Where do we minister in Australia?

Why do we minister?

The Bible says it best:
1John 4:19 We love because [God] first loved us.
2Cor. 5: (excerpts) ... knowing the fear of the Lord, we persuade others.… For the love of Christ controls us, because we have concluded this: that one has died for all, therefore all have died; and he died for all, that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised.  All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation.  Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us.  We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God!

Why is a flying angel our logo?

In ‘The Revelation’, John describes ‘… another angel flying directly overhead, with an eternal gospel to proclaim to those who dwell on earth, to every nation and tribe and language and people.  And he said with a loud voice, “Fear God and give him glory, because the hour of his judgment has come, and worship him who made heaven and earth, the sea and the springs of water.” (14:6-7)

Because we exist to bring the Gospel to seafarers – who come to us from ‘every nation and tribe and language and people’ – the ‘Flying Angel’ logo is eminently appropriate!

How do we minister?

  • visit the seafarers on their ships;
  • transport them from their ships into the Mission, where we
  • provide a place of safety, friendship and relaxation – where Chaplains are always on duty to minister to the seafarers; and 
  • provide seafarers from all nations and faiths with Bibles, Gospels and quality Christian literature and evangelistic mini-disks;
  • provide the means, by telephone, email and the internet, for seafarers to communicate with loved ones at home;
  • are often able, because of the excellence our apolitical, welfare reputation, to help seafarers address cases of injustice or other special needs, without their needing to fear the possible negative consequences of approaching a union directly.


Staff Profiles

Rev. Un Hui Tay

Head of Mission

Un is married to Peck Chu and they have two adult daughters.  Un was ordained in Malaysia as a minister of the Evangelical Free Church of Malaysia and, like Jack, came to the Mission in 2007.  Being of Malaysian Chinese extraction, Un is fluent in a number of Asian languages, which is of immense benefit to us and to the increasing numbers of Chinese seafarers who have little or no understanding of English.  Un has an extraordinary energy that, in addition to his ministry as a Chaplain, allows him also to play an important role in a Chinese Anglican Congregation in Ryde and to minister to seafarers in his off-duty hours and at his own expense.  Un was appointed Principal Chaplain in January 2018 and formally ordained on the 16th of Febuary 2019.

Gary King


After graduating from UNSW in Accounting and Financial Management, Gary ran a small business in the Seafood industry for 25 years before starting a consulting practice. In this capacity he first came to the Mission in 2007 to assist with the accounting system. He joined the Mission in 2009 part time as the Accountant and from 2010 also began driving the bus to Port Botany to collect Seafarers from their ships and bring them to the Mission. In 2017 he took the role as Acting C.E.0 in the interim period before the appointment of the Rev Un Tay as Principal Chaplain in January 2018. Gary is married to Wendy who also works at the Mission as Administration Manager, and has 2 adult children.

Jack Starmans


Jack began his ministry with the Mission in 2007 after many years ministering to people in impoverished parts of Sydney and New South Wales. He is deeply committed to the seafarers’ welfare and is especially effective in ministering to their spiritual needs. Jack has led many people to Jesus. Unsurprisingly, perhaps, he is quite fond of a long chat!

Jim Watt


Jim Watt is married to Lynne and they have 3 adult children. Jim has been a pastor in 2 Sydney churches since graduating with a BTh from Moore College in 1990. He greatly values interdenominational practice and has worked with Prison Fellowship in visiting a number of jails over the years as well as leading the welfare arm of Newtown Mission Uniting Church for 10 years. Jim has almost completed a Graduate Diploma of Counselling.

Wendy King

Administration Manager

Wendy joined the Mission in 2011 in accounts and from 2015 took on the role as Fundraiser and Administration Manager and is a member of the fundraising committee. She also assists in the purchase of products for the shop and the development of new product lines benefitial to the Seafarers. Wendy works 3 days per week as well as assisting with her grandchilden 2 days per week. She is married to Gary and both attend Christ Church St Ives. Both Wendy and Gary greatly enjoy being able to assist the Seafarers in whatever way possible.

Troy Hanckel


Troy joined the Mission in January 2017 part-time while studying Ministry and Theology at SMBC college. He previously had been volunteering at the Dampier Mission in West Australia before working there full time for one year. He returned to Sydney to commence his studies in 2015. After graduating he went on a Church building Mission in Tanzania where he was manager in the construction of a church for the local community. On his return he joined the Mission full-tome as a Chaplain in October 2018. Troy has a wonderful heart for the Seafarers and has been a great addition to our team.

Rev. George Gayagay

Volunteer Chaplain

George is married to Francesca and has two children and two grandchildren.  George is an Anglican Minister from the Philippines who is able to establish an immediate cultural and linguistic rapport with Filipino seafarers, who form our largest ethnicity. George has a very effective ministry to seafarers experiencing marriage difficulties and is known as a wise and experienced counsellor in those circumstances.  He also possesses a strong sense of justice and will accompany seafarers (who may have been cheated by certain retailers) to see that any injustices are corrected. George has ministered with The Mission since 1995 and, until recently, also pastored a Filipino Anglican congregation at Harris Park.