Staff Team

CRCK has five formal staff members.
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Des is married to Suzie, is a father to Daniel, Samuel and Jemima, and works as Lead Pastor at CRCK. In collaboration with the other elders and staff, Des is responsible for setting vision and strategy at CRCK, leading in preaching, planning the Sunday services, overseeing Connect Groups, as well as overseeing evangelism and mission, and our communications strategy.

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Paul is married to Hayley, and is the proud father Adeline and Theodore. He is one of the pastoral staff at CRCK and is involved with preaching as well as overseeing welcoming and newcomers, membership, mercy ministry and assisting the elders in providing pastoral care. Paul loves exploring new places and foods with his wife, the outdoors, fishing and football.

Keith is married to Jackie and has 3 girls Kate, Eva and Lucy plus half a dozen chooks and 1 shed. He is the Children's and Youth Pastor at CRCK and is passionate about seeing people come to faith and grow closer towards our amazing God. What relaxes him most is being outdoors camping and surfing and being indoors watching TV-box sets.

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Simone is married to Andrew, and loves being a Mum to Connor, Tasma, India and Darcy.  She is CRCK’s Children and Families Worker, which is a part-time, voluntary role focusing on children’s ministry. Simone heads up Kidz Biz, our Sunday school for Grades 1-4, and is excited by the opportunity to share the great love that Jesus has for children.  Friends, food and the (occasional) warm Tassie day BBQ are a favourite way for Sim to relax.

Eldership

CRCK believes that God has established local churches to be led by teams of male elders whose qualifications are outlined in 1 Timothy 3 and Titus 1. These men, seeking the input of the congregation, are ultimately responsible for the spiritual oversight and governance of the church, protecting her from error and caring for her members. The pastors are ultimately accountable to this Leadership Team.

Jo is married to Hillie and together have 4 grown up children and 15 grand children. Jo is now retired but has spent his working life in Architecture ( 12 years ), Christian Education as a Teacher but mostly in a leadership position (30 years ) and House parenting teenage aboriginal youth. (2 years). He is at present also serving on the board of Christian Homes Tasmania being chair of the Governance Committee. He is also actively involved in CRCK.

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Jason is married to Neesha-Marie and is the father of two primary school aged children.  He works as a fisheries scientist and is the elder in charge of Children’s and Youth Ministry.

Steve is married to Ingrid, has three children, Daniel, Luke and Yasmin, aged 15, 13 & 11. He works as a Manager for the Department of Human Services. Steve enjoys playing all types of sports, enjoys outdoor activity, and is Session Chairman.

Matt King

Matt has lived in Tassie all his life except for a fantastic 11 years in north-east England, returning in 2012. He is married to Julia and they have three girls. During the week Matt works as a research scientist, trying to understand Antarctica's contribution to sea level; he also keeps a close eye out for good coffee. He loves trying to make the church work better and is the elder responsible for Evangelism & Mission.