Pastor Ben Hentschke
Jesus said to them “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation”.
After finding a lack of purpose while studying Accounting and Management at University, I felt God calling me towards serving in the church. A journey began then that led almost 6 years later to becoming a pastor in the Lutheran Church of Australia. After receiving the call to serve Ipswich Lutheran Church in 2013 as Associate Pastor I have been blessed to be able to help people know Christ and make Christ known within the city of Ipswich.
Married to my wife, Kelly and with our fur-baby dog, Connor, I enjoy football (A member of the Brisbane Broncos) and hate cats (I often remind people of this), but am passionate about sharing Christ and empowering others to share Christ with those who do not yet know Him, and the gifts of love, grace, forgiveness and eternal life that He offers to all.
I also have a passion for media and using innovative ways to spread the good news – which has led me to also serving a chairperson of the Board for Lutheran Media (www.lutheranmedia.org.au)
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own insight. I all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.
These words from Proverbs were our wedding text. They have guided me over the years that I have been married and in my ministry. I am married to Gaylea and we are blessed with three children, Maria, Harry and Abigail.
I have been involved in the Ipswich Lutheran Church since the beginning of 2012 as one of it’s parish pastors. I am currently serving as the Lead Pastor since the end of 2012. It has been a joy to serve the three congregations of Bethany, Grace and St. Johns as well as serving at Bethany Lutheran Primary School and Kindergarten. I also serve in the wider community as a Religious Instruction Teacher and on the support committee for one of the local primary school chaplains.
The Ipswich community has welcomed us, and I pray that we welcome you.
Karen Cotter – Ministry Support
A word aptly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver.
My journey serving the Lutheran Church began many years ago as a receptionist at Trinder Park Rest Home at Woodridge in Logan. I have worked in a variety of office/admin roles both in government departments and the private sector since then.
St John’s has been my home congregation for the past 10 years. Prior to being employed as the Ministry Support person here at Ipswich Lutheran Church, I volunteered in and around the office. My current role which I undertook in September 2008 is one I find very rewarding. My responsibilities include reception duties, admin support to the members, pastors, groups and teams of the church as well as payment of accounts, bookkeeping, answering general enquiries regarding baptisms and wedding bookings and management of church and pastors diaries.
I look forward to and wonder what our awesome God has planned for our church in Ipswich.
Vicki Park – Pastoral Care Support Co-ordinator
Whenever we have the opportunity, we should do good to everyone – especially to those in the family of faith.
God has worked hard in my life to bring me to this time where he has entrusted me to wear two different hats here in the Parish Office. Through the many periods of my life and experiences God has faithfully nurtured and cared for me and His love has transformed me so that I want to nurture help others care for the lonely and sick and in my role as Pastoral Care Support Co-ordinator that is what I do, try to find people willing to share God’s love and compassion with those in need. I also love talking about God’s amazing love through Jesus. I get the privilege of doing that with the H2H confirmation group. It is such a blessing to watch the young people grow in their faith. At present I am half way through a Bachelor of Ministry course, so the future is full of exciting expectation as to what or where God will use me.
David Uebergang – Social Media Co-ordinator
I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.
Graduating with a Bachelor of Multimedia Design from the University of Queensland, I’ve since taken an interest especially in the Video medium as a means to communicate powerful messages. This part-time role has me designing graphic promotional material, co-ordinating the Church Social Media and team communication.
I see a massive gap in the way younger generations are interacting in this fast-paced, short attention span Society and the way man traditional Corporate structures (including Churches) are trying to reach them. I believe this is because of a failure to adapt to the changes to the way people now consume information. My goal is to help bridge that gap how I can.
The Ipswich Lutheran Church was my home church growing up and it’s great to be able to give back with the gifts and skills in Video, Design, Marketing and Social Media I’ve been developing. This role is a great opportunity of growth in many areas for me.
Here is what I’m commanding you to do. Be strong and brave. Do not be afraid. Do not lose hope. I am the Lord your God. I will be with you everywhere you go.
I’ve been Married for 29 years. We have 2 adult Daughters. And 1 spoilt cat. I became a Christian in my early teens. God led me to supporting and empowering people in crisis through Professional Counselling/Life Coaching almost 19 years ago now. I have Counselled in the greater Ipswich region for those 19 years.I’ve been Counselling at Ipswich Lutheran Parish for over 5 years.
Michelle Yarrow – Professional Standards Officer + Ministry Support
If I ride the wings of the morning, if I dwell by the farthest oceans, even there your hand will guide me, and your strength will support me.
I began my working life many years ago first in a local Law Firm and then in Brisbane for an International Accountancy Firm working in their Office Costing and Client Accounting Department and then later moved back into secretarial as a Legal Secretary for various lawyers and a Senior Associate in the Brisbane offices of a large International Law Firm in their Insurance and Risk Management Department for a period of ten years.
After leaving this work to start a family, I also had a keen interest in volunteering and volunteered in my daughter’s kindergarten, school and the various community groups she was involved in. As our family has made St John’s our Church home for many many years and also having a long family history at St John’s on my husband’s side, it was a natural step to volunteer in the Church Office doing a variety of office and administrative duties. I started volunteering in the office towards the end of 2007. In 2010, I was offered some part time paid employment and then in 2011 was offered further paid hours to assist with office administration duties and have continued in this role as Office Assistant.
I am very blessed to have been led by God to use my gifts and talents in this way.