Team of Chaplains

Dedicated Team of Chaplains

Bethanie has a dedicated team of Chaplains who provide a range of counselling and spiritual care to Bethanie customers and their families.

Our Chaplains are committed to providing their services according to the Christian principles of faith, hope and love.

Scroll down to read about our Chaplains and the services they provide.

Bruce Grant, Chaplaincy Intern, Bethanie Beachside

Bruce hails from South Africa and has been involved in Aged Care in Australia for 3 years as a carer. He is married and has two married daughters and two grandsons. He joined the Bethanie Chaplaincy Team as an intern in December 2017 while studying at Perth Bible College. Bruce has a passion for demonstrating God’s love, kindness and compassion to others and sees this role as a privilege.


Allan Murphy, Bethanie Fields

Allan has been working as a Chaplain in Aged Care for over 15 years. Allan has been married for over 30 years and has two adult children. He has found the provision of pastoral care to people in residential aged care to be both an extremely very rewarding as well as very challenging ministry.


Sue Wilkins, Bethanie Joondanna, & Bethanie Community Care

Sue has been working for Bethanie for over 13 years. She is married to Kevin, has 2 adult daughters and loves being a Nanna to 3 energetic boys. She also enjoys her job with Bethanie – the clients are people of great value who have deep wisdom and rich life experiences to share, and she relishes  her role of encouraging clients to see themselves as people whose lives still have meaning and worth.


John Caporn, Bethanie RiverSea & Wearne

John has been working as a Chaplain in Aged Care for around 10 years.  John has 3 adult children and 8 grandchildren. John feels privileged to journey with people through difficult times and aims to help bring comfort to their lives.

Kerryn Monger, Bethanie Gwelup

Kerryn has been working as a Chaplain in Aged Care for over 10 years. She has 4 adult children and enjoys craft and music. Kerryn strives to create an environment where people can experience God’s love and care and feels privileged to journey with seniors in the Aged Care setting.

Barry Austin, Bethanie Waters

Barry has been working as a Chaplain in Aged Care for a number years. Barry is married and has 4 adult children and 12 grandchildren. Barry enjoys the opportunity to assist residents and families as they transition through the life phases associated with aged care.


David van Leen, Bethanie Kingsley and
Bethanie on Pier

David has been working as a Chaplain in Aged Care for over 15 years.  David is married to Roxanne and they have 3 children. David has a passion to see those within his care encouraged and supported both emotionally and spiritually.

Penny Street, Bethanie Waters, and Peel Social Housing

Penny has recently returned to working in Aged Care but has many years experience as an Enrolled Nurse in the Aged Care and Palliative Care settings.  Penny is married and has 4 children.  Penny has a passion to encourage and support people and show that they have great value no matter who they are.


Kevin Eyre, Bethanie Peel

Kevin has been working as an Aged Care Chaplain for a number of years. Kevin is  married and has 2 children. Kevin enjoys connecting with people and caring for the whole person—body, mind and Spirit.

Len van Aarde

Len van Aarde, Bethanie Elanora

Len has been working as an Aged Care Chaplain for a number of years and hails from South Africa. Len is  married and has a daughter and 3 grandchildren.  Len has a passion to express God’s compassion and love to all those under his care.

Peter Allbury

Peter Allbury, Bethanie Beachside

Peter recently joined the Bethanie Chaplaincy Team after completing his study and gaining the relevant experience. Peter is married and is also a part time pastor. Peter feels privilege in providing pastoral and spiritual care for people in their senior years.


James Goss, Bethanie Warwick and Bethanie Gwelup

James has been an Aged Care Chaplain for a number of years. Prior to this he was a Chaplain at Royal Perth and Bethesda hospital and has been a minister for over 30 years.

James is married and has 3 adult children and 5 grandchildren.

James was involved in caring for his mother and father who both suffered with dementia for a number of years before passing away. This experience has given him a heart to show God’s love and compassion to others.

Chris Green, Dalyellup Social Housing

Chris is one of the newer Bethanie Chaplaincy Team members but has a wealth of experience. Chris has a background in Church ministry, counselling in private practice and Police chaplaincy.

Chris and his wife are kept busy with 2 young children. Chris enjoys interacting with those he comes across on a personal level and encouraging and supporting them the best he can.

Garth Martin, Chaplaincy Intern Bethanie Illawong and Bethanie Gwelup

Garth worked in the fields of architecture and engineering drafting for many years before commencing studies at Perth Bible College.  He has worked as a pastoral care volunteer and is now a Bethanie chaplaincy intern.  Garth has been married for 27 years. He loves to engage with all people, showing them God’s love and supporting them in whatever way he can.  Having journeyed with close family members in their last stages of life, he has a heart for those who are facing similar challenges.

Jimmy Tan, Chaplaincy Intern RiverSea, Wearne and Bethanie Community Care

Jimmy is married and has 2 young children that keep him busy. Jimmy loves being a dad and enjoys family time together. Jimmy has been working in our community pastoral care team since 2016 and is now a Chaplaincy intern whilst studying at Perth Bible College. Jimmy considers it a privilege to help and care for Bethanie customers and is passionate about looking after the spiritual needs of the aged.

Kyla Hillmer, Bethanie Joondanna, Bethanie on the Park & Bethanie Community Care

Kyla commenced as a Pastoral Care Volunteer with Bethanie and is now studying to become a Chaplain. Kyla is married and has 2 teenage children.  Kyla originally hails from New Zealand and loves the Aussie Beaches.  Kyla counts it a privilege to journey with people in their twilight years.

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Roger Cowan, Chaplaincy Intern, Bethanie Kingsley and Bethanie Geneff

Roger has joined the Bethanie team as a Chaplaincy intern. Roger is married with 6 children and an increasing number of grandchildren. Roger and his wife met at church in their teen years and became ‘high school sweethearts’. Roger has worked around the world with the mission group Pioneers and originally comes from the US. Although Roger has a bit of an accent he enjoys a BBQ and isn’t afraid to say he goes for Richmond in the AFL. In his leisure time Roger enjoys the beach and spoiling his grandchildren. Roger loves coming alongside of people in the midst of challenge both practically and spiritually. He is continuing to study and comes with many years pastoral care experience and looks forward getting to know all those at Bethanie Kingsley and Geneff.