The activities of NewHope are governed by an elected Church Council and managed by a highly qualified Staff Team. Working together in their formal roles, the Staff and Council serve scores of gifted leaders whose tireless work enables the diverse ministries of NewHope.

Our Staff Team

The NewHope Staff Team is responsible for the management of our shared activity. Each staff role is designed to make it possible for more people to use their gifts and enjoy the blessings of participating in God’s mission. Some staff roles are directly connected with helping people follow Jesus and flourish in life, for example leading a major people ministry like the youth program. Other roles, like the finance team or the lock-up crew, have essential tasks that make it possible for hundreds of NewHope participants to focus on one important thing (like worshiping God) while they forget about the ‘million moving parts’ that make it all possible. We have a great staff team at NewHope who stand ready to serve you as you follow Jesus.

NewHope Staff Team
2017 Staff Retreat

Allan Demond
Senior Pastor

Our Church Council

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.

Current members of Church Council

Fiona Haymes

Chris Meyers
Church Secretary

Andrew Gale
Finance Director

Surette Southwood
Executive Pastor

Daniel Dang

Tristan Ellett

Liza Somers

Amanda Carruthers

The Senior Pastor (Allan Demond) is also a member of Church Council.

The Nomination Process

Church Council responsibilities and election procedures are detailed in Clause 7 of the NewHope Constitution and in the Nomination form.

Nominating church members to serve on the Church Council may arise from the Church Council or church members.

The Church Council has responsibility for “encouraging and developing potential Council members so that the future leadership of the Church is assured” - 7.1(j). Accordingly, the Council is constantly in prayer and conversation about future Council members. In considering potential Council members careful attention is given to the following areas:

  • Spiritual maturity & leadership capacity (Acts 6:1-7; 1 Tim. 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

Also, Church members may consider nominating themselves or someone else to serve on the Council. In these circumstances the potential candidate should contact the Council Chair or Church Secretary to explore the scope of a Church Councillors’ role and responsibilities. The contact details are at the bottom of this page.

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.

The formal process for nominating members involves the completion of a nomination form signed by three Church members and the nominee. This form is submitted to the Church Secretary by the close of the third week prior to the Annual General Meeting where voting will take place.

The nomination form and NewHope Constitution are available via the links below or from the Church Secretary.

Council Chair: Richard Beaumont, (
Church Secretary: Fiona Haymes (