Who we are
We are a multi generational church family, passionate about Jesus, and inviting people of all ages into life-giving relationship with Him.
Steve Van Der Poel
Steve and his wife, Amanda, moved with their three kids from Brisbane in January 2021 to take on the role of Senior Pastor here at Wangaratta. Steve spent almost 15 years in the Queensland Police Service and has a passion for people in the church to embrace their faith and live it out in the real world. Steve loves the opportunity to share a good coffee with people, regardless of their background or beliefs, and chat about the successes and challenges of life and he also serves as a local police chaplain.
Steve and Amanda want the church to be a place where people of all ages are embraced and valued, and more importantly, where they can find out about the life-altering difference that Jesus can make in their lives.
In his spare time, Steve loves camping, the outdoors, stand up paddleboarding and cheering his beloved Western Bulldogs. Amanda loves Worship, Women’s ministry and reading a book with a good cup of tea.
Ange van der Leeuw
Ange loves connecting with people of all ages and backgrounds. She loves being a mum and grandmother despite the challenges of managing the roles on her own.
Ange has been involved in many areas of ministry, including youth work, school chaplain and Pastoral Care Coordinator at Wangaratta Hospital.
She is well acquainted with the unexpected stuff that life brings and loves to encourage others to a deeper daily relationship with God.
Ange has four adult children and seven grandchildren.