Mentoring and support for A2A pastors, ministers, and ministry leaders
As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another. Proverbs 27:17
Our A2A Mentors Team 2018
Pastor Sally Ansell Pastoral Care Pastor at Gateway Church Australia Victoria Sally, her husband Mark and their 3 children began attending Gateway Church in November 1986. She joined the pastoral Team in 2002 as the Children's Pastor of the Sunday children's program and Playgroups. Her role now extends to include Pastoral Care, Women’s Ministry, Prayer Ministry, Counselling, and she delivers training in personal healing & development. Sally has a Degree in Christian Family Counselling and has a heart for families and those whose lives are broken. Life experiences have helped shape Sally's faith in the existence of God, who is her rock.
Mark Ansell Executive Pastor at Gateway Church Australia Victoria I have been at Gateway Church since 1986, with Sally and our 3 children. I help our fantastic team to monitor and influence the spiritual wellbeing and development of the Gateway tribe. I follow the Melbourne Storm, have been to two State of Origin games at the MCG (Go Maroons!), admire Wayne Bennett, and love Test cricket at the Gabba! My previous role was as an Operations Manager within a large multinational company which had a turnover of several billions of dollars per annum. I have been fortunate to have coached a senior cricket club and in our first year the 1st and 2nd Eleven’s both won Premierships! In the last decade, I have served on various Boards, completed two MA’s, and lectured at a Bible College.
Dumbest thing I’ve done … Surfed in a cyclone off the West Australian coast
Scariest thing I’ve done … Faced an Australian Test Match fast bowler
Smartest thing I’ve done … Married Sally (been batting above my average for a long time!)
Recent fun thing I’ve done … Sitting in an open top V8 Mustang, doing over 180 kilometres, at night, on the Dubai freeway (No camels were injured during this event!)
My spiritual gifts are leadership, encouragement, and teaching. I have been rigorously using these gifts over the decades to build up blokes so that they can achieve all that Jesus has individually called them towards. I have aimed to achieve this through mentoring and coaching leaders, pastors, and guys on a weekly basis for decades – most early mornings I’m either mentoring or coaching someone.
Eugene Bognar Queensland Eugene spent 20+ years in the RAAF as an aircraft electronic engineer, after which he spent 18 months working in their electronic repair business. He left the business when he was Ordained as a minister with CLCI in January 1985. He served in Ipswich for 8 years, with Pastors Vince Esterman, John Pasterkamp, and Phillip Mutzelburg before accepting the call to lead the Christian Community Church in Burleigh, Gold Coast. Eugene and Judy led the church for 17 years, during which time the church earned the reputation of being a successful missionary church, locally nationally and internationally. Eugene, being born in Hungary, was called to visit that Nation after the Iron Curtain fell. God has amazingly opened so many doors of opportunity and they have been ministering, mentoring, and speaking at conferences in that country and Slovakia ever since. Eugene and Judy were instrumental in seeing the establishment of Women’s Aglow and recently the Global Leadership Summit in Hungary. He transitioned the Church to Pastor Kevin Thomas and has been serving as Executive Pastor with A2A churches, and mentoring Pastors and Leaders as well as serving as locum in congregations where needed.
Judy Bognar Queensland Judy and Eugene have been married 47 years this month (Dec. 2017) have 4 children and seven grandchildren. Judy and Eugene worked together in the electronic repair business, and also in the church in Ipswich even before Eugene’s ordination. Judy led a very successful Children’s Church at that time, and has always used her gift of evangelism and administration serving enthusiastically where ever the need arose. When arriving to the Gold Coast in December 1992, Judy served alongside Eugene in every area of church life. Judy was ordained in January 1995, and they co-pastored the Church, and often had the responsibility to lead the church whenever Eugene was on Mission, which was at least once a year. Judy went to Hungary and Slovakia with Eugene many times and she was instrumental in setting up not only women’s ministry in Hungary in the early years, but also the acceptance of women in pastoral roles. Today there are many churches in Hungary who are leading churches in their denominations as a result. Judy was also instrumental in getting different structures implemented in a number of churches in these countries as well as translating the SOAP / G3 booklets into Hungarian and Slovakian.
Phillip Mutzelburg Queensland I spent the best years of my life in vocational church life and experienced all the ups and downs that go with it. I now look back on those years and can remember the hard times, but the great moments I had with God watching lives being transformed are still cause for celebration today. I have never wavered in my belief that the local church is God’s plan for his sensational plan of redemption to be realised throughout the earth. I can hardly believe I have been privileged to play a small part in that. Life serving God is exciting, adventurous, and full of amazing opportunities to experience life at its highest level. I have had time to travel and see most of the world, drink coffee with fantastic friends almost everywhere coffee is sold, and drive my FJ Holden along every back road in our region, and enjoy it all with the love of my life, Mandy, who has experienced all of this with me. These things have filled my tank when it was nearing empty. More than 40 years ago I wrote out my life mission – To make a difference and inspire others to do the same. In retirement I am still travelling, still drinking coffee, still driving my old classic, and still loving my wife. Best of all I am still on mission, and helping church leaders stay healthy while serving in the cut and thrust of church life. It is a privilege to serve.
Sharon O'Neill Tasmania I trained and worked as a social worker until 3 babies came to steal my heart. Two of those babies have now brought home two beautiful daughters in laws. Part of my MORE… who would have thought I would have received such a beautiful gift from my boys. I married a finance man because I’m not good at that side of things and one of us had to be. He’s also the opposite to me – logical, patient, introverted, and get’s things right! I became a pastor and a business woman of 3 businesses all at once…. which was scary, hard and required my soul to stretch. In that space, I became good friends with hurry and hustle and learned that creativity has a speed all of its own… Intoxicating… Beautiful… But sometimes costly unless I keep my soul. Becoming a pastor and a business woman was part of my MORE, my sacred dreams and sacred spaces. I love the Tailrace Centre and Kids Paradise and all the little ways we send love on its way. I love Tailrace Community Church with all of its rich diversity of colour, different spiritual spaces, and the rugged beauty of different stories told. I love advocating and championing the rights of children. I have loved being part of seeing Bravehearts, Emily’s Voice and the CAP Debt Centre get established in Tasmania. I love championing the cause of women in India. I’m not good at running slow through life. I struggle with hurry and hustle and taking days off. Slow for me is sitting at the table with my kids listening to their stories enjoying great Tasmanian produce or reading a good book. I love travelling and getting lost in alley ways wondering where home is. I love life –its an amazing gift and I love doing it with Jesus – its such an adventure.
Pam Busby South Australia Pam, together with her husband Malcolm, led Almond Grove Family Church in Aldinga for 30 years, having recently transitioned that church to their son, David. Having heard God’s call to preach at a very young age she was 20 when Malcolm and she took their first church. Her ministry story includes a broad range of experiences serving a number of ministries in both Victoria and South Australia including Bible College lecturing and serving as Dean of Women students; involved in the setting up of a pioneering 24 hour Christian telephone counselling ministry. She loves helping people understand who they are in Christ and sharing the ‘how to’ of the Christian life. She still serves faithfully at Almond Grove, with her son as her ‘Boss,’ and spends a great deal of time working with couples and loves preparing folk for marriage. Pam loves hanging out with her 3 beautiful granddaughters Hannah, Sarah and Esther. Enjoys canoeing, camping, cooking, doing challenging jigsaws, reading and is a passionate supporter of the Adelaide Crows.
Geoff Wilson Queesland Geoff’s working life began as a cleaner on the Sydney Harbour Bridge. He came to Christ at the age of 17 and after some initial rocky years, trained at WEC’s Worldview College in Launceston. After returning to Newcastle to finish University, he began working in a Christian bookshop. The next move was to Grafton as a youth leader and bookshop manager. After three years he came to Brisbane with his young family before becoming the pastor of newly founded Christian Outreach Centre in Ipswich. The church later joined Christian Life Churches International and continues today as the A2A’s Vision Christian Family. The intervening years have seen lots of changes, but the desire to build a church that can genuinely help transform the culture of the surrounding city hasn’t changed. Geoff and his wife, Theresa, have four children, including their high-needs, disabled daughter, who they continue to look after at home.
Rod Dymock New South Wales Rod is the Senior Pastor of CentreChurch Lismore, NSW. The Church owns an auditorium facility and bookshop in the CBD as well as two Christian Schools: Summerland Christian College in the eastern outskirts of the city and Hinterland Christian College at Mullumbimby (of which he is the Chairperson of the Board). Rod has been in Church ministry for 40 years now, serving concurrently as Principal at SCC for 21 years, whilst continuing as Associate Pastor of the Church until 2005, when he became Senior Minister following the retirement of Pastor Terry Boyle. Rod has a zeal to see the wisdom of the Bible and the power of the Holy Spirit operate in everyday lives of Christians as well as the extension of God’s Kingdom through Christian witness in lifestyle, actions and words in a spirit of grace. He loves to teach from God’s Word and offer pastoral care to people as they negotiate their journey of faith. He is also on the Executive of the Lismore Ministers Fellowship. Rod is happily married to Margaret and they have 5 adult children (and now 6 grandchildren) most of whom live in Lismore and serve alongside Rod and Margaret in the Church and Christian School. For leisure, Rod enjoys riding his motorcycle, doing puzzles and kayaking in the Richmond River.
Ted Pangilinan Queensland Ted has been in ministry service for over 30 years, 25 years of which has been in a full time capacity in Australia. He has extensive experience in all aspects of the local church ministry having served as children director, youth pastor, senior associate, missions director, bible college principal and senior pastor. Apart from preaching and administering the ministry, Ted has spent a majority of his ministry work in personal discipleship and mentoring people of all ages. He has ministered in many different countries as an evangelist, teacher and leadership adviser. Ted is the Founding Pastor of Church One Christian Community with branches in the Gold Coast, North of Brisbane as well as Manila, Philippines. His heart is to see more churches planted across our nation with leaders who are committed to seeing a sovereign move of God in their communities. He enjoys living on the Gold Coast, which is a great playground for his hobbies - basketball, tennis, bush walking and mountain bike riding. He has been married to his wife Amanda for over 23 years. They have three daughters, Hannah, Samara and Kaira.
To find out more information about the current and upcoming mentoring programs available, please contact Mark Ansell or send an email to us via the contact page.
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