Meet the team
Bekkii leads the ministry team (4 days a week) of the The Orchard Church of Christ. She, alongside our board members (from our congregations), provides leadership, vision and direction for the congregations at Boronia and the recently merged, Bayswater churches of Christ. Bekkii also loves God, good coffee, and working in collaborative, imaginative teams.
Joanne gives oversight and leadership to our pastoral care systems, and small groups, She is currently working with a team of professional counsellors to develop wellbeing workshops and experiences for the church community, as well as the local community.
Associate Minister - Kids Outreach and Digital Communications
Kate is responsible for KidsQuest (our Thursday afternoon kids program), where she trains and leads a team of young leaders. Kate also has the role of digital communications, which includes maintaining this website, managing social media, making signs and more!
She loves gaming, adventures and spending time with friends and family.
Drew has joined us as our Interim Associate Minister at the Bayswater campus (3 days). Drew is the Chapel and Connections services minister responsible for pastoral community care. He is also our Community meals Bayswater contact person. Drew loves good coffee, playing sport, going for runs and walking through the Hills.
Tania is our families Minister (half a day). She facilitates our church lunches, which are a great opportunity to connect over food!
Tania enjoys baking, a good cup of tea, music and games, whether board games or console/computer games.
Hospitality and Community Engagement Minister
Hannah manages the Hub Play Cafe. The cafe provides a great space for people to come and catch up over coffee and scones, have a great morning tea, or enjoy a delicious lunch. Hannah is a terrific cook and does a wonderful job at making people feel welcome and included.
She is also involved in Community Engagement, which involves Friday Night community meals at Bayswater, organising events and finding ways to connect with the local community. Hannah loves being around people, cooking, gardening, drinking tea and being outdoors.
Community Garden and Community Integration Minister
Simon is our Community Garden and Community Integration Minister (2.5 days). He coordinates our Community Garden at the Bayswater Campus, which opened in 2021 and also works as part of the Admin team. He loves chatting about faith, drinking coffee, and playing basketball.
David is our volunteer who is part of the church administration team. He is vital in supporting the ministry staff in a number of important ways. David works tirelessly behind the scenes in a number of administrative areas to ensure that our church effectively utilises its skills and giftings.
Richard is a volunteer with local church experience who assists with our pastoral care programs. Richard also has a passion for poetry, which he shares with all of our congregations via our Church in a Bag ministry. He also assists with putting together the DVD, USB, and other elements to get online church to those who don’t have internet access.
Office Manager and Church Communications
Jill facilitates the smooth operation of our office. As the Office Manager and Communications person (2 days), she takes care of a lot of the behind the scenes things that help to keep our church going. Jill supports the maintenance of our website, and our Facebook pages, and facilitates communications getting to the correct people, especially when it comes through our website. Jill also assists with record keeping, supporting our both our pastoral care and welcome teams.
Beyond Youth and Sunday Night Service Coordinator
Liam began working with the church at the beginning of 2022 as youth ministry coordinator (1.5 days). His passion for young people and worship resulted in him also supporting our young adult ministries. Along with Youth, Liam also now coordinates our Sunday Night young adult-led church services. Liam also works as a Chaplain and is studying secondary education, maths and english. Be cautious when starting a conversation about movies, music, or ministry with Liam, as (being his passions) he will have a lot to share.
The Coffee Pot Community Minister
Alli has been volunteering in The Hub Play Cafe for quite a few years. Alli has loves talking to all that visit, and welcoming them into the space. While still volunteering at The Hub, Alli also manages The Coffee Pot Play Cafe 2 days a week, a new safe space that opened in February 2023.
Alli is currently studying Chaplaincy and Pastoral Care Cert 4 and will bring those skills to our Community and beyond.