MELBOURNE CBD

SHERRY MADDOCK

TEAM LEADER, MELBOURNE CBD

Sherry is an urban gardener, a neighbourhood development worker, and a transplant from Lexington, Kentucky. With her husband, Geoff, and son, Isaac, she lives at Central House in Melbourne's CBD, serving a residential community life together and engaging nearest neighbourhoods for common good initiatives. She graduated from seminary in 2001 with an M.A. in Intercultural Studies and has worked for almost 20 years in inner city mission, alongside people on the margins. She loves plants and books.


GEOFF MADDOCK

TEAM LEADER, MELBOURNE CBD

Geoff is a photographer, community development worker, and alongside his wife, Sherry, Team Leader at Central House. Originally from Yackandandah he studied criminology at Melbourne Uni, and in 1988 went to the United States to work on his MA in Intercultural Studies. After 18 years in Kentucky he moved with his family back to Australia to love and serve Melbourne's inner city neighbourhood. 


NORLANE

SIMON REEVES

Residential 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 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 helping out with Long Room community meals, as well as knitting and sewing her way through craft group. She lives in the local neighbourhood with her husband Simon and her 3 gorgeous children and looks forward to all the future may bring in her new home town.


CHERIE FURLONG

RESIDENTIAL VOLUNTEER, NORLANE

Cherie is wife to Stephen (Furlong) and mother to Charlie and Elwood. Prior to becoming a volunteer resident at 'The Longroom' in Norlane, Cherie enjoyed working as a Teacher's Aide. She loves to bake, read, plan events, laugh out loud, play dress ups with Charlie and shape her surroundings like a Gesamtkunstwerk! She's passionate about walking alongside others with authenticity and compassion. She has a genuine appreciation for people's stories and believes that when you listen to the quiet voices of those who want to be heard, you witness pure acts of kindness. She looks forward to being apart of the 'Urban Seed' community as she walks the next leg of her journey.


STEVE FURLONG

RESIDENTIAL VOLUNTEER, NORLANE

Hey, I'm Steve. I live in Norlane. I love food. And I am slowly learning what life is about. I'm a husband to Cherie, a father to Charlie and Elwood and a beginner at both. I'm an introvert, realising I'm an extrovert. I like coffee, especially black coffee (while eating peanut butter on toast). I love being deep in thought; it's like exploring a cave and finding a long lost cave painting. I find politics is quite personal, religion quite radical, and both very spiritual. I see Urban Seed facilitating community; where belonging, healing and hospitality may grow out of relationships, nurtured by love, in the spirit of Christ


DAVID ARMSTRONG

RESIDENTIAL VOLUNTEER, NORLANE

My name is David Armstrong. I am 25 years old, I have lived in Geelong fifteen years now and have recently completed a Diploma of Youth Work with Praxis Victoria. This is my third year with the Urban Seed community in Norlane as a mission associate. I am a bit of a pop culture junkie with a particularly deep love for superhero culture and music.  I play drums, bass and a little bit of guitar, and get to as much live music as I can.  I also collect comics, love comedy and enjoy going to a movie or a play. I have been heavily involved with the Uniting Church since I was born and am now an elder at Wesley Uniting Church in Geelong.


Stuart Downie

RESIDENTIAL VOLUNTEER, NORLANE

My name is Stuart Downie. I am 25 years old and this is my second year with Urban Seed. I have joined Norlane as a residential volunteer, and before moving to Norlane I lived in Wodonga where I worked part time stacking shelves at Woolies. I have studied my diploma of Welfare and Community Services and also a Diploma in Christian Studies. I am super excited to be part of the Urban Seed team and look forward to seeing how God will use me and what God will teach me. 


ST ALBANS

STEPHANIE DRAKE

Residential TEAM LEADER, ST ALBANS

Steph started with Urban Seed in 2014 as a resident in the CBD. Since then she has been living in St Albans with her husband Julian and their daughter Skye. Together they are enjoying community living, participating in the rhythms of the neighbourhood and experiencing the beautiful culturally diversity it has to offer. She loves connecting and journeying with local mum's and is excited to see this develop further.


JULIAN DRAKE

Residential TEAM LEADER, ST ALBANS

Julian joined the Urban Seed team in 2014 as a city resident. He has since gone on to live and learn in the St Albans community, along with his wife and daughter. In partnership with the BUV he aims to be a positive impact in the lives of his neighbours. So far Julian has been having heaps of fun getting to know the beautiful and unique community of St Albans.