I became a Christian while studying Social work at University when I heard a message which changed my life. The heart of the message is the Good News that Jesus died for my sins and rose from the dead and made me part of His family. Since coming to faith I have had the privilege of working as a missionary in Kenya and Indonesia through CMS and in Broome through BCA as well as most recently in South West Sydney and so for me one aspect of our DNA at All Souls is to welcome people from a variety of backgrounds. I love the variety of people at All Souls and this makes for an interesting church as we support one another and develop a sense of belonging. What drives this church and myself is the powerful Word of God as God speaks through His Spirit and Word and shapes our lives. I hope you come to All Souls because you will find the love of Jesus here and be encouraged to share that love with others as you learn God’s purpose for your life. Welcome !
I came to Christ when I was at uni studying to become a high school science teacher. I’ve always had a passion for working with young people but after I became a Christian, I had a sense that unless I was working with young people to further faith, I would feel unsatisfied my whole life. In 2018 I started studying at SMBC with the intention of getting into youth ministry. Since I became a Christian, I have grown in knowledge and understanding of the God who made me and who loves me and who gave his son to die for me! My wife and I have been made very welcome here at All Souls with our son Harvey and daughter Riley and we pray that more and more people in our community would come to know Christ.
I began attending All Souls Leichhardt Church when I needed spiritual revival and home. The church was close to where I lived and had a back door I could sneak in through. I was immediately welcomed, handed a service sheet and introduced to people in the pew in front of me. After the service, I was again welcomed and invited to morning tea next door. I came back the next week.
I’m Suzannah and I’m the secretary at All Souls. I’ve been a Christian my entire life. I’ve lived all over Australia – mainly on the east coast – and even in Papua New Guinea for a time (7yrs to be exact). I studied history and anthropology at Sydney Uni and afterwards worked in aged care. I now work in the church office every Thursday afternoon and am studying theology at SMBC. I’m a Queenslander and a missionary kid. I like to bake, read, write, play music…the list goes on. There are a lot of things that define me, that describe me. But at the heart of it all, I am a child of God and His church is my home. And I hope it can be yours too.
All Souls has been such a blessing to me in my growth and in the warmth of its community. I am thankful for the opportunity to serve in kids, youth and adult ministries here at All Souls and hope to reflect its warm community. Faith has been the driving force of my whole life and I have clearly seen God’s hand in it all: from growing up in Brazil, to living and studying in Australia, and now pursuing missionary work as I attend Sydney Missionary and Bible College. Things that bring me joy include the sun, the ocean and trees; creating and being with people. But the Joy that exists despite these things I find in Jesus.