Michael and Karen Bate

Senior Pastor

In 2007, Michael became the Senior Pastor at Woonona Baptist after careers in engineering, marketing and sales. Michael and Karen studied at Tabor College together and then Michael went on to do additional study at Morling College. Karen is a qualified primary school teacher and is currently having a break after 20 years of service. They have two teenage sons: Joshua and Caleb.

"We are passionate about seeing lives transformed and liberated through deep relationships with Jesus and His Spirit. We desire to see individual lives, families and homes, towns, communities and cities impacted by Jesus."



Nigel and Linda Hilton

Associate Pastor

Nigel has served at Woonona Baptist Church on a part-time basis since 2005, and is an accredited Baptist minister. Nigel’s role at WBC is mainly with the youth and his aim is to see young people develop a faith of their own and to encourage one another through honest and open relationships.

When he’s not serving in his role at WBC Nigel is employed as a professional musician and drum teacher, and fancies himself as somewhat of a Star Wars buff. He also enjoys nerdy boardgames and McDonalds coffee at 2am.

Nigel is married to Linda who runs a dog grooming business from home and they have two daughters, Emily and Bethany.


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