Michael and Esther
On the same Sunday morning in November 2011, Esther and Mike each, separately, experienced God calling to come here. That calling translated into serving CrossCulture & the Community at Point Cook. Mike & Esther moved here in 2012. In 2013 Mike took over as lead pastor.
Mike and Esther’s passion is to help others encounter God in Christ Jesus and to experience authentic Christian Community. That’s what really drives them.
They have both worked in developing countries. They love good food from different cultures and are excited that Point Cook is home to people from so many nations. Esther really loves her part-time work as a GP. Mike loves walking, especially bushwalking in the Australian Alpine Country.
Chairman of Board
Graeme served as the chairman on the board. Graeme is now retired having served as a pastor here in Australia and as a missionary overseas. In recent years, Graeme was the Dean of Studies at the Christian Leaders’ Training College in Papua New Guinea, an interdenominational college. He had worked among tertiary students from Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu, Samoa, and the Solomon Islands.
Graeme and his wife, Marian have three adult children and three grandchildren. They love spending time with family, caring for people, and Graeme, in particular, enjoys barracking for the Western Bulldogs!
Martin and Marina
Intern Associate Pastors (Kids & Youth)
Martin and Marina have a strong calling and heart for children ministry. With more than 15 years of experience in kids’ ministry, this energetic couple loves to plan and organise meaningful activities to help kids to grow in Christ. Recently, they felt God leading them towards full-time ministry.
Both of them are currently studying at a Bible College in Melbourne and are involved in the internship program with the Church of Christ VIC/TAS.
This year, Martin has also started to disciple youths between the age of 13 to 18. Marina who has an artistic interest also helps the church in communications and graphic design. They have three young boys and enjoy taking them for hiking and photography in their free time.
Ministry Associate Worship Director
Daniel serves as the worship director at CrossCulture Point Cook. With more than 20 years of experience in Worship Ministry, he oversees over 30 volunteers in the Music and Audio Visual ministry. Daniel is a passionate musician and is also a great mentor to the worship teams in the church.
When he was an infant, God protected his life miraculously. He has in turn given his life to follow Christ and desires to see people become true worshipers and disciples of Christ. Professionally, Daniel has experience in teaching and lecturing and is a learning designer in the Department of Education.
Pastor, Mandarin Ministry
Annie is the lead pastor for the Mandarin Ministry. She migrated to Australia in 1991, and came to faith in God in 2004 and has been passionately serving the Lord since then. In 2018, Annie graduated with a Bachelor degree in Theology from the Melbourne School of Theology (MST) and responded to God’s calling into full-time ministry.
Annie was also involved in several missionary work in Thailand and the United Kingdom. In her free time, she enjoys travelling, reading books and photography.
Joanne serves as the Building Manager in CrossCulture church since March 2019. Her responsibilities include managing various areas of the church and ensuring the premises are well-kept. With her positive and friendly personality, Joanne is always ready to lend a hand to any ministry who needs to use the church facilities.
In 2016, she migrated from Singapore to Australia with her young family. In her own time, she likes to travel and explore interesting holiday places with her family.
Ivan and Melissa
First Impressions Ministry Leader
Since 2014, Ivan and Melissa are leaders of the First Impression team. They lead their ministry team to welcome newcomers and are always serving people with a big smile. With a strong interest in arts and music, they are also involved in worship as well as coordinating special events in community centres outreaches and cultural festivals. They have a daughter and migrated previously from Malaysia.