Church Leadership

Salisbury Baptist Church was established in 1956. We are a community of all ages, and a mix of ethnic backgrounds. We share a love of Jesus Christ and a deep desire to follow Him in our lives. We are a member of the Queensland Baptist www.qb.com.au family of churches.

The aim of our church is to:

  • Foster hunger for Biblical knowledge

  • Enjoy an openness in the Spirit

  • Demonstrate compassion for the lost

  • Make central the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ

 

Our church is led by our Extended Eldership. 

 

Jim and Michelle Gibson

The Senior Pastor and his wife lead the church as a husband and wife team. Rev. Dr. Jim Gibson is the Senior Pastor.

Dr. Michelle Gibson is the Director of Youth and Young Adults. She received her Doctorate in leadership in the pastoral track at Denver Seminary having a long background in youth work and evangelism.  Originally she was a trained high school teacher.

Jim and Michelle Gibson have been in Christian ministry together ever since they met in Michelle's final high school year at Woolaware Highschool in Sydney's Sutherland Shire. Jim was the visiting evangelist at the Caringbah Baptist Church and Michelle, although herself only converted to Christ for about a year, was one of the youth group's enthusiasts. Michelle set up lunch time Bible study groups and taught  Jim's sermons from the church as the  subject matter. The crusade went for four months with many people coming to Christ. At the same time their friendship was strengthening. They announced their engagement on the final Sunday.

Since then they have been busy in evangelism around Australia; both studied to Doctoral level; pastored three churches in three different states and have been raising 6 children. 

In the Salisbury church Jim, as Senior Pastor, has the role of leading and preaching. Michelle has been the director of youth and young adults. The family focus continues to be to take every opportunity for ministry that the Lord brings along.

 

 

Andrew Ashton – Elder

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ken Coppard – Elder

Ken and Vanessa Coppard were once the youth leaders of the church but in more recent times have been active in worship leading and musicianship and in leading home groups. Ken is a family man who provides for his family by being a Design Manager for a construction management firm based throughout the east coast of Australia.

 

Ben Gray - Elder

 

 

 

 

 

David Nial - Elder

David Nial leads a young family and works using his training in chemistry in government instrumentalities. David enjoys scientific activities such as telescope viewing of the stars or in operating the sound systems of the church.  He is our newest person to be voted in by the church to be an Elder.

 

 

Alan Jones - Assistant Treasurer

 

 

 

 

 

Gavin Zimmermann - Assistant Secretary

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We also have a Church Council, made up of a larger group of church members who provide leadership to different areas of the church’s ministry. Further information is available in our constitution.

 

Our church staff is made up of our pastors and office administrator.

 

 

Janice Nial – Office Administrator 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our Church engages in Global Mission through prayer and financial support. 

 

Our supported missionaries include:

  • Jack and Jo in Chiang Rai, Thailand

  • Angeline, School Chaplain @ Salisbury S.S.

  • Craig and Sharon in Ukarumpa, PNG

  • Bethany, preparing for Guinea

  • Various local mission & evangelism ventures arising out of the church.