Meet Our Staff

Rev. Michael Williamson

Year 13 Director

BD, DipMin, MA (Th) 

Michael took up the Director’s position in late 2016, having sent numerous students – including his own son – to Year 13 during his time as Rector of Shellharbour City Centre Anglican. Michael was converted as a young adult, and ever since has been involved in mission outreach and ministry with Scripture Union, Western Sydney University, Strathfield Presbyterian, Miranda and Shellharbour Anglican. He has long been convinced of the value of discipling young adults for a lifetime of serving Christ.

Michael lives in Shellharbour with his wife Karen, and their four sons. He loves photography, reading, bush-walking and breakfast out with Karen.    

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Trinette Stanley

Student Dean

Cert. IV Business Administration, DipTh, BTh

Whilst studying at Youthworks College and SMBC, Trinette worked part-time in parish Youth Ministry at Richmond and Panania. Upon graduating in 2007, Trinette joined the Year 13 team as a Tutor. In her current role as Student Dean, she oversees pastoral care, the Year 13 Graduate Network as well as the coordination and running of the month-long Fiji mission trip.

Trinette loves driving her Mini, is married to Matt and lives in Sutherland with their dogs, Grace and George.

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Rev. Michael Hyam

Academic Dean

BEd, BD, MTh (current)

Mick grew up in Ulladulla and has been a disciple of Jesus for most of his life. After school, Mick studied teaching at the UoW. Mick has 16 years’ experience in Youth and Children’s Ministry, having served in Wollongong, Macarthur and at Holy Trinity Adelaide. Mick studied at Youthworks College and Moore Theological College. In his spare time, you’ll find Mick in Sutherland reading books, drinking coffee and spending time with his family.

Mick and his wife Jody have 3 children.

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Jo Booker

Administration

Jo looks after admin for Year 13. She has a passion to see young people grow in their understanding of who they are in Jesus.

Jo grew up in the lower Blue Mountains where she came to know and love Jesus in her late teens. Married to Jarrod, she has 3 children, Lachlan, Tara and Mia. Jo enjoys spending time with her family and friends and cooking up a storm.

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Amelia Begbie

Female Pastoral Assistant

DipTh

Amelia graduated from Youthworks College with a Diploma of Theology in 2003. After working in full-time youth ministry, she married Mike. More than 10 years later they still love each other and are raising kids, dogs, chickens and veggies together. Amelia loves Year 13, and seeing students stretched in their faith and challenged in their thinking at a pivotal point in their lives. She also loves serving Jesus at church in Miranda.

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Kiara Meres

Female Pastoral Assistant

Kiara completed Year 13 in 2013, where she was drawn to full-time ministry. After Year 13, Kiara worked as the Children’s Minister (2014) and the MTS Youth Minister (2015) at South Carlton Anglican Church. This year, Kiara is excited to be back and serving the current students of Year 13! She will also be studying one day at week at Youthworks College to complete her Adv. Diploma of Theology.

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Pete and Vini Riches

Block Houseparents

Pete and Vini started with Year 13 in 2009 as volunteer leaders, and became block houseparents in 2013.They have each almost finished a Diploma in Theology from Moore College.

Vini spent 35 years in Primary education before leaving to do full time ministry and working as the children’s pastor at an inner city church. Pete spent 30 years in publishing as a graphic designer he is currently working on a visual bible. They live in Manly where Pete is a semi-sponsored longboarder.

They married in 2002, have 5 children between them and 4 grandchildren with another due soon.

Matt Steele-Smith

Student Minister

Matt is currently studying a Bachelor of Theology and is enjoying learning and serving at the same time. He did Year 13 in 2011 and loves putting back into the program that put so much in to him. He goes to church in Gymea, and likes to eat food.

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Cassandra Rigby

Student Minister

Cass completed Year 13 in 2012. She later completed a Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science at Western Sydney University. During this time she realised she wanted to try serving in ministry full time and so is now in her second year as a youth ministry trainee at Minchinbury Anglican Church. She is married to David and, as well as spending time with him, loves swimming and chocolate.

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I have grown so much in my understanding and love for God. Year 13 is the best thing to do between school and whatever is next. Ally Rowe, 2015