenwich. His desire is to help people see the centrality of Jesus in God's plan for individuals and the whole universe. As well as leading the ministry team and the elders, Matt looks after our Grow strategy. He's married to Fiona and they have three children.


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 (Presbyterian Theological Centre) before serving at Grenfell and Caringbah. Bern shares in a variety of ministries in the church, and is currently focusing on the Connect course and 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 - Interim

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.


Kelly Aston

Children's Ministry - Currently on Maternity Leave

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- Tabitha and Toby. She currently works part-time for the church.


Chris Puffett & Ed Tsai

Church Office

Chris and Ed share the work of the church office. Chris works Monday to Wednesday, and Ed Thursdays and Fridays. Chris is married to Rob and they attend the 6:30pm service together. Ed is married to Emily. They have two children and are part of the 4:30pm community.


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