People

 
Pastor Nick   "Hi, my name is Nick and I’m the pastor at Chalmers Presbyterian church. I am married to Joy and we have two daughters. Annabelle was born in September 2017 and Molly, our second daughter, was born in January this year.  By God's grace, I became a Christian when I was 19. Since then my passion for the gospel has only continued to grow. It is the most important thing that people will ever hear.  In my mid-twenties I worked as a Primary School teacher, however the importance of the gospel led me to consider full-time ministry. In order to test my gifts and calling I did a two-year ministry apprenticeship with AFES. Once I had completed my apprenticeship I spent another four years studying at the Presbyterian Theological College.  I came to Chalmers in February 2018, and I have greatly enjoyed getting to know everyone in the morning and evening congregations. Our morning service is quite traditional (we sing old hymns with the organ) and our evening service is quite modern (we sing a mix of songs with a band). At Chalmers our mission statement is  proclaiming Christ to Hawthorn East and beyond . In 2019 I am excited to see what God will do in Hawthorn East and beyond!  This year we will spend time looking at The Gospel According to Luke, Revelation, and the Ten Commandments. In Luke we will encounter the real Jesus, in Revelation we will be challenged to hold fast to Jesus, and in the Ten Commandments we will see how Jesus wants his followers to live.  At Chalmers we love having visitors, and we hope you will come for a visit sometime soon!"

Pastor Nick

"Hi, my name is Nick and I’m the pastor at Chalmers Presbyterian church. I am married to Joy and we have two daughters. Annabelle was born in September 2017 and Molly, our second daughter, was born in January this year.

By God's grace, I became a Christian when I was 19. Since then my passion for the gospel has only continued to grow. It is the most important thing that people will ever hear.

In my mid-twenties I worked as a Primary School teacher, however the importance of the gospel led me to consider full-time ministry. In order to test my gifts and calling I did a two-year ministry apprenticeship with AFES. Once I had completed my apprenticeship I spent another four years studying at the Presbyterian Theological College.

I came to Chalmers in February 2018, and I have greatly enjoyed getting to know everyone in the morning and evening congregations. Our morning service is quite traditional (we sing old hymns with the organ) and our evening service is quite modern (we sing a mix of songs with a band). At Chalmers our mission statement is proclaiming Christ to Hawthorn East and beyond. In 2019 I am excited to see what God will do in Hawthorn East and beyond!

This year we will spend time looking at The Gospel According to Luke, Revelation, and the Ten Commandments. In Luke we will encounter the real Jesus, in Revelation we will be challenged to hold fast to Jesus, and in the Ten Commandments we will see how Jesus wants his followers to live.

At Chalmers we love having visitors, and we hope you will come for a visit sometime soon!"

 

Get to know some of the friendly faces from our evening service!

Abi   "Growing up I really wanted to become a Marine Biologist, because I loved the ocean and the animals in it. However, my dreams were crushed when I found out that I was absolutely hopeless at science after receiving my exam results in year 10. Left feeling a bit lost, I decided to try some new electives, one of them being photography. I immediately fell in love with the camera and how it could capture snippets of moments, frozen in time.  Fast forward to today, and I’m following my passion and studying a Bachelor of Photography at RMIT, having just completed my first year of Uni. God has constantly shown his power and faithfulness as someone that I can fully depend on in times of stress and difficulty, especially during year 12 and first-year Uni. Being a part of Chalmers next year is a great opportunity to use my passion for photography but also spread the Word of God at the same time, which is exciting stuff!  Most of the time you will find me down Glenferrie Road - on the way to Uni with a camera in one hand and a coffee in the other, whilst trying to pat a random dog across the road at the same time."

Abi

"Growing up I really wanted to become a Marine Biologist, because I loved the ocean and the animals in it. However, my dreams were crushed when I found out that I was absolutely hopeless at science after receiving my exam results in year 10. Left feeling a bit lost, I decided to try some new electives, one of them being photography. I immediately fell in love with the camera and how it could capture snippets of moments, frozen in time.

Fast forward to today, and I’m following my passion and studying a Bachelor of Photography at RMIT, having just completed my first year of Uni. God has constantly shown his power and faithfulness as someone that I can fully depend on in times of stress and difficulty, especially during year 12 and first-year Uni. Being a part of Chalmers next year is a great opportunity to use my passion for photography but also spread the Word of God at the same time, which is exciting stuff!

Most of the time you will find me down Glenferrie Road - on the way to Uni with a camera in one hand and a coffee in the other, whilst trying to pat a random dog across the road at the same time."

Amba   “2018 has been a jam-packed year! So much has happened: I completed my Bachelor of Interior Architecture at Swinburne, been on a mission trip to Thailand, been the secretary on the Christian Union committee at Uni, started a job, been on too many camps to count, done NTE mission, and joined Chalmers Presbyterian Church. Phew!   During my time at University I loved being involved in the Christian Union on campus, and really appreciated the community willing to share God's love and Word with other students. I grew a lot in my faith and my understanding of who God is and what He has done!   Now that I've finished Uni, I'm sad to leave such a great Christian community – but I am glad to have found Chalmers and know it will be a great community to get involved in for the next chapter of my life! I love being a part of Chalmers because everyone is so welcoming, everyone gets involved and there is great teaching at the church services! I hope to see you around at Chalmers!”

Amba

“2018 has been a jam-packed year! So much has happened: I completed my Bachelor of Interior Architecture at Swinburne, been on a mission trip to Thailand, been the secretary on the Christian Union committee at Uni, started a job, been on too many camps to count, done NTE mission, and joined Chalmers Presbyterian Church. Phew!

During my time at University I loved being involved in the Christian Union on campus, and really appreciated the community willing to share God's love and Word with other students. I grew a lot in my faith and my understanding of who God is and what He has done!

Now that I've finished Uni, I'm sad to leave such a great Christian community – but I am glad to have found Chalmers and know it will be a great community to get involved in for the next chapter of my life! I love being a part of Chalmers because everyone is so welcoming, everyone gets involved and there is great teaching at the church services! I hope to see you around at Chalmers!”

Caleb   "So my name's Caleb and I grew up in Hamilton, in Western Victoria, and went to Boarding School in Hawthorn. Since I have finished school I am still living in Hawthorn and am studying Teaching at Deakin University.  Growing up I always knew that Jesus was the Saviour of the world, but it wasn't until I was in late primary school that my knowledge of him switched from simply knowing to believing that He had come to earth to save a sinner like me.  I am excited about being at Chalmers because I know that going to a church where Jesus is at the centre of all that we do, I can be sure that He will build His church and not us.  Other than that, you'll probably see me around Hawthorn riding my bike and munching down on some good ol' Yo-Chi."

Caleb

"So my name's Caleb and I grew up in Hamilton, in Western Victoria, and went to Boarding School in Hawthorn. Since I have finished school I am still living in Hawthorn and am studying Teaching at Deakin University.

Growing up I always knew that Jesus was the Saviour of the world, but it wasn't until I was in late primary school that my knowledge of him switched from simply knowing to believing that He had come to earth to save a sinner like me.

I am excited about being at Chalmers because I know that going to a church where Jesus is at the centre of all that we do, I can be sure that He will build His church and not us.

Other than that, you'll probably see me around Hawthorn riding my bike and munching down on some good ol' Yo-Chi."

Colin   “Hey! I’m Colin, and I’ve been at Chalmers Presbyterian for just over a year now. I became a Christian in my first year of University after really wrestling with what life is all about. It’s now my great joy and privilege to love and follow Jesus. I also get to work with AFES at Monash University sharing Jesus with the students there too!  In my spare time I enjoy reading and thinking, trying to get myself to exercise, and playing the drums. I’m also a big fan of going hiking when I get the chance too.  I count myself very fortunate to be here at Chalmers. It’s great being able to hear the bible faithfully taught each week and being brought to bear on my life. It’s also a great encouragement having so many people here who are serious about following Jesus, living for Him in their lives, and sharing Him with others. It’s a great family to be a part of!”

Colin

“Hey! I’m Colin, and I’ve been at Chalmers Presbyterian for just over a year now. I became a Christian in my first year of University after really wrestling with what life is all about. It’s now my great joy and privilege to love and follow Jesus. I also get to work with AFES at Monash University sharing Jesus with the students there too!

In my spare time I enjoy reading and thinking, trying to get myself to exercise, and playing the drums. I’m also a big fan of going hiking when I get the chance too.

I count myself very fortunate to be here at Chalmers. It’s great being able to hear the bible faithfully taught each week and being brought to bear on my life. It’s also a great encouragement having so many people here who are serious about following Jesus, living for Him in their lives, and sharing Him with others. It’s a great family to be a part of!”

Gresham   "There are a few things I love. I love friends, the beach, a good book, a funny story, a happy memory, delicious food, travelling the world, climbing mountains and so much more! But I love God more than anything else.  And I can only love God this way because He loved me first. Through my many flaws and faults, mistakes and regrets, I am so blessed He chose to save me and so honoured to call Him Father.  I can't wait to join Chalmers and meet new people, rekindle old friendships and grow to know Him better. What a joy that will be!"

Gresham

"There are a few things I love. I love friends, the beach, a good book, a funny story, a happy memory, delicious food, travelling the world, climbing mountains and so much more! But I love God more than anything else.

And I can only love God this way because He loved me first. Through my many flaws and faults, mistakes and regrets, I am so blessed He chose to save me and so honoured to call Him Father.

I can't wait to join Chalmers and meet new people, rekindle old friendships and grow to know Him better. What a joy that will be!"

Hilary   “I’m a graphic designer and Hawthorn local, often seen dragging behind an over enthusiastic doggo with a big personality and very little legs.  I moved to Melbourne 6 years ago as a fresh uni student in search of big, important dreams. But life’s hard and it doesn’t match up to expectations. Thankfully God does. All through the Bible he has made promises to love us, guide us, and always be with us, and he lives up to those promises through every hurdle life throws our way.  That’s why I’m at Chalmers. Because God lived up to his promises, he rescued me out of darkness into the kingdom of his beloved Son, and gave me a heart eager to love and serve him in return. In my time at Chalmers, I’ve seen the people here not only know and believe in this promise of saving grace, but also live it out, and find joy in sharing it with others. If you’re eager to know more about these promises, come visit us, we would love to have you.”

Hilary

“I’m a graphic designer and Hawthorn local, often seen dragging behind an over enthusiastic doggo with a big personality and very little legs.

I moved to Melbourne 6 years ago as a fresh uni student in search of big, important dreams. But life’s hard and it doesn’t match up to expectations. Thankfully God does. All through the Bible he has made promises to love us, guide us, and always be with us, and he lives up to those promises through every hurdle life throws our way.

That’s why I’m at Chalmers. Because God lived up to his promises, he rescued me out of darkness into the kingdom of his beloved Son, and gave me a heart eager to love and serve him in return. In my time at Chalmers, I’ve seen the people here not only know and believe in this promise of saving grace, but also live it out, and find joy in sharing it with others. If you’re eager to know more about these promises, come visit us, we would love to have you.”

Joy   “I'm Joy! It's been such a treat for my family to be involved in Chalmers for the past year. My husband is the pastor, and we have two little girls. I'm really thankful that Nick preaches the gospel every Sunday. I need to hear the reminder of my salvation in Christ every single week.  In our 5pm service, I have the children with me to try to help them see what it looks like to gather for worship. The service only goes for 1 hour, which is a really manageable time for us. Sometimes it can be hard with little ones, but I know it's worth it! They are watching their church family worship God, and are learning how to sing, pray and listen!  One of the key values at Chalmers is being a family in Christ. Both of the girls have been welcomed into the family, and they are loved and cared for by the rest of the church! I'm so thankful that they will grow up with so many godly role models to show them how great our Lord Jesus is!”

Joy

“I'm Joy! It's been such a treat for my family to be involved in Chalmers for the past year. My husband is the pastor, and we have two little girls. I'm really thankful that Nick preaches the gospel every Sunday. I need to hear the reminder of my salvation in Christ every single week.

In our 5pm service, I have the children with me to try to help them see what it looks like to gather for worship. The service only goes for 1 hour, which is a really manageable time for us. Sometimes it can be hard with little ones, but I know it's worth it! They are watching their church family worship God, and are learning how to sing, pray and listen!

One of the key values at Chalmers is being a family in Christ. Both of the girls have been welcomed into the family, and they are loved and cared for by the rest of the church! I'm so thankful that they will grow up with so many godly role models to show them how great our Lord Jesus is!”

Lennard   "Hi! I'm Lennard, the President of Christian Union at Swinburne, and a friend of Chalmers.  The Swinburne CU is a group of uni students who want to know God deeply. We are passionate about all that Jesus has done for us and seek, by the power of his Spirit, to become the people he wants us to be. We meet together because we know that God doesn’t want us to do this alone, but to live out, in community with each other, the very love that Jesus has for us.  For these reasons, we get together to study the Bible in small groups, to hear Bible talks, to discuss books, to pray and to just hang out. Anyone is welcome to join us; you’re not expected to be a Christian, just open to considering who Christ was and is."

Lennard

"Hi! I'm Lennard, the President of Christian Union at Swinburne, and a friend of Chalmers.

The Swinburne CU is a group of uni students who want to know God deeply. We are passionate about all that Jesus has done for us and seek, by the power of his Spirit, to become the people he wants us to be. We meet together because we know that God doesn’t want us to do this alone, but to live out, in community with each other, the very love that Jesus has for us.

For these reasons, we get together to study the Bible in small groups, to hear Bible talks, to discuss books, to pray and to just hang out. Anyone is welcome to join us; you’re not expected to be a Christian, just open to considering who Christ was and is."

Zoe   “At the start of 2018 I moved to Melbourne to study music at Monash University. Moving away from family and the small country town I grew up in seemed pretty daunting at first. However, God has blessed me with an abundance of Christ-centred people and communities during my first year.  One of these communities is Chalmers Presbyterian Church. When I began looking for a church to attend, there were many people who recommended Chalmers, so I decided to check it out. Upon my first visit, I felt so welcomed by the congregation and I was very excited to see a church with lots of young people and who were keen to share the gospel with others.  Since that first day, I have continued to attend Chalmers evening services and am able to serve alongside others in the service. I love Chalmers’ mission ‘To Proclaim Christ to Hawthorn East and beyond’ which aligns with God’s great commission and really shows what Chalmers is all about. To have a community centred around Jesus, who love Him and work for Him is a wonderful thing to be a part of. I’m very grateful to God to have been supported, cared for and loved by this community as it has made a big difference in my first year in Melbourne.”

Zoe

“At the start of 2018 I moved to Melbourne to study music at Monash University. Moving away from family and the small country town I grew up in seemed pretty daunting at first. However, God has blessed me with an abundance of Christ-centred people and communities during my first year.

One of these communities is Chalmers Presbyterian Church. When I began looking for a church to attend, there were many people who recommended Chalmers, so I decided to check it out. Upon my first visit, I felt so welcomed by the congregation and I was very excited to see a church with lots of young people and who were keen to share the gospel with others.

Since that first day, I have continued to attend Chalmers evening services and am able to serve alongside others in the service. I love Chalmers’ mission ‘To Proclaim Christ to Hawthorn East and beyond’ which aligns with God’s great commission and really shows what Chalmers is all about. To have a community centred around Jesus, who love Him and work for Him is a wonderful thing to be a part of. I’m very grateful to God to have been supported, cared for and loved by this community as it has made a big difference in my first year in Melbourne.”