about us


Welcome to Synergy Youth and Children!


Synergy Youth and Children is the youth and children’s ministry agency of the Anglican Diocese of Canberra & Goulburn, covering the ACT & Region and surrounding 2/3rd's of south western New South Wales.

Our aim is to create spaces where children and young people can meet Jesus.

Synergy Exists to Help You! Our role is to help you effectively reach children and young people for Jesus! We offer a range of programs and services including:


  • working with local churches to help them grow their ministries to young people

  • training vocational and volunteer youth and children’s ministry leaders

  • running camps, leadership training and events for young people.


We would love to meet with you to discuss your specific needs.

Please feel free to take a look around our site. If you have any questions or would like to know more about Synergy and how we can help you please contact us and we'd be happy to help you.


Our Team!



Ben Paton

Ben has been working alongside Andrew as the Co-Director of Synergy Youth & Children since Easter 2019. Before that, he was a leader with Basement Ministries and a parish in Newcastle.

In the final year of his Degree in Theology, Ben is keen to equip young people so that they may better minister to their peers. He is passionate about better discipling people so that the church can minister to the world wherever its members happen to find themselves. This discipling begins with helping people discover who they are in Jesus and equipping them with a reliable framework to answer life’s questions and that places like camp provides an opportunity to begin these relationships.

Growing up in Newcastle, Ben moved to Canberra with his wife Caitlin and their five kids. In his spare time, he enjoys water activates (canoeing, sailing, and paddleboarding) in summer and XC Skiing when he can in winter.

Ben’s vision and passions are to come alongside ministry units and people to help build their capacity as workers of God’s Kingdom.

To contact Ben please email him here and he would be happy to help you.



Andrew Edwards

Andrew has been the Director of Synergy since 2014 and this year has joined Ben in the Co-Directing role.

With nearly 20 year's experience in youth ministry, Andrew's passion is to see young people follow Jesus with their whole lives and grow as life-long disciples who introduce other to Jesus too! Andrew believes that camps are one of the best ways to show God's love to others through the authentic Christian community they create and are also a great training ground for developing Christian leaders.

Andrew is married to Samantha and they have two children.

To contact Andrew please email him here and he would be happy to help you.

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