meet the team
Matthew has been serving God in full time ministry since the age of 18. For 16 years he travelled the world with the highly esteemed international Christian ministry drama team the Covenant Players, venturing to churches all over India, Africa, New Zealand and the United States, and meeting his wife Ruthmary in the process. Together they have grown their family from 5 children to recently arrived grandchildren. This exposure to locations and cultures from all over the world has given Matthew a heart for worship and a love for all people.
In 2018 Matthew was called from a powerful and transformative time at Burnside City Uniting Church to the congregation here at Spicer, where he has warmly embraced this loving and creative church community. He has a passion for God's word, and loves seeing people come alive in their God-given gifts and callings.
Matthew's hobbies include aviation, classic cars and motorcycles. He owns a 1969 British racing green MGB and a 1974 Triumph Bonneville (he is very good friends with his local mechanic!). Matthew is a qualified pilot and holds an American Private licence and an Australian Recreational Licence. He can often be seen in the skies over the Barossa Valley on his days off, looping the loop and defying the ground.
Since growing up in the Salvation Army as the son of Salvation Army Officers, Rod has worked as a professional musician for over 25 years at the pinnacle of the Australian music industry. He has performed, arranged and recorded music with some of the biggest names in the country and beyond, including Pete Murray, Guy Sebastian, Marina Prior, Rhonda Burchmore, Mark Vincent, Chong Lim, Ron Kenoly and Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame Motown artist Darlene Love.
His orchestra arrangements feature on ARIA award nominated, multi-platinum selling number 1 albums. They have been performed by the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, and recorded by the Bulgarian Symphony Orchestra for Pete Murray's 10th Anniversary Edition of his iconic best selling album 'Feeler'.
Rod has served as a music director with the Uniting Church for over 10 years. His ultimate passion lies in creating music that opens the door to connecting with and coming to know our creator God.
Piano, Organ and Messy Church Facilitator
Sue is highly regarded musician and music educator, with a wealth of experience teaching at primary schools through to the highest levels in the state at the University of South Australia. She brings immense talents and passion to our music team, and is the facilitator of our Messy Church program.
Helen has been greeting visitors and keeping our church organised and informed for over 20 years. She knows all the ins and outs, ups and downs, and even where the pens are kept!
Margaret spent her working life with kids as a school teacher. She has a heart and passion for children, and we're lucky to have her looking after our play group and children's programs
Pastoral Care Coordinator
Anne is a passionate people person and equally passionate crafter. She also helps keep us informed and up to date with the monthly publication of the Spicer Matters newsletter
Our church council is the central guiding team for our church
Michael has been part of the Spicer community for more than 25 years, clocking up over 1,000 gigs playing in the church band with his wife Carmen. He is the chair of church council, and fills his spare time during the week working as an anaethetist.
Sue is our church organist and Messy Church co-ordinator
Jill is also a veteran member of the music group. She is one of our star singers, and a tennis guru to boot
Most weeks you'll see Pam's smiling face at the front door of the church when you first arrive. She's a key member of our welcoming team, and a mighty fine chef!
Our resident rodent wrangler extraordinaire (fans of the ever popular 'Vermin' character will know what we mean!)
julia lloyd jones
Julia hails from the other side of the world, and has found a home here in Adelaide at Spicer that has kept her here for many years
Secretary and resident BBQ guru
Our minister and resident pilot
Resource and development committee
Our RAD team keeps Spicer up and running with their loyal behind the scenes work looking after our church facilities.