Rev. Melissa Lipsett—a leader known for her global vision, personal integrity and pastoral gifts—was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Baptist World Aid Australia in 2021. Prior to joining Baptist World Aid, Melissa served as Chief Operating Officer at Bible Society Australia and before that she was Executive Pastor of Newlife Church in Queensland, a community she served for nearly 20 years.
Melissa sees the holistic approach of Baptist World Aid’s work as an integral response to Christ’s call to ‘the least of these’ (in Matthew 25:40). From it’s Child Sponsorship and community development programs to disaster relief efforts, advocacy and church partnerships, she believes each provide practical opportunities for Christ’s representatives to care for the whole person. That’s why Baptist World Aid works with 38 local Christian partners through 73 projects in 18 countries to bring lasting change and build long term relationships.
Melissa and her husband Peter have been married for 38 years and live and worship in Sydney. They have two adult children Jess, a director of Corney and Lind Lawyers, and Brad, a professional musician. Jess and Brad both continue to live in sunny Queensland!