What is a Chaplain? Essentially a Chaplain is someone (clergy or lay person) who is the religious representative attached to an institution like: Prisons, Hospitals, Armed forces, University, Emergency Services, School or business. So what is a Community Chaplain then?

A Chaplain that works in the community.

Wise guy hey?! Alright then so what does a Community Chaplain do?

It can vary of course but we make ourselves available for one-on-one chats, often they centre on the tough questions and messy situations in a person’s life.

Our Chaplain/s have a focus as well on Anti-Recidivism (that is helping clients stay out of gaol).

Facilitating life skills courses (for both men and women), provides a block of time for client and chaplain to better get to know each other (in a group setting), often resulting in deeper issues being raised and worked through (after the group session).

Whilst typically chaplains are not trained counsellors, life experience and training in Pastoral Care can often help out many clients, others are referred on to Counsellors, Psychologists and Psychiatrists (e.g. Anglicare, Break the Cycle and others service providers).

Referrals to other services like Emergency Relief, Men’s Shed, Community Pantry, Mental Health nurse, Financial counselling, Gambling counselling, and government agencies (including Parole, Drug Court, Legal Aid and Centrelink) and-the-like are common.

Practical help is sometimes provided where time and resources allow.

“God conversations” are encouraged but never forced. As Christian chaplains we are always keen to share the good news of Jesus, His birth, death and resurrection. News that brings complete forgiveness of sins, that makes us right with God, through Jesus alone (not through our puny efforts).

Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name given under heaven by which we must be saved.” Acts 4:12 TNIV

Come clients when asked “You’ve been doing life your way so far. How’s that working out for you?” come to the conclusion that “it’s has not worked out!”

When someone then chooses to try the way of the maker, they will take the courageous step to check out the God stuff by taking up one of the many invites they would have been receiving along the way.

That person is encouraged to attend a local bible based Evangelical church that is known to the Chaplain – often the same one he or she attends or runs, as people are usually the bridge into a church fellowship.

Community Chaplains

Rev. Stuart Woods
Community Chaplain

Community Chaplain at Break the Cycle Glenquarie since 2012 and at St Luke’s Liverpool since 2013.

Facilitator of Sorted! life skills courses for men at St Luke’s Liverpool and Break the Cycle Glenquarie

Former Anglicare Prison Chaplain 2011-2012.

Married 1997 with two teenage boys.

A life member of Ambassadors Christian Motorcycle Club since 1997.

Ordained as Deacon in Anglican Diocese of Sydney Feb 2013.

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God.
2 Corinthians 5:17-20 TNIV

“God has given me a real heart for men…
I reckon if you can turn a bloke away from poor choices you have a great chance of seeing his family come good and therefore make the world a better place”

Jacquie Kinsey
Community Chaplain


As at October 2017 has relocated to the South Coast area – hopefully to see Empower running in 2018 possibly in Nowra area.

Facilitator of Empower life skills course for women at Break the Cycle Glenquarie 2014-2017.

Community Chaplain (Lay) at Break the Cycle Glenquarie since 2014.

Former Manageress of Break the Cycle Glenquarie 2010-2014

Former Volunteer at Break the Cycle Glenquarie 2009-2010.

Former Primary School teacher (Public) 1981-2004 – area of focus working with children who had specialised needs.

Married 1987 with three adult children & two grandchildren.

Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.
James 1:27 TNIV

For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.
Philippians 1:21 TNIV

I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.
Philippians 3:14 TNIV

“It’s truly remarkable to witness the human ability of showing love and compassion and the subsequent impact that has on individual’s ability to change.”

Future Community Chaplain

Watch this space!!!!

2018 hopefully will see Chaplain Stu help train up a new Evangelist/Community chaplain to run the Sorted! life skills course  in another area of tremendous need in the South West of Sydney.

Please pray for this work!