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)

Ansie Heilmann

Steve Ingram (Senior Pastor)

Greg Holland

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

Pastor

Aaron is passionate about people finding wholeness and well-being alongside their developing sense of faith. He has previously pastored in other Baptist churches in 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.

John Pim

Pastor: Youth and Young Adults

John is dedicated to seeing youth and young adults make the decision to follow Jesus. He is enthusiastic towards helping people develop a sense of belonging and growing where God has called them. He has experience working in various roles with Scripture Union, YMCA and more recently as the Senior Pastor of Esperance Baptist Church and as a School Chaplain in Esperance. John has completed tertiary studies in Youth Ministry and is currently studying a Bachelor of Ministry at Morling College.

Lynda Sheppard

Ministry Worker: Finance

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

Emily Sullivan

Ministry Worker: Digital Administrator

Emily is responsible for overseeing our Website, Social media, and Planning Center  Software. Emily is qualified in Event Management and is currently completing her Degree in Graphic Design. She adds a bubbly and creative personality to the team.

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.

Claire Ramsay

Pastoral Worker: Children’s Ministry

Claire is committed to seeing children and young adults finding their place within the church and developing their own sense of faith. She has experience in working with people of all ages in various churches in the UK. After emigrating to WA, she became a Primary Chaplain in a local Primary School before embarking on a career in teaching. With a degree in Biblical Theology, Claire is passionate about sharing her love of God with our youngest members of the church and supports the church leadership.