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December 2020

December 2020

WELCOME! Tasmanian Baptist Council's New Members

our team:

Annual Assembly Election

At the Annual Assembly on October 31 new Council members were elected. This was in response to the retirement of Councillors Ian Carmichael (north west); Kay Hunter (north) and Frans Ammerlan (Advisory). It is good to acknowldege the work and service of Ian, Kay and Frans as they step down from their Council responsibilities. Thank you.


CHAIR: Peter Clark
NORTH WEST: Louis Fife (newly elected)
NORTH: Wendy Marston (newly elected); Paul Dare (newly elected)
SOUTH: John Bignall; Renata Carmichael
ADVISORY: Jeff McKinnon (newly elected)

Read more about how our Constituion describes the Tasmanian Baptist Council, below.

Your New Council Members

Louis Fife - North West

Gabe and Louis FifeI have been involved in ministry for the Lord for over 26 years. I was saved in Ballarat, Victoria in 1988. Shortly after, Gabe and I were married and moved to Melbourne for Bible College in 1990. We have three children, two of whom are grown-up, and our youngest son, Kailem, is 15 years old.

We have always made it our mission to serve God and see lives changed with encouragement and enthusiasm, while valuing and building people up. After serving with a different denomination in Wangaratta, regional Victoria, we were led to apply for the pastoral position in Ulverstone, and moved to Tasmania in 2018.

My heart is to see a generational Church that impacts the world and empowers people for life, helping them to discover God's best for their lives and families. My passion is to make disciples and to develop leaders of leaders, to establish and empower believers to be strong in Christ.

My experience includes different levels of volunteering, lay leadership and employed ministry situations. I have experienced various ministry opportunities throughout church life including kids club, Rangers, children's ministry, youth ministry, pastoral care, administration, executive Pastor, locations Pastor, board positions and serving the state leadership.

We look forward to this season and what God is about to do here in Tassie. We love Tassie, we love the Ulverstone church family, and we feel so welcomed in the wider Tasmanian Baptist family.

Wendy Marston - North

Wendy MarstonI am married with two adult daughters. I was raised in a Christian home, realising that Jesus was real at a youth camp. I was baptised when I was 14 years of age.

I am currently serving as chairperson for the Newstead Baptist Church Council and have been a congregational member for many years. I previously served Tasmanian Baptists Council as a councillor, and chairperson, for four years.

I am employed by TasRail, working in the Customer Service Department where I am responsible for planning train loads, state-wide wagon allocations and projects and in the Infrastructure Department working in administration. I am also a Religious Marriage Celebrant (since 2010), and conduct both weddings and funerals.

I am keen to provide support to council as it moves into the future. As the Tasmanian Baptist Council transitions towards the next generation of leaders, we need a strong council. I am hoping to bring my experience as a past Council Chair to assist the generations ahead.

Paul Dare - North

Paul DareBorn in Wynyard, I grew up in the small rural community of Myalla as one of six children. On reflection, it was an idyllic childhood, even though times were sometimes tough.

During my childhood, I attended an Anglican Sunday School, which was really cool! There, I gained head knowledge of Jesus. Heart knowledge/ awakening didn't come till I was 36. In between, I joined the army, saw and lived in all parts of Australia, got married, had two wonderful children, gained a trade as an Electronics Technician, become an Aerospace Engineer, and Army Officer, amongst other things.

In 2003 God got hold of me and I had a dramatic conversion. Since then I've tried to live a God-honouring life. My two children are now adults and I'm expecting my first grandchild in early 2021. I'm a widower, losing my wife in 2014. I had a stint as the pastor of Newstead Baptist, until my retirement in 2019. As of now, I live on my farm in Levendale, where I attempt to farm in a manner that I can handle as I am now a TPI veteran. I run a church service twice a month for the area under the auspices of Citywide Baptist.

In 2009 I completed pastoral training and became a pastor with Queensland Baptists. I was ordained in 2015. I have a BEng (Aerospace), MBA (Technology Management), MDiv, and GradDip Christian Ministry. My hope for the future is to see a church that moves out and into the community, meeting people where they are at, not expecting them to come to church in the first instance, or necessarily into a 'traditional church model'.

On being elected, I am blessed to be given this opportunity to further God's work in Tasmania, so thank you.

Jeff McKinnon - Advisory

Jeff McKinnonI am married to Sue and we have three married sons, and six grandchildren.

I've served as a Baptist pastor in NSW and Tasmania for over 40 years. In Tasmania I pastored at Longford and City (Launceston) as well as providing interim ministry at Taroona and Wynyard.

In 2002, I was President of the Tasmanian Baptist Union, and served on the Pastoral Committee for periods of years. For four years I offered training and mentoring across nine denominations. For over 20 years I have facilitated the cross-denominational Pastors and Women and in Ministry retreat strategy.

Concluding in June 2021, I currently serve as a regional minister on the Mission Leadership Team for Tasmanian Baptists, with responsibilities for our Professional Development Process for our pastors, the Understanding the Baptist Movement study intensive, our Town and Country Churches and the Social Justice Taskforce.

I have been pastor of City Baptist in Launceston for over 12 years, where I lead mission with the street community, the Muslim community, and in social justice advocacy.

I am excited that right now Tasmanian Baptists are stepping up: to reengage with their missional calling; reimagining church so as to build mission back into our DNA; and realigning our resources to get done the job Jesus gave us. This is an exciting time to be part of the Tasmanian Baptist movement!


The Tasmanian Baptist Union Consitution describes the Council this way:

  • The Tasmanian Baptist Council is responsible to Assembly for the overall governance and strategic direction of the Union.
  • The Council will deliver accountable performance in accordance with the Union's objectives.
  • The Council shall consist of:
    • The Officers of the Union: Chairperson; Vice Chairperson(s) (if appointed); Mission Director (if appointed); Secretary (or Administrator if appointed); Chief Financial Officer (if appointed).
    • Up to six elected Representative Councillors who shall be elected on the basis of two from the South, North and Northwest of the State; and
    • Up to six Advisory Councillors appointed by Council and ratified by Assembly.

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