Our Team

Reverend Tim Giovanelli

Tim pioneered this amazing church community over 10 years ago with his wife Victoria. He is thrilled by the way God has used this church to impact the Manly community! Tim is the proud parent of Hope and Luca! Tim spent 6 years overseas in his 20’s, volunteering with African Enterprise in Kenya, working in consulting in London and studying theology at Regent College in Vancouver. Tim is an ordained Reverend in the Baptist Churches of NSW and ACT. He is also the Chaplain up at the International College of Management in Manly.

Contact: tim.giovanelli@manlylife.org

Pastor Kirrily Smeallie

Kirrily loves the local church and regularly preaches, leads services and helps with pastoral care. She is married to Dave and is mum to 3 great kids! Kirrily has planted and led churches and is passionate about people knowing Jesus and being transformed by his love! She is particularly involved in the morning services and with the families.

Contact: kirrily.smeallie@manlylife.org

Pastor Lani Hardwick

Lani is our amazing evening service and youth Pastor. She also oversees the young adults Life Groups. Lani is married to Dan and you can often find them surfing together, involved in mission work in Fiji and hanging out in Manly! Lani is an incredible leader to our young people, a great preacher and has such a heart for discipling the next generation.

Contact: lani@manlylife.org

Kids Ministry Coordinator: Tanja Gruber

Tanja leads and coordinates our kids ministry on Sunday mornings, the younger youth on Friday nights and overseas scripture in the local primary school. Tanja is originally from Germany but has made Australia home and has a huge passion for kids and them knowing Jesus! If you are interested in kids ministry or have kids at Manly Life, please don’t hesitate to contact Tanja! 

Contact Tanja: tanja@manlylife.org

Worship Co-ordinator: Millie Wilson

Millie is our amazing Worship Co-ordinator at Manly Life! Millie can often be found leading our times of worship or in the band. She sings, plays guitar, piano and the cello! Millie has done YWAM in Hawaii, studies at C3 college and has been on mission to Bangladesh with Homes of Hope International. Her heart is to help us worship King Jesus and lead us into the presence of the Holy Spirit.

Contact Millie: millie.wilson@manlylife.org

Assistant Kids Ministry Coordinator: Janna Artuz

Janna leads our brilliant creche and pre-school kids church programs on Sunday mornings and all of the wonderful volunteers who serve each week. Janna is originally from the Philippines and is now living on the Northern Beaches of Sydney. She loves the kids and the kids love her!

Welcome, Hospitality and Events Coordinator – Bec Thwaites

Bec is coordinates all of the welcome, hospitality and events at Manly Life. She is studying Social Research and Policy majoring in Development Studies at UNSW and loving it. Bec is passionate about justice and compassion in action and loves seeing people find community and purpose in the body of Christ. In her spare time she love to paint and do pottery, and loves the glorious ocean! If you come to Manly Life, you will be sure to meet Bec! 

Contact Bec: bec.thwaites@manlylife.org

Church Governance

Manly Life is a part of the Baptist Churches of NSW and ACT. The church is led by Tim and Victoria and is wisely assisted by the Administration Group (David, Ross, Allan and Karin) and the Eldership Group (Tim, Victoria, Julie, Greg, Mark and Jess). The Administration Group meets to oversee administrative matters such as the finances, leases, wages, external giving and legal compliances. The Eldership Group meet to look at the vision, values and goals of the church and to provide wisdom and guidance to the Pastoral team.

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