About / Ministry Team

Howard Bennett: Senior Pastor

Howard first attended Carlingford church with his family in 1972 and during his time at the church, was baptised and served as a Deacon, Youth Coordinator, Drama Group leader and was a member of the Youth Choir. In 1985 he left the church to commence theological studies at Morling College and since then has served in various roles in 4 Baptist churches (Eastwood, Islington, Casino, Epping) and worked with Baptist World Aid Australia and BaptistCare Australia. Howard commenced as Senior Pastor in January 2023.

David Choi: Pastor - Korean Community

Rev David Choi was born in South Korea and came to Australia in 2013.
He is married to Abigail and has three children Angela, Alex and Amy.
He trained at the Korean Baptist University and Seminary and has been serving in Pastoral Ministry since 2008.
David is passionate to be part of a Multicultural Church and has a vision for those who have been burnt out and for the next generation. He enjoys reading, cooking, fishing and bowling.

Arthur Chan: Mandarin Pastor - Interim

Arthur Chan was born in Hong Kong and had his tertiary education in Australia. He was in the IT industry for some years before he did his Master of Divinity degree at Alliance Bible Seminary in Hong Kong. Before he joined Carlingford Baptist Church, he has been in ministry for 12 years in Hong Kong. He likes reading and enjoys nature. Discipleship is his passion.

Emma Ridley: Children's Ministry Worker

Emma has been attending Carlingford Baptist Church since 2003 and has been involved in the children's ministry for many years. She has a degree in Early Childhood Education and worked as a teacher at various early learning centres. Emma is passionate about children's faith formation and finding creative ways to engage in disciple-making within the family and church community.
In her spare time Emma enjoys bushwalking, origami and curling up with a good book or playing computer and card games with her husband, Peter.

David Chang: Youth & Young Adults Worker