Paul Bartlett and his wife Annette are senior leaders of Lighthouse in Wollongong, New South Wales (NSW), Australia. Paul is a state leader of Australian Christian Churches (ACC) in NSW, overseeing some 350 churches, and national leader of ACC Community Engagement, which is focused on equipping over 1,000 churches to think and act differently regarding community transformation.
As a pastor, author and internationally sought-after speaker, Paul is passionate about empowering people to live lives of significance and helping churches to engage their communities. Specialising in leadership and vision development, team building and organisational change, Paul and Annette are personal development coaches to church and business leaders and to professionals in the broader community.
Andrew has been in ministry since 1990; after pioneering a youth program in Castle Hill, he served as a full time pastor with Ps Brian and Bobbie Houston for six years before he and his wife, Mary Ann were invited by Pastor John McMartin to become associate pastors of Liverpool Christian Life Centre in 1999.
In 2004 Andrew and Mary Ann planted Bay City Church, an innovative strong church in the heart of the Rockdale Shire.
Andrew’s passion to see a local church influence its community has seen Bay City Church now partner with 11 churches across the state of NSW to establish a practical food program called Community FoodCare. This program now supports thousands of people each week while opening the door for churches to build a relevant connection to the people in their local community.
In 2010, the Bay City Care Women’s Support Service was launched; a Domestic Violence housing support service which including crisis counselling, case management and housing support. In February 2013, the Bay City Care Community Support and Counselling Centre was opened. The centre is located in the heart of our local community in Rockdale where we continue to provide Domestic Violence crisis support, specialised counselling, case management, group programs, emergency food relief, as well as Domestic Violence respectful relationships and early intervention/prevention programs for both primary and secondary schools.
Bay City’s work within the community has seen Andrew form strong relationships with members of Bayside Council (formerly Rockdale City Council) where he has served as a Chaplain for over 8 years, regularly opening council meetings in prayer. In 2010 Andrew also initiated Carols by The Sea, a Christmas event held on Brighton Le Sands Beach every year which is fully funded by Bayside Council.
With strong foundations and a firm belief that discipleship is their commission and social justice their responsibility, Andrew and Mary Ann are believing for growth and influence in both their church family and local community while staying devoted to the cause of Christ.
Daniel is the Associate Pastor at South West Christian Church and General Manager of South West Community Services which has serviced the south-western suburbs of Melbourne for over 25 years; being best known for its network of Opportunity Shops called Lighthouse Stores that provide quality recycled clothing and furniture at affordable prices for the wider community. More recently South West Community Services have partnered with Food Bank Victoria to host regular Farms to Families days which provide food directly from local farmers to recipients. Daniel is involved in a number of community committees including the Wyndham Community Agency Network, which he chairs. He is also presently the program director for the Carols at the Mansion which attracts thousands of people every year and was rated one of Melbourne’s top seven carols events by the Herald-Sun. Daniel believes in championing other ministries and community endeavours and continually looks for ways that the church can partner with individuals and organisations in making brighter futures together.
Tara is the Senior Pastor at Cornerstone Church in Joondalup. She has a background in community based social work and completed a Social Science Degree before going on to theological studies. Tara is currently completing her Masters Degree with plans to pursue a doctorate in Theology. Passionate about social justice, community and compassion, Tara enjoys playing basketball, skateboarding and reading theology and philosophy - and the occasional twitter debate.