Staff @ LBC


Stewart Barnard

Senior Pastor

Pastor Stewart was appointed as Senior Pastor in May 2014. He and his wife Lesley have been involved at Lilydale since before they were married in 1979. During this time their involvement has included children’s ministry, music, craft groups, youth ministry and various others aspects of Church life.

After many years of considering a call to pastoral ministry Stewart commenced a Bachelor of Ministry which he completed while working as a Primary school Chaplain for almost seven years. Prior to this Stewart and Lesley ran their own horticultural business for 20 years growing flowers and bulbs. They have six children, three married and they currently have 9 grandchildren.

Pastor Stewart is committed to teaching from God’s word to encourage and strengthen hope and faith in Jesus as Lord.


Peter Los

Associate Pastor Community Ministries

Peter, his wife Nola , and their four children first attended Lilydale Baptist church in the mid 1980’s and eventually Peter served as an associate pastor for three years at Lilydale , before moving to the Western Suburbs to pastor.

He started his working career as a Primary school teacher then taught in Special Education before attending Bible College (BCV). Peter has since served as a pastor in both Baptist and Churches of Christ for many years before a major change in career saw him working for the Salvation Army as an outreach worker serving the homeless in inner city Melbourne. After eight years he felt the call to return to pastoral work and has spent the last 9 years at Carnegie Church of Christ, before coming back ‘home’ to Lilydale in 2016.

Over the years Peter has established a number of community based church ministries and is passionate about Jesus, ..passionate about working with marginalized people.


Chris Barras

Children's Ministry Leader

After growing up in country Victoria, I came to Melbourne thinking I was starting my life career as a physiotherapist. However, God had other ideas and called me to theological study, and along with this to move into families’ ministry. I have loved being involved in ministry to children and families for over 10 years, serving at Camberwell Baptist Church for the past 5 years. I believe kids and families are a valuable part of God’s family, and I love seeing kids explore and engage with who God is, and grow in their love for Jesus.
I am married to Vaughan, who is a secondary teacher. He loves a bit of fun and silliness through his alter ego Felix the puppet! We are blessed with two children, Chloe (three and a half), and Rory (one year old). We love spending time outdoors enjoying God’s creative handiwork, and drinking good coffee.

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Jo Richardson

Church Administrator/Accounts

Jo Richardson has been church administrator since February 2010. She enjoys the variety of work this position involves and particularly the busyness of the office due to its proximity to The Mustard Tree with all it offers to the local community. Jo loves that she works in an environment that is focused on meeting the various needs of people in our local community.

She has been married to Matt for 24 years and they have two teenage children, Isaac and Millie. They have been attending Lilydale Baptist Church since 2006. Jo attended playgroup with the kids and assisted in running playgroup for a few years. Together Matt & Jo ran CARL Youth for four and a half years.

Jo loves to get out with the family 4wding and camping and will take off on a travel adventure at every opportunity.

Judy – Operations Manager – The Mustard Tree

Amanda – Retail Manager – The Mustard Tree

Dale – Administrative Assistant – The Mustard Tree

Kathy – Saturday Operations Supervisor

Liz – Joint Cafe Manager – The Mustard Tree Cafe

Katie – Joint Cafe Manager – The Mustard Tree Cafe

Lisa – Café Cook – The Mustard Tree Cafe