David is the youngest of seven children, of Christian parents. He was born in Port Moresby, and later lived in Caboolture and Caloundra followed by seven years in the Australian Army (1971–77). He is married to Ann and they have three married adult daughters and eight grandchildren.
He completed a Graduate of Theology (Hons II) (Baptist Theological College of Queensland 1978–79), Bachelor of Arts through Deakin University and a Doctor of Ministry through Fuller Theological Seminary. He is currently writing his PhD thesis on “The Spiritual Formation of Queensland Baptists Ministers”.
David has pastored churches at Leichhardt (4 years), Bowen (4 years) and Caboolture (12 years). Since August 1999, David has served as the General Superintendent of Queensland Baptists. David has a particular interest in the spiritual formation of the pastor and growing healthy churches. In his spare time he enjoys reading, gardening and following most sports. He is also a “dabbler” in photography and stargazing.
Phillip is the Director of Administrative Services here at QB, a role he has served in for the past four years. Prior to this, Phillip lived and worked in Victoria, spending four years in the equivalent role at BUV. He sought out the opportunity to serve in these roles as a way of applying his administrative and project management skills in a Christian workplace. The opportunity came after spending much of the preceding 20 years working in the IT industry, implementing large scale software projects in the risk management and insurance areas.
Phillip is married with four children, including three living at home and going through their schooling. He is a member (and Secretary) of Kruger Parade Baptist Church in Goodna. Most of his after-hours recreation time has been spending building and now landscaping the family’s new home in Augustine Heights. Phillip also has a love of travel and looks to get out on the road with the family for holidays whenever possible.
Pam is married to David and they have three adult children and seven grandchildren. Pam and David have been involved in MAF (Mission Aviation Fellowship) for over 40 years and Pam currently serves as Chair of the Board of MAF Australia. She has recently joined Everyman’s Welfare Association – an evangelical support ministry to the Australian Defence Force.
She has served on both the eldership and Board of Administration of South Pine Community Church, where they have been members for over 32 years. Pam has also captained several Girls’ Brigade companies and was State Commissioner for GB Queensland from 1993-1999. With assistance, in 1992, she established the annual 8 day residential Girls’ Brigade Leadership Development Course, and directed this for 10 years, as well as filling the role of Course Chaplain from 2004-2009. Since then she has served as Chaplain to the Course Staff.
Pam has a Diploma and Bachelor of Theology and a Graduate Diploma in Theology. Her hobbies and interests include among other things reading, writing, travel, long distance walking, flying and abseiling.
Anne grew up in England, the youngest of three girls in an Anglican clergy household. She came to Brisbane with her family for the last year of high school—and met Jesus, and her husband-to-be on an ISCF school camp on Mt Tamborine! She and Peter now have two adult sons, two delightful daughters-in-law and a grandson.
Anne graduated with a BA (Hons Psych) in 1981 and moved to Central Qld where she worked as a counselling psychologist for 15 years. The family returned to Brisbane 15 years ago and Anne took up a role as a Personal Formation Director for with ACOM. She remained in this role for seven years. Anne studied for her MTh with the Brisbane College of Theology (2005-2009) and a PhD in Practical Theology (Baptist Ecclesiology) at UQ which she completed in 2013.
Anne and Peter worship at Gateway Baptist where Anne chairs the Practical Theology Advisory Resource Group, mentors, and occasionally preaches. She loves social coffee-drinking and good books.
Alistair attends The Grove Baptist Community Church, and is married to Leigh (who is a Pastor at The Grove). He currently serves as Secretary of The Grove. They have two young children, Chloe and Zachary. In their spare time, they enjoy gardening, watching movies and travelling.
Alistair is a lawyer, having worked in government as a prosecutor, before moving to private practice. He is currently the director of a legal practice that seeks to practise in accordance with Christian values and principles, and his particular area of focus is dispute resolution and litigation.
Alistair holds degrees in Arts and Law, and is undertaking post-graduate study (Master of Arts) at Malyon College, with an emphasis on how Christian faith can be lived out in an occupational environment. He previously served as a board member of Carinity, and is currently the President of Christian Lawyers Society.
Neil grew up in country Victoria and moved to Queensland via Bangladesh. He met his wife Hilda at the House of the Gentle Bunyip, a 1970’s Christian community. They moved to Bangladesh five months after their marriage and lived there for 14 years. Their first three children were born in the village hospital where Neil was Medical Superintendent. Their fourth was born in Toowoomba where six grandchildren now live. In Bangladesh Neil established a rural development project, then back in Australia established the Darling Downs Public Health Unit. Neil and Hilda are part of Toowoomba Community Baptist Church, where Neil has been worship coordinator, church council chair, and (briefly) treasurer. In 2010 he was registered as a minister with Queensland Baptists. He has been the Queensland Education Coordinator and national Lead Fellow for Teaching and Learning for his specialty (Public Health). He is currently deputy chair of the Symbiosis Board and a member of St Andrews Toowoomba Hospital board. He finds fantasy fiction fascinating.
Ben grew up in the beautiful Gold Coast Hinterland as the eldest of six children. Upon leaving school, he completed an automotive trade and later was self employed for over nine years. During this time he married his wife Terrena, became a father and finally reconnected his life with Christ—in that order! Ben went on to complete studies in Christian ministry and theology.
Ben and Terrena have been blessed with three children: Izaac, Zoe and Ivy, and he ministers in the Northern Beaches of Townsville. Ben is usually described by his peers as highly energetic and motivated.
Ben has a great passion for reaching beyond church walls and a desire to see everyone in real relationship with Jesus, no matter what their background. His ultimate vision is to motivate people to live outward focused and God focused lives, while constantly engaging others with God’s Word!
Ben is an all-rounder who enjoys most sports, but loves motorcycles. He unwinds by camping with the family whenever he can.
Brian came to a personal faith in Jesus Christ in 1976 at age 17, out of a completely atheistic family background. After commencing studies in medicine at The University of Queensland in 1977, Brian began attending a Baptist church and was introduced to the biblical concepts and theological emphases that characterise Baptists. In 1978, he became involved in the Windsor Road Baptist Church in the Brisbane suburb of Red Hill, where he was to meet his wife Caroline and from where, after he and Caroline were married in 1981, he would commence study at what was then known as the Baptist Theological College of Queensland (now Malyon College). Brian had responded to a strong sense of call to pastoral ministry, and had ‘dropped out’ of university and had worked for the public service for a couple of years with the intention of undertaking pastoral training.
Since 1983, Brian has pastored in four churches in Queensland—Windsor Road Baptist Church (1983-1985) as an Associate, Tully District Baptist Church (1986-1991) which was a church-planting role with Mission to Queensland, Bundaberg Baptist Church (1992-1995) as an Associate, and Coral Coast Christian Church (1996 to present) which was also a church-planting role initially, but has developed beyond that now. Brian was also instrumental in the establishment of Bundaberg Christian College in 1996, and served as Vice-Chairman of the school’s governing body until 2000 when he resigned to focus on the growing work of the Coral Coast Church.
Brian is committed to upholding the truth of Scripture and seeing God’s Word applied in peoples’ lives. Apart from his love of preaching and his interest in Christian schooling, he is particularly interested in encouraging God’s people to be “salt and light” by speaking up for Christian values and standards in the midst of the challenges facing society. He has written a once-a-month publication called Action Alert since 1993 to foster an awareness of social and moral issues. He is also an avid collector and reader of books (real books, not those electronic things), and has more than 5,000 books and journals in his personal library.
Brian and Caroline have one adult child—a daughter, Katharine, who currently lives in Brisbane and works for Queensland Fisheries—and Caroline works as a primary teacher at Bundaberg Christian College. Brian and Caroline live in Bargara with their menagerie of dogs (two standard poodles, the smartest dogs of all), six lizards, two freshwater turtles, and various numbers of chickens (the number varies because poodles were originally hunting dogs bred to retrieve waterfowl).
Peter Sweetman is the Senior Pastor of Bridgeman Baptist Community Church. After spending a number of years teaching in Queensland schools, he was called to pastoral ministry by his home church in 1988. Three years later, he and a team were sent by Ashgrove Baptist to plant a new church in the suburb of Bridgeman Downs.
Over the past 22 years, Peter has experienced many stages of church life, from pastoring in a football club hall with a congregation of forty people through to a multi staff church holding six services a week. Over the past nine years Bridgeman Church has planted three new Baptist works, including an Indigenous church.
Peter has a passionate commitment to a model of leadership which values the place of humility, prayer and obedience in discerning the unique path Jesus has for every local church. Peter is married to Maree who works part-time as a physiotherapist and they have four young adult children.
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