22 National Park Road, Nambour, Qld, 4560
07 5441 2833

Meet Our Teams

Pastor Steve Nixon

Pastor Mark Wall

Steve and Jenny were married in a small country town in south west Victoria almost 44 years ago.

Steve was born in Stanthorpe and worked in Forestry and National Parks throughout Qld.

Jenny was born in Timboon, trained as a Primary School Teacher and taught in various locations in Victoria.

After meeting (1975) and eventually marrying (1978) Steve and Jenny attended Bible College of South Australia (BCSA) in Victor Harbor.

During 44 years of married life, we have

  • Lived in 13 different locations
  • Enjoyed two ‘long service leaves’ travelling around Australia
  • Worked in a camping organisation in Victoria for 25 years
  • Worked as Youth Workers across Victoria
  • Managed a Christian camp site at Marysville
  • Raised three children, and now have 2 grandchildren
  • Lived in Qld since 2006

Steve loves the outdoors and his hobbies include hiking, fishing, reading and kayaking.

Jenny enjoys walking, reading and all things ‘craft’.

We have been blessed to be a blessing.

Mark and Jo Wall have been married for almost 38 years, and Sanctuary Park is the church community where Mark and his wife Jo-Anne first met 42 years ago. Jo is Nambour born, and a Nambour Hospital trained Registered Nurse and Midwife and currently works as a community-based midwife, mostly within the Nambour Region, for the Sunshine Coast University Hospital. They have four children and two grandchildren.

On first moving to Nambour, Mark worked in the sugarcane and pineapple industries as well as small crop farming. His work included the management of a Moreton Mill-owned sugarcane farm. After ministry and theological training, Mark and family ministered in Logan City, rural Mt Walker and rural South Australia.

Returning to Nambour almost 14years ago to assist elderly parents, Mark was instrumental in founding the Nambour Men’s Shed. This was followed by Mark’s role as a Rural Chaplain for Churches of Christ Qld in the Kingaroy area where he worked within the South Burnett region to support drought-stricken farmers.


Mark sees his primary role at Sanctuary Park is to support Steve wherever needed. This part-time work also enables Mark to continue with his job as a school bus driver. Mark is passionately community focused.

Our Staff Team




Jan Simpson

Administrative Assistant

Profile to come



Debbie Whalley


Debbie joined the team in July 2015 as the church’s bookkeeper. Debbie also works part time at the Sunshine Coast University Hospital several days a fortnight. Debbie hobbies include doing crosswords and jigsaw puzzles. She loves to spend time with family and friends.

David Poade


David has been employed as the church cleaner since early 2017, having 4 buildings on site to keep clean. He also volunteers to serve in our worship team. David also drives a school bus and loves spending time with his family and pets. His hobbies are doing puzzles, Aussie Rules, walking, bike riding and music.

Steven Rose

Digital Communicator

Steve has been employed as our digital communicator since April 2018. He looks after our website and Facebook page. He is also involved with the Visual presentations during our church services which he has done since attending over 15 years ago. Steve likes to do wildlife and landscape photography and is a keen ornithologist.


Our Elders Board

Barbi Shipton


Barbi Shipton first served in leadership roles at the church in 1986. Barbi is also a small business owner who devotes a lot of her time to supporting and encouraging people in their faith through workshops and events held in her Scrapbooking shop. Barbi loves her family and enjoys spending time scrapbooking, card making and singing and playing guitar. Barbi leads our worship services and teams, and has a servant heart.

Ian Grieve


Ian Grieve joined the church in September 1985. Ian has been actively involved in all facets of ministry, including working with young people, Men’s ministry, Property Team, working bees, Leadership and overseas Mission. Ian loves spending time with his extended family and his interests include military trucks of the 1940’s, particularly amphibious trucks, travelling, camping, off-roading

Don Martin


Don Martin has been a member of the Church of Christ Nambour since 1979. Don is the Chairperson and brings to the role several years of experience and expertise in governance. Don has served as Sunday school teacher, team leader, Elder and serves in our worship team as computer operator for our Sunday services. Don loves spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren. He is a wise man.


Lesleigh Ward


Lesleigh Ward first came to church of Christ Nambour in 1979. Lesleigh has been involved in ministry with girls, Sunday School, Kids Church, and support worker with the Youth Group. She is a member of the Pastoral Care Team, the Property Team and one of the Co-ordinators of the kitchen. Lesleigh loves spending time with her family and grandchildren and her hobbies are gardening, fishing, reading and simple gatherings with friends. Lesleigh encourages people who are doing life tough.