Anew Conferences – Women with a heart for change.
Change within – to know we are deeply loved by our Heavenly Father.
Change in those around us – to deeply love those around us, and to share God’s love with them.
To work towards changing the world for those in poverty by prayer, giving and going.
19 For I am about to do something new.
See, I have already begun! Do you not see it?
I will make a pathway through the wilderness.
I will create rivers in the dry wasteland.
4 Others were given in exchange for you.
I traded their lives for yours
because you are precious to me.
You are honored, and I love you.
8 Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves;
ensure justice for those being crushed.
9 Yes, speak up for the poor and helpless,
and see that they get justice.
3 “Give justice to the poor and the orphan;
uphold the rights of the oppressed and the destitute.
4 Rescue the poor and helpless;
deliver them from the grasp of evil people.
Our day can take different forms in our different locations, but will always include God inspired speakers, heartfelt moments of worship, opportunities for prayer, moments of blessing and heart connections. There will be delicious food, and moments for laughter together.
We are compassionate and an important part of Anew is working towards changing the world for those in poverty, by praying together, giving and even at times by going. At each event there will be opportunity to give towards aid projects both overseas and in our own areas.
Anew is a ministry of Queensland Baptist Women, facilitated by the State Director, Cathy Knechtli. QBW is a ministry of Queensland Baptists. For more information about Queensland Baptists please click here.
Cathy Knechtli is the State Director for the Queensland Baptist Women. Cathy has a passion for Jesus, to share His love with women and for worship, and loves to see women and young people released in their God given giftings. She lives on the Sunshine Coast with her teacher husband, 4 kids, and various musical instruments.
Cathy Ballantine has been a part of the Qld Baptist Women's Team since 2007. She has a home based Admin business. Cathy is married to Matt and they have 4 children - Declan (19), Brenna (18), Jacob (16) and Megan (12). They have been a part of Salisbury Baptist Church since 1999.
Jane Van Mourik is part of the executive committee for Anew Conference. She is married to Queensland’s State Rep for Baptist World Aid, Brent Van Mourik. Before she met Brent, Jane was a missionary in Uganda, volunteering with two different NGOs before co-founding an organization to care for and rehabilitate trafficked teenage women in 2013. Jane has a passion for poverty alleviation and worship, and loves serving God’s women through Anew Conference, and volunteering alongside her husband in his ministry. When she has some free time Jane is also an Early Childhood Teacher and keen knitter.
Melissa loves the Lord, His Word and to worship Him. She has learnt that in all things, God works together for good, and that faith is a verb, it requires action. Melissa spent 3 years as a missionary in Bali, working with women in the prisons and on the streets. She is a very feminine mother to 3 boys, and lives on the Sunshine Coast.
Natalie serves with her husband, Nathan, at Biloela Baptist Church in Central Queensland. She is mum to three energetic children aged between 4 and 8. In her free-time she likes to sing, read, craft and play boardgames. As well as women's ministry, Natalie enjoys serving in the areas of worship and community outreach. She is passionate about seeking God in prayer and walking alongside women in their faith journeys. She is excited about sharing that passion with the Anew Conference women.
Bek Taylor has recently become a mother to a beautiful daughter Brooklyn. Bek and her husband Sam are filled with joy that God has blessed them with a child and are finding out what it means to be parents under God’s guidance. She has a passion for the young and loves being able to help them in their journey with Christ, finding themselves and understanding what it truly means to be a daughter of God and how that looks in today’s society. Bek and Sam live in Brisbane and attend Hillsong Church.
Colleen Moss is part of the Anew conference team. She is a Clinical Nurse Teacher at the Prince Charles Hospital. Colleen loves being involved in women’s ministry, and enjoys doing all the background work and praying with women. She attends Bridgeman Downs Baptist Church, loves Dad jokes and has a warped sense of humour!
Vanessa is part of the Anew conference team, doing a lot of work with our regional conferences and teen girls program. She works as an Education Assistant, and volunteers as an RI Co-ordinator and RI teacher. Vanessa attends Salisbury Baptist Church where she teaches Children’s Church.
Shannon lives Far North QLD, with her husband and 3 gorgeous girls. After serving for 6 years in Papua New Guinea, her family relocated to Mareeba where they continue to work with Mission Aviation Fellowship. Shannon is thrilled to be part of the Anew Conference team. She is passionate about encouraging women to pursue their God given identity in all seasons of life – especially the chaotic ones!