Words from the streets of Kings Cross and Bondi Beach

About Jon Owen

I am the Pastor and CEO of Wayside Chapel. 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.

Daring Kindness

Dear Inner Circle, We are only beginning now to reap what we have sowed as a society over many decades. It has happened slowly and

Wounded Healer

Dear Inner Circle, So many people come to Wayside Chapel feeling like a failure, having suffered from systems that have attempted to fix their problems

But First, Connection

Dear Inner Circle, My local barista is a bit of a legend. Everyone who wanders into his little hole-in-the-wall is greeted with an enthusiastic smile

Father and son holding hands

Dangerously Nostalgic

Dear Inner Circle, Life certainly moves inexorably forward. From the early days of chasing toddlers, with long days but short years, Lisa and I have

Grand Final Beginning

Dear Inner Circle Our vision of “Love Over Hate” is beyond us. It’s speaking to the world we want to live in, the one where

Stop! In the name of love

Dear Inner Circle,   Last weekend I was lucky enough to dash down to Melbourne to attend the wedding of a wonderful young couple. One sign

Calling Time

Dear Inner Circle,   In one of the more beautiful and yet bizarre days as CEO and Pastor of Wayside Chapel, I recently swapped stories of

Rooting For Love  

Dear Inner Circle,  There really is never a dull moment around here, and it is a sight to behold what love looks like in action.