Meet our leaders
About our leaders
Matthew Kennedy - Lead Pastor
Matt is leading the leadership team and providing oversight of all of the ministries of the church. Matt and his family moved to Newcastle in mid 2022. He previous served for 9 years at Chatswood Baptist Church. He studied at Morling and Moore Theological Colleges, Sydney.
Nick Song - Pastor, Chinese Ministry
Nick is involved in leading the Chinese ministry, preaching, and pastoral work for people of all ages. Before beginning at Islington, Nick studied Theology and Ministry in Sydney where he also served in a Baptist Church.
Nick Hood - Pastor & Administrator
Nick is involved in preaching, connecting newcomers & church administration. He has studied at Sydney Missionary and Bible College and ACOM (Arrow Leadership), served with the CRU Camps ministry in Sydney, and currently works with the AFES Christian student group at the University. He and his wife have had a long connection with Islington Baptist Church.
Church Leadership group (Staff, Elders & Deacons)
Matthew Kennedy, Nick Hood, Graham Murray, Amos Leung, Marco Li, Khalil Emseis, Philip Wells, Bob Miggins, Jessie Agbola, Graham Harle, Marcia Heyne, Nick Song.
Chinese Ministry Core Group
Our Chinese Ministry is guided by the Church Leadership Group. The Chinese Ministry Core Group is responsible for pastoral care, small groups, general organisation, and the Chinese Sunday services.
Church Business Meetings
These meetings are held quarterly to discuss and vote on matters relating to the direction and activities of the church. Church membership is required in order to vote, as outlined by our constitution. For membership enquiries, please speak to one of the leadership group