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Meet the Team

Grant Hendry

Senior Pastor

Grant has been Senior Pastor of NBBC since early 2012, after 14 years of pastoral ministry in beautiful Busselton. Prior to that, he thoroughly enjoyed working as a pharmacist. Grant and his wife Maree have three adult children, Ashlynne, Caleb & Breanna. In the rare moments of spare time, Grant loves creating things in his shed, and going on 4WD camping holidays. Grant is convinced that the life message of Jesus lives on through the local church, and that there is no situation, life, family or city that God can’t restore and renew. Grant sees his role as being a ‘leader of leaders’ to equip, encouraging and release others into ministry to grow God’s kingdom in the northern suburbs of Perth and to the ends of the earth.

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Brad Vigus

Pastor: Sunday at 6

Brad started working at North Beach in mid-2016. Before joining the NBBC team Brad has served in ministry at Curtin University with the students in the AFES Christian Union, and was also pastor at Dalkeith Baptist Church. Brad enjoys opening the Bible with people and helping them to consider Jesus and His gospel. Brad is married to Shona and has three daughters and enjoys time with the family playing games or enjoying a pizza and movie night together. For Brad a nice day off is a mixture of exercise (running or swimming), along with music and coffee.

Jessie Owuor

Pastor: Youth and Young Adults

Jessie began his role as Youth and Young Adults Pastor in 2024 after concluding studies in the year prior. He has attended North Beach Baptist for over 8 years with his family, and was joined there by his wife Hannah after they were married mid-2023. Jessie has a passion for the word of God and seeing young people interact with its transformative words.  When not at church, Jessie enjoys watching goals, touchdowns, and tries scored by his favourite teams. He also loves immersing himself in a good book, album, or movie. 

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Jono Prosser

Pastor: Connect

Jono stated work at NBBC in February 2024. Before joining the NBBC team Jono was a YouthCARE chaplain for nine years, the last six being at Western Australian College of Agriculture Harvey. The year ending 2023 Jono also finished his term as Youth Pastor at Eaton Baptist Church. Jono is married to Jocelyn and they have two wonderful daughters. Jono enjoys going for walks with his wife and daughters and their two cheeky little dogs, Neefe and Willow. Jono and his  family enjoy taking opportunities to see family and friends in the Great Southern and South West of W.A. Jono also enjoys fishing, listening to different types of music and checking out new cafes for a great coffee. Jono loves to come along side groups and individuals to listen to and support in times of need, for prayer and spiritual encouragement and because he just wants to get to know you.

Jordan Burgess

Pastor: Discipleship & Church Planting

Jordan joined the NBBC team in 2023. Prior to that, he enjoyed working as a physics teacher in Gawler, South Australia. Jordan is very excited about the prospect of planting a new church in the Alkimos area and is working to this end. He also enjoys preaching, and hearing people’s stories about God at work. Jordan and his wife Jenna have four young children – Theodore, Verity, Malachi and Felicity. Time with family is precious indeed. In his spare time, he has been known to engage in fantasy football, watch cricket or try learning biblical Hebrew.

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Merv Hodge

Pastor of Group Life

I became a Christian at the age of 16 in a little hand made brick gospel church in Balcatta. That is where I learnt to love, care and serve. It was there where I met and married my wife Johanna six years later. We have three children 2 sons and a daughter, with six grandchildren 5 boys and A granddaughter. Did an apprenticeship in spray painting at 15 and still at 80 have a spray gun in hand. Opened Merv’s spray painters, then Hodge smash repairs with my brother Wayne, If you didn’t dodge come to Hodge. Then I became a TAFE lecturer for the next 34 years. Always involved in Church leadership, Christian Schools and Christian Youth camps. We have been attending NBBC for the past 28 years, much of that time as an elder, then for the last 7 years as a pastor.

Hayley Pearce

Childrens Ministry Team Leader

Hayley Pearce joined the NBBC ministry team at the start of 2020 as the Children’s Ministry Team Leader. She has a background in primary school teaching and photography.  Born and raised in South Africa, she is a carnivore who loves to put sugar on almost everything. She has been married for 15 year to Duane, and they have a fur baby called Cinnamon. Throughout all her previous vocational experiences, Hayley believes that God had been preparing her for this ministry. She has a strong sense of God’s calling on her life into children’s ministry and is excited about the direction NB Kids is moving towards. At the moment, Hayley is also endeavouring to complete a Graduate Diploma of Divinity through Trinity Theological College. This has been greatly beneficial to her own spiritual growth and the overseeing of the children’s ministry. Hayley loves to dance and sing! She is always enthusiastically willing and to express herself through song, at any moment of the day or given opportunity. 

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Chris Stewart

Childrens Ministry Support Worker (AM)

Chris was a high school science teacher who loves helping the littlest ones know Jesus. She has come through Brigades and Sunday School at North Beach and loves the difference it has made to her life. She now works to help others have this blessing. 

Verity Payne

Childrens Ministry Support Worker (S@6)

After being invited to join the NBBC Sportsfest team in 2006 by her older sister, Verity made North Beach Baptist her ‘home’ and hasn’t looked back since. She has been heavily involved in the church since then, especially with kids and youth ministries, and considers it a joy to be able to serve the Lord by serving others. Verity works part time as a primary school Indonesian teacher and is currently working one day a week in a Children’s Ministry support role, more specifically, coordinating NBKids@6 and helping run King’s Club alongside Hayley. Verity is married to Darrell, a wonderfully supportive husband who helps her do “all the things”, and together, have three lovely young children, Evelyn, Archie and Pippa. Verity also loves to bake in her spare time (what even is that with three kids?!) and is known to make delicious sweet treats like macarons, slices and cinnamon scrolls.

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Sue Dutton

Music Ministry Leader

Sue is our Worship Team Leader and has more than 30 years’ experience in worship and church worship teams. Sue is a Music Teacher by trade and has tertiary qualifications in music, counselling, supervision, community services and ministry. Sue has a passion for worship and seeing the gospel spread through the powerful medium of music. Sue is responsible for organising our worship teams at our Sunday gatherings and leading our congregation in seeing Jesus praised, exalted, magnified, obeyed and lifted up. Sue loves the beach and spending time with her 4 beautiful grandchildren.

Kaye Tranter

Admin Manager

Kaye is the mother of three wonderful adult children and their lovely spouses, granny to an ever growing number of grandies and grand-dogs. She has always loved being a ‘mum’ and finds wearing the hat of being a ‘granny’ the best ever. Kaye has loved being a part of the NBBC family for the past 20+ years, learning lots along the way. Kaye is practically part of the furniture in the office, saying she was ‘terrified to begin with but in reality finds it a real blessing, privilege and joy to be in this God given role, working alongside this great team, getting to know people and seeing how God takes them along their journey’. She enjoys a good movie and loves watching basketball (especially if she knows any of the players)!

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Vanessa Robertson

Administration Assistant

Vanessa grew up attending NBBC and continues to today with her husband Tim, and their four young children. Over the years she has served in ministries amongst young adults, women and more recently, in NBKids. Vanessa spent many years working in specialty coffee, and is so happy to be able to use these skills to lead our busy café ministry and team of baristas. In 2022 Vanessa joined the staff team in an admin/events role, 1 day/week. Carols is a big event on her calendar! She also continues to chip away at her studies, and looks forward to becoming a primary school teacher soon. In her spare time, she can be seen sitting in a café listening to a podcast, catching a movie, and spending time with friends.

Helen Ellery

Specialist Pastoral Carer

Helen has been attending NBBC since 1970 and worked for many years in a Pathology Laboratory doing Cyto-Technology. In 2002 she retired and trained as a Chaplain (Clinical Pastoral Education) and worked in the Mount Hospital and as Locum at Hollywood Hospital. Helen is married to Chris and they have 3 lovely married children and 6 very loveable grandchildren. She loves to visit Aged Care homes, people in palliative care, people who are frail as well as anyone else the Lord leads her to for conversation, prayer and Bible reading as appropriate. Helen loves to hear their life stories and helping them see how trusting God can resolve issues in their lives. She also loves to meet visitors to NBBC and she and Chris host “Visitor Connect” BBQ’s every 6 weeks or so at their home.

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Michelle Meyer

Publishing and Communications

Michelle joined the NBBC staff team in 2016 as the Publishing and Communications officer. Working in this role has been a tremendous blessing that has enabled her to use her creativity in a way that serves the Lord and His people while also working alongside such a fantastic and encouraging team and getting to know all the wonderful people that make up this church family. Michelle met her husband, Sean, while serving as leaders in Boys’ Brigade and are still leaders every Monday nights sharing their love for Jesus with the brigaders. When Michelle is not at church, you can find her with endless cups of tea and a book (or kindle) in hand or playing video games.

Joy Owuor

Ministry Training Strategy (MTS) Apprentice

With her family, Joy has attended North Beach Baptist for more than 6 years and began the MTS traineeship July 2022. Previously she completed a certificate in Nursing at North Metropolitan TAFE in Joondalup. In the office, Joy works alongside Hayley in preparation to minister at NBKids, learning to apply and teach the Word to others, while growing in her walk with the Lord. Outside of serving in church, she values some solid reading time, viewing her favourite sports, and catching up with friends.

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Rebecca Cowan

Ministry Training Strategy (MTS) Apprentice

Rebecca initially began attending North Beach at the end of 2017.  She spent 2 years working in Darwin as a registered nurse and has been back at North Beach since October 2022.  Rebecca began working full-time as a ministry apprentice March 2023. She is enjoying serving God by working with the youth and in women’s ministry alongside Jacqui and Anton. A day off for Rebecca consists of taking her dog to the beach or park, going for coffee and watching basketball.  

Jordan Clarke

Ministry Training Strategy (MTS) Apprentice

I’ve been attending North Beach Baptist as long as I can remember. Beginning at the morning service with my family and then finding a home at the evening service for the last 5 years. Since leaving school, I’ve been a Postie, swimming instructor and part of the staff at Scripture Union. After this, God’s call has led me to become an MTS Apprentice as of February 2024 working largely in Ignite Youth with Jessie. I have grown to love cycling over the last few years and am slowly beginning to take up golf, so you’ll be sure to find me doing one of those in my spare time! 

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