Who we are

Get to know our mission, beliefs, people and story.

Growing in Christ and Making Him Known.

As followers of Christ we want to grow in a love and knowledge of Him, which permeates our whole being. We want to be shaped by Christ's love, justice and truth so that we can be genuine ambassadors of Christ in the world. As we reflect Christ, we want to share His great love and purpose with everyone so that all may enjoy a life filled with God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.


You are loved by God and are welcome at Penrith Anglican.


We are family in Christ - sinners in need of a Saviour.


Jesus changes everything. We rejoice in Him!

Our Leadership and Staff


Tom Harricks
Senior Minister

Tom is married to Jenny and they have 4 children. He is passionate about cricket, good coffee and swimming but more than this, loves seeing people engage with God through the bible.


Kath Olliffe
Office & Communications Manager

Kath manages the office, communicates with everyone and provides admin support to our staff. She loves Jesus, her family and relaxing with her dog 'Puppy'. She is crazy about stationery of all kinds.


Mark Bolas
Associate Minister

Mark grew up in the Penrith area. After tasting city life through work and study, he saw the light and returned to the foot of the mountains. Mark loves trying out the breakfast options of local cafes with his wife Kylie, their son and daughter, but nothing excites him more than seeing people get to know Jesus.

Adam Friend
Student Minister

Adam is married to Avril and dad to Caleb. He enjoys expending his extrovert energy over cups of earl grey tea and the more than occasional board game. He most loves reading the Bible with people and seeing them come to know Jesus or grow in their love for him.

Pip Witheridge
Student Minister

Pip is currently studying at bible college with his wife, Sophie. Pip loves soccer, goofy movies and the beach, but most of all loves knowing God and helping others know God too.


Sophie Witheridge
Student Minister

Sophie loves tea, her favourite tea being french earl grey. She's creative and loves design and art. Sophie is studying at Moore college and is looking forward to learning more and more about the God who loves and knows her.

Leonie Armour
Pastoral Care Leader

Our pastoral worker Leonie spends her retirement being just as busy as she was when she was working. She enjoys spending time with people, telling them about Jesus and providing a listening ear. In her spare time she attempts the crossword and plans her next holiday.


Elizabeth Taylor
Children's Ministry Coordinator

Elizabeth is a retired High School teacher who after years of teaching English and Financial Services decided to try a different line of work. She enjoys walking, reading, Sudoku, coffee chats and learning more about what the Bible has to say to us today.

We are called to love God and love others.

Our Beliefs

Below is an overview of the core Christian beliefs that we hold as a church.

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Our History

St. Stephen the Martyr’s Anglican Church was the first Church built in Penrith and is now the 15th oldest surviving church in NSW. The foundation stone was laid on 22nd November, 1837. The north-west corner of the Church’s thirteen metre tower was made Penrith’s trigonometric point becoming a landmark for travellers in the early days. The bell, said to have been cast on the site, is dated 1838 and is still in use. The eastern window demonstrates the style produced in the 1870’s in NSW and later ones present as pictures – those in the vestry depict the marriage in Cana and the four in the northern porch have caused it to be known as the Apostles’ Porch.

Want to know more?

We would love to have you join us on a Sunday or at one of our ministries throughout the week. If you would like to know more about our church, who Jesus is, or anything else, get in touch through our online form or any of the ways below.