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.

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.

Jumping In

Thank you for allowing me into this space that for so long has been yours and Graham’s.

Gone Fishing

Through some mighty act of nature, perhaps a massive wave, millions of fish were left on a beach.

Thank You

A woman born to older parents was formed in an atmosphere of quiet; an atmosphere where noise was offensive no matter whether it was generated by ten howling cats or a rock band.

The Cost of Love

An old school mate decided to visit Wayside before I finish up as CEO and Pastor.

Keep your Eyes on the Road and Your Hands on the Wheel

The recent rain brought back strong images of how our visitors used to have to shower in the back alley of Wayside.

Paralysed by Gratitude

Wayside’s leadership is passing into good hands.


Life has its own rhythm and learning that is more fundamental to well-being than fostering an attitude of success.

The Awesome in the Little

As the finish line looms closer, I’m noticing things that I’ve always seen.