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
Chandra grew up in Stanthorpe but more recently spent 13 years living in Ecuador. She loves coffee, reading, cooking, board games, and baking—including making a mean Persian love cake. Chandra is our full-time children and women’s worker at Village. She loves seeing children learn to live for Jesus, as well as journeying alongside her Christian sisters in their walks with Christ. If you’re ever keen to help out with children’s ministry, or if you’re a woman at Village who wants a chat over coffee, Chandra’s keen to chat to you. Extra points if you can ask her in Spanish.
Chandra can be contacted at Chandra@vc.org.au
Tony & Rhonda moved from Melbourne to Brisbane in 2019 and have been part of Village Church since then. They’ve been married 35 years and have one adult daughter who still lives in Melbourne. Tony had the privilege of being in pastoral ministry for fifteen years prior to their relocation where they led and established a church plant from 2008 to 2018. He now works four days a week as our handy-dandy Village Church/Mosaix Admin guru and Accounts dogsbody. Tony loves and plays music and loves travelling so much that you’ll often find him & Rhonda at the airport eight hours before take-off (jokes!). He’s also seriously considering taking up the saxophone. Should he do it? Tony can be reached at Tony@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, and still isn't happy with it. He's just finished studying at Queensland Theological College, and is working three days a week for Village. On any given work day 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 be contacted at Philip@vc.org.au
Christy half-grew up as a missionary kid in the Philippines. She has three pet stick insects, and has determined plans to live in a bus next year. Christy‘s a full-time ministry trainee at Village. People often use the word “resourceful” to describe her, and hence her role at Village reaches from everything to organising rosters, to supporting our growing kids church, to running a Bible study, to using a coat-hanger to fix the air conditioner. With a multi-tool in hand there’s nothing she can’t do.
Christy can be contacted at Christy@vc.org.au
Nick, aka Mr. Gauci (in his former job as high-school maths teacher), aka The Duke (in his former job at a bar), is secretly everyone’s favourite member of the Village staff team. He’s well-known as the guy who likes better movies and books and music than you. So if you’ve read anything that might be described as the “urtext of postmodern literature,” Nick is very keen to talk to you. Nick’s working two days-a-week at Village, catching up with guys over the Bible, and thinking about how we can do discipleship better. In his other three days, he’s working on-campus for AFES, in a student ministry role at QUT.
Nick can be contacted at Nick@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.
Tim is married to Sarah and they have 2 boys. They have been part of Village Church since the beginning. He is good at all things finance and supply chain and loves Jesus, his family, bike riding and coffee. He’s been really excited seeing Village Church grow followers of Jesus over the years. Tim would much rather be riding his bike than at an Elders' meeting.