I was raised in a Christian family and personally came to know the Lord Jesus as my Lord and Saviour at the 1959 Billy Graham Crusade in Adelaide, South Australia. The Lord’s claim on my life was very real at that time, even as a young boy, and has remained so throughout my life. The Lord Jesus continues as the centring focus of my life, my interests and my ministry, with my chief desire to live a life that honours Him as a “good and faithful servant”. My working live from 1970 to 2015 was in the teaching profession, which included 25 years as the Principal of Craigmore Christian School (now Hope Christian College) from its commencement in 1981 to 2005. With my wife, Chris, church@paravista is our church home until the Lord’s coming, and it is joy and a privilege to be actively involved in the life and ministry of the Church.
Danny began his role as a Youth Pastor in 2004 and since then this role has developed into a Pastoral position responsible for the training & developing of leaders, community contact, pastoral care and marriage counselling. Danny’s passion is to see people become the best they can be in God. Danny is a carpenter by trade and has previously managed various companies. Danny began his roller-coaster ride as a Christian in 1988 and has worked with a number of youth ministries, committees & outreach projects. Danny and Susy were married in 2000 and have four children.
Mark worked in the IT industry for 18 years but is now a Lecturer at Bible College of SA where he teaches Greek, New Testament and Field Education. He has been a Christian since he was eight and has been a pastor at two churches over twenty-five years. Mark is a very knowledgeable and gifted Bible teacher and is involved in teaching, preaching and marriage education. Mark and Christine have four grown up children, and five grandchildren.
Born in NSW and spending much of his childhood in NSW, Glen eventually came to SA. After a university training aimed at Astronomy he decided he was not cut out for research and shifted focus towards engineering management. He joined the air force during university and spent 6 years at Edinburgh RAAF base and on numerous deployments. After 17 years in a defense company, Glen now contracts into defense as an Electrical Engineer and works at the RAAF base. Glen became a Christian in 2002 and found a better direction in life. Glen is involved in music (Bass guitar and Conga) and is most passionate about encouraging ways for God’s Kingdom to grow. Glen married Michelle in 2003 and they have two young sons and one daughter.
There never has been a time in my life when I did not believe in God, nor that doubts entered my mind that there might not be a God after all. I had thought from when I was 12 years old that God wanted me to be a full time Minister. Time has shown me that this was not so. I went back to school when I was 24 and 26 and almost got matriculation. Finished it off when I was 28. By then I was married to a most wonderful Christian girl, called Valerie. I went to University and qualified as a teacher. [History teacher] After Val died the strength to teach left me and I took a package, not really knowing what I was to do. I ended up at BCSA and completed a bachelor of Ministries degree. Right now I feel my gifts still lie with teaching and see myself being involved in this area in church@paravista. I have written my own inscription that I want on my grave, and it really sums up my attitude towards growing as a Child of God. “He had an open mind, which this grave has opened fully.”
Phil became a Christian in 1982. He is a Spray Painter by trade and currently works for the defense force. Phil enjoys singing, spending time in the shed and camping with his family and friends. Phil is involved in the leadership of the music ministry and is passionate about leading people to worship God through music. He is also passionate about prayer and is a great encourager.
Luke has served as the youth Pastor since 2010 and is passionate about leading the next generation to God. Married for 10 years to the beautiful Natasha. 3 children – Charlotte (4), Edward (2) & Amélie (7m). He also keeps chickens! Hobbies include reading, golf, web design, bike riding and coffee. If you don’t understand how coffee is classified as a hobby, not a beverage, you’re doing it wrong.
Ros co-ordinates the team of women who pastorally care for other women in the church. Ros has been faithful in serving at church since the very beginning. She has shown a deep love and care for women and families over many years and has a love for hospitality and for practically helping those in need.
The Deacons manage the day-to-day running of the church. This includes, finance, building works, maintenance, planning and co-ordinating events with various ministries across the church. To put it another way, the Elders, under God, direct and give the vision of the church and the deacons work out the practical aspects of it.