Peter Nielsen, Senior Pastor

Peter has been the Senior Pastor at KSBC since February 2019. After growing up outside the church Peter came to faith as a teenager, and developed a passion for sharing his faith. He soon began serving within his church’s youth ministries and on various summer missions.  Together with his wife Sulari, they studied at Youth Dimension where Peter sensed a call to ministry.  This has led him into various ministry roles over the past 18 years, and ordination as a Baptist Minister in 2014.

Peter loves to help Christ’s disciples engage with the mission of God on their doorsteps.  He has a passion for the local church to be the hub from which community flourishes, and where believers are sent out into their neighbourhoods.  Peter believes that the church has been blessed that they may be a blessing to those around them.

Peter and Sulari have three beautiful children who they love spending time with – playing games, watching movies and enjoying coffees at the local cafes.  Peter loves watching football (especially the Magpies) and plays basketball for KSBC in one of our teams.

Janette Shevchenko, Associate Pastor with a focus on seniors

Janette commenced her role at KSBC in June 2017 after a very clear call from the Lord.

To follow that call Janette and her husband Leon had to leave their home at Mooroolbark Baptist Church, where they worshiped and served for 25 years. Janette was on staff at Mooroolbark Baptist from 2012 as Pastoral Care Leader, following 7 years volunteering in that role.

She loves to SHARE Jesus, CARE for people and ENCOURAGE Christian growth.

Janette and Leon have 2 adult daughters, 2 son in laws and 4 grand-dogs.

Janette is always happy to catch up over a coffee.

Jordan Stoyanoff, Youth and Young Adults Pastor

Jordan is husband to Clytie and dad to Isaac.

He has previously worked with OM Australia and is a graduate of Arrow Leadership. He has studied at Youth Dimension and is currently completing his Bachelor of Ministry at Melbourne School of Theology.

Jordan enjoys a good Melbourne coffee, watching the English Premier League and restoring and modifying cars.

Melisa Dormehl, Children’s and Young Families Pastor

Melisa commenced her calling as Children’s and Young Families Pastor at KSBC on in January 2021.

Melisa has served as Children’s and Young families Pastor at other local churches as well as being involved in CRE and Kids Hope. Melisa is also an accredited Chaplain through Scripture Union and a member of Chaplaincy Australia.

Melisa’s heart and passion is to journey, care, support, equip and empower young families and children to build, nurture and deepen their personal relationship and journey with God.

Melisa enjoys catching up with families over a meal or coffee. Melisa really enjoys eating anything chocolate or sweet, and absolutely enjoys savouring a great Melbourne coffee! Other hobbies are taking long walks, spending time with her family, reading a good book, and enjoys holidays at the beach.

Melisa is supported in her ministry role by her incredibly gifted husband Andries. They have been blessed with two amazing children Amy, Jarred, and son in law Robert. Their family shares two 2 extremely cute and adorable dogs named Rhino and Mowgli who often make appearances in Melisa’s science experiments and Kids Church Zoom sessions.

Ruth Kernick, HoneyBears Playgroup Co-ordinator

Ruth has been part of the Honeybears Playgroup community as a parent, a leader and now as Playgroup Coordinator.

She brings a passion for journeying with young families and loves seeing people meet Jesus and growing to become all that God has created them to be.

Ruth has been married to Andrew for 24 years, and is mum to Liam, Charlie and Max.