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Our vision is to be about changing lives, changing families, changing communities and changing the world with Jesus.  We aim at bringing about God’s intended purpose for his people and his world.

You’ll find at Whitehill a friendly down to earth bunch of people who are travelling along together in life aiming to live in harmony with God’s will.  You’ll probably find people your own age.  You’ll probably find people going through the same ups and downs as you.

But you’ll only know for sure if you check us out.  Come along to a Sunday Service or other group and find out even more … about Whitehill.

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Our History

Whitehill Church of Christ has a long history in Ipswich. Our heritage is rich with people who truly loved God and loved others. The church has grown and outgrown its facilities a number of times throughout its 93 year history because its people are passionately committed to making disciples and seeing lives changed through the power of Jesus Christ.

In 1922 the chapel at the East Ipswich Church of Christ was with much fanfare with the new building even featuring electric light. The young church slowly grew and began a trend for East Ipswich/Whitehill of growth and outgrowth. By the 1950’s there was talk of needing more room.

In the 1960’s the congregation dedicated a new building on the corner of Bright street and Brisbane Road on land adjacent to the old building. It was a modern brick structure. Repeating the pattern in the first 40 years, the gathered church outgrew the building.  Space again was an issue, despite new offices for Church staff.

In the late 1990’s, Pastor Norm Flett saw the opportunity to purchase 20 acres of land in Raceview in hopes of one day moving the church to that property. He challenged the church with this vision.

The church purchased the land on Whitehill Road and went through the process of relocation. A new building was built which housed worship centre, hall, offices and a kitchen.  Churches of Christ in Qld built a Child Care Centre which operates on the front of the property.

In September 2000 with the Sydney Olympics Opening Ceremony in full swing the church had its first gathering. Since then we have added more meeting rooms and renovated our portico area with a small coffee shop.

Even though the church at East Ipswich/Whitehill has had a fantastic past, we believe our best days are still ahead of us. Building on the faithfulness of those in the past we want to continue to be strong for God for our future generations.

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Who Are We?

We are Churches of Christ. Churches of Christ have existed as a movement for over 200 years. As a movement we believe that there are things that we can better do together than we can do by ourselves. Therefore we affiliate ourselves with a wider group of churches around our State, Australia and the world.

For Churches of Christ in Queensland, our identity, existence and purpose as an organisation is found in Jesus Christ as revealed in the Scriptures. As well as mainstream Christian churches we work with a range of care and community services, foster care, housing and aged care as well as child care.

While Churches of Christ in Queensland does not have a set creed or written statement of faith, the following principles have been foundational to the movement since the beginnings. This doesn’t cover everything but may give you an idea of what we stand for.

  • We acknowledge Jesus as the only head of the church
  • We aim to be not the only Christians, but Christians only
  • We use the New Testament as the only rule of faith and practice, not man-made creeds
  • We promote the rights to private judgment, liberty of conscience and mutual responsibility
  • We think that faith is available to anyone who chooses to believe
  • We practise believers’ baptism
  • We observe the Lord’s Supper weekly
  • All who love the Lord are welcome at the Lord’s table
  • We practice the priesthood of all believers
  • We work towards the union of all followers of Christ so that the world will believe.

Our Staff

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Mark Westhuyzen
(Intentional Interim Pastor)

Hi I’m Mark Westhuyzen and I am just commencing serving at Whitehill Church of Christ as the Intentional Interim Pastor. My role is to help the church through an in-between time, an interim period. Essentially, I am a temporary Senior Pastor and a coach who works with the team here at Whitehill to get the church ready for the next part of her story.

I was born in South Africa, but mostly grew up in the North Western suburbs of Brisbane. I attended Arana Hills Church of Christ, and it was there as a sixteen year old that I decided to truly be a disciple of Jesus Christ! I was baptised, started growing in Christ, and started serving in the youth and worship ministries while studying teaching at QUT. After university I married the wonderful Alexia, and now 16 years later we have three awesome children, Emerson (11), Xavier (9) and Isla (6), and a dog called Candy (or mostly Cando!).

After a few years of being a maths and science teacher, (and a little bit of P.E.) I responded to the clear and compelling call to pastoral ministry, I became a pastor. I served at Enoggera Baptist Church for eight years, both as youth and young adults pastor, and then as Senior Pastor. More recently I have served as Senior Pastor of Cleveland Baptist Church. While pastoring I have completed at Master of Divinity and a Master of Arts in Christian Ministry, both at Malyon College. I looked particularly at church health and revitalization. I’ve also served as the State Director for Youth Ministry for Queensland Baptists, and for many years with Arrow Leadership Australia, as well as lots of volunteering with Scripture Union. 

In my spare time I enjoy hiking, fishing, cooking, cycling, gardening, playing and watching sport, and spending time with friends and family, I have a mild obsession with coffee.  I am seriously passionate about Jesus and his church and want to be part of raising up a group of people who live out the live changing message of Christ by demonstrating and proclaiming the good news found in Jesus!

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Paul Hicks
(Associate Pastor)

Hi, my name is Paul Hicks and I am the Associate Pastor at Whitehill Church of Christ (part-time). I am married to Leanne and have 2 children, Callum and Melita.

I grew up in Toowoomba, where from the age of 13 I attended the Margaret St Church of Christ that is now known as Humeridge Church of Christ.

The family is quite sporty, well at least our children are and we (Leanne and I) for the last couple of years have been traversing all over the countryside following them.

I recently completed Bible College of two years full-time study and completed my Diploma of Ministry. During this time we also ran Oztag in Ipswich. We started Oztag with 7 teams and have grown the local competition in our last season to about 50 teams consisting of ages from 5 to 50. This has been a challenging time but also very rewarding.

I share the preaching here at Whitehill and oversee the welcoming and newcomers to our Church. I would love to meet you and have a chat.

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Julie Baldwin
(Worship Pastor)

Hi my name is Julie and I’m the Pastor for Communications and Worship (part time). I love music and have always been involved in singing, playing or teaching.

I have a degree in music education and taught music in the classroom and privately for many years. I have a passion for seeing people connect with God through music and worship.

My role is to create services at Whitehill that help us to do that. In my role, I also do a lot of the planning for Whitehill of what our Church calendar and programming looks like.

I also am a leader in our Young Adults ministry where I am passionate about seeing Young Adults understand and own their faith and grow in it.

I am a single mum and have 2 great kids: Rachel, married to Andy and Matthew. Rachel teaches at a local Primary school and Matt is working in HR in Sydney.

As for me, I love having cups of tea and chatting with people, reading, painting, craft and going to the theatre or a show.

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Ben Kulp
(Youth Pastor)

I’m Ben and I look after the Youth and Young Adults as well as Coordinate ChildSafe at Whitehill. I graduated from Westside Christian College and went straight into university completing a Bachelor of Engineering at QUT.

After being involved in a number of Christian camps and attending Whitehill during my uni years I was called by God to serve in our youth ministry – Whitehill Youth.

I have now been working at Whitehill for 4 years and so thankful for the opportunity to serve God and the young people of Ipswich every day.

I am currently studying at Australian College of Ministries (ACOM), directing GENTS camps and Schoolies Whitsundays with SU QLD, as well working with a Pais team based at Whitehill.

When I’m not at Whitehill my next favourite things to do are spend time with friends, explore the outdoors, swimming, cycling, bass guitar and listening to music.

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Courtney Brown
(Children’s Ministry
Co-ordinator)

Hello, my name is Courtney Brown and I am the Children's Ministry Coordinator. I have a Primary teaching background and has been involved in the Junior CYC camps with my husband Josh for the past 10 years. We have been attending Whitehill for almost 2 years and I have been involved with Playgroup since Ethan was born. We regularly attend a small group and have been actively involved in the small group.

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Merryl Klos
(Admin Assistant)

Hello my name is Merryl Klos and I am the Administration Assistant at Whitehill (4 days per week). I love being involved in the admin side of Whitehill.

With this role, I am able to support all staff, Whitehill groups and individuals in their work for the Lord. I have been involved in admin work with Whitehill/ East Ipswich church for the past 28 years commencing from 6 hours a week to 26 hours a week as the demand and needs grew in the life of the church.

I am married to Bruno Klos and have 3 adult children Tennille, Mitchell and Jarred.

I am a very proud Nana to Aria, daughter of Mitchell and Emma.

My family means the world to me. I am very fortunate that my children live and work in the Ipswich area and are able to worship and be involved in Whitehill.

Some other interests I have are reading, attending live theatre and scrapbooking.

Our Elders

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Matthew

Hi I’m Matthew, husband to Catherine, father to Alaina, Noah and Isaac, a Whitehill kids leader and of course an elder of Whitehill Church of Christ.

My favorite hobbies consist of four wheel driving, boxing and watching movies with my family. To try and pay for the hobbies, I currently work as the financial controller of Exact Radiology.

My desire for Whitehill in 2015 is to take an active, if not leading part in the revival of this great city of Ipswich.

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Brendan

Hi I’m Brendan. As a Police Sergeant and Police Officer, I have been serving the community for 14 years. I am a firearms and officer safety instructor.

I first came to Christ in my early 20’s after meeting my now wife Sara. After becoming a Christian, the apologetics ministry of Creation Ministries International helped me grow in my faith. It taught that 7 literal days of Creation were true and that you can trust the Bible from the first word to the last. Apologetics remains an important area in my Christian walk.

I married my best Friend Sara in 2002 and we have four awesome kids: Abigail, Charlize, Zachary and Delta. In my spare time, I enjoy fixing things and getting out in our camping trailer.

I am passionate about seeing our church grow and believe that starts with connecting men into the church and encouraging families to grow in Christ.

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Dan

Hi! I am Dan Leadbetter and have called Whitehill Church of Christ my Church home since 2001. I have been married to Kathy for 31 years, and have three children - Benjamin (27) (married to Sancintya), Hannah (21), and Zachary (19).

I have been involved in Whitehill with Kathy as a small group leader, coffee cart and
serving. I had previously served as an Elder for six years from 2010 to 2016 . Both Kathy and I have a heart for working mission in the Solomon Islands, coordinating teams from Whitehill in 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017, and again this year, in 2019.

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Craig

It is a privilege to be part of the church council this year. My wife Marion and I have now been members of the church for almost 20 years.

We wouldn’t think of going anywhere else. We are proud parents of Jake, recently married to Esther, Tohbi and Matilda.

I am passionate about a few things – helping people discover the truth of Jesus, surfing and my horses. In my current role, I serve as Mission Action Partner for Churches of Christ in the Greater Ipswich region.

I am tasked with empowering the local church to engage more effectively with God in his mission. This involves a number of dimensions.

First, doing personal mission regularly and sharing my learnings with others.

Second, by actively encouraging others in our churches and services to do likewise.

Third, looking to actively affirm actions of mission whenever and wherever I encounter them.

Finally, by partnering with like-minded individuals and organisations that are on the same mission. I look forward to serving you in this season and remain committed to our mission at Whitehill.

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Anthony

Raised in a Christian home. I'm now married to Tracy and together we are raising four dashing sons, Harrison, Lachlan, Samuel and Hunter.

I am in constant awe of God’s amazing love and endless grace that He lavishes on us. It amazes me that He desires to be in relationship with us and that despite all of our failings He chooses to use us in achieving His ends on earth. I therefore count it a real honour to be able to serve here at Whitehill as an Elder.

I have been blessed to be married to Tracy for over 20 years, and together we are raising four sons who are growing into men – Harrison, Lachlan, Samuel and Hunter.

I studied civil engineering at university and have since worked as a consulting engineer, a senior project officer, and senior policy officer in State Government.

For the past 13 years I have been employed by GM Poles in various sales and engineering roles and now as the National Sales Manager.

In addition to my role as an Elder I enjoy being a part of the worship team and I count it a real privilege to lead the congregation in worship.