Words from the streets of Kings Cross

Jon Owen Head of People and Culture Wayside Chapel

About Jon Owen

I am the Pastor and CEO of Wayside Chapel in the heart of Sydney’s Kings Cross. I write with my heart wide open and my eyes looking at life. I am a philosopher, a dreamer, a tower of weakness, a leader and a follower, a husband and a father and I hope to give you a flavour of life by the wayside.

The Good Life

A good life isn’t necessarily one that has been comfortable, smooth and uneventful.

The Power of a Promise

More than half her lifetime ago in Melbourne an 8-year old girl looked up at me and asked, “Will you be my kind of like, daddy?”

Sparks of Life

Have you ever emerged from an event or a moment that left you feeling somehow, changed; knowing you had just been elevated out of time, and been touched by the awesome?

A Question of Destiny

There has been an outpouring of love flowing our way since Monday night’s airing of Australian Story.

Breaking the System

My wife Lisa and I once worked in chaplain and youth worker roles in our prison system.

There's No Place like Home

A brother and sister (in Year 2 and Kindy) wanted to do something kind for people doing it tough.

The Other Side of the Fence

Last week we said goodbye to a member of our staff who was retiring.

Making a Promise

When I first met my wife Lisa her flat didn’t contain anything valuable other than her guests.

Making exceptions

Last week a young man asked if he could sing some karaoke in Wayside's cafe.

Because of Her

Thank you for the hundreds of kind messages from last week’s note.