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... 

  • Senior minister - vacant

  • Josh Swarts (Acting senior Pastor)

    Josh is married to Deb, and they are parents to two 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, childsafe 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:

  • Mark Nugent (student minister) 

    Mark is one of our two student ministers, and is also the twin brother, Simon. Mark loves watching cricket and basketball, but couldn’t play either to save his life. Mark is a lover of music, and enjoys drinking coffee from his slightly smug mug ‘I listen to bands that don’t even exist yet’. Mark has been with us since the beginning of 2018, and has recently taken on the role of Youth Ministry Coordinator. 

    Mark is currently studying a Masters of Divinity at the Queensland Theological College, and is a Candidate for Ministry with the Presbyterian Church of Queensland. Mark has a passion for youth and young adults ministry, and loves sharing the Word, and seeing young lives transformed into disciple-making disciples. 

    You can get in touch with Mark at:

  • Simon nugent (Student Minister)

  • 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:

  • bethany fraser (Communications Assistant)

    Bethany completed high school and university in Townsville before moving to Brisbane after marrying Josh. She enjoys coffee, music and wide open spaces. Bethany is currently studying part-time at Queensland Theological College and she loves seeing people grasp the good news of Jesus and seeing how this changes their entire lives.

    She is in charge of (almost) everything communication at Redlands: weekly bulletins, Facebook, graphic design, emails and the website. 

    You can get in touch with her at: