OUR PASTORS & LEADERSHIP TEAM

Ps Mat & Chris Jones

Lead Pastors and Leadership Team

Ps Mat & Chris Jones have been pastors since 2000. They both grew up in church and have been actively involved in ministry since being teenagers. They are passionate about seeing the love of Christ being expressed in tangible ways, both in the church and the local community. 

 

Ps Mat has completed a Diploma of Theological Studies from Rhema Bible Training College (1999) and a Diploma of Counselling from the Australian Institute of Professional Counsellors (XXXX). Before Mat became a pastor, he worked at BHP Steel as a foreman, metalergist and process controller. 

Ps Chris has completed a Diploma of XXXXXXX from Emmaus Bible College (1989); a Certificate IV in Pastoral Care and a Certificate in Chaplaincy Essentials from Alphacrucis College (2013); and a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment from TAFE NSW (2014). Chris previously worked as an Interior Designer for over 20 years. She currently works as a Chaplain at Newcastle High School and with Surf Lifesaving Australia, and teaches Chaplaincy and Pastoral Care at Alphacrucis College.

Mat and Chris have been married 28 years, and have four beautiful daughters: Emma, Breanna, Chloe and Kate. 

Gavin & Karen Martens

Leadership Team

Mat & Chris Jones have been pastors since 2000. They both grew up in church and have been actively involved in ministry since being teenagers. They are passionate about seeing the love of Christ being expressed in tangible ways, both in the church and the local community. 

 

Ps Mat has completed a Diploma of Theological Studies from Rhema Bible Training College (1999) and a Diploma of Counselling from the Australian Institute of Professional Counsellors (XXXX). Before Mat became a pastor, he worked at BHP Steel as a foreman, metalergist and process controller. 

Ps Chris has completed a Diploma of XXXXXXX from Emmaus Bible College (1989); a Certificate IV in Pastoral Care and a Certificate in Chaplaincy Essentials from Alphacrucis College (2013); and a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment from TAFE NSW (2014). Chris previously worked as an Interior Designer for over 20 years. She currently works as a Chaplain at Newcastle High School and with Surf Lifesaving Australia, and teaches Chaplaincy and Pastoral Care at Alphacrucis College.

Mat and Chris have been married 28 years, and have four beautiful daughters: Emma, Breanna, Chloe and Kate. 

Ben & Mandy Homard

Leadership Team

Mat & Chris Jones have been pastors since 2000. They both grew up in church and have been actively involved in ministry since being teenagers. They are passionate about seeing the love of Christ being expressed in tangible ways, both in the church and the local community. 

 

Ps Mat has completed a Diploma of Theological Studies from Rhema Bible Training College (1999) and a Diploma of Counselling from the Australian Institute of Professional Counsellors (XXXX). Before Mat became a pastor, he worked at BHP Steel as a foreman, metalergist and process controller. 

Ps Chris has completed a Diploma of XXXXXXX from Emmaus Bible College (1989); a Certificate IV in Pastoral Care and a Certificate in Chaplaincy Essentials from Alphacrucis College (2013); and a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment from TAFE NSW (2014). Chris previously worked as an Interior Designer for over 20 years. She currently works as a Chaplain at Newcastle High School and with Surf Lifesaving Australia, and teaches Chaplaincy and Pastoral Care at Alphacrucis College.

Mat and Chris have been married 28 years, and have four beautiful daughters: Emma, Breanna, Chloe and Kate. 

Dave & Kate Noble 

Youth Pastors

Dave and Kate have been the Youth Pastors at LIVEfree Church since 2015. Both have served in Youth Ministry for many years and are passionate about seeing young people feel loved and seen, and for them to discover their God-given potential. 

Dave currently works four days a week as a Reliability Engineer, and spends the other day in the church office. David has a Bachelor of Engineering and Bachelor of Business from the University of Newcastle (2007) and is currently studying a Diploma in Leadership through Alphacrucis College.  

 

Kate is a School Counsellor and Provisional Psychologist. She is in the process of completing her psychologist registration, and has a Bachelor of Psychology (Hons.) from the University of Newcastle (2014) and a Certificate IV in Pastoral Care from Alphacrucis College. 

 

Sue Cook & Rebecca Fawcett

Kids Pastors

Together Sue and Rebecca lead NEXT GENERATION, LIVEfree Church's Kids Ministry. They are gifted leaders who love Jesus, love kids and love seeing kids learn about Jesus.  

Sue is married to Geoff and they have three children: Nicole, Matthew and Aidan. She has worked as an Occupational Therapist for  

Rebecca is married to Adam and they have two children: Isaac and XXXXX.