Mission Catalyst Team
The aim of the BUV’s Mission Catalyst Team is to realign our churches for mission, and develop and communicate a vision for Christ-centred, Kingdom-oriented mission. There is a great need within our state for us to become more focused on the people around our churches, and for us to begin to focus on how we can reach them more effectively. Our intention is to help churches to follow the call of Christ to go out into the world and make disciples, and in doing so increase the Kingdom of God.
P: (03) 9880 6114
Rev Gayle Hill, Head of Mission Catalyst Team
Gayle is the head of the Mission Catalyst team. She works collaboratively with the team to encourage fresh thinking in mission, to celebrate existing good examples and to pioneer new possibilities. She has been in pastoral ministry for the past 16 years, and brings experience and knowledge of pastoral leadership from a range of contexts, including a regional large church, revitalisation of a suburban church and now pioneering a missional church in the inner city of Melbourne. Gayle’s background has been in counselling, community development, palliative care and adult education.
Brett Mitchell, Church Planting Consultant
Brett was born in Charlton, Victoria and spent his formative years growing up in East Brighton; Colac; and Box Hill South (Melbourne). He gave his heart to God at age thirteen and became a fully devoted follower of Jesus at 17 years of age joining Crossway (formerly, Blackburn Baptist Church). He is married to Michelle (1986) and they have three grown children; Keshia, Jemmah and Jarrod.
Following a call to full-time Christian Ministry he was trained as a Student Pastor, studying at the Melbourne School of Theology (formerly, the Bible College of Victoria) and Eastern College of Australia (Formerly, Tabor). He served as youth Pastor (Blackburn Baptist 1989-1994; Diamond Valley Baptist (1994-1998); an Associate at Crossway Baptist (1998-2007); and planted North Church Craigieburn (2007-2019). Brett is presently serving with the BUV as a Church planting Consultant.
Andrew Hill, Missional Communities Consultant
Andrew has recently joined the Missions Catalyst Team as Missional Communities Consultant. Andrew comes to the BUV with vast experience in Pastoral Ministry having been Executive Pastor at Crossway Baptist Church and more recently as Senior Minister at CityLife Church. Andrew has a passion for seeing churches thrive and flourish in their unique context. He is a creative and strategic thinker and sees discipleship and mission going hand in hand for the church to be all God is calling it to be in the future.
Jono Ingram, Community Placemaker, Grassroots Placemakers
Jono is the BUV consultant for placemaking. He is currently placemaking in the new Woodlea Estate in the suburb of Aintree, in Melbourne’s North West growth corridor. Jono’s experience has been in small rural communities and regional centres which has seen him work with youth and families in public housing estates, in primary schools and football clubs in areas of welfare and wellbeing, and leading Churches and missional communities. Jono is currently the Founder/Director of a local community development non-profit which operates two social enterprise cafes, and provides support, programs, and events in the neighbourhood. He leads a local missional community committed to rhythms of hospitality, prayer, generosity, and community engagement.
Liah Coombs, Administration Assistant
Liah is part of the Mission Catalyst team and provides administrative support to Gayle Hill and the team. Liah works three days at the BUV (Tuesday – Thursday) and can be contacted on (03) 9880 6116
Our BUV Team partnering with Global Interaction and Baptist World Aid is a tangible reminder that Mission is about ensuring that the gospel changes lives in “Jerusalem (locally), Judea (regionally) and to the end of the earth (our global commitment) “ Acts 1.8. Everything we do in today’s society has implications for our wider community and good mission needs to be good news for everyone in God’s world. There is little to celebrate in planting new churches that use products or resources that exploit or worsen the situation of people in another part of the planet. We are responsible before God for being global citizens and continuously mindful of our holistic responsibilities.
We are grateful that the Mission Catalyst Team now expresses something of the breadth of our calling.
Global Interaction – www.globalinteraction.org.au
Baptist World Aid Australia – www.baptistworldaid.org.au
State Director – VIC/TAS, Global Interaction
Geoff is passionate about journeying with Australian churches and exploring the ways in which partnership with global mission can grow the effectiveness of mission within local communities. He has over 18 years of community development experience in the United States specialising in refugee resettlement, urban farming initiatives, and neighbourhood engagement through public/private/church partnerships. He has completed Masters degrees in Intercultural Studies and Missiology at Asbury Theological Seminary and is a keen student of emerging food security issues for urban contexts. He lives in the Melbourne CBD with his wife Sherry and teenage son. Geoff can be contacted via email email@example.com
Church Relationship Manager – VIC/TAS, Baptist World Aid
Paul joined Baptist World Aid in 2020 after 22 years Pastoral Ministry in both city and country Baptist Churches within New South Wales and Victoria. He has completed a Bachelor of Economics, a Bachelor of Ministry, as well as a Graduate Diploma in Psychology. He is an ordained-accredited minister with the Baptist Union of Victoria. Paul is married to Liz; they have four adult children as well as an increasing number of grandchildren. Paul is looking forward to supporting the Baptist Churches and Partners in Victoria and Tasmania in their partnership with Baptist World Aid as they follow God’s call and respond to poverty and injustice. Paul can be contacted via email firstname.lastname@example.org