Ministry Team

As you'll see, our ministry team is made up of a diverse group of people. We enjoy working together around Jesus to serve our church and local community. Meet our ministry team... 

  • Josh Swarts (senior Minister)

    Josh is married to Deb, and they are parents to three young kids. Being a WA lad, Josh loves AFL and most things to do with the beach - including camping and fishing. He and Deb are also big fans of road tripping with coffees in hand.

    Josh graduated from Sydney Missionary & Bible College in 2011. He served as a Pastor at a Christian Reformed Church in Hobart until his move to Redlands in 2015. He's passionate about teaching God's word and seeing people saved and matured by it.

    You can get in touch with him at:


    Jennie is married to Mark and they have two boys. Jennie and Mark grew up in Brisbane, then moved to Sydney and then to Oxford, England. Jennie enjoys music, ticking things off her list/s, little kids, Brisbane in winter, and a good book. She loves watching people grow in Christ and that God’s love for us in Christ makes everything worthwhile. 

    Jennie helps with training, PresSafe administration, organising church camps, and is involved in Kids Church. She also writes the studies for the term study guides.

    You can get in touch with her at:

  • Russell Williams (Shore HOpe minister - church plant)

    Russell is married to Jocelyn and they have four kids. Russell and Jocelyn are both from Brisbane. They studied at Moore Theological College in Sydney and initially stayed in Sydney after college before moving to serve at a church on the Gold Coast. 

    Russell joined our team at the start of 2017 to oversee our new church plant in the southern part of the Redlands. 

    You can get in touch with Russell at:

  • Janette Dekker (Finance Assistant)

    Janette is married to Rob. She enjoys bush walking, reading good books and following the Queensland Reds (when they occasionally win). She works in the office two days of the week assisting the Treasurer in financial matters. 

    Janette is thankful for the good news of the gospel and how it resonates through all seasons of life. She's amazed by how it impacts her now as deeply as it did when she first became a Christian at 23. 

    You can get in touch with her at:

  • Elisabeth Everest (Administration ASSISTANT)

    Elisabeth is married to Stephen and they have two adult daughters. They grew up in Brisbane and spent five years living in Melbourne when their girls were young. She enjoys reading a good book, holidays at the beach and catching up with family. She works in the office two days each week doing all sorts of administrative tasks.

    She loves to provide support to the ministry team by helping with some of the organisational and office tasks, freeing them to have more time to focus on pastoral and ministry work.

    You can get in touch with her at:

  • SIMON Nugent (student minister) 

    Simon has been a Student Minister with Redlands since the beginning of 2019. In his former life he was a social worker, but he now spends his time studying at the Queensland Theological College and serving the Victoria Point and Shore Hope congregations. 

    You can get in touch with Simon at:


    Chris is a new Student Minister with our Capalaba congregations focusing on young adults. He’s an avid cricket fan, former farm kid and Exercise Physiologist who now spends most of his time studying at Queensland Theological College. He loves chatting with folks about the big and small issues of life, so feel free to drop him a line.

    You can get in touch with him at:

  • kate bartholomew

    Kate has joined the team as a Student Minister to take up the role of

    Co-ordinating Redlands Youth Group. Previously she worked in oncology in North QLD before a traineeship in University ministry.

    Kate enjoys dress-making, coffee and exploring waterfalls, and at this stage, is spending the majority of her time studying at Queensland Theological College.  

    You can get in touch with her at: