Meet our Pastors

Are you new to South West in the past 6 months?

If so then you’re invited to our next Meet the Pastors event, where you can have a lunch with our pastors and get to know us.
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Ps Malcolm & Karen MacLeod

Pastor Malcolm & Karen have been the senior leaders at South West Christian Church since 1990. They have a strong desire to see people grow through the fulfillment of the Great Commission. Pastor Malcolm is a leader of leaders and has served our movement for many years as a member of the state executive. Much of his time is devoted to helping pastors and leaders at South West and beyond to reach their full potential in ministry to the body of Christ. Pastor Karen is a passionate leader and “tell it like it is” preacher who delivers God’s word with anointing and strength.

In 2010, Pastor Malcolm and Karen established Equip Ministries International which has resourced and encouraged hundreds of church plants and community transformation projects in Australia, India, Philippines, USA, El Salvador, Europe and Africa. Equip reflects their kingdom heart for the wider church to be strong, equipped and potent in impacting its community. Pastor Karen functions as the General Manager of Equip.

Pastor Malcolm and Karen have three adult children: Ben, Sarah and Joshua.

Ps Daniel Sanders

Pastor Daniel has had many years of full-time ministry experience in missions and outreach, university ministry, multi-location church and team leading. As Associate Pastor he oversees our weekend services, core ministries and the development of leaders. He also functions as the leader of REAL MEN and as General Manager of South West Community Services which is active in our local community serving the least fortunate and marginalised. Pastor Daniel is married to Fiona who serves as the principal of South West Bible College.

Ps Raelle Smit

Pastor Raelle is one of South West’s Executive Pastors overseeing Pastoral Ministries. She is an experienced Secondary School teacher and has a very genuine love, and caring nature, for people. Her input into a large variety of teams has seen growth and stability over many years. Pastor Raelle also leads our SHE ministry and oversees the pastoral and front-of-house operations of our weekend services.

Ps Jurgen Wiesner

Ps Jurgen is a former senior pastor who now serves as the Executive Pastor overseeing operations at South West. In this role he manages the business and administrative functions of the church and its associated entities. Ps Jurgen is also the Director of South West Training Services which provides government accredited training in Children’s Services and Business Administration. Pastor Jurgen is married to Conny and has three adult children and four grandchildren.

Ps Victor Gonzalez

Ps Victor Gonzalez is the Internationals Pastor of South West. His role is to provide ongoing leadership for all the Multinational Services that bring together people from different regions of the world to experience God through their own cultural expressions. Driven by the passion to empower and release leaders to impact the Kingdom of God, Victor is also very involved in Missions. As Equip’s International Coordinator he provides strategic leadership and communications for ongoing and new network partners globally. He served as a missionary in South East Asia and as the head Pastor of a growing vibrant church in Malaysia for more than 10 years.

Ps Elissa Parsons

Ps Elissa is a gifted singer, musician, and songwriter; and is the Creative Ministries Pastor at South West. Her passionate love for God is obvious in her worship leading, for which she leads with great authority and energy. She has a desire for every creative person to reach their full potential in God. Ps Elissa is married to Jarred and has two young children.

Ps Eddy Venema

Ps Eddy is the Youth and Young Adults Pastor at South West Christian Church. He is passionate about seeing young people grow into strong and mature Christians living out the principles of the Word of God. In addition to his role in the church, Ps Eddy is the City-West Regional Director of Youth Alive and oversees facility hire for the church. He is married to Gethsi who serves alongside him in ministry.

Ps Sterg Ayeni

Ps Sterg, is a gifted preacher and teacher of the word whose passion lies in seeing the church living according to the pattern of Christ. Having served in mulitple roles within the church since 2004 and being loaned to serve in a church plant in Sydney in 2007, Sterg returned to Southwest in 2012 to take up the role of International Groups’ Ministry Coordinator. In addition to his role within the International Groups Ministry Sterg also works as the Marketing Coordinator for Southwest Christian Church.
Outside his Pastoral duties he enjoys working with community groups to see people fulfil their potentials through leadership, mentoring and inspirational engagement. He is the brain behind Midas Media Pty Ltd, a marketing consultancy for SMEs, Churches and Community groups. He enjoys football and is married to Bola, and they both have one daughter.

Rebecca Upputholla

Rebecca oversees the Connect Groups at South West and is the Leader of Element Junior High (Grade 5- Year 8). She is passionate about encouraging, motivating, training and developing leaders as well as seeing individuals in the church grow, for the sake of the Gospel and the fulfilment of the Great Commission.

Currently a Culinary Management student, she is creative in her expression of not only food and hospitality but also through strategies and innovation of plans, ideas and tasks in ministry, leadership and events.

She has a genuine love for people of all ages and loves spending time with family and friends.