Gary Levens

Pastor & Elder

Gary began his working life as an engineering draftsman and then entered full-time Christian ministry in 1974 in a large Auckland Church, firstly as youth pastor and then as Assistant Pastor and finally as Senior Pastor with his wife, Judy.  That congregation consisted of 2,500 people, had 40+ missionaries.

Gary and his family then moved to Chile as missionaries for six years, founding a successful multi-cultural church in the city of Vina del Mar.  The family then moved to Brisbane in 1993 to take up the role of Associate Pastor/College Pastor at Northside Christian Family (now Nexus Church).

In 1997 Gary and Judy took the Senior Pastorate at Taigum Church and built the congregation to around 600 people and a strong worldwide missionary ministry amongst orphans.  In 2013 they left Taigum to commence Dayboro Church.

Gary has a strong pastoral heart, which helps to create a warm, friendly family-church environment in which disciples are made and mentored into their own effective ministry life.  His four cornerstone values for church are:- Discipleship; Presence; Family & Mission.

Nick Starrenburg

Elder

Nick and Bev spent the first three years of their married life working in Japan with Youth With a Mission before returning to Brisbane in 1975 and raising a family.  Nick has over 30 years as a Human Resources and Organisational Manager in the Commonwealth.  From 2006 to 2008 he worked at Northside Christian Church in Brisbane (Now Nexus Church) as the Administration Manager during a key transition period.  Since 2008 he has also worked in private consultancy with churches, businesses and state/commonwealth departments.

Skilled in organisational planning, leadership support and mentoring roles, Nick very effectively complements the leadership group at Dayboro Church.

Elenilson Mejia

Elder

Elenilson (Nilson) and Flor are from El Salvador and emigrated to Australia in 1993 where they have raised two children and have developed and grown their involvement and love of pastoral care and leadership.

Nilson initially joined a Spanish speaking church in Brisbane on arrival and spent the first years in service and learning English.  Since that time he has committed himself to fellowship and mentoring groups and growth including at Gateway Church and Taigum Community Church.

Nilson continues to have a passion and a heart for service and pastoral care for men, families and fellow Spanish speaking ethnic migrants.  At Taigum church he undertook ministry internship and formal training.

Nilson and Flor have a strong family bond and a passion for working with families and ethnic and migrant groups.  Nilson brings his unique skills to the eldership including his love of pastoral care and organisation.

Mark Humphrey

Elder

Mark grew up in Toowoomba where he also completed his Electrical Engineering degree in 2000.  During that time he worked in Youth Ministry with the Lutheran Church, involved in camps, running Youth services and music groups.  Mark met his wife, Rachel, on a Youth camp and later got married and moved to Brisbane where Rachel was teaching in Lutheran Primary schools.

Mark has been an electrical project engineer on construction projects throughout Queensland since 2001.  Since that time he has continued his involvement in youth leadership and music.  He is part of the Dayboro Youth leadership and also leads the church worship team.

Mark and Rachel both delight in the country lifestyle around Dayboro, where Rachel also enjoys horse-riding.  They have also both have been involved in “Elijah House” Prayer Ministry counselling since 2006.  They have been with Dayboro Church from the first meetings and they are both an effective part of the church family.

Mark has a passion for seeing people find their purpose in the Kingdom and discipling them into their God-given destiny.