Taree Baptist Church

Our Pastors, Ministry Leaders and Staff

  • Chris Thornhill, Senior Pastor - THORNHILL Chris  Melissa
    Chris is married to Melissa and they have three children. Before training at Morling Theological College and serving in Churches in Sydney, Chris worked for 13 years in the building, mining and entertainment industries.  During this time he developed a passion to see people come to know their Creator through Jesus, and to find purpose and meaning in all areas of life as a result.  The integration of faith in Jesus with all of life, is a passion of his and to that end he seeks to equip the church to be better 24/7 disciples of Jesus in whatever context each one are called.  He loves anything outdoors, including 4wding, swimming. camping and reading, and like most pastors, good coffee!

  • William and AudreyWilliam McClean, Associate Pastor -
    William is a recently retired Geriatrician who serves in ministry to our seniors and shares in the preaching at TBC.  Married to Audry, with 5 adult children between them, William's passion is to see the Church engaged right across the age spectrum in being the people God has called us to be.  His specialist skills and experience in the medical profession, where he continues to be called upon to train and teach, has been an added blessing to many people in our church and community.



  • Nathaniel Hanslow, Associate Pastorclip image002
    Nate has joined our pastoral team to lead and oversee our Youth and Young Adult community.  He is married to Jenny and have a new baby girl! Prior to Taree, they travelled extensively thorughout the Middle East, Turkey, Greece and the US.  Nate's passion is to guide young people towards a life-long committment of following Jesus, recognising Him as their Lord and Saviour.  A keen mountain-bike rider, touch-footy try-scorer, reader, sports-fan and beverage connoisseur, Nate has trained and worked in Community Welfare as a disabilities carer and respite support worker prior to studying a degree at Morling College.  He and Jenny grew up in the Blue Mountains and Nate is a mad-keen Penrith Panthers supporter.

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  • Church Ministry Elders -
    Peter Johnson,  Barbara Humphries & John Harris -
    serve as Elders together with the Pastoral team.
    The Eldership are concerned with the Pastoral oversight of the Church family, including overall vision and direction, Pastoral care, and support of the Pastoral team.



  • Lee Pertzel, Office Administrator - Lee
    Lee is married to David and they both enjoy being Grandparents in between cruising on thier Harley together.  Lee is an invaluable member of our staff, taking care of just about everything that makes ministry happen at TBC.  She can be contacted on Tuesdays - Fridays in the Church Office between 9am-1pm or by email.


  • Cobus Boshoff, Church Secretary
    Cobus Boshoff– married to Mariki with two gorgeous girls, Cobus works part time managing the IT department at the College.  He manages a hobby-farm just out of Wingham in his spare time and serves in various ministires of the Church.  Originally from South Africa, Cobus and Mariki have lived in New Zealand and travelled extensively around Australia before settling in the Manning Valley. He enjoys 'creative engineering' and makes his own Boerewors, which BBQs brilliantly!