Pastor Peter & Linda Watson. Peter has been the lead Pastor since July 2022. Peter has served in a variety of fulltime, part-time and volunteer leadership roles over the last 40 years since his first youth leadership role at the age of 12 in his local Catholic church in Hokitika, New Zealand in the mid 80’s. In the late 80’s, after a short stint in the construction industry, Pete came to Wollongong to train as a Pastor under Barry McMurtrie (our founding Pastor) at the Institute for Contemporary Church Leadership.
While training Pete got to know a fellow student Linda, and they were married in 1990.
Linda and Pete moved back to New Zealand in 1990 and spent 10 years in Christchurch. They began with Bishopdale Church of Christ and then were sent out by Bishopdale to plant a new congregation. Following those ministries Peter spend some time lecturing for Integrity Bible College in Church History, Preaching and Church Growth.
Returning to Australia in 2000 Pete moved into a Facilities Management role with Bondi Junction Uniting Church and led the evening congregation in a volunteer capacity. In 2005 Peter was invited to lead the church as the Senior Pastor which he did leading the church in a period of growth.
In 2007 Pete took up running and so far he has run 70 marathons and ultra marathons. His longest run was in 2016/2017 when he ran 2405km over 59 days running from Cape Reinga to Bluff in New Zealand, the story of that can be found here.
In 2009 Pete moved into working in the area of Homelessness and worked with the Salvation Army to train Welfare Workers across the state until 2014. He then took on the role of Manager of Telopea Family Services and worked as a part-time Pastor at Telopea Church of Christ until 2018.
Pete decided to start his own business and has worked in education and training across Australia while at the same time supporting a number of churches with his preaching and leadership skills.
During this time Peter has continued his studies and has a wide variety of qualifications such as a Masters of Management, Batchelor’s in Business and Theology, and a variety of Diplomas in Counselling, Community Services and Education.
Peter and Linda have three adult daughters and six grandchildren.
Catherine Green has taken up a 1-day a week Mercy Ministries role in February 2024.