Leadership and Ministry Team

As a Christian church we are ultimately led by Jesus Christ. He is the Head of this community and we are His Body. Under His Headship, Southside is led by a Leadership Team of men who perform the role of “elders or overseers” described in the Bible. The Leadership Team is selected from our community to perform three Biblical roles:

  • To be Examples of modelling Christ-like behaviour so that others in the Body will follow their example.
  • To be Shepherds who guide, protect, feed and nourish God’s people from the Scriptures.
  • To be Servants in humility, serving the church while being unconcerned with their own status, position or power.
  • Chong Wei OngLeadership TeamChong Wei Ong
    Chong and his wife, Poh Lin, have been attending Southside Bible Church (previously Woden Valley Bible Church) since 2003, with the exception of 3 years from 2011 – 2013, when they were in Tasmania (where their kids were born). They enjoy the warm fellowship at Southside and really value the Bible teaching.  Chong has an interest ...
  • Craig JohnsonAssociate PastorCraig Johnson
    Craig is married to Sandy and they have eleven children. The family moved from Brisbane to Canberra in 2016. Craig first got to really know God through religious instruction during primary school, but it was only during university that he properly began to understand the free gift of God’s love and forgiveness in Jesus the ...
  • Jayan ParryLead PastorJayan Parry
    Jayan has been a part of Southside since 2006 when he and his wife, Prity, moved to Canberra to work in the Australian Public Service. Jayan and Prity have three young boys; Moses, Joseph, and Judah. Jayan grew up in Chennai (India) in a Hindu family right next door to a temple. He describes that Jesus saves ...
  • John ChoLeadership teamJohn Cho
    John has been attending SBC with his family since 2009, back when it used to be known as Woden Valley Bible Church. Since then he has been periodically involved in the Leadership Team, and has been a part of leading small groups. He is also sometimes found mucking around with a guitar up the front. ...
  • John SteenhofLeadership Team
  • Rowan WinsemiusLeadership teamRowan Winsemius
    In 2015, Rowan moved to Canberra with his wife, Lisa, and two young kids. He and his family were drawn to Southside due to its reputation for solid Bible teaching and it’s family-friendly feel. Rowan is involved in coordinating Illumin8 Youth Group on Friday nights for the teenage population across the Bible Churches in Canberra, and ...