Get to know our mission, beliefs, people and story.
Growing in Christ and Making Him Known.
YouYou are loved by God and are welcome at Penrith Anglican.
UsWe are family in Christ - sinners in need of a Saviour.
HimJesus changes everything. We rejoice in Him!
Our Leadership and Staff
Kath OlliffeKath 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.
Office & Communications Manager
Mark BolasMark 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 FriendAdam 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 WitheridgePip 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 WitheridgeSophie 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 ArmourOur 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.
Pastoral Care Leader
Elizabeth TaylorElizabeth 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.
Children's Ministry Coordinator
We are called to love God and love others.
Below is an overview of the core Christian beliefs that we hold as a church.
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.