David Wilson, CEO
David has had extensive experience in bringing people from various backgrounds, agendas and places to positions of unity in order to achieve common goals. He began his working life on the streets of St Kilda working with people experiencing homelessness, drug addiction and prostitution. He then studied Theology and Social Science and gained a doctorate in Pastoral Care and Counselling. He was Principal of Kingsley College for 17 years and founded the Kingsley Counselling Centre.
He was a City of Melbourne Councillor with the Community Services portfolio for 5 years; worked with government and business and has been president of Residents 3000, the political voice of people living in Melbourne's CBD. Most recently he has been the Director of the Bible Society’s Sophia Think Tank, promoting engagement with Scripture for personal and social transformation through public theology and advocacy.
Samara joined Urban Seed in 2003 after three
years teaching in the northern suburbs of Melbourne. She worked with the Youth and Schools Team until late 2010 when she accepted the role of Operations Manager. She is also
involved in a number of other vibrant communities including Gembrook Retreat, and the Indigenous Hospitality House in Wurundjeri country
(North Carlton) where she lives and hosts Indigenous guests who are in town on hospital business. She finds life and energy in growing the
connections between groups of people seeking to live well on this land.
Samara Pitt, Operations Manager
Greg Gow, Street and Hospitality Manager
Greg co-ordinates our street and hospitality work. He is a practitioner who integrates community development with Christ-centred spirituality. Over the past 25 years he has worked among the urban poor and marginalised in a range of settings. Meanwhile, he has consistently practiced training, coaching and empowerment with young adults. With extensive experience working in community, government, higher education and church sectors, Greg brings leadership, ideas and strategies to Urban Seed’s street and hospitality practices.
Stephen Said, Engagement Manager
Stephen is a husband, a dad, and a foundation member of the Melbourne Heart Football Club. He works in the area of activism and social change as an educator, activist, speaker, writer and community development worker. Stephen is particularly interested in radical spirituality, incarnational community and the dynamics of personal and social transformation and you can read more about this on his blog. He has helped many think about the nexus between the issues of justice, poverty, consumerism and discipleship in the context of popular global culture. You can find Stephen on Twitter here.
Mayra Stark, Youth & Schools Coordinator
Mayra has been hanging around Urban Seed since completing the Praxis Youth Work course in 2007.She has spent time as Youth Worker in the Edge Program since 2008 and is excited to take on the role of Youth and Schools Coordinator in 2012. She is passionate about young people, social justice(raising awareness) and living in community. She also loves traveling and exploring new cultures, being healthy, taking pictures and reading a good book. She lives in Melbourne’s inner west as part of Footscray Salvos Community with her husband Cam, and pet dog Paris and cat Otto.
Simon Reeves - Team Leader, Norlane
Simon has been exploring community living for more than a decade in some of Australia's most disadvantaged suburbs. Simon joined urban seed in Norlane in 2012 with his wife Kaylene and their two boys Barwon and Jarrah, in order to live out their passions for community development and transformation. Simon is excited about exploring how to live out the Gospel in neighborhoods experiencing disadvantage and draws on his studies in social work, theology and his current masters. Simon's other passions include the peace movement where he is involved as a activist and a nonviolence educator, as well as growing his own food and sees the neighborhood as one big potential garden.
Kaylene Reeves - Residential Community Team Leader, Norlane
Kaylene joined Urban Seed as a resident in Norlane at the beginning of 2012 after spending a year living and working in Alice Springs. She is loving getting to know the community through hanging out in Urban Bean cafe, helping out with Long Room community meals, as well as knitting and sewing her way through craft group. She lives in the 'Hope Chapel' with her husband Simon and her 2 gorgeous little boys and looks forward to all the future may bring in her new home town.
In 2004 Christop spent some time hanging out with some artists who were painting a mural in Baptist Place. They introduced him
to the Credo community. He was an Urban Seed resident from 2006-2009 (and holds the record for the longest stint!) and now lives at the
Indigenous Hospitality House in Carlton with his wife Mehrin. He has recently been doing a lot of drawing, photography, mixed media,
animation and installation art, particularly for use in church spaces. Christop also shows church groups around his neighbourhood, sharing the
story of Urban Seed and inviting them to think about what's going on in their own neighbourhoods. Christop has a blog. You can find Christop on Twitter here.
Christopher Booth, Church Engagement Co-ordinator
Evan Morgan, Educator
Evan is a born and bred Melburnian who loves spending time in the city. During a Diploma of Ministry at Tabor College, Evan was encouraged to
participate in the Mission Exposure week with Urban Seed, and followed up with a two year stint busking on Swanston Street, meeting locals and
participating in the rhythms of the street. He developed a love of learning about different subcultures in Melbourne, and has contributed
to a few of these through music production, performance and event management. Evan loves that Urban Seed has a healthy cricket culture
and, on another note, needs studio space in the north, preferably a room 5x5 metres, and will be very satisfied in life when he finds one.
Dave Fagg, Edge Co-ordinator
Dave is married to Kylie with whom he has lived and worked among marginalised people since their late teens. They travelled to the USA
and South Africa to learn about communities doing grassroots community development before moving to a housing commission area in Bendigo in
2005. Since then they have been involved with the local neighbourhood centre and Seeds Bendigo as well as becoming grandparents to Toby &
Amity. Dave thinks aloud on his blog
. You can find Dave on Twitter here
Laurie Foster, Residential Volunteer, Melbourne
Laurie is a second year resident at Urban Seed. He hangs out with the Credo community on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. He is currently completing his second year of a Diploma of Youth Work through Praxis. He is continuing to learn and grow and test things and figure out the world. He is also an avid Carlton fan (Premiers this year definitely!). He may look tough (haha) but feel free to approach him as he is more than happy to hang out and meet with and journey with new people!
Jaki Tidmas, Residential Volunteer, Norlane
Jaki has been with Urban Seed for the past two years as a full time resident. She spent her first year at Central House working and serving with the crew at Credo. Now moving beyond the city and to the suburbs she has joined the team in Norlane. Jaki is enjoying learning how to expand her knowledge in coordinating programs and working alongside her neighbours in Norlane. You can follow Jaki on Instagram here
Hannah Reeves, Residential Volunteer, Norlane
Hannah joined the urban seed crew in 2013 as a resident in Norlane. She loves getting to know her neighbours, whether this is through sharing a meal at Monday dinners or playing crazy games with the kids at kids club. Currently studying a Bachelor of Music, Hannah has a love for music and enjoys sharing this love with others.
Susan Frykberg, Residential Volunteer, Melbourne
Susan is a creative, spiritual and adventurous Kiwi who in 2013 moved to Melbourne to become an Urban Seed Resident. Susan has a passion for soundscape art and electronic music. Before joining Urban Seed she was a chaplain in a rest home in New Zealand, while at the same time composing electronic music. Susan was very naughty at school, loves the Hitch-hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, and if she could choose to eat lunch with anybody in Credo, would pick the radical German music composer Karlheinz Stockhausen (aside from Jesus, that is). Susan has an adult son also living in Melbourne. She loves Urban Seed because it is a living embodiment of the passage in Galatians: “There is neither Greek nor Jew, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.”