Program Team

Arrow 25

Nathan McElveney

Arrow 8 - Arrow Leader
State Leader, New South Wales Arrow 25

Nathan is married to Amy, and they have three daughters – Lucy, Zoe & Lara. As well as being involved in various church ministries at Epping Church of Christ, he has been involved in camping ministry since 1998. Nathan has been working for Crusaders since 2004, where he currently serves as the Director of Ministries. In his spare time, he likes to read the newspaper, which he sometimes manages to do within a week of publication, or a good book.

Mark Dean

Arrow 14 - Arrow Leader
State Leader, Queensland Arrow 25

Mark is the Worship Pastor and Online Pastor alongside his wife Eden at Gateway Baptist Church in Brisbane where he has served on the staff team for 10 years. He has three sons, Harrison, Luca and Joey who are a bunch of fun and full of energy. To relax, he enjoys watching sport and connecting with friends and family over food.

Julie-anne Laird

Arrow 6 - Arrow Leader
State Leader, Victoria Arrow 25

Julie-anne (JA) has worked for the last 20 years as an evangelist for AFES and is now working for City to City Australia, helping Churches and Church plants with their Outreach System! Julie-anne is married to Andrew and has four adult children: Jasmine, Stephanie, Cameron and Bradman. They are quite involved in their local church (All Saints Anglican Church, Greensborough) and Julie-anne works as the Young Adults Pastor there as well. Julie-anne enjoys going bike-riding, watching netflix and catching up with friends.  In 2012, Julie-anne was appointed as Chair of the Australian Lausanne Committee.

Kimberly Smith

Arrow 9 - Arrow Leader
State Leader, Victoria Arrow 25

Kimberly Smith is a Pastor, Author and Speaker. She is also a lover of travel, eating out and all things people! In her role as Generations and Emerging Leaders Pastor for the Baptist churches of Victoria (BUV), she draws from over 14 years experience as a Generations Pastor in a local Baptist church, seeking to help churches engage generationally in mission and leadership development to see them thrive as true expressions of God's family. Kimberly is a passionate communicator, investing in people and ministries through preaching, blogging, mentoring and leadership development. She is the author of the book “What We Cannot Be Alone” - seeking to bring understanding to Singleness as it pertains to church family.

Arrow 24

Philip Messenger

Arrow 10 - Arrow Leader
State Leader, Victoria Arrow 24

Philip is married to Jenny and together they have three children. Phil is fulfilling God's call on his life as the Ministry Assistant at Box Hill Salvos church. He is most passionate about coaching leaders so they can find longevity and resilience in ministry, relationships and calling. In order to relax, Phil enjoys watching and umpiring Australian Rules, and also watching really bad TV shows.

Anthony Palmieri

Arrow 10 - Arrow Leader
State Leader, Western Australia Arrow 24

Anthony is married to Siobhan and they have three amazing children; Jenna, Makayla and Josiah. Anthony is the Senior Pastor at Lakeside Baptist Church. Lakeside operates and serves the community through a 4-court multi-purpose recreation centre. More than 7000 people a week use and benefit from the range of sporting programs. Anthony is passionate about seeing people say "yes" to Jesus and together with his team strive to reach the community with the life-changing message of Jesus through sport and relational evangelism.

Roxane Lawler

Arrow 16 - Arrow Leader
State Leader, New South Wales Arrow 24

Roxane is married to Mark, and they have three children. Roxane works at Gymea Baptist Church in Sydney’s South as the Children’s Ministry Coordinator and her passion is to see people grow and thrive while using their gifts and talents in serving God. She believes disciple-making and evangelism with children, families and young people is one of the best strategic moves a church can make. She loves walking outdoors, laughing and creativity.

Brad Case

Arrow 15 - Arrow Leader
State Leader, Queensland Arrow 24

Brad Case is the Discipleship Pastor at Gateway Baptist Church and loves to help develop Christians and emerging church leaders to use their giftings to serve a world in need. Brad has been a school chaplain, youth and children’s pastor, long time SU Qld camps director and QLD State Director for Generations ministry and has even written a children’s book. He is married to Mercy and together they are always making travel plans. He enjoys all kinds of sport and also music, breaking out his saxophone whenever possible.

Elliot Keane

Arrow 13 - Arrow Leader
State Leader, South Australia Arrow 24

After more than a decade as Lead Pastor revitalising a neighbourhood church, Elliot now serves as Leadership & Mission Facilitator at Baptist Churches of SA. Elliot is married to Sarah, a talented artist, and together they have three children, Aarian, Ronin and Torin. Elliot’s passions include community engagement, the development of leaders, and inspiring kingdom imagination in our churches. Elliot enjoys adventures with the family and finding moments of wonder in our world.  

Peter Carolane

Arrow 5 - Arrow Leader
State Leader, New South Wales & Victoria Arrow 24

Peter has been in church ministry for over two decades. He was the founding director of Mustard Schools Ministry. He also led the youth and young adults ministry at St Hilary's Kew, planted a congregation at St Silas in North Balwyn, and planted Merri Creek Anglican. He has a PhD in Colonial Mission History, and has a passion for Aboriginal reconciliation. Peter is also a musician, songwriter and record producer, playing on albums in the Melbourne band scene. He’s married to Jo Knight, has two sons Leo and Ezra, and Harry the dog.

Executive Leaders   

Marg Tognolini

Arrow 6 - Arrow Leader
State Leader, Queensland

For the past 29 years Marg has worked in senior leadership positions across 2 Faith Based organisations, SU Queensland and Churches of Christ in Queensland.  Her roles within SU Qld were primarily working with children and young people through school chaplaincy and overseeing holiday camps.  Throughout her time with SU Qld she was a part of the Executive team during a time of rapid growth in school chaplaincy.  Marg then held the role of Chaplaincy Manager for a period of 3 years with CofCQ.  At present, she is currently working as a consultant and coach and her passion is to see leaders grow and develop and influence a deep culture of leadership excellence in organisations. She has her own leadership coaching business and loves to see leaders reach their goals and potential.  Travelling overseas to Italy and Switzerland to be with loved ones, and sitting on the beach at Mooloolaba brings life and refreshment to Marg.  She loves spending time with her large, fun and beautiful family, and with her close friends and simply experiencing and doing life together.

Des Ong

Arrow 7 - Arrow Leader
State Leader, New South Wales

Des is a Director at The Future Leader Group. He has spent 20 years of research & leadership experience working with a variety of industries and organisations. These include top 20 ASX companies, governance boards, entertainment & hospitality, retail, education, government and not for profit sectors.  He is an organisational and leadership strategist that focuses on coaching and team dynamics; developing emotionally & culturally intelligent leaders; managing change transitions and designing pathways for healthy organisational culture.  Des has roles of Chairman and Board Director across multiple organisations and has a graduate Masters, with a major thesis on the role of Emotional (EQ) and Cultural Intelligence (CQ) in developing effective leaders. Outside of work he enjoys cycling, watching a good movie and spending time with his beautiful family.

Kylie Clark

Education Executive 6 - Arrow Leader
State Leader, South Australia & Western Australia

Kylie is the Principal of Sunrise Christian School, Fullarton, 5 minutes from Adelaide in South Australia, where she has worked for the past 16 years. She is married to Gavin, and has two adult children. Kylie currently leads the Primary team in developing strategies for change in their context. Her passion is seeing young lives being transformed and restored, through genuine bible-based pedagogical practice that actively engages their heart and mind to be in relationship with their creator. Her desire is to provide opportunities for people to realise their own value, and reach their full potential. In her spare time, Kylie enjoys spending time at the beach, being in the outdoors and holidaying with her family and friends.

Martin Conway

Education Executive 4 - Arrow Leader
State Leader, New South Wales

Martin is presently serving as the Director of Students - Years 3 to 6, at Barker College. Martin and wife Joanne enjoy a busy family life with four children Matthew, Jessica, Toby and Sarah. He is excited about the privilege of working in partnership with colleagues to provide high quality education while seeking to communicate in word and deed the gospel of Jesus Christ to students, staff, parents and the wider community. With 20 years working in the independent education sector in Sydney, discovering the value of exploring the inner landscape and the purpose and heart of the teacher, has proved significant for both learning and reflection in recent years. Sharing the rich blessings of life with family and friends brings great joy as does the opportunity to read, surf, ride and run a long way on a bush trail somewhere in Australia.   

Debbie Uy

NFP Executive 2 - Arrow Leader
State Leader, Victoria

Debbie is currently serving as the Union Secretary and Director of Finance and Administration at the Baptist Union of Victoria. She has over 19 years experience in corporate business management and over 8 years experience in executive leadership in the NFP sector, with special focus in combining operational strategy, governance and administrative management expertise. Debbie is passionate about seeing community transformation through empowering individuals. Together with her husband Danny and some like-minded friends, Debbie recently established blesmore, a social enterprise that provides a methodology of bringing the local community to its local church and providing Government Funded training and employment pathways to people facing hardship with the end view of establishing missional communities. She and her husband have two wonderful daughters who are currently finishing their university degrees in the United States. In her spare time, Debbie loves to travel, read and do some gardening.