Working together to grow followers of Jesus
Sam was born and raised in Belfast, Northern Ireland and still hasn't lost his accent. He spent twelve years in Osaka, Japan where he taught English, directed a Black Gospel Choir, worked with the homeless, planted a church and – as that wasn’t enough – also met his wife Yoriko. Sam has also pastored a church in Melbourne and worked with mission agencies around the world. Sam and Yoriko have four children whose names mean ‘grace’ in four different languages. In his spare time he doubles as a Brad Pitt lookalike.
Sam can be contacted at Sam@vc.org.au
Leaving the farm life behind in the prairies of Canada, Mitchell and his wife Stephanie moved to Australia for adventure and have been stuck here ever since. Mitchell did his Bachelor of Theology at Queensland Theological College before joining the beautiful community at Village Church. He and Steph love all things aesthetic – from photography to design to arts and crafts to really fluffy cats. Mitchell loves talking about Jesus in a way that causes the Bible to come alive in our hearts. Did he mention cats?
Mitchell can be contacted at Mitch@vc.org.au
Lauren and her husband Simon have been part of the Village family since its early days and have a beautiful daughter named Norah. Lauren has devoted herself to building up the ever-growing kids ministry at Village Church. Her great desire is for our children to feel valued, loved, and connected parts of the body of Christ who grow up to know what it looks like to love Jesus. She also wants to equip all of us at ‘big church’ to be able to talk to our little Villagers about Jesus. Lauren loves discipling Christians new to the faith, always has a kind and tender word to share, and owns every coloured pen in existence.
Lauren can be contacted at Lauren@vc.org.au
Philip studied creative writing at QUT and became a Christian through uni ministry in the third year of his degree. He's been working on a novel for 10 years, but still isn't happy with it. At the moment he's in his final year of study at Queensland Theological College, which is keeping him too busy to write anything fictional. On any given Monday you might find him Photoshopping people's faces into the weekly newsletter, working on Community Group studies, doing graphic design jobs, or helping to write and edit our current teaching series. Philip can always be counted on for a fun fact.
Philip can be contacted at Philip@vc.org.au
Nat Carse is married to Danielle and they have a cuddly daughter named Maya. Nat is a Chaplain in Brisbane's Youth Detention Centre where he enjoys connecting and engaging with young people and talking about Jesus. Nat is currently working on creative ways to help youth transition out of the centre. He also does heaps of work through Krosswerdz, a ministry that connects faith with hip-hop culture. Nat is the funniest out of everyone.
Nat can be contacted at Nat@vc.org.au
Village Eldership Team
Steve has been with us since the early days, pouring himself out behind the scenes so that we can be a healthy and functioning church. Loyal, godly, and down-to-earth, Steve loves the local church and it comes through in everything he does. When he's not doing our dirty work (i.e. paper work), you'll find Steve either sitting on some other Board, or surfing in the great outdoors. Win-win for Steve.
Matt and his wife Sarah have blessed Village Church immeasurably with their kind, loving and open lives. Always ready to serve, Matt joined the eldership team in early 2017. He's particularly keen to chat about the gospel with those who might be struggling with mental health issues. Matt and Sarah love spending their holiday time adventure travelling, and Matt has been known to play a mean trombone (hopefully not at the same time).
If you'd like to join a Community Group, drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org
Fungs & Cooper-Morgans
Peta & Aidan
Leigh & Celia
Mitchell & Stephanie
Dave & Av
Sam & Yoriko
George & Kloky
Chris & Christen
Chris & Rachael
Brett & Tahnee
Marcus & Anna
James & F.
Ministry workers we support around the world