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!
Maddy Mandall is a registered pastor and this year has begun in a new role as the Leadership Development Manager in QLD Baptists. Previously she served at the Worship and Connections Pastor at Wynnum Baptist Church. In her current role Maddy oversees Project 11, an emerging leader discipleship program; produces equipping material for pastors and leaders; and offers support where she can to Baptist churches of QLD. Maddy has tutored in the Introductory Preaching uni at Malyon Theological College and has conducted research in preaching as well. She is especially passionate about seeing women grow in their relationships with God and in the ministry He has called them to. Maddy is married to Tom, and they live and worship in Brisbane.
Susan is the Associate Pastor at Gateway Baptist Church. She is married to Jason, has four children and two beautiful grandchildren. Susan is passionate about walking alongside people and point them to Jesus. Her teaching is inspiring, down to earth, and practical.
Susan loves a good almond latte, can’t live without her Kindle and finds great joy playing with her grandchildren.