Nick Farr-Jones, Taurus Funds Management
Nick Farr-Jones is a former Australian rugby union footballer. His position was scrum-half. He is probably best remembered for winning the 1991 Rugby World Cup with his team against England. He now works at Taurus Funds Management, appears as a TV rugby commentator on UK Sky Sports and is the chairman of the New South Wales Rugby Union.
Ray Galea, MBM Rooty Hill Anglican
Ray Galea pastors MBM Rooty Hill Anglican. Its a church with 70 different cultures in the multicultural west of Sydney. Before becoming a minister Ray worked as a Social Worker for three years specializing in Marriage and Family Counseling. He has written 3 books, ' Nothing in my Hand I Bring', 'God is Enough' and 'From Here To Eternity' Ray loves Jesus, his family, MBM, eating Middle Eastern and Thai food, listening to Dylan, and Chisel and is a Dragons tragic supporter. Ray loves seeing people become Christians, mature in Christ and mentoring other ministers.
John Kennedy, Yahweh Gumbuya Church
Pastor John Kennedy and is the founding Pastor of Yahweh Gumbuya Church Western Sydney. John comes from a small community in Northern NSW with his wife and five Children, where they heard the call to move to Western Sydney to start a Church, which they have been doing for the past five years. John and his wife are both leaders from the Gamilaroi Nation and are very passionate of their calling and their heart is to see their people and nations come to know God. John is determined to see Indigenous and non-indigenous people of this nation come into true unity in the body of Christ.
Craig Roberts, Youthworks
Craig has been married to Libby for half his life and they have 3 children ranging from 11 to 22 years old. He’s the CEO of Youthworks who longs to see every generation teaching and encouraging every other generation so that, under God, churches like yours flourish and the next generation is established to trust, love and follow the Lord Jesus until he returns. Away from work, Craig loves power tools, Rugby League and trying to keep up on the touch footy field without doing his hammy…again.
Dr Stuart Piggin, Macquarie University
Stuart Piggin is Director of CTE. He tutored in Ecclesiastical History at the University of London, King's College, and lectured in Religious History in the Universities of Wollongong and Sydney from 1974 to 1990. He was Master of Robert Menzies College, Macquarie University, from 1990 to 2004, the founding Director of the Macquarie Christian Studies Institute, and the founding Chairman of the Australian Christian Heritage Foundation. He has written over 100 articles for academic journals and seven books, including Evangelical Christianity in Australia (1996). He is currently editing a collection of the writings of Professor Edwin Judge, and writing a history of Australian Protestant Christianity with Professor R. D. Linder, and also a biography of Harry Goodhew, Archbishop of Sydney, 1993-2001.
Mark McCrindle, McCrindle Research
Mark McCrindle is an award-winning social researcher, best-selling author, and influential thought leader, and he is regularly commissioned to deliver strategy and advice to the boards and executive committees of some of Australia’s leading organisations.
Matt Prater, History Makers
Pastor Matt Prater is the Senior Pastor of New Hope Brisbane in Kelvin Grove. Matt is a passionate evangelist and shares his faith in Jesus with as many people as he can. He especially loves going out onto the highways and byways and talking to anyone and everyone about the hope that is found in his relationship with Jesus Christ. He also hosts a weekly radio show ‘Historymakers”, which is played on over 700 radio stations across Australia. He has released a TV series and two books based on the amazing men and women he has interviewed over the years. He also hosts a weekend radio show on Vision Christian Radio across Australia. Matt is married to Carol and has 3 children.
Berni Dymet, Christianity Works
Berni is a passionate communicator of God’s Word. The radio and television programs that he produces are broadcast each day by hundreds of stations around the globe. A Duntroon graduate and former Australian Army Officer, he came to Christ later in life after founding and running a successful international IT consulting firm. But success left him completely empty and, at the end of his tether, Christ found him and called him to lead the ministry of Christianityworks. His passion is sharing the Word of God in a way that is first and foremost biblically faithful, but at the same time, intensely relevant to the issues that we all face in life.
Wez Hone, Business Greenhouse
Wez Hone is passionate about educating and motivating Christians in business. He has invested nearly a decade helping thousands build more profitable and more influential businesses – of all shapes and sizes. Wez has worked with companies with a market capitalisation of 1 Billion dollars right down to start-ups. He specialises in creating a large amount of change in a small amount of time. Wez is also the Author of Supernatural Business & Supernatural Thinking.
Yale Kim has been leading prayer meetings since being radically saved in his youth group in the mid 90’s. Since that time, he has been involved in gathering youth, college students, and pastors from different denominations and organizations to pray together. With the help of his friends, Yale co-founded Catalyst Convergence, an organization that helps ministries craft strategy, achieve their mission, find talent, build strategic partnerships, and execute large scale (arena and stadium sized) events. Recent work includes serves as the Director of Events for the recent relaunch of Promise Keepers, Chief Operating Officer of Awaken The Dawn 2017 and Tent America 2018 and Director of Church and Community Relationships for Together 2016.
Ying & Grace Kai, T4T
With decades of experience in the pastorate and as missionaries with the Southern Baptist International Mission Board, Ying and Grace Kai currently serve as Executive Directors of T4T Global Missions. In T4T, the Kais have developed one of the most fruitful methods for church planting and disciple training in the world. Every year more than 20,000 believers around the world receive their T4T training and with it have experienced life transforma-tion as disciples of Jesus Christ.
Geoff Waugh, Renewal Journal
Geoff Waugh is the founding editor of the Renewal Journal (www.renewaljournal.com) and author of books on renewal and revival. He taught on ministry and revival in Bible Colleges in Papua New Guinea and the South Pacific, and at Trinity Theological College and Christian Heritage College in Brisbane. Geoff had led short-term mission teams in Africa, Europe, South-East Asia, China and the South Pacific. His 3 adult children and 8 grandchildren have all been involved in short-term missions.
Elishua Dewey, FOUNTAINLIFE
In the year 2000 Elishua Dewey experienced a life-transforming encounter with Jesus. After being in a 7-year battle to drugs and violent behavior, the spirit of God came upon his life in a biblical fashion setting him free from demon possession. In his encounter, God the father said to Elishua " I could have crushed you with my hand, but I loved you with my heart." – confirming the bible which says "God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son that who so ever would believe would receive eternal life and never perish. (John 3:16.) Since then he has been gifted prophetical in prayer and intercession, fasting many years and praying for Australia and the nations he has ministered. In 2010 the Lord led him over to the UK to fast and prayer for Great Britain. During this time, he studied at an international Bible school and led many missions in the streets of the UK with Kensington TEMPLE – SEEING 1000'S with his team to give their lives to Christ. He is THE FOUNDER OF FOUNTAINLIFE a conference speaker and an equipper of the saints; Author and Travelling evangelist. He has ministered in Australia, Singapore, France, Romania, Switzerland, the U.S.A and in East Africa. He carries a heart's desire for Jesus to be made manifest in this generation and that the life of many will be touched and changed by his love.
Andrew Hanna is a Pastor, Pharmacist, businessman, entrepreneur, property developer and Christian spiritual mentor. Andrew is compelled to transform the culture of business entrepreneurs into the Kingdom Culture of entrepreneurship. He is passionate about replicating Kingdom Leadership in Business through Supernatural Ministry. The essence of his approach is to equip the Body of Christ, individuals and businesses with Kingdom finance principles to fund and resource the Kingdom. It is not unusual for life-changing moments to occur supernaturally during the Impartation Session of his seminars, resulting in transformed lives.
Sean W Smith, Sean W Smith Ministries
Sean W Smith is widely recognised as an expert in inter-generational and family ministry. He is an internationally acclaimed Children’s Worship Leader, innovative Parenting Specialist and dynamic Generational Preacher. Sean specialises in powerfully connecting with children and adults to help build identity and teach key Biblical strategies to empower families to live in God’s best. Sean’s powerful illustrations, music and unique teaching style enables him to captivate seniors, adults, teenagers and children simultaneously, in a way you never thought possible! He has spoken in more than 500 churches & schools across the globe, infusing faith into families and empowering the body of Christ to radiate Heaven! Expect to laugh, be inspired and equipped to help the next generation win!
Paul Jeyachandran, Life Church Castle Hill
Rev Paul Jeyachandran together with his wife, Pastor Esabel Jeyachandran, took over the sacred responsibility of leading Life Church Castle Hill in January 2011. Since then, Life Church has grown significantly and the Lord has multiplied the church both numerically and in influence. Pastor Paul is a gifted preacher of the word of God and an able mentor! Over the past two decades, he has been actively engaged in mentoring church leaders and expounding the Scriptures in over 20 nations. Paul is blessed with a godly wife, Esabel, an able administrator and a notable people developer! God has graced Esabel with organisational leadership and she uses her gifts to mobilise the church towards her God-given destiny!
David Clarke, Hoxton Park Anglican Church
David has been at Hoxton Park Anglican Church since 2011, and has previously served full time at Anglican churches at St Marys, Quakers Hill and Hurstville. He is married to Janine and has two children in high school. David grew up in Indonesia where his parents were missionaries. Outside of church, David currently serves as a member of the College Council at Thomas Hassall Anglican College. David is also on the board of directors of the Church Missionary Society NSW & ACT, and on the CMS Federal Council. David loves helping people come to know Jesus as their Lord and Saviour. His prayer for Hoxton Park Anglican Church is that it be a healthy church, full of people growing in their relationship with God.
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Rudy Tan, FCF Life
Rudy and Marion are two of the few pioneers of FCF. They faithfully committed themselves to serve as co-leaders with five other couples in the fellowship, until 1989 when Rudy was appointed Pastor in-charge of the newly chartered church. In 1995, Rudy answered God's call in his life when he assumed full-time pastoral role. Rudy is an ordained minister with the Church of the Foursquare Gospel Australia Ltd. He is currently serving as a Director of the Foursquare Board and as General Supervisor of Foursquare churches. He is a lecturer in LIFE Bible College in Westmead, and presently serves as its Principal. Rudy exhibits a unique blend of leadership. As a devoted student of the Word, he leads the congregation in faithful study and application of the teachings of Lord Jesus Christ.
John Moore, Passionfruit Ministries
John Phillip Moore evangelist, devout husband and father, lives to win people to Christ. He is biblically trained and vocationally registered as a pastor with Queensland Baptists. John has preached crusades and hosted leadership conferences in the USA, Africa, India, and Australia. He planted a bespoke church on the Sunshine Coast of Australia and has been a Senior Pastor in a Brisbane church. Currently, he is developing a new ministry, with his son Syd, called Passionfruit Ministries; a local evangelistic focus along with ongoing international commitments. John’s current book is Convergence; the Spirit-led journey.
Rev. Dr Denis Plant, Vision Colleges
Born in 1951 in Nottingham, England Denis moved to Australia in 1969. He is a naturalised Australian, married to Rosalind, and they have two children and five grandchildren. For more than 40 years he has been involved in ministering to the Body of Christ. From starting home fellowships, and ministries to orphanages and nursing homes and Bible Colleges, an itinerant preacher, evangelist and teacher to pioneering and pastoring several churches in both country and city NSW and Canberra, Australia. For 12 years he was the presenter of his radio programme “The Gospel and Music” in Sydney NSW. He is the author of the book, “The Blood Covenant of God”, used in several Bible Colleges around the world, in several denominations. He has a strong missionary concern and was a missionary, with his wife Rosalind, to Papua New Guinea for 2 years, as the Principal of Lighthouse Bible College in Madang. With a strong desire to see the word of God taught effectively with a deep personal commitment to the principle that the “Word and the Spirit will do the work”, he has worked effectively in several Bible Colleges in Australia and Papua New Guinea, fulfilling roles from lecturer through to administrator and Principal. Although a committed Pentecostal by experience and persuasion he has always held strong respect for the platform from which he has had the privilege to minister, thus enabling him to minister in many churches and Christian groups regardless of persuasion or denomination. In churches, seminars, camps, Bible Colleges, open-air crusades and services in Australia and many other countries Denis has always presented a vibrant and challenging message to the heart of his hearers. With a deep concern for teaching the body of Christ, he willing travels anywhere his ministry is required and has ministered from Nottingham, his birthplace, in the United Kingdom to Australia, where he now lives, to USA, UK, Malaysia, Singapore, Papua New Guinea, Fiji, Kenya, Egypt, Myanmar, India and Thailand, Vietnam the Philippines and Nepal, South Africa. Denis is the Senior Pastor of “The Word Christian Fellowship”, a Foursquare church he pioneered in Macquarie Fields. He is also the CEO/Principal of Vision International Colleges, Vision Christian College and the Internet Bible College.
Martin Duffy, Elim Church
Ps Martin Duffy is a preacher to Nation's. For the past ten years, God has been using Him in Africa and Asia where he has seen thousands come to Christ. His ministry of the Gospel is regularly accompanied by signs and wonders. He is particilarly being used in Islamic nations where explosive revival is transforming entire cities and families. Ps Martin is also the founder and leader of Elim Church located on the Central Coast of NSW. He is married to Michelle and has three beautiful daughter's, all of whom love and serve the Lord.
Laurel Pabai, Agape Ministries
Laurel Pabai was born 1972 on Thursday Island Torres Strait. She grew up in Bamaga, Cape York and Malu kiwai Boigu Island Queensland. The First indigenous woman Evangelist who is recognised as an Evangelist leader. Laurel began her Evangelism Ministry in Cairns Queensland. Since 1998 Laurel has been Evangelising, Winning the Lost for Jesus – she has led around 10,000 people over the years. She also does outreach through Homeless Feeding in Brisbane City. She is known as an Indigenous Evangelist who has taken part in many Evangelism Outreach Ministries around Australia (Schoolies, Christmas & New Year Outreaches etc.) and also does regular Evangelism Outreach in the parks and streets of Brisbane.
Ps William Dumas, ACC Indigenous
Ps William Dumas first became a Christian in Long Bay Prison at age 19. “I met a Christian in there, and I couldn’t run away because I was locked up with him. He just started preaching to me. He just kept on telling me about God,” said William. William has now been ministering the Gospel for more than 27 years. He is married to the first female Indigenous pastor to be ordained in NSW through Australian Christian Churches, Ps Sandra Dumas. They have 6 children and 9 grandchildren. In 2007 William and Sandra pioneered Ganggalah Training Centre with a vision to see Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians raised up as influential leaders empowered by God. Ganggalah is Bundjulung word, which means a place of learning and wisdom. William is a Biripi man. He grew up on Biripi country in the Taree and Port Macquarie regions of New South Wales.
Shane Degen, Jesus Loves Australia
Shane is a son of God, husband to Amanda and father to eight children. As a pioneer, he started Schoolies for Jesus in 2009 and more recently Jesus Loves Australia. He has a heart to see Australia come back to Jesus and Christians come into a clearer revelation of the Father, Jesus and the Holy Spirit through the scriptures. To see God’s children ignited with their true identity and the inheritance that is available to them. Jesus Loves Australia exists to see cities transformed by the gospel love of Jesus, displayed at Calvary and fulfilled with an empty tomb.
Sydney based Gospel Trio
Jesus Loves Australia Band
Our own Jesus Loves Australia Worship Team
The Worship Team at FCF Life Church. "The worship of God is our primary ministry, pursued with biblical zeal and understanding, and offered in reverence with humility and joyfulness."
A Special Thanks
The Jesus Loves Australia team would like to thanks all our speakers who have partnered with our vision and for their contributions to the Jesus Loves Australia Campaign. We would also like to extend a special thanks to the following businesses who have also partnered with our vision, donating money or services to support our gospel campaign.