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Our Chaplains

Rev Colin Watts

National Chaplain

Colin Watts is ARCC's full-time chaplain to Sydney racing and beyond. His lifelong interest in horse racing stems from growing up on his family's harness racing stables at Cabramatta and Fairfield. Colin has been an ordained Anglican minister since 1992. Colin joined ARCC as a board member in July 2007 and was subsequently appointed as the honorary Anglican chaplain to the AJC in April 2008. He was appointed as Sydney's first full-time racing chaplain in June 2009.

Vicki Walker

Sydney, NSW

Vicki grew up around horses and is very much at home on the racecourse. Her father, Kerry, trained horses in both New South Wales and Queensland. Vicki works part-time with ARCC, and is part-way through theological studies at Mary Andrews College in Sydney. Vicki' s main role is to provide chaplaincy support to female jockeys and stablehands.

Father Tom Stevens

Sydney, NSW

Father Tom Stevens is Parish Administrator of St Patrick’s Catholic Parish, Mortlake. He is an avid racegoer (and long term member of the Australian Turf Club). From 2017, he has conducted the annual Sydney Racing Fraternity Mass at Royal Randwick.

Bob Prior

Canberra, ACT

Bob was the chaplain to the horse racing industry in Canberra for many years, and returns to this role after a two-year hiatus ministering to those recovering from drug & alcohol addiction.

Mark Bartimote

Dubbo Region, NSW

Mark is chaplain to the Dubbo Turf Club and Dubbo Rugby Club. He lives near Dubbo and has strong connections to the Dubbo and Western region community. He is credentialed with the Australian Christian Churches and has extensive pastoral care training and experience.

David Seymour

Grafton, NSW

David is a long-term member of Grafton Presbyterian Church and has extensive experience in pastoral ministry and chaplaincy, including hospital and prison chaplaincy. He also has been an active member of the local Grafton community, including 6 years as President / Vice-President of the New School of Arts as well as being President of the Copmanhurst Rest Point Hotel Fishing Club.

Keith Long

Hawkesbury, NSW

Keith lives in the Hawkesbury area and attends Windsor District Baptist church where he heads up their pastoral care team. He has been a chaplain at the Supreme Court of NSW in Sydney and is currently a volunteer chaplain at Windsor Local Court. Keith has a long term interest in racing and is a member of the Australian Turf Club.

Brendon and Fran Hotschilt

Ballina, Far North Coast, NSW
Gold Coast, QLD

Brendon and Fran live in Lennox Head and are members of the Ballina Bible Centre. Fran works for Queensland Health as a Welfare Officer with a speciality in substance abuse. Brendon previously worked for the NSW Dept of Sport and Recreation, has been a LifeLine Counsellor and has also worked in the racing industry for a number of years. Together Brendon and Fran manage Camp Drewe at Lennox Head.

Geof Vines

Brisbane, QLD

Geof has a background in the Brethren Church and brings to the role extensive experience in pastoral care and workplace chaplaincy. Geof has also occasionally provided input into the jockeys' apprentice school, focusing on suicide awareness and prevention. Geof will work closely with Racing Queensland to more broadly support the industry.

Rev Ross Ellwood

Hobart, TAS

Ross is Rector of Glenorchy Anglican Church, which includes Elwick Racecourse (Hobart) in its parish boundary. He is a former racehorse trainer and saddler from Ballina, so brings to the role a good understanding of racing. Ross also has extensive formal pastoral care training, holding a Diploma in Pastoral Ministry from the Adelaide College of Divinity and a Certificate in Suicide Prevention from Wesley Life Force. He has previously worked as a volunteer chaplain in aged care situations.

Marina Mossman

Darwin, NT

Marina Mossman was recently affiliated as the new volunteer racing chaplain in Darwin. Marina enjoys attending race meetings and is particularly keen to serve the needs of the female jockeys. Marina also serves as chaplain to Royal Darwin and Palmerston Hospitals, as part of the wider health team that responds to referrals from patients, staff, clergy and community members for specific pastoral care needs.

Rev Phil Zamagias

Echuca, VIC

The Rev. Phil Zamagias is the Rector of Christ’s Church Anglican in Echuca, having recently moved to Victoria to take up the role. Previously, he was Rector of Fred’s Pass Anglican Church in Darwin, and served as Chaplain to the local motor racing community and as racing chaplain at Fannie Bay Racecourse. Phil has served as Sports Chaplaincy Australia Chaplain to motor racing since 2004 and has been affiliated with the Australian Racing Christian Chaplaincy since 2016.

​Philip Woolford

Melbourne, VIC

Philip has a background in the agricultural sector, particularly the dairy industry. He has extensive experience in Christian ministry, especially in leadership roles, training and pastoral care. Phil is a member of Crossway Baptist Church in Melbourne and lives close to Pakenham racecourse.

Rev Ian Johnston

Central Coast, NSW

Ian has extensive ministry experience which includes several years as a lecturer at Tahlee Bible College and 13 years as Presbyterian minister in Muswellbrook and Scone. For the last 8 years, Ian has been part time Presbyterian chaplain to John Hunter Hospital in Newcastle.
**** UPDATE *** Ian passed away in December 2021 after a 3 month battle with cancer. We are thankful to God for his lifetime of ministry as well as his more recent service to the racing community.

Rev Paul Bayliss

Retired

The Rev Paul Bayliss, now retired from active chaplaincy, is the founder of ARCC, and has been involved as a racing chaplain for over 20 years, beginning when he was rector of Harris Park Anglican Church near Rosehill racecourse. Paul was also a founding trustee of the National Jockeys Trust, which seeks to provide financial assistance to jockeys and their families, particularly where need arises from serious injury, illness or death of a jockey.

Brother Dan Stafford OAM

Retired

Brother Dan Stafford is a well-known figure in the horse racing industry, having been a Catholic chaplain in three different states over a period of twenty-five years. In August 2008, Brother Dan was the inaugural recipient of the Industry Recognition Award, presented by the NSW Racehorse Owners Association to honour an outstanding contribution to the industry. In 2013, Brother Dan received the Medal (OAM) of the Order of Australia for service to the community of Sydney as a chaplain. And in 2018, Brother Dan was admitted as a Life Member of the Australian Turf Club.