Who’s on our team

Daniel & Julie Gardiner

Oversight Team

Julie and Daniel Gardiner are the Senior Leaders of Christies Beach Baptist Church. Originally Poms (of the non-whinging variety), they moved to Australia with their two sons in 2010 and joined the team here at CBBC in Jan 2014. After extensive training in the local language, learning what a stubbie and parmy are as well as being tested on their barbie skills, they now consider themselves to be fair dinkum, dyed in the wool, true blue Aussies (with the passports to prove it).

Julie and Daniel bring a lot of experience in church leadership, having started a Church in Paisley (Christian Growth Centre Paisley) as part of (CGi). Julie is currently studying for her Doctorate at Flinders, Adelaide where Daniel is studying for his Masters of Ministry.


Steve Hawkins

Oversight Team

Steve is a man of integrity and justice, oh and wisdom. In a church where our passion is social justice, Steve is a real asset to the team. He always keeps us focused on the main thing, which is seeing people enabled to get the most out of their lives. I know he sounds like superman, but truly he is. He has dry sense of humour; you’re going to love him!

Bron Jacobs

Oversight Team

Bron brings her wealth of experience in finances to the team, as well as incredible wisdom. People who have wisdom often say ‘well its just common sense.’ It’s not that common to have the right advice, at the right time, delivered in the right way so that people can follow it. That’s wisdom! Practical, life-changing, and an ability to think outside of the box is just one of the reasons we love Bron.

Tani Hawkins

Oversight Team

Tani hears God.  Fortunately we at CBBC believe that God speaks to his people today and we value the way Tani brings both guidance and direction to every issue discussed. ‘Don’t lean on your own understanding, seek God’ the Bible says. Thank God for Tani, who in such a natural way shows us how to do that.

Ben Morton

Oversight Team

Ben always thinks outside of the box, we love him for that. Maybe it’s his creativity as a published author.  With young kids in tow as well, he always remembers to include the younger generations in all the decisions within CBBC.  He’s also brilliant at answering curly questions, so just ask him!  



Jeni Ward

Oversight Team

Jeni has lived in a number of countries and really understands what it means to be truly cross cultural. She values people which means she is very wise in dealing with the missionaries we support and in ensuring that wherever CBBC’s missions outreach, it is always done out of relationship and with integrity.  Besides she is fun.


Russell Thompson

Oversight Team

Russell’s experience in running his own mortgage broking business makes him a safe pair of hands for leading & directing the enrichment arm of CBBC which reaches out into the local community.

His spiritual discernment means he brings a God-given perspective to any issue that may arise.

Pamela Thompson

Oversight Team

Pamela is the creative one, finding fun in life, which stops us all getting boring. She brings  IT skills and people skills…very rare to get both gifts in one person.  Her official title is Maverick Master of Miscellaneous Matters which can apply to literally any area of the life of the church.