Our Team


Marc Rader – Senior Pastor

Marc has been on staff at Gymea since 1997. He has ministered in a variety of roles and is now our Senior Pastor. He is also a faculty member at Morling College, the Baptist theological college of NSW & ACT where he teaches in Biblical Studies and Preaching. Originally from Canada, Marc is married to Nicole (an Aussie) and they have three daughters, Amaris, Amelia and Lucy.
E-mail Marc.


Mark Coleman – Associate Pastor  (Welcoming, Integration & Lifegroups)

Mark joined Gymea Baptist in August, 2015 after serving at Northside Baptist Church, where he also met his wife Nicolie. His role includes the oversight of LifeGroups and the welcoming and integration of new people to our church. Originally from the United Kingdom, Mark has worked as a graphic designer, and more recently completed theological study at Morling College. E-mail Mark.


Jodene Watling – Associate Pastor  (Mission & Evangelism)

Jodene joined GBC October 2016 after 10 years with Christian Surfers Australia, pioneering the girl’s mission through the National Women’s Co-ordinator role.

She is currently studying a Masters of Global Leadership at Fuller Theological Seminary, following on from studies at Morling College and the Arrow Leadership Program. Her role at GBC is to develop Evangelism & Mission; her passion is to see people have the opportunity to know and follow God in full living colour. E-mail Jodene.


Matt Willis – Youth Coordinator

Matt and his wife, Sam have been married for five years. They have a son, Harper, and are expecting their second child soon. Matt has worked specifically with young people for the past seven years, in both ministry and government roles.

This has included statutory child protection, adolescent and family therapy, and high school chaplaincy. Matt’s passion is walking alongside young people and supporting them as they grow in faith and become the next generation of leaders. E-mail Matt.


Roxane Lawler – Children’s Ministry Coordinator

Roxane Lawler Roxane joined the team at GBC in 2014, and works part -time as the Children’s Ministry Coordinator K-6. Roxane has been involved in Children’s Ministry in various capacities since 1994, during which time she has worked as a Camp Counsellor, delivered Child Protection training modules, worked with churches to improve their children’s ministry, spoken at school assemblies with her puppets, and coordinated children’s ministry at church. Roxane is passionate about how important it is to share Jesus with children and families. Roxane is married to Mark and they have three children. E-mail Roxane.


Meddwyn Hinton – Playtime Coordinator

Meddwyn started attending Playtime at GBC with her eldest child Kiera in 2002. Seeing the value of the ministry for supporting, and connecting with, young families she joined the Playtime leadership team in 2003 and continued to attend with her other two children, Zielle and Garrick. Meddwyn started in the Playtime Coordinator role this year. This involves overseeing the team of GBC parents who run playtime every morning of the week. She wants to see parents and carers develop great relationships with young kids, and with God, that last for life. Meddwyn also teaches Science part-time and is married to Peter.


Peter Gillies – 6pm Services Coordinator

Pete started coordinating our 6pm night service at GBC in early 2014 as a part-time staff member. Since having become a Christian 15 years ago, he’s had a strong heart towards seeing God known intimately across the world. Before joining our team, he toured extensively as a part of the band, New Empire. Pete is married to Zoe and they have a daughter, Amalya. E-mail Pete.


Brett Robinson – Student Pastor

In his role as student pastor (16 hours a week) Brett will be overseeing Sunday services at our Grays Point campus as well as wider involvement in our 6:00 pm service. He is studying part-time at Morling College and works the rest of the week as a property valuer. He and his wife Gemma have two young daughters.


Karen Watkins – Administration Assistant

Karen works as our Administration Assistant, helping the office run smoothly and co-ordinating our team of volunteers.


Martin Johnson – Communications Manager

Martin has attended Gymea Baptist Church since 1983 and has worked for a number of major Christian organisations in the Communications area. He now divides his time between running his own business and two-days a week at Gymea Baptist. He looks after the churches web site, social media and communications. E-mail Martin.


John Delezio – Operations Manager

John looks after our day-to-day administration and is in the office three days a week. E-mail John.


Our Leadership Team

Senior Pastor – Marc Rader
Secretary – Ian Giles
Treasurer – John Lunney
Deacons – Bruce Mullins, Vicki Sherry, Annette Clark, Richard Scott, Cassi Jenkins, Ian Giles, John Lunney
Chair of CLT – Richard Scott
Elders – Ron Clarke, Sandra Beavis, Rhonda  Montgomery