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.
David van Leen
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.
Roger is married with 6 children and an increasing number of grandchildren. Roger and his wife met at church and became ‘high school sweethearts’. Roger has worked around the world with a mission group and originally comes from the US. In his leisure time, Roger enjoys the beach, family BBQs and spoiling his grandchildren. Roger loves coming alongside people in the midst of challenge both practically and spiritually.
Garth worked in architecture and engineering drafting before commencing theological studies. He has worked as a pastoral care volunteer and is now a Bethanie chaplaincy intern. Married for 28 years, Garth loves engaging with people, showing them God’s love and supporting them in whatever way he can. Having journeyed with family members in their last stages of life, he has a heart for all those who are facing similar challenges.
Sue has been working for Bethanie for over 16 years. She is married to Kevin, has 2 adult daughters and loves being a Nanna to 3 energetic boys. She also appreciates her job with Bethanie – the clients are people of great value who have deep wisdom and rich life experiences to share; she relishes her role of encouraging clients to see themselves as people whose lives have meaning and worth regardless of their age.
James has been an Aged Care Chaplain for several years. Prior to this he was a Chaplain at Royal Perth and Bethesda hospital and has been a Christian Minister for 35 years. James and Margaret have 3 married children and 6 grandchildren. James was involved in caring for his mother and father who both suffered from dementia for many years before passing away. This experience has enriched his heart to show God’s love and compassion to the ageing, and especially those with dementia.
Peter joined Bethanie Chaplaincy Team in 2014. At that time he was working as full time as a Pastor at Scarborough Baptist Church and doing Chaplaincy work for a day a week. In 2017 Peter joined us full time taking over the Chaplaincy role at Bethanie Beachside.
Peter is married to Debbie, and feels that it is an immense privilege to provide spiritual and pastoral care for people in their senior years.
John has been working as a chaplain in aged and community care for around 13 years. He has 3 adult children and 9 grandchildren. He feels privileged to journey with people through their life changes and difficult times and aims to bring comfort and support to their lives.
Len van Aarde
Len has been working as an Aged Care Chaplain for a number of years and hails from South Africa. He was a school teacher for 23 years and worked for TWR, a Christian mission’s organization, for 10 years before he came to Australia. Len is married and has a daughter (married) and 3 grandchildren. Len has a passion to express God’s compassion and love to all those under his care.
Barry has been working as a Chaplain with Bethanie for 7 years. He is married with 4 adult children and 12 grandchildren. Barry is committed to helping residents and families as they transition through the sometimes challenging life phases associated with aged care. He also enjoys interacting with residents in group settings to explore topics of interest to them.
Allan has been working as a Chaplain in Aged Care for over 15 years. Allan has been married for over 35 years and has two married adult children and one grandchild. He has found the provision of pastoral care to people in residential aged care to be both extremely rewarding as well as a very challenging ministry.
Jenna Lee Smith
Jenna-Lee Smith is one of our new Chaplain Interns. She comes from a Church Ministry background having 16 years of ministry experience in various areas from children to teens to ladies and ministries with the elderly. She is married to Quinton and has three young children that light up her life and keep her on her toes. She is passionate about people and helping them to live their lives to the fullest in the best way that they can, mentally, emotionally, spiritually and physically. Having worked with an elderly congregation for the past five years Jenna desires to see the elderly live their lives to their fullest in the best way possible.
Bruce hails from South Africa and has been involved in Aged Care in Australia since 2014 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.
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.
Phil joined Bethanie in 2019, have spent most of his working life in various Management positions within the mining and travel industries. He studied Aged Care at TAFE, in order to pursue his vision of one day helping the elderly via Chaplaincy.
Phil is married with two children and has one grandson, and recently semi-retired in order to spend time focussing in on aged care and chaplaincy related studies.
Hi, my name is Sharon Bywaters. I am a chaplain at Bethanie On The Park and also for Bethanie Social Housing. I find great joy in simply sharing with people, I love to hear about their lives, family, interests and anything else that people want to talk about and I’m happy to share mine. I love the opportunity to meet with people in various stages of life and be able to build relationships with them just like Jesus did. God bless and I look forward to meeting you.
Annelize is a mother of three and is currently completing her Bachelor’s degree in Ministry. She has an extensive history of working with people of all age groups from small children to the elderly. Annelize strives to journey with people no matter their background or religious belief brings comfort and support as needed.
Penny has been an Aged Care Chaplain for over 4 years, working in both Aged Care Homes and Social Housing. She has been involved in Aged Care for many years previously working as an Enrolled Nurse as well as running recovery ministries in churches for the last 15 years. She is passionate about journeying with all people so know they have meaning and purpose and that they matter and to help them overcome life-controlling issues. She loves working in the spiritual care of people with dementia. She brings to her pastoral care, the life experience of overcoming major life issues and years of study that help her to show the love of God to one and all.