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 also completed a Graduate Diploma of Counselling.