Ps Shane Lepp & Millie Lepp
Pastor Shane is the Senior Pastor of New Horizons Church, and married to Millie. They have 4 adult children and 6 grandchildren.
Ps. Shane took on the role of Senior Pastor in 1995 and has since seen the church grow and develop in numerous ways. An extension service was planted in Laurimar in 2012, enabling a wider community to be reached with the Gospel.
Ps. Shane and Millie have a heart for the house of God and for His people. Shane has incredible vision to see the communities of New Horizons Church be reached with the Good News of Jesus and is very missional minded. As the Director of Hands at Work Australia – a missions organisation reaching the most vulnerable communities in Africa with health, education and care, Shane has a passion for communities all over the world in need of the hope and restoration that comes from Jesus Christ. As a former school teacher and principal, Ps. Shane has a gift of communicating and teaching the Word of God powerfully, without compromising its truth.
In addition to supporting Ps. Shane in his role, Millie is a full-time lower primary school teacher. Her love for children is constantly evident, and she is a gifted, creative teacher. She has a passion to see children learn, grow and develop in styles that best suit them. It was through Millie’s vision and hard work that the Mainly Music program at New Horizons Church began in 2009, which now connects with over 60 families from the Whittlesea and Doreen communities.
Ps Roland Gardiner
The assistant-pastor in New Horizons is Roland Gardiner. He has been a dedicated member of the church in Whittlesea for almost twenty years, a member in the CFA for 28 and a teacher/principal for forty. He played a vital role in the 2009 bushfire offensive, both as a firefighter and relief worker.
He has been a committed follower of Christ for most of his life and enjoys preaching and assisting people of all ages in practical ways. Roland is a keen horseman, enjoys pottery and has a penchant for chocolate!
Roland has been married to Eve for 36 years and is now enjoying an empty nest while his adult sons are off having their own adventures. Roland has a passion for people to be real and transparent and apply God’s Word in practical community-minded ways in their neighbourhoods.
Pss Bruce and Meralisa Langford
Pastors of Laurimar Campus
Pss Bruce & Meralisa Langford are the Laurimar Campus Leaders.
Bruce & Meralisa have been serving their communities faithfully wherever they have lived in the world. Both are trained teachers and pastors. They led youth groups and pioneered churches in the 80s & 90s before spending 10 years serving in Guinea, West Africa. They have a passion for languages and cross-cultural communication.
Together with their ‘famous five’ – Deborah, Jennifer, Esther, Amy & Samuel – they form the ‘Von-Trapp-Langfords’ delighting their audiences with the music and drama they both write and perform.
Bruce & Meralisa enjoy helping families thrive and have a particular passion to see people released from life-sapping addictions and habits that destroy family life and loving neighbourliness.
Natalie De Haan
Natalie de Haan is the Children’s Director at New Horizons Church. She has a passion to see young children growing in their knowledge and understanding of who God is and what part He has to play in their lives.
Natalie previously served for 5 years as a Kids’ Church leader where she was taught and trained in leadership that prepared her for running the ministry. Her desire to see a fun, vibrant and godly culture within Kids’ Church has grown as she has begun to understand God’s vision for the ministry.
Natalie is also a part of the Infinity Youth team at New Horizons. She believes God has given her a deep love for all young people in the community of Whittlesea and is passionate about seeing them saved.
Growing up in Whittlesea and being a part of New Horizons for 14 years has made Natalie feel privileged in being a part of such a great community where she can openly share her faith with others.