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Joy in Suffering
Michael Ghobrial // 10 Nov 2019
Andrew Grills // 10 Nov 2019
Andrew is the Lead Pastor of City on a Hill Geelong. He has spent most of his life as an officer in the Australian Army. Graduating with the Sword of Honour from the Australian Defence Force Academy, he served in Infantry and Intelligence, including operations in East Timor with the commandos. He holds a postgraduate degree in International Relations from Oxford University and an MDiv from Ridley College. Andrew later became an Army Chaplain at the Australian Recruit Training Centre at Kapooka, before leaving the full time Army in 2013 to plant City on a Hill Geelong. Andrew has been married to his beautiful wife Danna for over 20 years and has five young children. He loves the ocean, traveling, camping, playing with his kids (including attending their innumerable sporting matches), and reading military history.
Brenton Jayatilaka // 10 Nov 2019
Brenton is the Next Generation Pastor at City on a Hill Melbourne. With over a decade in ministry to youth, his passion for children, youth and young adults is fuelled by a vision to see the next generation of Christian leaders to be captured by the love of Jesus. He is married to his beautiful wife Lauren, and is dad to Lucy and Teddy. Brenton was born and raised in Perth to Malaysian and Australian parents, spent 16 years in the USA and lives in the Box Hill area. If you’re playing a game of basketball, he’s got next.
Luke Nelson // 10 Nov 2019
Luke is the Lead Pastor of City on a Hill Melbourne West. He joined City on a Hill in its early days, serving as the Community Pastor in Melbourne, before being asked to lead his own church plant. Having grown up in Melbourne's western suburbs, he has a deep knowledge of and passion for the area, and a great desire to see the gospel bring transformation. A gifted communicator, he loves the work of pastoring a church, opening God's word each week and seeing the Spirit work. Luke graduated with a BA (Hons) from Melbourne University, has a Grad Dip in Divinity from Ridley College, and is close to completing a Masters of Ministry. He is an ordained Anglican minister in the Diocese of Melbourne and an active member of the Acts 29.
Nick Coombs // 10 Nov 2019
Nick is the Lead Pastor of City on a Hill Melbourne East. He loves Jesus, is passionate about connecting deep theology with everyday life, and eager to make a difference in the time he has by helping plant as many churches as possible. After Jesus, Nick loves his wife Jules, and his two kids, Axel and Aria. He holds an MDiv from Ridley College, is a member of Acts 29, an ordained Anglican minister and gives too much of his time to fantasy sports.
Dave Chiswell // 10 Nov 2019
Dave serves as the Community Director at City on a Hill Melbourne. Dave loves nothing more than helping people consider the message of Jesus for themselves, because he’s convinced that Christianity makes more sense and offers more hope than any other worldview. He is married to Alexi, father of Eden, and a golf tragic.