Farewell to Pastor Owen and Dawn Muskett

May 01, 2024
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After 10 years pastoring our Wynyard Baptist Church, Owen Muskett has handed over the reins to Franz Brosch.

After years in business in and around Hobart, Owen put down the tools, and he and his wife Dawn packed up their lives and made a big move to the Northwest. It was Owen’s first pastoral appointment and the first time that he and Dawn had been to Wynyard. 

His ministry over the past decade has been popular and fruitful. Owen has led many to know Jesus and, in many ways, became the unofficial chaplain to the town. He will be greatly missed, not only by the church, but also the wider community. 

Owen with friends on ANZAC Day 2024
Owen with friends on ANZAC Day 2024
A Time for Saying Thank You

Owen and Dawn were farewelled over the weekend of 27-28 April. On Saturday evening, family and friends, members of Wynyard church and people from the community — including Deputy Mayor Celisa Edwards — enjoyed dinner at the Wynyard RSL Club. It was a moving time, sharing memories and saying thank you to Owen and Dawn for their loving and tireless service.   

The following morning was Owen’s final Sunday as Pastor. He preached his last sermon to a packed church, and it wasn’t without a tear or two. Tasmanian Baptists Mission Director Stephen Baxter formally released Owen and Dawn from their role and inducted Franz Brosch as Owen’s successor. Then the church prayed for both Franz and his wife, Heidi. It was a very moving moment. 

Pastor Franz and Heidi 

Franz and his wife have been at the church for 15 months, Franz as associate pastor. This blessing enabled a smooth transition from Owen to Franz. 

The farewell concluded with a time of fellowship over lunch in the church hall. There is no doubt that our Wynyard church is very thankful to God for all his blessings over our church in the last decade. It now looks forward with anticipation with what God will continue to do in and through them in the coming season. 


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