Pastor Steve Ingram
(Senior Pastor Appointee - to commence Monday 17 December 2018)

Pastor Steve Ingram is 52 years of age, married to Kylee with 2 adult children. They currently live at Greenmount, WA. Steve is an accredited minister with Baptist Churches WA. Since Feb 2014, Steve has been the Director of his own consultancy company, Deep Well Leadership, providing consultations to churches, schools, and not-for-profit organisations throughout Australia, in the areas of leadership, organisational health and professional standards. He has also been a workshop facilitator, lecturer and coach with Vose Leadership since 2011 and mentors numerous pastors throughout Australia. He is currently Chair of a church plant at Sanctuary Community (Baptist) Church. From 2010 to 2014, Steve was the full-time Leadership Development Consultant with Baptist Churches WA. In this role he provided leadership design and delivery for the denomination, pastoral care of pastors, oversight of the accreditation of pastors and established the Safe Church Program. Previously he was the Senior Pastor of Parkerville Baptist Church (1999 – 2010) and on the Pastoral Team at Mandurah Baptist Church (1992 – 1999). Steve is currently the Chair of Australian Baptist Ministries Council (Baptist Union of Australia), Board member of BaptistCare WA, Strategic Consultant to the Board of Carey Community College and Chair of Professional Standards Taskforce of Baptist Churches Australia. He is also a former Chair of Baptist Council for Baptist Churches WA. Educationally, he has a Bachelor of Theology, Graduate Diploma of Ministry, and Masters of Organisational Leadership. Kylee is the General Manager of their son’s IT business.
Wendy Howell

Wendy joined the LJ Baptist staff team in mid 2014. She has a passion for helping others and for the Church to be the hands and feet of Christ for those within the congregation and in the wider community.

Wendy loves to assist and witness the various ministries of LJ to thrive and bless those involved and those they serve.

Wendy has been previously involved with several community groups and boards and spent 8 years of her young adult life in the Scouting movement as a Rover. While a Rover, among other positions, she represented her state on the National Council, was an aide-de-camp to the state Chief Commissioner of Scouting as well as the Governor of Queensland. With a Bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Science, Wendy has a passion for the Australian bush spending 17 years in remote country towns in Queensland and Western Australia as an Environmental Officer and Manager for a mining company. She spent many of her school holidays as a child visiting and working on her cousins’ sheep stations in outback Queensland.

Wendy was living in Newman, north-west WA, with her husband, Brad, and two daughters prior to moving to Perth in 2010 to meet the educational needs of her daughters, now teenagers. It was then she came to LJ and was welcomed as family.

Originally from Brisbane, Queensland, Wendy is an avid cricket fan and mad Scorchers follower. Being born and bred in Queensland, she is a keen supporter of the Queensland State of Origin Rugby League football team. Wendy loves camping with her family, sightseeing around her own “backyard,” and catching up with friends. Though she rarely has the chance these days, Wendy enjoys a horse ride through the bush.
Janet Judd

After many years of volunteering in Children’s Ministry Janet followed God’s prompting to accept the position of leading the early childhood area in January 2017. Janet’s professional background is in education; including classroom teaching, school administration and lecturing in adult and higher education. Working with young children and their parents enables Janet to combine her love of children and her desire to support and encourage parents as they navigate the wonderful, but also challenging, period of raising young children.

Janet is married to Neale. They have three adult children, a son and daughter-in-law and three grandchildren (so far). Janet has always loved being a hands-on and involved ‘mum’ but since joining the ‘grandparents’ club’ has decided that this might be the ultimate club to belong too!

Janet originally hails from NSW, which explains the rest of the family’s ardent support of the Sydney Swans. The family also previously lived in South Australia and enjoyed two stints in the Pilbara area of WA before settling in Perth in 2005. An important aspect of life that Janet is very thankful for is that wherever she has lived she has benefitted from the support of a Church community and especially strong women of faith who have walked life alongside her.

Continuing to grow in her own knowledge of Jesus, sharing the truth of God’s word and sowing seeds of faith into the lives of little ones is Janet’s on-going desire as she serves at LJ Baptist. She also strongly believes in ‘making a joyful noise’ and invites anyone who wants to know more about that to drop by the Church hall on Tuesday mornings.
Michelle Verster (pictured with Jenni van der Moezel)

Michelle Verster currently works in collaboration with Jenni van der Moezel as Children’s Ministry Assistant. Her responsibilities include developing a character building programme for primary school children.

Michelle has been involved in various areas of ministry throughout her life. She and her husband, Zac currently co-ordinate LJ’s PODS small group ministry. They are also involved in the church planting activities at Two Rocks where they facilitate a fortnightly group on a Sunday morning.

Previous leadership roles include Sunday School Superintendent in South Africa. Michelle also served as leader of the LJ women’s ministry between 2009 and 2012. She has facilitated several small groups, compiled teaching material for children’s ministry, designed the layout for a Christian newspaper, presented leadership training, organised events such as Vacation Bible Schools and women’s conferences, offered pastoral care and also did a little public speaking.

Michelle holds a Bachelor in Art Education which might explain her creative streak. She will also complete her Certificate IV in Ministry at Vose at the end of 2018. She hopes to never lose the desire to be a curious student of life. Michelle delights in learning new things, exploring different horizons and finds pleasure in collaborating with others on this journey. Contrary to popular belief she is an adamant introvert and finds great solace in solitude and silence. She is nonetheless passionate about inspiring and encouraging people to expand their potential in Christ.
Rochelle Briers

Rochelle has been a youth worker at Lake Joondalup Baptist since 2015 and has been co-leading the Ignite youth ministry.

She is passionate about reaching the young people of our community and helping them see their value through Christ. Rochelle has a heart for missions and has loved being a part of diverse ministry teams around the world.

Rochelle has recently completed her Nursing degree and, while working for the church over the last few years, is also completeing her diploma of ministry.

Rochelle likes going to the beach, camping with friends and traveling to new places. She loves the sense of community at LJ, that it’s a group of people that grow together, serve together and play board games together.
Christian Cordier

Christian is a leader in the youth ministry, working along side Rochelle Briers on the Ignite program. He has been a member of LJ Baptist Church since 2017, and was also a student at LJBC from year 8 – 12 graduating in 2015.

Christian is currently a student at UWA, studying a bachelor of commerce, and would like to start a master’s degree in 2019.

He is also a small group leader throughout the week, and enjoys being a part of a group where a group of like-minded individuals can grow together in their faith.

Christian likes cooking, and coffee and is always keen to figure something out for a great dinner or lunch. Christian is also one of the Sportsfest co-ordinators, and is keen for Lake Joondalup to walk away victorious, as he believes that Lake Joondalup can dominate in all sports from bocce all the way to touch rugby.
Kate Dagnell

Kate is married to Adam and the mum of two school aged children. Kate has attended Lake Joondalup Baptist church since arriving in Perth from the UK in 2007.

Kate is the CAP (Christians Against Poverty - here) Debt Centre Manager, supporting those in our local community who are struggling with debt. She works alongside Lynda Sheppard and Alida Prinsloo, and coordinates a team of over 25 volunteers, together, this team won Service of the Year award for 2017, at the National CAP awards earlier this year.

Kate is a qualified teacher, working part time a local high school and is a part of the preaching team at church.

Kate says "It's awesome to be part of such an amazing Church, where people love to give selflessly and serve God collaboratively. It's also great to be involved with a ministry like CAP that serves the local community and shares the love and truth of Jesus in real and very practical ways."
Lynda Sheppard

Lynda joined the LJ Baptist staff in April 2017 as a member of the Christians Against Poverty (CAP) Debt Centre Team.

Lynda is responsible for all administrative functions of the Debt Centre including CAP Money, CAP Job Club and liasing with CAP clients and volunteers. She also assists in the church office on a weekly basis.

Lynda, her husband Grant and their 2 children emigrated from South Africa to Australia in 2009 and started attending Lake Joondalup Baptist Church in 2010. The church community has become their family in a country where they had no support system.