Church Council


The Church Council gives priority in its life to building up the Congregation in faith and love, sustaining members in hope, and leading the Congregation to a fuller participation in Christ’s mission in the world. This priority is reflected in the agenda of its ordinary meetings.



The Minister, Revd Yangrae Son  

I was born in South Korea and graduated from Yonsei University in Seoul, and moved to Australia with my wife Michelle in 1986. While completing my Master of Theology at the Melbourne College of Divinity (now the University of Divinity), Richard and Peter were born. I was ordained in 1995 at the Strathfield-Homebush Parish, and subsequently ministered to the Concord Congregation, and then the Northbridge-Castlecrag Parish.  I was inducted to the Killara Congregation in November 2019. My participation in the Congress of Asian Theologians has broadened my horizons of contextual theologies and hermeneutics. My title, Minister of the Word, always guides me to serve God’s people with the Word of God. I am enthusiastic to let the community see how our church people love one another.  I believe that the communion of mutual love was and still is a threat to the ‘Roman/any form of empires’.


Paul Wait (Chairperson)

Paul Wait has been a member of Killara Uniting Church since 2013. He has a particular interest in church music and in recent years has led the Killara Chorale at Christmas time.  Before retirement, Paul was a consulting transport economist for over 40 years. 


Susan Mitchell (Deputy Chairperson) 

In 2007 I joined the Killara Uniting Church and since then I have been a Church Councillor. As a retired, trained nurse, my interests are now divided, as I was given a fortunate opportunity to be a volunteer guide at the Art Gallery of NSW. As well, I am an advocate for the Cancer Council of NSW.


Julie Sekhon (Secretary)

I am a retired librarian who enjoys being a helpmate of the Church, as a response to the grace of God in my own life. Other involvement within the Church includes co-ordination of children’s activities, editing Killara Connection (our quarterly magazine), co-ordination of our Community Café and representation on the Killara District Christian Education Association. My life has been enriched by contact with the Punjabi Indian community in Sydney through my late husband and I still enjoy that contact.


Ian Neilson (Joint Treasurer)  

I joined the Five Ways congregation in the early nineties after moving into the area. After completing my Chemical Engineering and Master of Business Administration degrees I worked in many facets of the glass and petroleum industries until my retirement in 2014. This work included maintenance, operation, planning, design and construction. I have been Joint Treasurer with Jennifer since early 2014.


Nicky Dhillon


Carolynn Everett

My husband, Doug, and I became members of Killara Uniting Church in 2015. Prior to retirement I worked for The Salvation Army for about twenty years – mainly in the Music Department, but also in Welfare services. Since retirement Doug and I have been very involved with an Australian NGO which operates in Vietnam, working with street kids, but with an increasing focus on the rescue of trafficking victims.


Carol Field 

Before moving to Lindfield in 1981 my family worshipped at St Columba’s in Castle Hill, then Uniting Churches in Lindfield and Killara. I was brought up Catholic in Connecticut. First I was a Maths Teacher then computer Programmer in Manhattan – sent on assignment to Sydney by the Singer Company. I had a wonderful career as an Analyst/Programmer retiring in 2015. It was like getting paid to solve crossword puzzles!   


Chris Hare

I grew up in the UK, attending the local Methodist Church from an early age. Following my then fiancé back to Sydney, we came across Killara Uniting Church on our search for a suitable church to get married in (back in 2004). After a few years living back in the UK, we moved back to Australia and have been happily attending Killara ever since.


Rosalind Hobbes

I worked as a librarian for 14 years, until my son was born. At East Killara Church I was an Elder and organised the Sunday School. After my children left school I was a Lifeline Counsellor and then returned to Uni. so I could become an E.S.O.L. teacher for adults, which I did for 25 years, including a class at the Church. I have been a member at Killara now for 5 years.


Annette Harman

I enjoy being part of the Killara Fiveways Uniting congregation and this is my second time as Church councillor and first as Congregational Secretary.  I am on the committee for Killara District Christian Education Association (KDCEA) and raise community awareness of KDCEA’s activities and fundraise to support a Scripture Coordinator at Killara High School.   I am the Vice President of the Australian Bronte Association of Australia and I am currently researching Early Victorian England.  Recently I have worked as an Assistant Program Coordinator in Out of School Hours Care (OSHC) but I have been let go because of COVID-19 in early April.

Arthur Krust

I am a retired Master Builder & Past President of the NSW Master Builders Association & Institute of Building. I established & managed my own Building & Building Consultancy Company for more than 46 years. I have continually served as a Church Leader & Accredited Lay Preacher for 68 years. About 27 years ago my wife Elizabeth & I, together with approx. 70 other of the Tryon Road U.C Congregation transferred our Membership to Killara five-ways U.C under the Rev. Ivor Bailey’s inspirational Ministry. Whilst having continued to serve Christ & the Church in a wide variety of ways I have felt greatly blessed by my conducting Church Services at Lourdes & Northaven Retirement Villages & my appointments to Presbytery & Synod.


Andrew Wines 

I am an orthopaedic surgeon specialising in foot and ankle surgery. I have lived in Killara most of my life and went to Sunday School at St David’s, Lindfield. I am married to Lian and am the proud Dad of Sophie and Angus.

Church Council usually meets on the second Tuesday of the month at 7:30 pm.


Mission Plan:

The Church Council has produced a Mission Plan to put into action in years and months going forward. The Mission Plan is available here as a PDF file (1mb). 



If you have a matter you wish to raise with the Church Council, please write to:

Attn:  Church Council Secretary
           Killara Uniting Church
           PO Box 345
           Killara NSW 2071