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Our Corps Officers

Captains Ashish and Sandra Pawar are Salvation Army Officers originally from the USA Southern Territory, currently serving as missionaries to Sydney, Australia, most recently the Auburn Corps. 

They are a multicultural family as Ashish was born in India, Sandra was born in Australia and their girls Priya and Alina were born in the USA. They have served as Salvation Army Officers in Atlanta, Georgia in the USA, Southwark, London in the United Kingdom and now in Sydney Australia. 

They are passionate about Jesus first and foremost, but their other passions include multicultural ministry, advocating for and empowering people, community development, social justice and Hdiscipleship and evangelism.  

They are humbled and excited to serve alongside the amazing people of Auburn and are incredibly excited to see how God will move. The verse they are holding onto as they serve the Auburn community is Ephesians 3:20 

“God can do anything, you know—far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams! He does it not by pushing us around but by working within us, his Spirit deeply and gently within us."

Aux-Lt Edward Conteh (Pastor) Assistant Corps Officer

Aux-Lt Edward Conteh was born in Sierra Leone and due to a civil war in Sierra Leone Edward and his wife Beola migrated to Australia in 2009. Since then, they have been serving in the Salvation Army.

Edward and Beola have a big heart for people and the multicultural ministry. They have served in different areas before in church and now in Sydney Australia.

They are passionate about prayer and always ready to help people grow in such areas. It is also their desire to empowering people, evangelism and witness to people the gospel of Jesus.

Their special verse in the bible is 2 chronicle 7:14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

“God is not a bad person. God gives us the strength in our experiences,”