Paul’s role as Senior Pastor is to lead the church. He is responsible for the preaching and teaching that…
Paul’s role as Senior Pastor is to lead the church. He is responsible for the preaching and teaching that occurs in the church and for empowering and equipping the church so that God’s purposes and plans can be fulfilled through the whole congregation. Paul is accountable to the Leadership Team seeks to create a culture that supports our vision, Glorifying God, Growing His Kingdom.
Paul Downie grew up in the Melbourne area with his family of 3 other siblings. He first commenced Ministry with Geelong Youth for Christ, before going in to Pastoral Ministry with the Baptist Churches. Serving Churches in Geelong, Darwin, Warrnambool, Kuta Bali, before coming to Wodonga. Paul has also been involved as a full-time Chaplain for a local Geelong Funeral company where he has had experience in grief support. Paul attended Melbourne Bible Institute, Churches of Christ College, and Whitley College.
Paul is Married to Anne, and they have 3 married children, Kim, Tania, Grant and 5 Grandchildren, Taylah, Molly, Kyan, Jonah & Flynn.
Matt’s role as Associate Pastor is to oversee the Pastoral Care of the church, helping people, whatever their circumstances,…
Matt’s role as Associate Pastor is to oversee the Pastoral Care of the church, helping people, whatever their circumstances, to feel loved, supported and cared for and to grow in their relationship with Jesus.
Matt Thorp grew up in the western suburbs of Sydney and moved with his family to Wodonga to take up the position of Associate Pastor in January 2011.
His background is in community services, having a Bachelor of Social Work and working in non-government community service organisations for 10 years. Through this time, he also gained a Diploma of Theology to further equip him for pastoral ministry. Heavily involved in the church in which he grew up (West Pennant Hills Community Church), he worked for 3 years as a part time Associate Pastor before his appointment to his current position.
Matt is married to Merryn and they have four children: Sahara, Macey, Cohen and Eamon.
Emily oversees and leads our ministries to the Next Generation. She is passionate about seeing young people, at every…
Next Gen Ministries Leader
Emily oversees and leads our ministries to the Next Generation. She is passionate about seeing young people, at every stage and ability, come to know the transforming love and grace of Jesus. She wants to see young people equipped to follow Jesus in this rapidly changing culture, that they might place their trust in the solid rock rather than the shifting sands, and that this faith might grow and carry them through whatever life brings. Em also loves to build and empower great teams and leaders, helping them to realise how God can use them if they are willing.
Em is home grown, having been a part of our youth community when she was a teenager and completing an internship at WDBC in 2013. She is about to complete her Bachelor of Theology with the Australian College of Ministries and will soon commence her Masters study through taking part in the Arrow Leadership program.
Em has a really cute dog called Fergie, and enjoys Netflix as much as the next person.