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.


Where We Meet

Wayside Chapel’s relationship with the Aboriginal community goes all the way back to our founding, when the Freedom Rides left from the front steps of the Wayside in 1965, paving the way for the referendum of ’67.

Soap and Towels

Many years ago the Board of Wayside took a punt and gave a postie the role of Pastor and CEO of the Wayside Chapel.

Hope Beyond Measure

Love isn’t just a verbal utterance, it’s a verb, an action that springs to life between people and it’s much easier to spot in some places than others.

Longing for Love

Last night, as I was finishing up the day I fell into conversation with someone who told me he was a businessman. He was delighted to hear that we were still open.

The Gift of Community

This morning I was thinking about a well-known woman who has been a regular at Wayside for a number of years and wondered why I hadn’t seen her for a while.

New Pathways

Waiting for me as I walked into the building this week was a well-dressed man.

Steeling our Resolve

Every evening, our Twilight team and our volunteers work tirelessly to make what is a very difficult time of day for many of our community into a time of fun, safety and warmth.

Unexpected Angels

A man who has spent most of his life without a roof over his head, stopped me as I walked into the building this morning.

Beneath the Surface

On Sunday we celebrated Mother’s Day in a Wayside way, which means quite differently to how you might expect.

The Smallest Gesture

Some mornings this place is buzzing with life.