About Us


Part of St James’ mission is to nourish the faith of our church members, to support those seeking God or questioning their faith, to facilitate debate, and to educate those who wish to be better informed about Christianity. This mission underpins much of the work of the St James’ Institute, involving topical seminars and discussion groups. We also seek to connect with organisations and businesses here in the city of Sydney by putting together an annual prorgramme of events on a wide variety of topics to engage with questions of faith, belief, religion and spirituality in the public square.




Christopher Waterhouse is an experienced public speaker, broadcaster, arts administrator, actor and producer. He joins the team at St James King Street as the Director of the St James’ Institute after five years of living and working in the UK.

For the past three and a half years he’s worked as Canons’ Verger and Sacristan of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford and has been studying Theology as a student of Ripon College, Cuddesdon. He previously worked as the Acting General Manager for the newly opened St James Theatre in London and as a broadcaster with London-based radio station JemmThree. Prior to his move to London, Christopher was the Operations Coordinator for the Sydney Theatre.

Before his move to Sydney, Christopher was a familiar face on stage around Tasmania appearing in many theatrical productions. As well as his on stage appearances, Christopher worked as Musical Director of the Tasmanian Song Company, the ABC Giving Tree Children’s Choir, as a music teacher for Geoff Long Music, as a speaker and compere for various events around Tasmania and won several awards for public speaking through Toastmasters International and Rostrum Australia. For eight years he worked as a radio presenter for ultra106five and was executive producer and presenter of the popular ‘Sunday Edition’, a programme devoted to supporting and promoting the arts in Tasmania.

He continues to freelance as a compere and public speaking coach.

Christopher’s interests are broad and varied, but he has a particular interest in Theology and the Arts, drawing on his experiences in the arts sector.


Penelope Burton
Dr Keith Carpenter – Chair
David Cheetham
Kumar Rasiah

Dr Barbara Booth
Caroline Bowyer
Moya Holle
Belinda Howell
Dr Philip Kariatlis
Peter McInerney
Dennis Sligar