Father Nicholas Wallace

The Reverend Nicholas Robert Wallace was born in Wiltshire in the United Kingdom.  He left school at fifteen and worked for a major British retailer for over twenty years. He spent six years training for the Priesthood and has served God as a parish priest in an urban multi-cultural inner-city parish, an island seaside parish with a rural farming community and an urban Adelaide parish in partnership with Anglicare. He joined the Parish of St John Sorrento with St Andrew Rye as Vicar in May 2013.

Father Nick is married to Mandy who is a Senior Intensive Care Nurse. They have four adult children, three grandsons and one granddaughter.  One of his favourite pastimes is going to the cinema and he is also partial to a pint of (room temperature) Guinness.

Fr Nick was a British Royal Naval Association padre for a decade and is therefore highly appreciative of what the men and women of the armed services contribute to the defence of the nation and the furtherance of world peace.

Fr Nick sees the role of the church as being integral to the wellbeing of communities and has worked with people in the past to help bring about socio-economic regeneration.

Fr Nick can be contacted by telephone: 0408 239 678

or by email:

Fr Nick is supported by:

Reverend Libby Gilchrist, An Adviser for Spiritual Direction

Reverend Libby supports Father Nick in the Parish.

Rev Libby moved into the area in 2014.  She is retired. Her special area of ministry is Spiritual Direction, and she has completed the spiritual direction course at The Living Well Centre in Melbourne.  Married to Stuart, they have 3 children and 4 grandchildren.


Daphne Blore, Pastoral Visitor

Daphne came to Australia from England in 1964. In 1998 she and her husband Colin retired to the Peninsula.

She has been a Lay Minister for the last ten years and loves her role of visiting and caring for people. She believes that God’s spirit has brought her to Sorrento/Rye.

Daphne enjoys a night at the theatre, concerts of light opera or relaxing at home with a good book. Thrillers are a magnet to her!

Widowed in 2015, Daphne has two sons and three grandchildren.

Daphne can be contacted on: 0429 448 448

Church Wardens (elected November 2020)

Mac McPherson

Angela Raffaele

Parish Council (until November 2020)

Fr Nicholas Wallace (chair)

Church Wardens

Bev Baltissen

Carol Barelli

Shirley Bird

Michael Forde

Prue Found

Aileen Newell

Cheralyn O’Sullivan

Val Smith