Our Team

Pastors: Tim and Victoria Giovanelli

Tim and Victoria are excited to be leading Manly Life Church. They pioneered this amazing church community over 8 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. He is also the Chaplain up at the International College of Management in Manly. 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

Youth & Kids Ministry Coordinator: 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! 

Contact Chris: chris.roberts@manlylife.org

Worship Leader: Evie Akurangi

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.

Contact Evie: evie.hounsow@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!

Playtime Co-ordinator: Mary Jane Field

Mary Jane is our Playtime Co-ordinator. She runs playtime on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays up at the church for little kids and their carers. MJ is married to Dan, has 3 gorgeous kids and plays an active role in the life of our church community! Originally from New Zealand, she now calls the Northern Beaches home!

Contact MJ: maryjane.field@manlylife.org

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