Vision and Mission

Jesus Loves Australia exists to see Australia come back to Jesus.  We believe that through prayer, unity and evangelism we will see our nation come back to Jesus.  For too long the Body of Christ and has been crippled in our nation.  Today, the census statistics would tell us that Australia is 52% Christian, when just over a hundred years ago it was 98%.  Seeing unity restored to the Body and the Church working together for our nation, according to the Bible and History, has the power to  reverse this decline..

From studying our history of times when God moved in a way that transformed cities, and by digging through scriptures for keys and then coupling these findings with what God is doing in the Earth today, we can unlock God’s strategies for seeing an outpouring of His Spirit and our cities and regions transformed by the gospel love of Jesus

Our Testimony

The Jesus Loves Australia Core Team

Shane Degen

Founder and CEO

Shane has a passion for Jesus and the ones He died to save. His heart is for the lost and training the body in discipleship, evangelism and church planting. He has a fire to see the body come together to enter in to God’s glory and see revival transform communities and cities as the love of God transforms lives.

Shane is married to the beautiful Amanda and is blessed to have eight amazing children; Lachlan, Elijah, Noah, Gabriella, Moses, Evangeline, Abraham and Isaac.

Shane is on a mission travelling the world doing crusades, conferences, church-planting and training to see Jesus get His glory. He has a heart for the poor, broken and unreached. He believes that this is the time Jesus is revelaing Himself to the world through laid down lovers.

Founder and CEO of Jesus Loves Australia, Shane Degen

Shane was saved at the age of 25, in a jail cell and saw Jesus transform his life.   He went to QUT and completed a Master of Engineering (Aerospace Avionics) in 2010.  He has worked for Boeing as a research engineer and was completing his doctorate at ARCAA when God called him into the mission field. In 2009, he was the founded what became known as “Schoolies for Jesus”. In 2015, he moved to North India to be a missionary and returned to Australia after that door closed. He started Jesus Loves Australia in 2017 with a vision and strategy to see a city transformed by the gospel love of God.

On Dec 1, 2018 a couple of thousand people gathered at ANZ Stadium to pray for our nation to turn back to Jesus. The vision was cast to see the stadium filled at some future date, as a stepping stone for unity and to unashamedly shine for Jesus in our city and nation. This gathering was the result of miraculous provision, doors opening and a dedicated team of water walkers. We believe it will be remembered as a turning point for the gospel in Australia because many lives received breakthrough through that event.

Hany Selwanis

Partnerships Manager

Hany Is a husband and father of two daughters, Nataly & Karen  with passion for the ministry especially as partnership manager. He has extensive experience in business development over the last 20 years in the oil & gas Industry then global duty free retail markets.

Hany has experience in Financial Planning and Strategy, Marketing Concepts, Positioning, People Management, Territory Management, Sales Planning, Competitive Analysis, Understanding the Customer, Product Development, Client Relationships and Creative Services.

Events and Partnership Manager, Hany Selwanis

Melissa Ahlquist

Marketing Manager

Melissa is an ideas person who is passionate about establishing and growing small businesses. She runs her own small businesses and has a keen eye for detail, with extensive experience in administration, book keeping, data entry, websites and graphic design.

When Melissa isn’t building websites or dreaming up new product and business ideas, she enjoys spending time with her family, enjoying their hobby farm, baking and reading.

Melissa has a special interest in making a real difference in the world – by feeding the hungry, protecting the vulnerable and inspiring people to be all they can be.