Craig Hooper – Senior Pastor

Craig has been the Senior Pastor at Eagle Vale Anglican since October 2005, and loves the opportunity it is to serve the people of EVAC and the surrounding suburbs.  He particularly enjoys bringing the Word of God to others, helping them become and grow as followers of Jesus. He is blessed to be husband to Sandra and father to three young adult sons, and enjoys playing cricket and watching any sport!  Before serving at Eagle Vale, Craig was a Youth and Children’s Pastor and an Assistant Pastor at various churches in Sydney.

Simon Owen – Youth and Sunday Evening Church Pastor

Having become a Christian at the age of 18, Simon is passionate about seeing teens come to know God just like he did! He loves the weekly opportunities he gets to talk about Jesus and is committed to investing in the next generation of believers and future leaders. Simon also works for the Campbelltown Area High School Ministry (CAHSM); and teaches scripture classes at Robert Townson and Eagle Vale High Schools.

When Simon left school he did a carpentry apprenticeship and then went on to study the Advanced Diploma of Theology at Youthworks College. He did this after deciding to make a change from building homes to seeing people being built up in Christ. Simon also enjoys spending time with his wife Angela and his daughters Grace and Esther, seeing the Dragons win a game, long distance running, golf and surfing.

Steve Thurgar – Assistant Pastor

Steve is married to Elyssa and has three energetic daughters. Steve has been at Eagle Vale Anglican Church since 2013. After finishing school, he worked in various warehousing and sports related jobs. He completed a degree in Sports and Exercise Science in 2001. Steve then spent approximately 15 years working as an Exercise Physiologist in the Workers’ Compensation Industry. Steve enjoys keeping fit, karate and watching movies (particularly superhero and Star Wars movies!).

Steve came to believe in Jesus Christ as his Lord and Saviour when he was in his early twenties and loves teaching people about the love and power of the Lord Jesus to change lives. Steve’s desire to teach people about the Lord Jesus has seen him attend Moore Theological College and has completed a Bachelor of Theology. Steve is employed by Eagle Vale Anglican Church as an Assistant Pastor and wants the name of Christ proclaimed in the parish of Eagle Vale.

Georgia Clements – Youth and Children’s Pastor

Having come to faith in Jesus in her teenage years, Georgia shares a joy and drive for bringing the gospel of Jesus to young people. Georgia grew her passion and skills for children’s and youth ministry during her experience at Youthworks’ Year 13 gap year program, and her Advanced Diploma of Theology study at Youthworks College. Previously a ministry training apprentice (MTS) with Eagle Vale Anglican, Georgia is now leading the Sunday morning children’s ministry program and working alongside Simon in leading, teaching and mentoring teenagers who attend the Friday night youth group.

Georgia loves the company of her friends and sharing in other people’s lives. She is an impatient crocheter, has recently taken to baking and cooking and cherishes the moments she gets to play soccer with her two brothers. Georgia hopes that her current training and study will help to equip her for the mission of the gospel outside of Sydney into the future.

Sashi Grayndler – Anglicare Community Chaplain

With a background in human resources, Sashi spent her early working life in the corporate world. Despite having heard and accepted the gospel at 19, the transforming nature of it didn’t take hold until 10 years later when she finally recognised what it means to trust in Jesus as both Saviour and Lord.

After studying at Sydney Missionary and Bible College, Sashi spent almost six years with a church planting team in SE Asia. Returning in 2012, she undertook her Bachelor of Theology part-time and was the Children and Families Worker at Eagle Vale Anglican Church from 2014 until early 2018.

In her current role as Anglicare Community Chaplain, Sashi is happy to be partnering with the staff team at Eagle Vale Anglican, as they seek to make Jesus known to the people of this parish. The chaplaincy allows Sashi to minister more widely in the community, especially in Claymore, an area with high social, mental, emotional, as well as physical needs.

In the​ir leisure time, ​Sashi and Andy (her husband) enjoy op-shopping, the beach, doing triathlons, bushwalking​ and extending hospitality in their home.

As the Chaplain, she is available to listen to clients about challenges in life and the ’bigger picture’. Available weekdays by appointment. Please call on 0447 94 74 67 or email Sashi.Grayndler@Anglicare.org.au.