Our Team

Craig Newill

Lead Pastor - English Congregation
Craig (from Cape Town, South Africa) has been at WBCBC since January 2010. He is married to Kerry and they have three children. After completing a BA in English and History, and then a stint in the Navy, he trained for ministry at George Whitefield College (GWC) in Cape Town. Kerry is also a graduate of GWC. When there is time Craig enjoys cycling and the challenge of DIY projects. He has come to enjoy AFL and barracks for the West Coast Eagles. Besides hanging out with Kerry and the kids he loves nothing more than explaining the Bible and teaching others to do the same.

Mark Vivian

Senior Associate Pastor - English Congregation
Mark spent most of his early life in Florida and met his lovely wife, Shelly at Columbia International University. Mark and Shelly were married in 1990 and they have 3 children: Kyle, Tyler and Aynsley. Mark received his M.Div from Covenant Theological Seminary in 1997. He served as Youth Pastor in a church in Lancaster County from 1998 to 2002. Mark and his family left the USA and moved to Perth in January 2003 so Mark could take up the position of Associate Pastor. Mark enjoys teaching others and helping them to understand the Bible. Digging into God’s Word to get a better grasp of who God is so we can glorify and enjoy Him is Mark’s passion.

Paulus Surya

Lead Pastor - Indonesian Congregation
Paulus and his wife, Lidia, were called to come to Perth on 17th of May 1995 and served the congregation in the Indonesian language. On March 17th, 1996, Paulus officially became pastor of the Indonesian speaking congregation of WPC Bull Creek. Paulus and Lidia have two children, Phoebe and Moses. Paulus has a deep desire to spread the gospel and to see the congregation grow on the foundation of God's Word. In his spare time, Paulus loves to read good books and play chess!!!

Erick Kartawijaya

Associate Pastor - Indonesian Congregation
Erick and Lily were married in 1985. In 1998, they moved from Jakarta to Perth with their children (Eka, Arnan, Triaji), and joined the congregation of WPC Bull Creek. After working fly-in fly-out for over 3 years, Erick has lived permanently in Perth since August 2002. After completing his Master of Divinity at Trinity Theological College, he was called to serve full time at WPCBC Bull Creek, primarily focussing on the Indonesian language ministry. He was ordained as a teaching elder on October 28th, 2012. Erick’s primary responsibilities are to teach God's Word, evangelize and disciple people in following Jesus in a variety of age and family groups.

Dirk Soet

Pastor to Seniors
Dirk is an elder at WPC Bull Creek and pastor to the seniors. Dirk and his wife, Sue, serve the Lord by ministering to seniors in the church through visitation and organising a 60+ men’s group and seniors’ morning teas or lunches. Sue and Dirk have 2 children, 4 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. Dirk enjoys gardening, baking, walking, spending time with family and holidays.

Matt Dodd

Associate Pastor - English Congregation
Matt is an Associate Pastor at WPCBC. Matt’s love for Jesus led to him giving up his work as an accountant to get involved in church stuff full-time. Matt loves many things more than life itself: God, the Gospel, his wife Amanda and his daughters Abigail & Jemimah. Matt loves Nescafé coffee, tickle fights and great crime dramas, a little less than life itself, but still quite a lot.

Katherine Ollis

Women's Ministry Intern
After studying public health, and working in health education and youth work, Katherine trained for ministry at Trinity Theological College, and started attending Bull Creek in 2016. As women’s ministry intern, Katherine’s focus is on reading the bible one-to-one, and leading women’s and young adults’ bible studies. She loves spending time catching up with ladies to read God’s word to us, and discuss what it means for our lives. Katherine also loves travelling, learning about different cultures, and spending time with friends, family and her cute little nephew!

Josh van der Kooij

Pastoral Intern
Josh has been at Bull Creek since he was a young lad, when his family moved to the church in the mid-nineties. After working in IT for a few years following university, God opened his eyes to the possibility of ministry, after which he undertook a ministry apprenticeship and then three years of theological study, which has landed him right back here at Bull Creek as a Pastoral Intern. Josh is married to the lovely Carolyn, enjoys all things basketball, hanging out with friends, and trips to the beach. He’s also not a coffee drinker, but hopes you won’t hold that against him.

Carolyn van der Kooij

Church Administrator
Carolyn started attending WPCBC in 1989 with her family and has been working full time as part of the Admin team since 2012. Carolyn is married to Josh and loves finding the best cafés for breakfast and coffee catch up’s with family and friends. She loves travelling this amazing world, gardening, cooking and reading a good book.

Lesley Chang

Bookkeeper
Lesley joined the Administration team in February 2013. She was born in Northern Ireland and arrived in Australia in 1989. She has worked in accounting roles for a variety of companies in Perth and overseas. Lesley is married to Philip and has 2 children. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, crafts, supporting the West Coast Eagles, and experimenting with new recipes.

Shirley

Admin Assistant
Shirley first moved to Perth in 1993 and started to attend WPC Bull Creek that year. Before starting to work here, Shirley worked as a Graphic Designer for many years. She has lived in both Perth and Melbourne and now works full time as part of the Administration team at WPCBC. She loves working in a Church and thinks it is amazing to be able to serve God in her daily work together with the family of believers.

Kate Baker

Admin Assistant
Kate joined the Administration team in September 2017. She was born in the UK and arrived in Australia in 2008. Kate is married to Pete and has 3 children. Kate loves singing, walking the dog, going out for coffee, & op-shopping.

Andrew Powell

Ministry Apprentice (MTS)
Andrew started his apprenticeship in 2018. He loves Jesus and grateful for the opportunity to work and grow in full time ministry. He is smitten with his awesome wife Vee and their darling son Tamanda.

Esther Sohn

Ministry Apprentice (MTS)
Esther is a Ministry apprentice at WPC BC. Esther finished her bachelor of science in double major psychology in 2017 and thought that MTS was a wonderful opportunity for her to grow in her understanding of scripture and to be trained in biblical teaching. Esther doesn’t know what she will be doing after MTS, but what she does know is that Jesus is the greatest gift ever to all peoples. Esther loves Jesus and many other things in life, including her family and friends, the WPC BC family, people in general and coffee and eating.

Shawn Tan

Ministry Apprentice (MTS)
Shawn is one of the apprentices at WPCBC. He is married to his wife, Monica and has a single Bichon Frise. After working as a tax accountant, Shawn was challenged as he learned more about Jesus about how he could serve God better which led to him giving up his work. Shawn enjoys gaming, basketball, animes and a good bargain.

Jared Venter

Ministry Apprentice (MTS)
Jared is a ministry apprentice at WPC Bull Creek, where he spends his time studying the Bible with people and learning from the elders about how to effectively serve Jesus in vocational ministry. For two years, he was the apprentice youth pastor at his previous church. While working there, Jared studied at Spurgeon’s College, where he is currently completing his theological degree. Jared is very blessed to be married to the wonderful Katja, who daily encourages him in his walk with Jesus. Jared enjoys spending time with Katja, reading, writing, singing, playing guitar, ballroom dancing and basketball.