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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.

– Darryl Seip

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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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Darryl Seip
(Senior Pastor)

Hi, I’m Darryl and I’m Senior Pastor and an Elder. I have been married to Bonnie for 31 years, who works for Churches of Christ in Qld. We have 3 children: Jocelyn, Brittany and Nathaniel.

I love sport (watching not playing anymore). I have a varied taste in music from Abba, to the Killers, to musical theatre. (Wicked and Les Miserables).

I have a Bachelor of Theology from Sydney College of Divinity and a Master of Arts in Practical Ministry from Cincinnati Bible Seminary.

My role is a varied one. I cover the bulk of the Preaching and Teaching as well as a general oversight of the church. I represent the church at Citizenship Ceremonies, officiate at weddings and funerals and lots of other stuff. I love the Church and Jesus and have been in Ipswich for 21 years and count it as a real privilege to serve God and His people.

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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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Denelle Rosenberg
(Childrens Pastor))

Hi, I’m Denelle and I’m Children’s Pastor (part time) and also a primary school chaplain for SU Qld at Mutdapilly State School. I have been involved in the development and education of children for many years through my various jobs which have included working in the education system as well as a music therapist.

I believe that God has used all of these experiences to help me get where I am today. I have a passion for sharing the gospel with the youngest people in our community.

I have been married to Ian for the past 20 years and we have two sons, Karl and Joel. My boys are the best around (according to me anyway). My family love being a part of the Whitehill family, love their God and enjoy participating and serving in groups here.

As for myself, when I am not working, I love planning our family holidays, exploring Australia in our caravan, reading and cooking.

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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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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.

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Rachel Rossow
(Sparkle Specialist)

Hi I’m Rachel and I am employed 6 hours a week to keep our Whitehill facilities looking schmick.

I am married to Jeff and we have 3 beautiful children Arabella, Jack and Eleanor.

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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Gavin

Hi I'm Gavin, I grew up on a farm in the local region attending Mt Walker Church of Christ as a child and teenager. I began attending East Ipswich/Whitehill Church in 1994.

Serving as an Elder has opened my eyes to all the wonderful people who serve in God’s Kingdom through Whitehill and are reaching out to many people in our community.

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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.