Interim Senior Pastor

Mal Collins
Mal joined us in July 2015 and will continue until we appoint a new senior pastor. Previously he was at Moonee Ponds Baptist Church for 30 years. He enjoys reading novels, walking and home handyman activities. Mal and his wife Heather have four children and two grandchildren.

Chinese Congregation Pastor

Daniel Li 1Daniel Li
Daniel has been at Templestowe Baptist Church since 2007. He graduated with a Master of Divinity degree from the Hong Kong Baptist Theological Seminary and has been a pastor for 45 years, including at the Hong Kong Baptist Church and the Melbourne Chinese Baptist Church. Daniel has two children and two grandchildren. He enjoys walking and reading.

Youth Pastor

Michelle Laukart
Michelle has been working with us since the start of 2012. She oversees the church’s involvement in local high schools, through lunchtime programs and the Friday night youth program. She is passionate about seeing young people explore a relationship with Jesus. In her spare time Michelle loves to cook up a storm and hang out with friends and family.

Young Families Pastor

melisa-dormehlMelisa Dormehl
Melisa joined us in September 2016. She is passionate about ministering to children and young families, and previously served for nine years as Children’s Pastor at Eltham Baptist Church. She holds a Diploma in Ministry and Certificate IV in Children’s Ministry from Harvest Bible College and is currently studying for a degree in Ministry.  Melisa emigrated from South Africa in May 2003 with her husband Andries and their children Amy and Jarred. The family has great fun with their two dogs Rhino and Mowgli. Melisa’s hobbies are walking, exercising, reading and cross-stitching.

Church Office

Jenny Kennedy


  • Marion Bourke
  • Shirley Chan
  • Ross Henderson
  • George So


  • John Manderson (Chairman of Deacons)
  • Matthew Lee (Secretary)
  • Elsie Chan (Treasurer)
  • Peter Lee (Property Maintenance)