Rev Kent Crawford
Kent is the Executive Minister for Sydney Presbytery. He joined the Presbytery staff in 2012 as the Mission and Evangelism Officer and took up his new role in October 2014. Kent is responsible for leading the Presbytery Standing Committee through strategic planning processes and overseeing the delivery of the resultant plans alongside Presbytery staff and committees.
Kent has previously served at West Epping and Engadine-Helensburgh Uniting Church congregations, as well as two years with the NSW/ACT Synod Board of Education as the Coordinator for the National Christian Youth Convention (NCYC) held in Newcastle in 2003. Trained in psychology, theology, community organising, and currently undertaking training in business and governance, Kent oversees a focussed and energetic team including the staff members below.
Kent’s passion is to see thriving, well-resourced, missional churches spread across our region; churches who make a significant contribution to building community, acting for justice and nourishing faith within their local contexts.
Rev Adrian Sukumar-White
Tertiary Ministry Resource Officer
Adrian joined the Sydney Presbytery team in February 2016 in the role of Tertiary Ministry Resource Officer. Adrian works the Tertiary Resource and Oversight Committee (TROC) in growing and strengthening tertiary ministry in Sydney Presbytery; a ministry that has been a vital part of the Presbytery’s mission for many years. To do so, Adrian works with the chaplaincy teams, university congregations, student housing communities and the wider Church.
Adrian was recently ordained (in 2016!) but has worked in the Uniting Church for several years. He was a mission worker at the University of Sydney and UTS for 6 years, and the assistant minister at Leichhardt Uniting Church for 2 years. As part of his ministry formation, Adrian has served in placements at Castle Hill Uniting Church, Westmead Hospital and as Senior Student for United Theological College. Adrian holds bachelor degrees in both theology and engineering.
Ian is the Business Manager for the Presbytery, having joined in February 2015.
Having studied at the University of Technology Sydney and completed his CPA qualification, Ian brings a strong drive for continuous improvement and process re-engineering with over 20 years experience within the profession. With a background in project management, training, asset accounting and auditing, these skills are an integral component of the Presbytery staff and the Business and Property Committee.
Ian was raised and still worships within the Uniting Church, and has found a well rounded balance of his professional and spiritual gifts now working with the Presbytery.
Ian is also a Justice of the Peace and can assist with the duties this role fills in society.
Poppy joined Sydney Presbytery in July 2013 to provide part-time administration support for the Sydney Presbytery office and staff, and to assist Ministers and Congregations with their various enquiries.
Poppy has a wealth of experience within the Uniting Church, having previously spent 18 years working with the NSW Synod.
Ministry Support Officer
Nadine joined the Sydney Presbytery team in October 2015 in the role of Ministry Support Officer. While working primarily with the Pastoral Relations Committee Nadine is responsible for resourcing various areas of ministry to assist the Presbytery in its tasks of oversight of Congregations and Ministers.
This is Nadine’s first role for the Uniting Church after more than 20 years of ministry, leadership and administration experience, mostly within Baptist ministries in NSW and VIC. She has most recently been the Academic Registrar at Morling College, following a three-year stint with the national office of Global Interaction in Melbourne. Prior to that she served on the staff team at Parramatta Baptist Church and with Youth Ministries Australia. Nadine has also had a variety of roles with the Black Stump Festival, Baptist Youth Ministries and Revive (the annual conference for the Baptist Churches of NSW & ACT).