Meet the members of NewHope's Church Council

Richard Beaumont - Chair of Church Council (First appointed 2012, Retiring 2018)

Richard and his wife Julie have loved being part of NewHope for well over ten years. They are the parents of two grown young men - Matthew (31) & Philip (29).

They spent 18 years with Operation Mobilisation (OM) serving on the ships Logos & Doulos and then Richard was Australian Director for ten years. He moved back into the business world in 1999, chaired the Board of OM for eight years and currently serves as Chair of Church Council at NHBC.

Richard is the CEO of the Entrust Foundation serving the poorest of the poor in 17 nations and managing more than 55 community development projects. His role is to work closely with the slum communities and people-at-risk in Asia, India & Africa and offer opportunities to donors in Australia and NZ to support them. Entrust was accepted eight years ago as a Missions Partner with NewHope Baptist Church.

Richard writes: “I have really enjoyed my role serving on Church Council for the last four years. It is encouraging to see the Church continually growing and developing our outreach capacity. As we move ahead with the next stage of building, there will be interruption but also an opportunity to work together and see the dream become a reality! I want to be a wise steward of my God -given experience in life and ministry, and I am very willing to make myself available to serve as Chair of Church Council for a further two years - if our members are also willing!”

John Fearn-Wannan - Church Secretary (First appointed 2000, Retiring 2019)

John has been a member of NewHope for just on 53 years, together with his wife Jennifer. Their two children also attend here, Tim and Cathy DeWitt together with most of their grandchildren. As a committed follower of Jesus and a member of this Church, John has had the privilege of serving in many ministries over the years; Sunday School Superintendent, Small Group Leader, Music Director, Cafe Manager, Dinner Tonite Coordinator, and for most of the time that Church Council has existed.

John has served for some years with World Vision, particularly in managing the Forty Hour Famine. Prior to John & Jennifer's retirement some 11 years ago, they served with Global Interaction in Papua New Guinea, then as Manager of the Boarding House at Presbyterian Ladies’ College. John had the privilege of being the Music Director for the Baptist World Congress in Melbourne in 2000.

While they have the energy and desire, John & Jennifer want to make themselves available for service, particularly through our own beloved Church. They have seen many changes, but are thankful that God is being honoured and Jesus is being praised through the worship and ministries of NewHope.

Joshua Morse - Finance Director (First appointed 2014, Retiring 2019)

Josh moved from New South Wales to Victoria towards the end of 1999 and has been an active member of NewHope ever since. Josh was part of the Worship and Creative Arts team for 15 years up until when he first commenced in the role of Finance Director on Church Council. Josh is married to Kirrily and has three children, Tobias (8) and Zachary (6) and Eloise (2).

Josh is a Chartered Accountant and a Principal at Saward Dawson. Josh coleads the Business Advisory division of the firm and works predominantly with businesses and not for profit clients providing tax, GST and other advisory services across a broad range of areas. Josh is passionate about staff training and development and is involved with the firm’s divisional and broader training programs.

With 20 years in professional practice, Josh is pleased to be able to use his professional skills and experiences with serving the Church and Members of NewHope.

Amanda Carruthers - Member of Church Council (First appointed 2016, Council Appointment)

Amanda has worshipped and served at NewHope for over 20 years, and has been involved with children and youth ministry, Alpha and STEPPS. Amanda is deeply involved in Unshackled and has a passion for championing the cause of the oppressed, and seeking to equip and mobilise the local church and community. Amanda worships with her family, Martin (married 2003) and their children, Joshua (5) and Judah (4) at Croydon Campus. Before starting their own family, Martin and Amanda were foster parents, and served periodically in Hong Kong at a development focused NGO. Amanda is a Director at Lewis Holdway Lawyers, where she has practiced for 10 years, and in her spare time she volunteers at two human trafficking focused NGOs, focussing on law reform, advocacy and awareness raising. Amanda enjoys mentoring new lawyers and young professionals, particularly those seeking to identify ways to apply their faith to their work, or seeking to find a balance between family, ministry and work life. Amanda loves NewHope and is passionate about our vision and values, and our desire to develop, grow, strengthen, equip and deepen our Communities of Hope.

Tim Worsam - Member of Church Council (First appointed 2007, Retiring 2019)

Tim has been a Director of Glenmar Industries, a family operated business, for approximately 17 years, having been with the company for over 18 years. In addition to day to day management of the company, he is involved in client management, strategic development of new business and supplier development. Prior to joining Glenmar, Tim spent time in a variety of roles including an auditor in both government and a chartered accounting firm.

Along with his wife Merrilyn and family, Tim attends the Blackburn campus. He has been involved in many varied ministries and is currently a member of the Finance Committee as well as his role on Church Council. He is passionate about this community of believers and the impact it has and can have on the surrounding communities.

Fiona Haymes - Member of Church Council (First appointed 2016, Council Appointment)

Fiona has been worshipping at NewHope for the last nine years and loves the way NewHope energetically equips followers of Jesus, fosters creativity and grows great teachers of God’s word.

Fiona has worked in the Corporate arena for 25 years. She started her career with BHP in the Treasury department and is now the General Manager People Safety & Environment Shared Services at the electricity and gas infrastructure company Jemena. Fiona has spent the majority of her career in Human Resources and her current role involves leading the management and governance of HR operational services, remuneration & benefits and HR systems and reporting.

Fiona is married to Darren and they have three children, Kelsey, Spencer and Riley. Fiona serves on the Women’s Ministry and Counting teams and, together with her family, served for a number of years in the Dinner Tonite ministry.

Fiona offers herself as a compassionate Christian who is keen to listen, learn and continually trust in God as He shows us how we at NewHope can help more people know Jesus.

Bator Martonyi - Member of Church Council (First appointed 2012, Council Appointment 2016)

Bator has been attending Newhope for around 26 years and is married to Lynette. They have two beautiful adult daughters and the entire family is active in God’s Church.Bator has spent his working career in the Chartered Accountancy profession and is currently the divisional director within the Business Advisory Division of Advantage Advisors.

For almost 20 years, Bator has been actively involved at Board level in Not-For-Profit organisations predominantly within church bodies.

He has recently concluded around 18 years of service within Children’s Ministry and recently joined Newhope’s Prayer Ministry team following a number of years of being involved in various prayer activities.

Bator feels it is an honour to serve the Church in this or any other capacity and his heart for us all at Newhope is that we would see ourselves as God sees us and relate to each other from His Love.

The Senior Pastor (Allan Demond) and the Ministry Support Leader (Surette Southwood) are also members of Church Council.

Council Member Responsibilities

The responsibilities of the Church Council are set out in the Constitution (sec. 7.1)*. The responsibilities of individual members of Council include the following:

  • Maintain a strong relationship with God (sign the Leaders Code of Conduct)
  • Director of 2 incorporated associations
    • NewHope Community Care
    • NewHope Custodian Inc.
  • BUV Delegate
  • Attend 11 regular meetings + annual retreat + members meetings
  • NewHope Leadership gatherings e.g. Leadership dinner
  • Read and prepare for meetings
  • Regular engagement with NewHope church life
  • Commitment to advancing NewHope’s Vision & Mission & Values
  • Understanding and accepting the legal responsibilities


The Nomination Process

NewHope is served by a committed leadership Council comprised of seven elected volunteer members each serving a 2 year term and two senior staff members. At our annual AGM we appoint new and continuing Council members. The Council Members who take executive roles (Council Chair, Finance Director and Church Secretary) are elected to these roles by the assembled members.

The Church Council is constitutionally responsible for “encouraging and developing potential council members so that the future leadership of the Church is assured”. (7.1j)* Serving as a nominating committee the Council is constantly in prayer and in conversation about future Council members. Prospect lists are built and approaches are made with careful attention to the following:

  • Spiritual maturity & leadership capacity (Acts 6:1-7; 1Tim. 3:8-13)
  • The skills mix needed for good governance in a growing church
  • Gender, ethnic and generational representation
  • Experience in ministry and leadership at NewHope
  • Church Council continuity

If you would like to put forward a name for consideration please address your comments to the current Chair. It is helpful if you provide detailed information about the nominee and their suitability for the role.

Note: “Only members who have been members of the church for at least 12 months immediately preceding the election will be eligible for election to the Church Council.” (7.3)* Council members are required to obtain a police check and a working with children check as part of their induction.

There is also a process for members to put forward names at a members meeting independent of Church Council nominations. This requires that a nomination signed by three members plus the nominee be submitted to the Church Secretary by the close of the third week prior to the Annual General Meeting. The Church Secretary can supply a formal nomination form for this process. Nominations for 2017 close 19th February.

You can access the NewHope Constitution (below) and review the current Church Council members (above).

Council Chair: Richard Beaumont, (
Church Secretary: John Fearn-Wannan (