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, four married and they currently have 10 grandchildren.

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

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 (six), and Rory (four). We love spending time outdoors enjoying God’s creative handiwork, and drinking good coffee.

Jenny Allen

Office Administrator
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Jenny   worships at  the Lilydale Baptist Church and also works 2 days a week in the church office. Jenny and her husband Trevor have 3 adult children and 6 grandchildren.  She is also  our Playgroup co-ordinator and has a passion for helping and serving in in both of these ministries.

Vicki Shaw

Office Administrator
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Vicki has been a member of the Lilydale Baptist Church for 29 years and has enjoyed participating in a variety of church ministries throughout the years. Vicki is married to Roger (pictured) and has 3 adult sons, one married and two still living at home. Currently, working in the church office for 2 days a week and participates in the worship ministry as a church service worship leader.

Judy Huddleston

The Mustard Tree Manager

Kathy Vincent

Community Programs Co-ordinator & Pastoral Carer of The Mustard Tree

Lisa Vincent

Retail Manager of The Mustard Tree

Kathy Mitchell

Saturday Operations Supervisor of The Mustard Tree

Liz Mierke

Cafe Manager of The Mustard Tree

Tracey Kelly

Cafe Manager of The Mustard Tree

Casey Edwards

Finance Assistant of The Mustard Tree

Min Goodwin

The Mustard Tree Cafe Cook

Deb Shilling

Saturday Cafe Supervisor of The Mustard Tree