OUR LEADERSHIP

The leadership team at St Clair Anglican - Sydney Australia consists of ordained clergy and believers with the confidence to guide our community in faith, answer questions, conduct services and organize church events.

REV PHILIP BASSETT

Senior Ministry Leader

I was born in 1942 and raised in Naremburn and Cammeray, Sydney. 
As a child I was sent to Sunday School and later progressed to youth Fellowship at Cammeray.
I was converted just before the 1959 Billy Graham Crusade
and from then on I was an active layman in the Anglican church wherever I was living at the time.
In 1964 I married to Margaret whom I met on the Windang, SU beach mission.
I graduated in Chemical Engineering at UNSW in 1966
and pursued my career with Australian Paper Manufacturers and CSR Building Materials
where I ended up in charge of the research group for Pyneboard.
In 1976 God put his finger on me and said I want you in full-time Christian ministry. 
I trained at Moore College and was ordained in 1980.
I worked as assistant in the next few years in the parishes of Hornsby, Balgowlah and Campbelltown.
In 1983 Margaret and I planted the church at Ambarvale, south of Cambelltown, which is now the Parish of Rosemeadow.
From 1990 to 1996 I was rector of the Murchison  in Northwest Australia with BCA.
From 1996 until I retired in 2007 I was rector of Toongabbie. During this time Margaret was a chaplain at the Children’s Hospital, Westmead.
Since retirement I have done locums all over.  Three on Norfolk Island, three in Adelaide, one in Dongara in the Diocese of Northwest Australia, one in Narrabri, and  the rest in Sydney Diocese.
I intend to keep going as long as I am capable and the need is there.
Margaret and I have three children, eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
My son Geoffrey, who lives in Hong Kong, is a member of St Andrew’s Kowloon where he leads a bible study group.  My son David is Archdeacon in Adelaide. My daughter Rosemary is married to Trevor Young, Rector of Abbotsford.
My grandson Timothy is currently training for ministry at Moore College and my grandson Thomas is chaplain at St. Peter’s girls’ School in Adelaide and doing theological training.
My children and grandchildren are all Christians for which I praise God.