Pastors: Tim and Victoria Giovanelli


Tim and Victoria are excited to be leading a new church in Manly. They are the proud parents of Hope and Luca, who love a cuddle at church! Tim spent 6 years overseas in his 20’s, volunteering with African Enterprise in Kenya, working as a consulting in London and studying at Regent College in Vancouver. In 2008 he came home to launch and Pastor a new evening congregation at Northside Baptist Church in Crows Nest before moving down to Manly. Victoria lived and studied at Catch the Fire Toronto before coming back to Sydney to teach dance at Oxford Falls Grammar. 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!

Worship and Young Adults Co-ordinator: Dan Thornton


Dan has grown up on the Northern Beaches and been at Manly Life almost since it began! Dan is passionate about following Jesus, loves his surfing and is pretty handy on the tools. Alongside leading worship at Manly Life with the other worship leaders, Dan co-ordinates the worship teams and the Young Adults community. If you’re keen to get involved in the music or come to a mid week Young Adults night, then Dan is your man to get you connected in.

Kids Pastor: Grace Clark

Grace ClarkGrace is our Kids Pastor at Manly Life. She assists Victoria in leading Life Kids every Sunday at the 9:30am service. You will particularly find her with the little ones! Grace is studying Primary Education and has been involved in kids ministry for years through kids church and camps around the Northern Beaches. Grace loves teaching kids about the love of God and empowering the kids to become shining lights for Jesus wherever they are. If you want to get involved in kids ministry, let Grace know!


Sunday Service Host: Ella Begg

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Ella is our Sunday Service Host meaning she co-ordinates our welcome and hospitality teams and connects our visitors into the life of the church. Ella is originally from Queensland and has moved to Sydney to pursue a career in fashion and modelling. 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 Ella and her team in 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 (Ross, Allan and Karin) and the Eldership Group (Tim, Victoria, Julie, Greg and Adam). 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. Tim is an ordained Minister in the denomination.

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