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.
Our Core team: Several of the team are ordained Pastors, and all are competent preachers and experienced church leaders. The team also comprises the State Director of Global Interaction and the State rep for Baptist World Aid, so we can also bring a global dimension to the church’s understanding of mission.
- We can lead or resource Retreats and Day Conferences.
- We can offer consultancy on specific projects or ideas in our specialist areas of starting New Churches; Placemaking and Community Ministry, Advocacy, Church Revitalisation, and Missional Leadership.
- We can provide training for Leadership teams
- We can preach in church services, but to make the most of these opportunities we would also like to lead a short session after a church service on an aspect of Mission tailored to the church’s needs.
Some of our current emphases include:
- Thinking and acting missionally
- Engaging with your local community ( & how to audit your neighbourhood)
- Understanding placemaking as the call of the local church or faith community
- Starting new churches – why and how? – painting a vision of the need and offering many models and possibilities
- Revitalisation models – how do we turn a church around or replant it?
- Public engagement/advocacy/ Reconciliation Action Plans (with indigenous people) for churches
- Missional spirituality and making disciples
2. A Theology of Mission as spiritual, inclusive and transformative – this can be developed to help foster missional understanding within the leadership or congregation as a workshop or as a sermon
3. Better Together for Mission: Encouraging and facilitating churches to work together to achieve mission — we have run leaders meetings, clusters, and networks of churches
For resources to help your church in mission see our Mission Resources pages
Phone: (03) 9880 6114
Meet the Team
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.
Leanne Hill, New Churches Consultant (Generations)
As part of the Mission Catalyst Team Leanne has a focus on younger pioneer leaders which fits perfectly with her passion for the next generation. She loves walking alongside and coaching young people as they live out their faith and consider what new expressions of church could look like.
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
Global Interaction – www.globalinteraction.org.au
Geoff Maddock, State Director
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
Sulari Nielsen, Young Adults Consultant Vic/Tas
Sulari is the Young Adults Consultant Vic/Tas for Global Interaction. She is passionate about mentoring, and coaching young adults in their faith journey and toward local and global mission. Her role involves resourcing Youth/Young Adults Pastors and Leaders through training and workshops, facilitating and leading Global Xposure trips and running Unearthed, which is an informal, dynamic gathering, online and in person, of mission minded young adults. Unearthed provides a space where experiences are shared and opportunities are given to dig deeper and reflect on global issues. It exists to nurture creative imagination and to unearth a new generation of global Christians with a heart for sharing Jesus. Sulari has previously been a Primary School Teacher for 15 years with background in Business having completed a Bachelor of Commerce. She is currently doing the Arrow Leadership Emerging Leaders Program whilst completing a Masters of Leadership. She loves spending time with her family, and lives in Melbourne with her husband Peter and three children. Sulari can be contacted via email firstname.lastname@example.org
Allison Lynn, Executive Assistant to State Director
Allison is the Executive Assistant to Rev Ryan Smith (Global Interaction State Director). She looks after a lot of the admin tasks involved in connecting churches with Global Interaction cross-cultural workers. Her role is a part of the Mission Catalyst Team. Allison can be contacted on (03) 9880 6161 or you can email her at email@example.com
Baptist World Aid Australia – www.baptistworldaid.org.au
Paul Manning, Church Relationship Manager – Vic & TAS
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