Our Team

 
As a Church, we believe we are all called to play our part in serving both our Church and local community, but some have roles of leadership within the Church. 
 
We have an incredible leadership team who are committed, skilled and experienced in Church life. Do allow me introduce you to a few of them, and assure you that we are in safe hands! 
 
Dan Warren
Pastor
 
Dan arrived here from the UK in June 2021 after a very patient wait due to the COVID-19 Global Pandemic. He is married to Heidi and they have their first child on the way (due November!). Having studied Applied Theology at Moorlands College (UK), Dan was asked by The Olive Branch Church to come and take on the role of Pastor, which he accepted. Dan has a spiritually wise head on young shoulders and has recently become an Affiliated Churches of Christ Minister. 
 
In his spare time, he loves to watch sport and attempts to play golf and cricket for a local side. He loves a flat white, real BRITISH Cadbury’s chocolate (which is far better than Aussie Cadbury’s!), family life and a meal with friends.
Craig
Elder
 
Craig, a Scottish import of 12 years, is a wonderful asset to our team and Church.  He has a heart for serving the community and longs to see people find Christ and develop their relationship with Him.
 
Before taking on his current role as Marketing Manager for a local business, Craig ran his own business in the retail sector and was an Officer in the RAF. 
 
Craig is a committed family man, who has a wonderful wife and two children, who all love Jesus. In his spare time he loves playing Golf, eating a good meal with friends, dog walking and getting out into the wonderful Australian countryside.
Greg
Elder
 
Greg is a born and bred Aussie, and has a rich heritage within the Churches of Christ movement. He has a wonderful servant heart that is fully committed to our Church family and is our attention to detail guy! We love it!
 
Greg has a background in Mechanical Engineering and currently operates as Agricultural Division Manager of a local thriving business.
 
 
Greg loves catching up with family and travelling around Victoria with his wonderful wife Carolyn (he has a particular soft spot for Echuca!) He loves running and is passionate about seeing our Church grow.
 
Chee Sheng
Elder
 
As a local General Practitioner, Chee Sheng brings a wealth of wisdom to our team and Church family. He is passionate about seeing young people achieve all that God has for them.
 
 
Chee Sheng has been a General Practitioner for over 30 years and loves serving the Ararat community in this capacity having done so since 2008.
 
 
In his little spare time, Chee Sheng loves a good read. He particularly enjoys reading Theology books. He is a husband and father of two boys.
Lorraine
Prayer Overseer
 
Lorraine is just a gentle gem, full of the Holy Spirit, with a wonderful heart for people, and organisational skills honed during decades of service in the Lord’s Church.  These qualities are certainly required as she embarks upon co-ordinating prayerful responses to the spiritual, physical and emotional needs of those within The Olive Branch and our local community.
Wayne
Property Overseer
 
Wayne is awesome, fun, and loves anything practical. As Managing Director of a local business, Wayne brings wisdom and practical brain into our team. He is critical in the development of our facility in Palmerston street In his spare time, Wayne plays tennis, enjoys collecting firewood, loves a parma and wholeheartedly barracks for the Cats.
Kate
Secretary
 
Kate is a busy lady being CEO of a busy home whilst being the “go to” administrative professional for a number of local businesses.  Kate is a keen Gardener and avid reader and someone who has a passion and gifting to plan and organise events in which people feel enjoyment encouragement and edification without any fuss being made
 
Anita
Treasurer
 
Anita is a Chartered Accountant who having put her career on the backburner for a while has dedicated her life to serving Christ.  Her enthusiasm for ministry is infectious and this added to her giving her all to ensuring that pastoral matters are taken care of makes her an invaluable and well loved member of the Church family.