Integrity and transparency


Here in the parish of Kincumber and in the Newcastle diocese as a whole, we understand the vital importance of integrity and transparency. We know that the church has not always acted in a clear and Christian manor and we’re committed to making sure that everything we do as a parish is open to public scrutiny. On this page, you can find out how to access audited financial accounts for the previous year, details on how and how much our ministry team is paid, and an explanation of how we keep children safe.

Audited accounts

Before you join a church, you should be able to be confident that they handle their finances with probity. We aren’t perfect, but we have nothing to hide. Our accounts are audited annually and copies of our audited accounts are available in each of our church centres. If you want to know more about how our parish, or the diocese handle their finances, you can call us on 4368 3482, or send us an  email.

Ministry staff remuneration

Our ministry staff are paid in accordance with the levels set by the Anglican Diocese of Newcastle. Ministers are paid the base stipend. The stipend is based on working 6 days/week.

In addition to these stipends, they usually receive accommodation and various allowances, all of which are described in the remuneration guidelines available Here.

Child protection

Kincumber Anglican Church loves children and is committed to keeping them safe.

Workers (both volunteer and full-time) in child-related positions are screened and required to undertake regular training.

If at any point you have concerns, past or present, about the actions of a church member, we encourage you to call the police. You can also find access to other help at our Diocesan website Newcastle Anglican Healthy Future.

Our Council and Wardens

Each year our church community elects representatives to help us pursue our calling as a church. These include a Parish Council and Wardens who are responsible for Property, finances and join in the decision making for the parish. They are crucial roles and we have been well served. 

The Parish Council Secretary and Wardens may be contacted at the services they attend, through their numbers (which you’ll find in the parish phone directory), or you can send a letter addressed to them via the Parish office.

Our Council

Our Council from Mar 2016-Mar 2017:

  • Rev Allan Bate – Rector and Chairman
  • Rev Tim Goldsmith – Associate minister (ex officio)
  • Les Brady – Warden (10am congregation)
  • Barry Sommer – Warden (10am congregation)
  • Jane Kemmis – Warden (10am congregation)
  • Allan Granger – Treasurer (SE@K congregation)
  • Linda Upcroft – Secretary (10am congregation)
  • Lesley Thompson (10am congregation)
  • Jan Adeney – Missions Secretary (10am congregation)
  • Leslie Scotchmer – Friend’s of St. Paul’s Church Liaison (St. Bede’s congregation)
  • Terryl McInnes (10am congregation)
  • Rod Berry (SE@K congregation)

Work Health and Safety

Our WHS officer from Mar 2016-Mar 2017, who is also an ex officio member of Parish Council:

  • Peter Wenzke (SE@K Congregation)