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.


Deacon Jenny Barry

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.


Father Howard Cocks SSC – Honorary Assistant Priest

Father Howard was born in Sydney to a church going family (maternal grandfather after distinguished service in WW1 was subsequently ordained in the Diocese of Grafton). After working in the bank for some years, Father Howard trained for the sacred ministry at St Barnabas College Adelaide (1978-1980). He was ordained Deacon in 1980 and Priest in 1981 for the Diocese of Ballarat serving in the Parish of Portland Victoria. In 1982 he accepted the invitation to take up the position as senior curate in the Parish of Prestbury, Diocese of Gloucester UK where he was in charge of the “daughter” church (i.e. Chapel-of-Ease). After serving 5 years and deciding to stay in the UK he became rector of a group of four parishes in the Cotswolds (same Diocese). A group of immense variety from housing estates to  “hunting, fishing and shooting”.

Call to a different type of ministry, Father Howard, accepted the Parish of Newparks in the Diocese of Leicester – a parish with high social needs and low self-esteem. St Aidan’s Newparks is a modern church with very traditional anglo-catholic worship which suited the parishioners admirably. He also had the responsibility of training curates (3), was appointed Rural Dean and tutored/lectured in Old Testament and Church History for the School of Ministry (part of the University of Nottingham).

In 2004, Father Howard accepted the living of the Parish of Winchelsea in the Diocese of Chichester which was totally different from Newparks – affluent, well-educated and successful parishioners. Winchelsea is situated on the south coast and on a clear night the lights of France can been seen. It was a happy parish with strong community involvement. There were lots of social activities which were always great fun.

In 2006, Father Howard was appointed Canon of the Diocese of the Murray. He retired in 2012 and went to live in London. While living in London, he lived in a 16th Century alms house known at the London Charterhouse. Charterhouse was originally a Carthusian monastery which suffered appallingly at the dissolution of the monasteries. Father Howard held a license for the Diocese of London and Diocese of Southwark which enabled him to provide relief in the absence of the parish priest.

In 2018, Father Howard returned to Australia after an absence of 37 years to be with his family and is very happy to be worshipping at St John’s.


Director of Music – Anthony Pasquill

Listed by Limelight magazine as a rising star in Australia’s choral scene, Anthony is a regular collaborator with leading choirs across a broad repertoire. Appointed Director of Music in 2018, Anthony is also the Artistic and Musical Director of Sydney based chamber choir Bel a cappella and has toured Europe twice with the ensemble.

Anthony read music at both Leeds University and the University of North Texas, before studying conducting at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Prior to his university studies he was a chorister in the choir of Lichfield Cathedral. He has participated in masterclasses with some of Australia’s finest professional choirs and orchestras, including the Auckland Philharmonia, the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra and the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, and has worked alongside the Sydney Symphony Orchestra as both an assistant conductor and as part of their education projects.

Anthony has worked as Assistant Chorus Master of the Sydney Philharmonia Choirs and most recently as the Associate Chorus Master of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra where he was the second conductor for the first Australian performance of Charles Ives’ Symphony No. 4in Hamer Hall which has been released on Chandos Records to critical acclaim. He has worked for noted international conductors including Simone Young, Vladimir Ashkenazy, David Robertson, Paul McCreesh, Bramwell Tovey, Eric Whitacre and Sir Andrew Davis, and for festivals including the BBC Australian Proms and Sydney Festivals, and has given performances in both the Sydney Opera House and Hamer Hall. Anthony has chorus mastered and conducted first performances of many works by composers including Tarik O’Regan, Gabriel Jackson, Bernat Vivancos, Thomas Jennefelt, Galina Grigorjeva, Tõnu Kõrvits, James MacMillan and Caroline Shaw.


Pastoral Care Assistant is Mrs Lynette Johnson

Lynette has been a parishioner here for the past 35 years, since her arrival with her family from the UK. Lynette has completed an Education for Ministry course and has studied at Mary Andrews College to gain a Diploma in Christian Studies.

She has completed a Lifeline Telephone counselling course and 3CPE 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 Department. For three months she also worked at Westmead Hospital.

Lynette had been a pastoral care worker at Manly Hospital for almost 20 years until Manly Hospital closed. She is still involved in Mona Vale rehab hospital which helps to organize in-service talks and support for other pastoral care workers and helps to put together training courses for new pastoral care workers. She visits our local private hospital (Delmar Hospital) one morning or afternoon a week or whenever they call her in. She has recently obtained a licence from the Archbishop of Sydney as a Lay Minister at St. Johns. She is part of the Pastoral Care team in the Parish as well as Baptism Co-ordinator for our Parish and handles Baptism related issues, as well as being very involved in the children’s ministry work.

Lynette can be contacted on 0408 254 125 or email:


Office Administrator is Mrs  Debbie Schweickle