The Venerable Rod Bower is a passionate advocate for a number of social justice and human rights issues, including marriage equality. He believes that our treatment of Asylum Seekers, the lack of action on climate change and the failure to adequately recognize First Nations people damages our corporate soul.
It has been said that he takes “a hard line on compassion”, he is committed to building social and cultural capital and contributing to the evolution of an Australia where there is respect, peace and harmony. Fr Rod is married to Kerry, also a passionate advocate for Asylum Seekers; they have two married children and three grandchildren.
Fr Rod Bower is the Rector of Gosford where he has served for 16 years and Archdeacon of the Central Coast. He is an ambassador for the Refugee Council of Australia and Chairman of the Board of Lakes Grammar, an Anglican School.
Fr Rod received the 2016 Doha International Award for Interfaith Dialogue.
The Reverend Chris Jackson
Chris is from the Central Coast and was raised in a Christian family. While studying law and social science at Macquarie Uni he became heavily involved in volunteering with a number of organisations, and considers these experiences an important part of his journey as a Christian. After working in the disability sector he decided to pursue a vocation in ministry and was ordained in 2012. He is passionate about God, sharing faith and pursuing social justice.
Chris loves spending time with his wife, Alyce, daughter Emily and their dog, going to the movies and catching up with family and friends. He dreams that one day he will learn to play the guitar.
The Reverend Val McDonald
The Reverend Val grew up in the Hunter Valley in a small village before going to Teacher’s College in Sydney. She then taught in both rural and city - in various locations. After her children were born the family moved to the Central Coast. After eight years, they moved to Western Australia, and eventually returned to the Hunter Valley where she worked in a welfare organisation.
After study she was ordained Priest in 2003 and moved to the Gosford Parish in 2006, taking the role of Vicar for St John’s Point Clare and Mangrove Anglicans. Retiring from full-time ministry during 2010, she has continued her association with the Parish, and has once again taken up part-time responsibility for St John’s Point Clare.
She is passionate about building community, social justice and pastoral care.
The Reverend Jim Innes
Jim was raised in a rural community and with his family attended the regular monthly church service. He worked for many years as a computer programmer, Systems analyst and IT manager, before becoming a teacher of computing at Ourimbah TAFE and University campus. During this time he attended church at Terrigal and Gosford parishes and has been attending church in the Mountain area since moving into the district in 1980. Hobbies have included reading, cricket, archery, cycling, water skiing and fishing. Jim loves spending time with his wife, Wendy, and their children and grandchildren.
Jim has worked for the community through a number of volunteer organisations. After retiring, he was able to fulfill his desire to express and share his love for the Christian faith by studying Theology at Newcastle University and he was ordained in 2013. Besides his church activities Jim, and Wendy, grow blueberries and keep bees and a variety of animals.