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Pastors: Tim and Victoria Giovanelli

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Tim and Victoria are excited to be leading Manly Life Church. They pioneered this amazing church community over 7 years ago and are thrilled by the way God has used this church to impact the Manly community! They are also the proud parents of Hope and Luca and a cavoodle named Teddy! 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. Victoria lived and studied at Catch the Fire Toronto before coming back to Sydney to teach High School dance. They met and married in 2011 and are now cheering each other on in life, ministry and marriage. Tim and Victoria love serving the Manly Life community and are excited to be a part of a growing, diverse and faith filled community!

Contacts: tim.giovanelli@manlylife.org & victoria.giovanelli@manlylife.org

Worship Pastor: Evie Akurangi

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Evie is our amazing Worship Pastor at Manly Life! Having previously studied and served at Hillsong in Sydney, she and her husband Felix are now a huge part of our church community.  Evie is passionate about following Jesus, loves performing gigs around Sydney and getting her creativity on in all kinds of outlets! She is also the proud mum of Aurora. If you’re keen to get involved in the music then Evie is the right person to get you connected in.

Little Kids Pastor: Avis Keanly

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Avis leads our brilliant kids church programs on Sunday mornings and all of the wonderful volunteers who serve each week. Avis is married to Jay and has two boys of her own. Originally from South Africa, the Northern Beaches is now their home. Avis has a beautiful faith in God and a passion to teach children the joy of following Jesus and making church a fun, safe and meaningful experience for our little ones. If you would like to get involved in kids church, get in touch with Avis!

Big Kids and Youth Pastor: Chris Roberts

Chris and his beautiful wife Beth live in Manly and Chris loves getting outdoors, reading, cooking, watching movies and sport of all kinds. Most of all Chris has a passion for seeing children and teenagers discover a relationship with Jesus, be an integral part of God’s family the Church, and be empowered to live for God’s Kingdom in their communities in character, gifting and calling. If you are interested in primary school and high school ministries, please don’t hesitate to contact Chris! chrisroberts7890@gmail.com   0466797913

Welcome and Hospitality: Carly Lake

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Carly is our Sunday Service Host meaning she co-ordinates our welcome and hospitality teams and connects our visitors into the life of the church. Carly is a local Northern Beaches girl who is also studying law. In 2018 she took time off to go on a YWAM for 6 months. She has a passionate Christian faith and loves the local church – meaning she is the ideal person to help others feel at home and welcome at Manly Life. If you are visiting for the first time, you will find Carly and her team in the foyer and during the service giving away our Welcome to Manly Life packs. She looks forward to saying hello soon!

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 (Chris, David, Ross, Allan and Karin) and the Eldership Group (Tim, Victoria, Julie, Greg, Adam and Hannah). 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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