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How do we seek to fulfil these objectives?

The Mission to Seafarers, Sydney employs three full-time Chaplains, all of whom are active in crew visitation on board and in hospitals, counselling and mediation, seafarer transportation and other duties. We are open to seafarers from 1:30pm – 9.45pm seven days a week, although administrative staff are on site from 10:00am. We also employ one part-time Chaplain. Our Chaplains are (alphabetically):

Jack Starmans

Jack is a married to Nola and they have two adult children. 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.

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.

The Rev. Un Hui Tay

Un is married to Peck Chu and they have two adult daughters. Un was ordained in Malaysia as a Church of Christ Minister 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. He does this without any fanfare and he is ordained in the Sydney diocese.