Our Elders

David Ryan

Chair

David came to WIC around 2007 with his wife Beth. They have three adult children and two grandchildren. David is an ordained pastor with SCAC and a business owner for the past 40 years. He founded and leads an active mercy ministry in China, India and Indonesia and usually travels extensively. He is passionate about seeing God move through the local church, especially its life groups.

Tiffany Gavel

Secretary

Tiff arrived at WIC as a fresh-faced university student and immediately felt a sense of “home”. Since then she has completed a Bachelor of Ministry, as well as her uni studies. While Tiff has worked in communications, and now strategic planning in the corporate sector, her core passion is to see people come alive in their purpose in Christ, to see broken lives healed, and also to be involved in helping those experiencing social disadvantage. 

Philip Ng

Treasurer; Pastoral Intern

Phil grew up in a Christian family, had his first encounter with God at the age of 10 and was baptised at 12. Growing up, he has served in a variety of capacities in various conservative evangelical church and joined WIC in 2009. In 2017, He left his career in IT and Project Management (and his ‘home church’ of WIC) to study full time for a Master of Theology (Th.M) at Dallas Theological Seminary (DTS) to be equipped for ‘vocational pastoral ministry’, and returned to Sydney (and WIC) in 2020 at the start of the COVID pandemic. He is currently serving as Pastoral Intern at WIC.

Phil enjoys travelling, bushwalking, tennis, swimming and board games.

Therese Goodwin

Elder

Growing up in a church-going family, Thérèse Goodwin, for as long as she can remember, desired to know God. At 19, she came to know him personally and, soon after, began to serve the Lord in areas including worship leading and children’s ministry. She married David in 1973 and since then have been in ministry with God together.

Thérèse and David moved with their family of six children to Australia in 1999. In 2005, they joined WIC, where Thérèse has served in various ministry roles. Therese enjoys gardening, horse riding, sightseeing, movies.

Tim Tan

Elder

Tim and his wife, Mun, have been attending WIC since 2007 and are parents to Chris.

Tim works as an emergency medicine specialist, and currently leads a life group in the Inner West.

Tim is passionate about life groups and his hope is that every member of WIC will experience the transforming power of life groups.

Paul Tran

Elder

Paul was born and raised in Vietnam, before he and his family took the brave journey to emigrate to Australia when he was nine years old. As a young child Paul had to quickly grasp the English language and learn the Aussie way of life.

Paul has since completed his Bachelor of Nursing in 2005, and worked as a Registered Nurse for 12 years in hospitals and aged care. He married his wife Tiffany in 2013. Paul also completed a Master of Divinity at Sydney Missionary Bible College in 2015.

Paul currently works as a clinical director at a Dental and Medical clinic in Western Sydney.

Our Pastors

Our Pastors: Andy Chin, Cory Schut, and Jeane Finnigan are also members of our Council of Elders

Read more about our Pastoral Staff Team