Clergy & Staff

Father Steven Salmon SSC

Father Steven Salmon grew up in Sydney. He was educated at Sydney High School and the University of Sydney, obtaining a Bachelor of Arts degree in English, History, Classical Studies and Philosophy. He trained for the Priesthood at Trinity College in Melbourne and ordained in the Diocese of Wangaratta (in central and north eastern Victoria) in 1991. He served in several parishes in Victoria before being appointed Parish Priest of Kilmore, just north of Melbourne. Father Steven served on the Council of the Diocese of Wangaratta, and was an Examining Chaplain for the Bishop, involved with the selection, training and care of candidates for ordination. With a particular interest in adult Christian education and ministry formation, as well as Liturgy, he headed several bodies and initiatives in these areas in the Diocese. Firmly within the Catholic tradition of Anglicanism, Father Steven is a member of the Society of the Holy Cross, the oldest society of priests in the Anglican Communion (founded 1855). He was Deputy Master of the Australasian Province from 1998 until 2009. He returned to Sydney in 2000 to be Rector of the parish of St John the Evangelist in Dee Why. Father Steven is married to Sandra. They have one son, Christopher, who was born in 1997.


Deacon Sandra Salmon

Sandra is the Parish Deacon at St Johns. A Deacon is an ordained minister of the church whose focus is particularly on “servant ministry”. Jesus himself reminded us, “I am amongst you as one who serves “and the Deacon tries to take that on board in all he or she does, The stole worn diagonally is a reminder of the towel with which Jesus girded himself to wash the feet of the disciples. Prior to ordination, Sandra was a Primary School teacher and taught in country Victoria. In 1987 she entered Trinity College, Melbourne, to train for ministry , graduating with her Bachelor of Divinity in 1990. She was ordained in Wangaratta in 1989, serving at the Cathedral and then in the Parish of Shepparton. In 1994 she married Steven and moved to the Parish of Kílmore where they ministered together until their move to St John’s in 2000. Their son Christopher, was born in 1997. Sandra’s ministry in St John’s is varied. It includes working with children, (Godly Play, Children’s talks, Playtime and Scripture teaching ) as well as Pastoral visiting , especially to the frail and elderly. She leads a daytime Bible Study group, is President of the Mothers’ Union group and participates in Caritas, in particular leading the Devotions. She takes a regular service at a local Retirement Village, as well as taking her place as Deacon in the liturgy and preaching from time to time.


Director of Music  is Paul Young

Paul began his musical life at age 3, learning Suzuki piano.  He went on to study music all through school, all the while performing regularly at the Sydney Opera House, overseas tours, and with various ensembles.

After high school, he was accepted into the Sydney Conservatorium.  This lead to more professional work, including on the professional production of Miss Saigon, as Staff  Accompanist for both Redlands school and Knox Grammar, and various freelance performance opportunities both in Australia and internationally.  Paul has worked with some of the top artists and ensembles internationally, playing works such as the Greig Piano Concerto, Rhapsody in Blue  by  Gershwin, and the Saint Saens Piano Concerto No.2.  He has won numerous competitions, and been featured on various recordings and live radio broadcasts.  He is also in demand as an accompanist, having played for hundreds of exams, recitals, recordings and concerts over the years.

Paul started his musical life in the church as the Director of Music at St John’s Uniting Church Neutral Bay, before moving to a position as Director of Music at Gordon Uniting Church.  He is very excited about the opportunity to work at St John’s Dee Why, and looks forward to expanding the music ministry of the church.


Pastoral Care Assistant is Mrs Lynette Johnson

Lynette is married to Tony (currently one of our churchwardens) and they have two married daughters. She has been a parishioner here for the past 26 years, since her arrival with her family from the UK. Lynette has completed an Education for Ministry course and at present is studying at Mary Andrews College to gain a Diploma in Theology. She has completed a Lifeline Telephone counselling course and 2 CPE courses (Clinic Pastoral Education) at Royal North Shore Hospital, St. Leonards. During that time she worked on the Children’s ward, Oncology ward and Emergency and Accident Dept. For 3 months she also worked at Westmead Hospital. Lynette has been a pastoral care worker at Manly Hospital, for the past 12 years She visits all wards including Intensive care and serves on the committee which helps to organize in-service talks and support for other pastoral care workers, helps to put together training courses for new pastoral care workers and helps to organize memorial services for the hospital 4 times a year. She visits our local private hospital (Delmar Hospital) one morning or afternoon a week or whenever they call her in. Apart from all these roles, this busy lady finds the time to be the Baptism co-coordinator for our parish and handles related issue in connection with that, as well as being very involved in the children’s ministry work.

Lynette can be contacted on 0408 254 125 or email:


Deacon Jenny Barry-  a new Honorary Deacon in the Parish

Jenny was ordained in Grafton in 2009 and served in ministry in the Kempsey parish and the Lower Macleay parish. She also did two placements in Wauchope and Port Macquarie parishes.Her passion has always been to minister to the underprivileged, the elderly, sick and lonely in the community, visiting folk in their homes, the aged care facilities, and the Kempsey Community hospital. Jenny saw that there was a deep need for women’s ministry in those parishes, and formed bible study groups and prayer groups. It was a time of women coming together, being uplifted and encouraging each other in their daily walk. She also helped lead two Alpha courses, and found that it was such a wonderful vehicle for bringing the Good News of Jesus Christ to many who stumbled and were without hope. Jenny studied Theology as a distance student with The School of Christian Studies at Macquarie University, has also completed a CPE course (Clinical Pastoral Education) and is looking to do more study in the near future. She also did six months training in the Mid North Coast Corrective Services Facility, spending time with both men and women inmates. Jenny and her husband , John, moved back to the Northern Beaches in 2012, to be near their four children and nine grandchildren, and in July 2013 became a parishioner at St John’s.

Office Administrator is Rebecca Whelan