G’day, I’m Roger and I look forward to meeting you in person one day as you read this short bio. I’m a lucky husband to my beautiful wife Megan and together we have four children varying in age from twelve to twenty-one. Family life can be challenging at times but we love them dearly and wouldn’t change them if we could.
Though growing up with some knowledge of God, the spiritual journey is a lifelong one that never ends for me as each new day I can learn something new about who God is and what He is doing in our midst. I felt a calling to leave my job after some time as a carpenter, accounting nerd and computer geek to serve God full time in church ministry. After twenty plus years I’ve found such an exciting journey that has led to exciting opportunities serving people in different places around the world.
I grew up in Melbourne’s south eastern suburbs, served in Sydney for a season and am now excited to have a new season in sunny Queensland. Will I switch to the Maroons? I don’t know that I ever switched to the Blues, sorry Sydney.
If you find yourself in the area, why not come on down and let me shout you a coffee.
Hello, my name is Merryl Klos and I am the Administration Assistant at Whitehill (4 days per week). I love being involved in the admin side of Whitehill.
With this role, I am able to support all staff, Whitehill groups and individuals in their work for the Lord. I have been involved in admin work with Whitehill/ East Ipswich church for the past 28 years commencing from 6 hours a week to 26 hours a week as the demand and needs grew in the life of the church.
I am married to Bruno Klos and have 3 adult children Tennille, Mitchell and Jarred.
I am a very proud Nana to Aria, daughter of Mitchell and Emma.
My family means the world to me. I am very fortunate that my children live and work in the Ipswich area and are able to worship and be involved in Whitehill.
Some other interests I have are, reading, attending live theatre and scrapbooking.
Hi, my name is Julie and I’m the Pastor for Communications and Worship (part-time). I love music and have always been involved in singing, playing or teaching.
I have a degree in music education and taught music in the classroom and privately for many years. I have a passion for seeing people connect with God through music and worship.
My role is to create services at Whitehill that help us to do that. In my role, I also do a lot of the planning for Whitehill of what our Church calendar and programming looks like.
I also am a leader in our Young Adults ministry where I am passionate about seeing Young Adults understand and own their faith and grow in it.
I am a single mum and have 2 great kids: Rachel, married to Andy and Matthew. Rachel teaches at a local Primary school and Matt is working in HR in Sydney.
As for me, I love having cups of tea and chatting with people, reading, painting, craft and going to the theatre or a show.
Hello, my name is Courtney Brown and I am the Children’s Ministry Coordinator. I have a Primary teaching background and has been involved in the Junior CYC camps with my husband Josh for the past 10 years. We have been attending Whitehill for almost 2 years and I have been involved with Playgroup since Ethan was born. We regularly attend a small group and have been actively involved in the small group.
I’m Ben and I look after the Youth and Young Adults as well as Coordinate ChildSafe at Whitehill. I graduated from Westside Christian College and went straight into university completing a Bachelor of Engineering at QUT.
After being involved in a number of Christian camps and attending Whitehill during my uni years I was called by God to serve in our youth ministry – Whitehill Youth.
I have now been working at Whitehill for 4 years and so thankful for the opportunity to serve God and the young people of Ipswich every day.
I am currently studying at Australian College of Ministries (ACOM), directing GENTS camps and Schoolies Whitsundays with SU QLD, as well as working with a Pais team based at Whitehill.
When I’m not at Whitehill my next favourite things to do are spend time with friends, explore the outdoors, swimming, cycling, bass guitar and listening to music.
Hi, I’m Bronte and I look after Whitehill Youth at Whitehill.
I am passionate about leading people to a deep and joyful faith in Jesus, where they really experience the Kingdom of God. I love connecting with people, seeing how God is working in their lives, and reading and teaching the bible.
Following high-school I studied a Bachelor of Science in Ecology and Conservation Biology and spent several years working with threatened fauna species. I loved spending with God in creation and being able to speak to people about my faith and the hope that I have.
Above all I desire to see people come to know God, and to serve him with everything I have, and so I felt God was calling me to youth ministry. Youth group and Youth Camps have been pivotal in my own faith journey, and I am passionate about seeing other people have similar life-changing experiences, and having a loving community to do life with.
A few of my favorite things to do are going on adventures, spending time with people around good food, art and op-shopping.
Hi I’m Matthew, husband to Catherine, father to Alaina, Noah and Isaac, a Whitehill kids leader and of course an elder of Whitehill Church of Christ.” style=”square_outline” color=”green”]My favorite hobbies consist of four wheel driving, boxing and watching movies with my family. To try and pay for the hobbies, I currently work as the financial controller of Exact Radiology.
My desire for Whitehill in 2015 is to take an active, if not leading part in the revival of this great city of Ipswich.
It is a privilege to be part of the church council this year. My wife Marion and I have now been members of the church for almost 20 years.
We wouldn’t think of going anywhere else. We are proud parents of Jake, recently married to Esther, Tohbi and Matilda.
I am passionate about a few things – helping people discover the truth of Jesus, surfing and my horses. In my current role, I serve as Mission Action Partner for Churches of Christ in the Greater Ipswich region.
I am tasked with empowering the local church to engage more effectively with God in his mission. This involves a number of dimensions.
First, doing personal mission regularly and sharing my learnings with others.
Second, by actively encouraging others in our churches and services to do likewise.
Third, looking to actively affirm actions of mission whenever and wherever I encounter them.
Finally, by partnering with like-minded individuals and organisations that are on the same mission. I look forward to serving you in this season and remain committed to our mission at Whitehill.
Raised in a Christian home. I’m now married to Tracy and together we are raising four dashing sons, Harrison, Lachlan, Samuel and Hunter. ” style=”square_outline” color=”green”]I am in constant awe of God’s amazing love and endless grace that He lavishes on us. It amazes me that He desires to be in relationship with us and that despite all of our failings He chooses to use us in achieving His ends on earth. I therefore count it a real honour to be able to serve here at Whitehill as an Elder.
I have been blessed to be married to Tracy for over 20 years, and together we are raising four sons who are growing into men – Harrison, Lachlan, Samuel and Hunter.
I studied civil engineering at university and have since worked as a consulting engineer, a senior project officer, and senior policy officer in State Government.
For the past 13 years I have been employed by GM Poles in various sales and engineering roles and now as the National Sales Manager.
In addition to my role as an Elder I enjoy being a part of the worship team and I count it a real privilege to lead the congregation in worship.
Hi! I am Dan Leadbetter and have called Whitehill Church of Christ my Church home since 2001. I have been married to Kathy for 31 years, and have three children – Benjamin (27) (married to Sancintya), Hannah (21), and Zachary (19).
I have been involved in Whitehill with Kathy as a small group leader, coffee cart and
serving. I had previously served as an Elder for six years from 2010 to 2016 . Both Kathy and I have a heart for working mission in the Solomon Islands, coordinating teams from Whitehill in 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017, and again this year, in 2019.