We are blessed by the people who make up the various congregations within the Anglican Parish of Waterloo Bay. Perhaps the quality that makes our people a blessing is that they are warm friendly and caring. Most of the parishioners live in the suburbs that fan out from Waterloo Bay; that is in Wellington Point, Birkdale and Thorneside. Many of our people have lived in the district for decades, however we also have others who have migrated here from other parts of Australia and the globe.
Leadership within the parish comes from Scott under the headship of our Lord Jesus Christ within the embrace of the Anglican Diocese of Brisbane. He is very grateful of a team of clergy who are able for different reasons to offer their ministry for the most part in an honorary capacity. Having clergy with a variety of backgrounds and interests provides the parish with a strong ministry base enabling it to relate to a large cross-section of the community.
The Wardens and Parish Council play an important role in the life of the parish. They see that the property of the Church is well maintained and continues in itself to give glory to God. The Parish Council also gives oversight to the various programmes within the parish.
Together the clergy and the Parish Council make up the leadership team of the parish. This team has a commitment to listen and respond to the movements of the Holy Spirit and to listen to the people of God in confidence that they already have a passion for the mission of the Church.
At the Annual General Meeting, the parish elects three Wardens whose task it is, together with the parish priest, to form the “executive” of the parish.
The Parish Council members are elected at the Annual General Meeting and meet monthly to manage the parish by looking after the finances and fabric of the church.
In addition to this, the parish employs a Youth Minister part time to encourage and develop the integrity and faith of our young people.
Below are the profiles of those in office for the current church year.
Scott was ordained in the Diocese of Brisbane and studied at St Francis Theological College. He has served the diocese for several years and has ministered in the Western Suburbs of Brisbane as well as the western Queensland town of Roma.
Sarah is an ordained Anglican Priest who leads worship at the 9am Family Service. She is also a school chaplain at the Canon Hill Anglican College (CHAC).
Jim Cosgrove is a retired Army Chaplain working living in the parish with his wife Jeanette.
Jim has been in the army for 32 years, the first ten years in the Army reserve in Brisbane and since then he has served in Sydney, Darwin, Townsville and Canberra, Brisbane and Sydney.
John is an Ordained Anglican Deacon who lives within The Redlands and assists in an honorary capacity. John’s participation in the parish includes visiting, liturgy and worship, and young families at the Wellington Point end of the parish. John is married with a young boy and girl.
Annmaree was elected a People’s Warden in November 2018.
She and her husband Tony moved to the Parish in the early 90’s at the recommendation of Lily Parsons (wife of one of the part-time priests at the time, Dr John Parsons) as they were looking for a parish where there were children in the congregation. They have continued to travel from Wynnum (passing 2 other Anglican churches along the way) to enjoy the encouraging and friendly fellowship at our parish.
Rob was elected as a People’s Warden and Parochial Nominator in November 2016
Rob and his wife Gay were married in St Paul’s Cleveland in 1975.
They have worshipped and been heavily involved in a variety of Anglican parishes since then (St Saviour’s Gladstone, St Mary Magdalene Karratha and Dampier WA, St Paul’s Cleveland, St Barnabas’ Sunnybank, St Peter’s Wynnum) before settling in Birkdale in 2015 and attending St George’s.
Scott became Rector’s Warden and was elected as a Parochial Nominator within the Parish in November 2016.
He is the happy and devoted husband of Sarah and together they have lived in the bayside area for over ten years.
Ann is a Justice of the Peace and became Parish Treasurer in late 2017 when she and husband Peter moved from Chermside Parish. They have 2 adult children.
Jide was born in Ibadan, South West Nigeria to an Anglican Family of Samuel and Felicia Oyewole.
He had elementary, secondary and vocational education in Nigeria.
Jide worked in construction and property maintenance industries.
Laura has been on Parish Council since 2017, and is leads the Communications Team.
Merilyn and Russell were married in 1971 and have always been active in church life including leading youth and family ministries, church council and worship leading. Merilyn had many years involvement with Scripture Union, as a cook or leader on summer beach missions and camps and as a council member for 12 years.
Pam has been a member of APWB for more than 20 years after moving to Birkdale from Manly where she was part of St Pauls Anglican community.
Robert and his family moved to the Redlands in 2007 from Tasmania.
Since then they have been regular worshipers at St Georges.
Robert has been working in the consulting engineering field for around 40 years and is now a property manager for a set of local units.
Warren has been a member of the Anglican church for as long as he can remember.
He is the proud father of 4 children –3 girls and a boy- and has been married since 2010.
Warren and his family started attending St George’s in 2015 when they moved into the area.