P A S T O R S

John is married to his high school sweetheart, Shauna. They have four adult children and four grandchildren.
After 23 years as a Public Servant, John felt the call into ministry and completed his Bachelor of Ministry at Malyon College in 2009. After two years as Youth and Families’ Pastor at Deception Bay Baptist Church, John accepted a call to Coolum Beach Baptist Church in 2012. He is passionate about loving Jesus and preaching God’s Word in a way that informs the mind, changes the heart and deepens devotion to following Jesus. Caring for his church family and connecting with the community are very important aspects of his ministry life. John loves to watch sport and in his younger years played soccer, cricket and tennis and is currently playing ‘walking soccer’. He is also a keen supporter of the NQ Cowboys Rugby League team (don’t hold that against him!). John likes to relax by watching movies, TV comedies from the 90’s and scrapbooking.

Harrison Gallagher has been married to Jessica since November 2017 and has recently become a father. Having moved from Brisbane to the Sunshine Coast due to his father being appointed as the Senior Pastor of CBBC in December 2012, he began regularly attending CBBC and found his home here.

Harrison is passionate about all that goes on in the church, but given that he is the Children’s pastor, has a particularly strong passion and involvement in the kids, youth and soccer ministries.
Having recently undertaken the role of full-time Children’s pastor (beginning of 2019) and finishing his Bachelor of Ministry, he is grateful for being surrounded by such a loving church community and leadership and understands his need for God to be a part of his everyday life.

E L D E R S

David and Dianne Eden have been members of CBBC for 8 years after completing 15 years of Ministry at Bongeen Church of Christ and 5 years of Ministry with the Church of the Outback.   During David and Dianne’s Ministry at Bongeen, David taught graduate degree Theology to many members of the congregation.  He also completed 5 years as an Elder of Hume Ridge Church of Christ in Toowoomba prior to becoming an Ordained Minister. He has also, in the past, been a Board member of Churches of Christ Aged Care and the Australian College of Ministries theological college.
Prior to Ministry, David completed 20 years of full-time service as an Air Movements Officer (Airport Manager) in the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) at Wagga Wagga, Richmond (Twice) Melbourne, Amberley, Butterworth (Malaysia), Toowoomba and an Operational Deployment to Somalia.  During these tenures, Dianne completed 10 years as a Disability Support Worker in NSW & Qld.
After service in the RAAF, David completed post-graduate university courses in Theology and Education, while part-time Primary and Secondary teaching and part-time lecturing at University.   Therefore, Bible knowledge & understanding remains an important focal point for him.
David and Dianne are retired and attempt to visit their two sons and four grandchildren whenever possible, as one son lives in NSW and the other son lives in Oakey but works in NSW.

Phil Roberts has been married to Sue for more than 40 years and they have a son, four daughters and 13 grandchildren, all living in Brisbane. Phil and Sue have been regular CBBC attenders since 2015 after moving to the Sunshine Coast from Brisbane. Both have both been actively involved in voluntary service at each of the churches they have attended with Phil being in church leadership roles since his late teens. With more than 40 years experience in various business roles including 30 years in IT consulting and management, Phil is keen to see us all  use our vocational and life experience skills as well as our God-given gifts and talents in God’s service. Phil is currently employed by Queensland Health and enjoys encouraging others through home group leadership and occasionally leading Sunday worship services. As an elder at CBBC he is acutely aware of leading prayerfully and needing God’s guidance in exercising wisdom and discernment as he contributes to church leadership matters.

L E A D E R S

Steve was born in Toowoomba and resided there until he joined the Queensland Police Force. He went from being a long haired teenager protesting apartheid with the arrival of the Springboks in the early seventies, to a young Constable struggling to hold the line in the scuffles of the right to march days. He has served in a number of country and coastal locations including Warwick, Dalby, Landsborough, Nambour, Wandoan and Murgon, and has retired after 15 years as the Officer in Charge of the Noosa Heads Police Station.
God has protected and lead him through a career of 40 years with many highs and some lows. From escorting royalty and Prime Ministers as a motor cycle policeman to being shot at on several occasions. Steve is now retired to Noosa Heads with Maree his wife of 37 years. They have three children, David, Lauren and Samuel and two grandchildren. He committed his life to Christ in 1974 after an ISCF Study Camp directed by Keith Drinkall and has been a member of the Coolum Beach Baptist Church since 2003.

Anthony Welsh with his wife Lucy have attended Coolum Beach Baptist Church for the past 15 years. They moved to the Sunshine Coast in 2004 with their 3 daughters. Both Anthony and Lucy have been actively involved in the church over the years with Anthony involved in various leadership roles in the church including Eldership and currently as a Deacon and Lucy with Sunday school. Anthony has gained extensive experience in management and communications from previous roles whilst in Sydney. In 2008, he purchased a small printing business in Coolum – Coolum Copy & Print Centre and continues to manage the business from day to day. It has given him a great opportunity to mix with local businesses and the wider Coolum community.

Kristy has lived in Coolum since 2004, moving up from Sydney with her parents and sisters. She and husband Zach met at the church, and were married there in 2008, and have since had 2 boys, Charlie and Lucas. They have attended Coolum Beach Baptist Church for many years, becoming members in 2019. Kristy and Zach have both been part of the worship team since 2018 and Kristy took on the role of Worship Leader at the beginning of 2021. With a background in dance and performing arts, Kristy has enjoyed bringing her creative experience to the team.

Tom Symons and his wife Anneli have been members of CBBC for more than 20 years after moving from Darwin in 1998. They have previously lived in Adelaide, Melbourne and the Kimberley coast and have three sons and five grandchildren, all living in Queensland. They both come from a Church of Christ background prior to coming to Coolum Beach Baptist, and have been actively involved in many areas of church ministries.  Both regard Christian service as a privilege. Tom has been serving in a number of capacities including Treasurer of two churches in his previous lives, and in more recent times Secretary, and currently a Deacon in the CBBC leadership Team. He is committed to making the church relevant in the Coolum community, and through service demonstrate Christ’s love to all. Tom is passionate about children’s safety and believes the church family and surrounds should be a haven for all who enter the doors of our church, or are engaged in the ministries offered. He believes our role as a church and representatives of Jesus is to show the community that Jesus cares for all, and He offers a great and fulfilling life when we belong to Him.

Christopher Hampton is the Treasurer and has been part of the leadership for 7 years. Chris also serves Queensland Baptist on the Finance Support Group advising on many aspects for Queensland Baptist and entities. Chris and his wife Judy are actively involved in many areas of the church, and in particular the church’s Crusaders Soccer Club. He has been led to serve in this way as the Lord has equipped him in financial affairs, having spent 45 years in various roles in Banking, Investments and Insurance, and is currently working as a stockbroker and superannuation specialist. Married for 44 years to Judy he enjoys time with family and grandchildren and you might find Chris in lycra cycling the streets of the Sunshine Coast.