Steve commenced at Village Baxter in March 2018 as leader of the chaplaincy team. Steve has been an ordained Baptist Pastor for over 20 years, pastoring in a variety of different roles within a diverse array of Churches in a variety of contexts. However, Steve began his working life in the building industry before commencing youth work and moving into Pastoring.
With his life background and life experiences he brings unique qualities into his role. Steve has ministered to and walked with all age groups from young families with infants, families and teenagers to seniors.
Steve is married to Joanne and they have four boys, two daughters—law and two grandkids. Steve loves adventure, the outdoors and loves spending quality time with family and friends.
Steve is also the Snr Pastor of our Village Baxter Church.
Liz worked as the chaplain at the Baptcare Peninsula View community for three years before commencing at Village Baxter in October 2016. Initially Liz trained as a secondary teacher in maths and science and taught for three years in country Victoria.
Liz’s chaplaincy training included an internship at Austin Health in 2012, in which she completed three units of Clinical Pastoral Education, and a Graduate Diploma in Theology.
She married Steve in 1980 and they spent 10 years in Papua New Guinea, serving with Asia Pacific Christian Mission in support roles.
Liz and Steve have three adult children and two grandchildren and very much enjoy spending time with family. Liz’s interests include having coffee with friends, gardening, walking, and following the AFL.
After finishing an engineering apprenticeship in the UK, Mick commenced his employment in Australia as a ‘Hydraulic Service Technician’ The majority of Mick’s 40-year career in the plastic industry was in self -employment and management roles, the Glen Eira Christian Community Church and after further studies was recognised as a Baptist Pastor by the Baptist Union of Victoria.
In 1994 Mick was appointed as Pastor, He continued to serve in bi -vocational pastoral capacity for the next 20years. Mick is a Pastor at New Peninsula Baptist Church (Rosebud) and has recently completed a unit of Clinical Pastoral Education at Monash Health and a Graduate Certificate of Divinity. Mick is a Chaplain with us on a casual basis.
Mick and Dorrie have four adult children and four grandchildren. Mick enjoys bush walking, cycling and caravanning.
At present no worship service times are scheduled due to the Covid-19 restrictions.
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Our Chaplains have been providing pastoral care to the residents and staff of Village Baxter since its earliest days. Their contribution is one of the reasons Village Baxter is such a unique place.
The Chaplains are funded by the Village Baxter Church. They are here to provide a listening ear and to offer support as needed. They are available to all Village residents, whether or not you have any church connections.
Village Baxter Church is a self-governing, inter-denominational Christian church located within Village Baxter. It provides opportunities for worship and spiritual growth as well as friendship, care and support.
Our vision is to be “a Spirit-led community actively demonstrating God’s love.” This is our heart and what we desire. We believe that people matter and especially that people matter to God.
We are just ordinary individuals but we believe that God can make a positive difference in our own lives and in the lives of other people, both in our community and beyond.
On Sundays, worship services are held in the Grant Chapel at 10 am and also in the Lodge and the Manor. (We have teams from the Church assisting with worship services in the Lodge and the Manor.)
Communion is celebrated on the first Sunday of each month in the Grant Chapel at 10 am.
Mid week devotional services are held in the Clarke Centre, the Lodge and the Manor.
Currently no worship services are permitted due to the Covid-19 restrictions. (October 2020)
Click here to access the Church’s page on the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission website
The above link will take you to the Village Baxter Church’s ACNC page containing details of the Church’s structure and purpose