Ray started pastoring our church in 2016. He is married to Miriam, has two adult children and a demanding cat that thinks it's a dog. He is passionate about seeing people become all that God has created them to become as they live out the ways of Jesus. He is gifted in teaching, leadership and wisdom. In his spare time, he loves a barbeque and camping with his wife on K’gari (Fraser Island).
Next Gen Pastor
Leighton commenced his role at Hervey Bay Baptist Church in January 2018 and has enjoyed serving in several areas of ministry including Youth, Young Adults, Worship & Discipleship. He is passionate about seeing people of all ages grow in their faith, becoming all that God has created them to be. In his spare time, Leighton enjoys renovating his home, fishing and spending time with his family.
Jo was raised with Missionary parents and spent a good deal of time in PNG as a young person. Jo and husband Andre moved from cold old Melbourne to the Bay at the end of 1994. Married for 30 years and with two adult children, Jo was called to the Church in 2015 after many years in local government management and then private sector consulting.
Care & Life Groups Pastor
James has been working at the church since Jan 2020. He is married to Mel has two children, Zachary and Aria. James is passionate to see people grow in their faith with God and also loves to see people be set free of their past sin, trauma, hurt and pain to reach their full potential that Christ has for them on this earth. He enjoys meeting with people one on one and discipling people in their faith. His spiritual gifts are pastoring, mercy and hospitality.
Children's Ministry Director
Col joined the team in 2020. She and her husband, Russ, have been part of the church family for more than 20 years. Col also has a son, Jaydon, and her daughter, Jenna, has recently married and left the nest. Having a heart for parents and children, she believes children are a gift from God and longs to support children and families on all walks of life. In her spare time, she enjoys camping with friends, family, a coffee machine and a good book.
Commencing on a casual basis in 2011 at our reception, Nicole has had previous adventures from traveling the East Coast of Australia in a Christian Band to serving with her husband and children with Missionary Aviation. She has lived in the cold of Victoria to the heat of Arnhem Land and a few places in between. Nicole loves serving God and has a particular passion to see His church become all that God designed her to be.