Hornsby and Asquith District Christian Education AssociationHADCEA logo 

HADCEA is a Christian Organisation that has been supported for more than 20 years by 15 local Christian Churches.

The aim of HADCEA is to proclaim the good news about Jesus Christ to the students of the two public high schools that service suburbs from Hornsby north to the Hawkesbury River - Asquith Girls' High School and Asquith Boys' High School.

Two teachers are employed full time by HADCEA to teach Christian Studies at these high schools. These teachers are not employed by, nor funded by, the NSW Department of Education. HADCEA does not receive any external financial support and is therefore totally funded by the Christian Churches and community of the local area.

If you would like to make a donation to this ministry, you can do it using the OurSRE website using Credit Card or direct to the HADCEA bank account:

BSB: 032-084

Bank Account: 490831

Bank Account Name: HADCEA 

Please watch the following video for more details on this important ministry to Youth.

Phil Banton


Asquith Boys High School

Phillip obtained a Diploma in Ministry at Hillsong International Leadership College, and is now undertaking a Diploma in Theology.

After graduating, Phil became a part of the pastoral team at Hillsong Church Baulkham Hills and served there for 8 years.

In early 2008 Phil, along with his wife Fiona, took on the Senior Pastor's role at City North Christian Church, Hornsby, where they continue to lead today. Phil has a passion to see people's lives transformed by the Good News of Jesus Christ, discovering their purpose for life in and through Jesus Christ.

Phil is honoured to be representing the Christian churches of our area. He teaches Christian Studies to all classes from years 7-9. That represents 14 classes and around 300 students each fortnight.


Ruth Mahaffey

Asquith Girls High School


Ruth comes from a background of Parish Ministry, ordained as a deacon in the Anglican Church.

She has had experience working with youth and children over a period of 25 years including teaching Scripture in 15 schools (mostly primary) over a period of about 20 years.

She studied theology at Moore Theological College 10 years ago and has had some formal training in youth ministry.

Ruth has also ministered to tertiary students in TAFE colleges and most recently served as Women's Minister at Quakers Hill.

With a passion for teaching the Bible and the saving message of our Lord Jesus, Ruth aims to bring it to life with the girls at school and share her first love with them.

She teaches around 700 students in 25 classes each fortnight, and is strongly encouraged by the school's support of the ministry