About us

Lake Joondalup Baptist Church is a group of everyday people from a diverse range of experiences, backgrounds and countries of origin.

We embrace our Baptist values while ensuring that our services and our approach reflect the local community and contemporary practices.

If you are looking for a place to belong where you can explore and develop your own sense of faith LJBC would be delighted to help you on your journey. Although we are an eclectic bunch of imperfect people we are committed to growing and changing as God transforms us all.

The groups and activities that we operate are aligned to five clear purposes (L.I.G.H.T.): Loving People, Including People, Gathering to Celebrate, Holding each other accountable, and Transformation through relationship with God. To paraphrase Jesus’ words in Matthew 5:14 – ‘we endeavour to reflect God’s light to the world – like a community on a hilltop that cannot be hidden’.

Our four congregations are relaxed with an emphasis on God’s word and worshipping together. Our theology is defined by a statement of faith which attempts to capture the basic theology we hold onto while we allow each believer to form their own accountable relationship with God.

We believe strongly in the need to protect vulnerable people and have implemented the SafeChurch policy. This includes training our leaders in how to make sure that our church activities, facilities and practises are aligned to the policy.

Our board

Oliver Lawson (Chair)

Mark Morris (Secretary)

Deidre Richardson

Herman Martins

Steve Ingram (Senior Pastor)

Ansie Heilmann

Our staff

Steve Ingram

Senior Pastor

Steve is passionate about the church being a healthy place which is honest about itself and compassionate to those who are on a faith journey. He has over 30 years in pastoral leadership. He has worked in other churches, as a consultant for the WA Baptists, and as a consultant in his own company. Other than his theological training, he has a Masters in Organisational leadership. As well as sitting on other boards, Steve is the current chair of the Australian Baptist Ministries Council. Steve is accredited by the Baptist Churches of WA.

Aaron Bradfield


Aaron is passionate about people finding wholeness and well-being alongside their developing sense of faith. He has previously pastored in other Baptist churches on Perth and the Great Southern. He has extensive pastoral experience and alongside his theological training holds a Masters in Counselling. Alongside his pastoral duties Aaron has also run a counselling centre. Aaron is accredited by the Baptist Churches of WA.

Ben Smith

Pastor: Youth and Young Adults

Ben and his wife Tara are passionate about the reality of Jesus and how that can radically impact young people’s lives and their relationship with God, each other and the world. He has studied theology at both undergrad and postgrad level, including further studies in counselling and mental health. Ben has served as a youth and young adults pastor in a church in Mandurah and worked in a pastoral team for youth and families in a church in Scarborough. When he is not reading theological books, you’ll find him either reading sci-fi or fantasy novels, at the beach, or on some adventure with his wife.

Kate Dagnell

Pastoral Worker: Preaching and Leadership

Kate is an experienced teacher working at a local school alongside her part-time role at LJBC. Kate is a gifted preacher and as such, a regular member of the preaching team. She also has responsibilities in supporting the leadership of the church.

Janet Judd

Ministry Worker: Early Learning

Janet has been overseeing LJBC’s ministry to children and parents for some time. As a trained teacher, Janet brings a wealth of experience as we care for and guide children and their parents.

Wendy Howell

Ministry Worker: Administration

Wendy’s role in our church office continues to keep the diverse ministries of the church functioning. Wendy oversees many of the communication channels and a whole bunch of details that are vital to the life of the church.

Lynda Sheppard

Ministry Worker: Finance

Lynda is responsible for the manangement of our church finances. Lynda qualified as an accountant in South Africa and brings much needed expertise to our church. She also assists with our administration.

Ginny Allan

Ministry Worker: CAP

Ginny is our debt centre manager in our Christians Against Poverty centre. Ginny has a background in university administration and brings a strong sense of dedication and compassion to this vital ministry.