Staff

While volunteers are crucial to the continuing work and worship of Bendigo Baptist Church at both the Junortoun and Eaglehawk campuses, there are a number of staff, working a variety of hours, that oversee the work of the 2 locations, 4 services and the huge variety of ministries that occur at, and through, BBC each week.

 

David Lovell

Senior Pastor

DJLPastor Dave was raised on a wheat / sheep farm in North Central Victoria, half-way between the towns of Boort and Wycheproof. After finishing Year 12, he completed an Associate Diploma of Applied Science before returning to work on the family farm. In 1992, he packed his bags and moved to Chicago (USA) to study at Moody Bible Institute. He completed a Bachelor of Arts - Bible in 1997. During this time he met and married Julie and alongside of his studies worked full-time as Pastor of Student Ministries at the Camarillo Evangelical Free Church in Southern California. He was a part of this ministry team for four years.

In 1999, Dave accepted a call from Bendigo Baptist Church to join their ministry team as an Associate Pastor: Youth. Dave, Julie and their children arrived at Bendigo Baptist Church in December 1999. Dave has performed various roles within this ministry team during this period of time. In May 2006, Dave was appointed as Senior Pastor at Bendigo Baptist Church.

Dave is married to Julie, and they have 4 children: Jesse, Zak, Chloe and Jacob. In his spare time he loves to play golf, read, spend time with his family and avidly follow the Essendon Football Club. He completed his Master's degree in Christian Ministry in 2011.

 

 

Brock Gravener

Eaglehawk Campus Pastor

BBGBrock is a passionate and driven young man who strives to share the love of Jesus in all he does. His heart cries to see people healthy in relationships, and in particular with the Lord Jesus. His pioneering spirit towards ministry was evident in the establishment of a national adventure based ministry for youth at-risk students in secondary school, called SOAR Adventures. He saw God greatly bless the ministry and the lives of hundreds of young people and their families.

Brock works by the motto; ‘The quality of our relationships; determines the weight of our influence!’ His community based approach drives him to see the Gospel reach the wider community, that all would know their value in Christ. His own life story has greatly shaped his passion and empathy toward others who have experienced similar challenges that he did in his youth.

He has an enthusiasm for life which is evident in his communication and approach to living a life for Jesus. Passionate about the Cause of Christ.

“Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will SOAR on wings like Eagles; they will run and not grow weary; they will walk and not be faint” Isaiah 40:31.

Brock and his wife Breanna are proud parents of their two energetic and amazing sons, Indi and Taylor.

 

 

Andrew Johnston

Connect and Care Pastor

AJJAndrew Johnston joined the team at Bendigo Baptist in 2013 as the Connect and Care Pastor. He has a passion to see people connect with God and each other, in real and life changing ways. "I believe strongly that significance and security for all people can be found in a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and as Connect and Care Pastor at BBC, will seek to assist in creating an environment where God can fulfill His Great Commandment by connecting all people to Himself and each other". As a church we are committed to seeing this happen.

Andrew completed his Bachelor of Theology with the Australian College of Ministries in 2001 was the Pastor of the South Bunbury Church of Christ between 2002-2010. Having spent most of his life in Western Australia, Andrew and his wife Jill and Children Sarah, Matthew and Timothy moved to Bendigo in 2011. "This has been a tree change that we as a family are thoroughly enjoying". Andrew enjoys spending time with his family, mountain bike riding, spending time at the beach and camping.

 

Leighton Gates

Worship & Creative Arts Pastor

LDGLeighton grew up in a Christian family and went to the Shepparton Church of Christ. His earliest music lessons were on the banjo-mandolin but it was the guitar that really caught his attention. When he started playing live music it became apparent that the behind-the-scenes side of music was more interesting and Leighton spent a number of years touring as a Sound Engineer in the secular music industry before God called him back into the church. Leighton served Bayside Church, Cheltenham, for 18 years building and overseeing the technical direction of the Church, the last 8 of those in a full time position as Technical Director of Bayside Church. This included the development of Bayside TV, and overseeing the recording and mixing of Bayside Church’s “Unashamed” Praise and Worship CD/DVD. “The call by God to Bendigo Baptist Church was, and continues to be, a resoundingly positive forward step. I bring a lifetime of skills and experience to share and implement in this new era. My family and I look forward to achieving great things for our Living God as we continue to respond to His call daily.”

 

Carolyn Marriott

Administrator

CPMCarolyn grew up in Melbourne's western suburbs and has a background in Early Childhood and Primary teaching. She has previously worked in kindergartens, schools and the childcare sector. After marrying a farmer she spent 16 years on a dairy farm in North East Victoria before moving to Bendigo in 2008 with her husband and 3 children.

"In being appointed administrator I feel privileged to be able to serve as part of a team within the church and provide administrative support to the various ministry areas and their leaders, along with the church family and our surrounding community. I look forward to what God has in store for Bendigo Baptist Church.”

  

Dave Gillett

Children and Youth Pastor

DAGDave Gillett is at Bendigo Baptist Church with a passion to help the church effectively partner with families to bring the message of Jesus to children & young people in a way they can understand, be excited by and embrace for themselves. Dave grew up on a farm in South Australia, in an encouraging family and church environment, and after University enjoyed working in agricultural research until 2001. At that time, he and his wife Alison went on an adventure to London to study at Bible College, and stayed on to become a bit English for 9 years in a pastoral role at Rayner's Lane Baptist Church.

At the start of 2011, with 3 children now in tow, God worked to bring them back to Bendigo for this role at BBC. Dave & Alison love being a part of the Bendigo Baptist Church family, and the Bendigo community. Dave enjoys all sorts of sport, outdoor activities and sharing life with friends and family.

 

Matthew Parkinson

Director of Community Care 

MSPMatt is our Community Care Director for Bendigo Baptist Community Care Inc. and began in this role in March 2010 when BBCCI was formed.
Matt initiates and overseas the many community initiatives that have been established to provide practical, pastoral and spiritual support to the Bendigo community.
He is married to Sue and they have 3 adult children. He has been a Bendigo resident for over 30 years and has a heart for local mission and to provide care and support to the marginalized.
Feel free to come and have a chat with Matt about the amazing opportunities to serve.