leadership team

OUR STAFF

Mark Westhuyzen

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!).

 

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.

Julie

Julie

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.

Merryl Klos

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.

Ben Kulp

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 as 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.

Courtney Brown

Courtney Brown

Children’s Ministry

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.

OUR Elders

Matthew

Matthew

elder

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.” style=”square_outline” color=”green”]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.

Craig

Craig

elder

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.

Brendan

Brendan

elder

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. ” style=”square_outline” color=”green”]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.

Dan

Dan

elder

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.

Anthony

Anthony

elder

Raised in a Christian home. I’m now married to Tracy and together we are raising four dashing sons, Harrison, Lachlan, Samuel and Hunter. ” style=”square_outline” color=”green”]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.