Passionate People

We are a people who are passionately in love with God and strive to live for Him and for others in the best way we know how. We are enthusiastic about studying the Bible, for in its pages we come to know God better, and gain counsel on how to have a happy and fulfilling life. We meet together every week on the seventh-day Sabbath (hence the first part of our name) to worship and fellowship, and we love it when new folk come and join with us. We are excited because we believe that Jesus is soon going to come back to earth and take us up to Heaven to live with Him (hence the second part of our name). While we eagerly anticipate that event, we want to share this great news with as many people as possible, to give them hope and encouragement amid the doom and gloom around us.

We feel really privileged to have the promises of the Bible and so it is our vision to continue being “A Christ-centered thriving disciple-making movement” until He comes!

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President


Simon Gigliotti

President

Simon comes from North Queensland originally, he grew up in Ravenshoe in the Atherton Tablelands. Before entering full time ministry, he worked as a Plumber. He has previously served as the Youth Director in the Greater Sydney Conference for five years. He is married to Brittany and together they have a beautiful daughter Vienna.

Simon likes to spend his spare time with Brittany and Vienna, at the gym, reading, or studying the Bible. He is passionate about seeing local churches become healthy communities that share the Good News of Jesus with those around them.

Chief Financial Officer / General Secretary


Jeffrey Masengi

Chief Financial Officer / General Secretary

Jeffrey Masengi graduated from university with bachelor’s degree in accountancy and a master’s in business administration. After working for 24 years in the areas of accounting and finance, God called him to ministry. He graduated from Andrews Theological Seminary then received the calling to serve as a pastor in the South Queensland Conference before he accepted the call to come to Northern Australian Conference.

He and his wife, Catherine have three children Raysha, Ryano and Raygio. In his leisure time Jeffrey enjoys sports, outdoor activities, and learning new things; but his passion is for enlarging the kingdom of God. To abide in Jesus, share about Jesus and hope in Jesus second coming is his motto.

Education

Do your best in everything Do your best in everything

Graham Baird

Education Director

I have had a blessed life.  Born to missionary parents I spent my early years in PNG, India, the USA and Singapore, before becoming a student at Avondale College in 1976. In 1977 I married my girlfriend, Caroline, and we became the proud parents of two girls, Natalie and Jodie. I graduated from Avondale in 1979 with a BEd in Manual Arts and Business and in 1980 accepted a call to be Head of Business at Sonoma College in New Britain.  From 1981 to 1986 I was called to Lilydale Adventist Academy in a number of roles including Business Manager, teacher and Boys Dean.  Our family moved to Queensland for personal reasons at the end of 1986.

From 1987 to 1994, God had me up skilling for the future doing my apprenticeship in plumbing and working in that trade around Brisbane for nearly 7 years. During this time, I felt a strong calling to teaching ministry and was blessed to join the teaching team at Brisbane Adventist College (BAC) in 1995. I worked a BAC for 10 years, first as a teacher then Deputy and for the final 7 years as Head of Secondary.  I became Principal of Northpine Christian College in 2005, and have really enjoyed the challenge of growing Northpine. In the last 18 years our numbers have grown to approximately 950 students and Northpine is now a three stream P -12 School.

As I follow the call of God to lead the education ministry in Northern Australia, I am excited for the opportunity to be a part of the team and the opportunity I have to support our Schools in their educational and evangelistic ministries.

ADRA

Chris Kirkwood

ADRA Director

Youth

“A sucessful church is not a building filled one day a week but a community that is filled with Jesus 7 days a week.''
Anthony Wegener Smith “A sucessful church is not a building filled one day a week but a community that is filled with Jesus 7 days a week.''
Anthony Wegener Smith

Travis Siutu

Youth Ministries/Children's Ministry/ Family Ministry

Travis Siutu was born in Auckland, New Zealand, and has Samoan heritage. Has lived in Australia since he was 7, mainly in Sydney. After graduating from Avondale College in 2011, he has served in Adelaide, South Australia Conference for the last 8 years in different roles such as School Chaplain, Youth Pastor and Church Pastor. Travis believes that our young people are leaders of today and that our churches should focus on mission over tradition.

Accountant

Keith McDougall

Accountant/Adventist Book Shop Manager

Health Ministry

Barney and Lexie Daley

Health Ministry

ATSIM (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Ministries)

Raymon Paletua

ATSIM (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Ministries)

Women’s Ministries

Lynelda Tippo

Women’s Ministries Director

Men’s Ministries

Iron sharpens iron and one man sharpens another
Prov 27:17 Iron sharpens iron and one man sharpens another
Prov 27:17

Peter Keioskie

Men's Ministries

Peter is a Mackay Local and was brought up an Adventist till he left at 15 years of age and returned to a stronger walk with the Lord through the Adventist church at 50 years young. He started his career in the Army and is currently self employed in sales. Peter is a father and grandfather who has been called to this mission as God’s purpose for his life. Men’s Ministries ‘The Fellowship of Men’ movement statements are; Our Vision – To be Christ Centered, Balanced, Strong, Discipled Men. Our Mission – Supporting Men and God’s Purpose For their Lives through Spiritual, Mental and Physical Strength and Wellness.

 

Education Accountant/Business Manager


Jano Runturambi

Education Accountant/Business Manager

Jano Runturambi graduated from University with Bachelor’s Degree in Business. After working for about 33 years in the areas of accounting and finance with banking, construction and international mining companies in Indonesia, Laos and Australia and finally he decided to join as Education Accountant/Business Manager at Adventist School Northern Australia Conference.

He and his wife Lolyta have four children Sharon & Clinton (Twins), Sheryl and Jenifer. He is living in Australia for about 14 years and now glad to join with Northern Australia Conference to serve God’s mission and to be prepare for Jesus second coming.

Youth Personal Assistant / Receptionist

Lorraine Atchia

Youth PA/Receptionist/Top News/Communications PA

Executive Assistant General Secretary

Sarah Tekopua

Executive Assistant General Secretary

Tithes & Offerings Support

Matilda Ope

Tithes & Offerings Support/ Personal Assistant to President

Accounts Clerk

Errol Ope

Cashier/Clerk/Payroll/Bookshop Assistant

Bookshop Sales Clerk

Tracy Peterson

Bookshop Sales Clerk

Ministerial Staff