Our Leaders

All SCPC leaders have completed Safe Church training.



SCPC is led by a team of 7 elders who are responsible for the pastoral oversight of the church and who set our overall vision and direction. Our elders are elected by the members of the church and serve for an open-ended term, reviewed on an annual basis. Most of our elders serve in an unpaid capacity, however Pete, Stew & Matt are employed by SCPC so that they are able to devote themselves fully to pastoral roles.


Pete Thompson: Senior Pastor

Pete is the Senior Pastor at SCPC and so devotes himself to prayer and the ministry of the word so that every member of the church family is equipped to be growing Followers of Jesus in community and on mission. Pete’s role includes preaching, teaching & equipping ministries, developing and supporting leaders and setting and maintaining gospel vision and focus with the support of the Leadership Team.

Pete is married to Suzie and they have four kids – Daisy (13), Hamish (11), Angus (7) & Lily (5). As well as his role in leading the whole church, Pete & Suzie lead a Gospel Community and are passionate about growing excellent gospel-centred relationships and being on mission with those in their GC.

Stewart Playsted: Families Pastor

My name is Stew and I love chasing balls (soccer, tennis, footballs). Fortunately I’m married to Susan and she saves me from madly running across the road after balls and also saves me from getting distracted while following Jesus. We have three kids Amelie 8, Boyd 6 and Callum 3 (He loves crocodiles and Robots, in that order). I’m the “Families Pastor” at Southern Cross. That really means I help our church family (Gospel community leaders, youth leaders, kids leaders, everyone) to help our kids and youth love their heavenly Dad. To help achieve us get on with this business, I coordinate our youth team, meet with gospel community vision coordinators and get beside Lyn in her role (see below). I’m also the Vision Co-ordinator for my Gospel Community and totally love the fact I’ve got great brothers and sisters who get alongside me to lead our gospel community in getting on with God’s business in the world.  Finally to help the youth of the whole north coast get to know the best Dad in the world, I serve as a youth director for the North Coast Christian Convention.

Matt Crosthwaite: Goonellabah Pastor

Matt is a Pastor at SCPC and leads a Gospel Community on mission in Goonellabah. Matt is married to Sue and they have 5 children – Ethan, Sam, Lauren, Ben and Toby. A former rev-head who still enjoys tinkering with cars and motorbikes, Matt also loves the beach – spending time surfing, swimming and snorkelling with his family and friends.

Matt is a part-time TAFE Teacher and is also studying for a Diploma of Theology and in 2017 will be the Neighborhood Pastor at Southern Cross Goonellabah.

Matt and Sue enjoy spending time with people in their neighborhood, sharing their lives and taking opportunities to listen to people’s stories and sharing the good news story of Jesus.


Akos Balogh: ElderIMG_2055

As an elder, Akos is committed to helping our church grow followers of Jesus. He is married to Sarah, and they have three children: Lucinda, Mishka, and Xavier. During the week Akos is the CEO of The Gospel Coalition Australia. Akos and Sarah also lead a great Gospel Community, where they have  great gospel relationships with others, and work together to reach Lismore with the saving message of the crucified and risen Lord Jesus Christ.



Wayne Brooks: ElderIMG_2057






David Kemsley: Elder  






Jon Mison: ElderIMG_2054

Jon has been around Southern Cross from near the beginning and has been privileged to see God growing his family here in Lismore in ways beyond our wildest imaginings and to be able to be part of this.

Jon is widowed with three adult children. He has recently retired from Maths teaching and is looking forward to doing things at a more relaxed pace, reclaiming a love of gardening and walking, and most importantly having more time to spend with God’s family and taking advantage of gospel opportunities.



In addition to our pastoral staff, SCPC is also blessed to be served by a number of specialist and trainee staff.




Lyn Murphy: Kids Ministry Team Leader

Lyn serves as kid’s Ministry leader at SCPC. She is married to Ken & they have 6 children and 11 grand children. God has given Lyn a love for children and she delights in sharing the good news of Jesus with them through music, drama, stories, games and craft. Her main focus is the weekly kid’s church program involving approximately 90 children from crèche to grade 6. For kindy to grade 6, she writes the program that corresponds to the weekly preaching plan, so that all the families can be talking about the same truths from God’s word at home. At SCPC we are blessed to have many kid’s church leaders, both experienced and trainees. Lyn encourages and equips her team of 14 with ministry skills, so that they have confidence in growing followers of Jesus in age appropriate levels.

At SCPC we feel strongly about partnering with parents, and throughout the year Lyn facilitates short seminars to encourage and resource parents as the primary ‘shepherds’ of the children. This year she also plans to partner with the gospel community (GC) leaders as they care for the children of their GC. Finally, Lyn enjoys helping at ‘Mum & Me time’, providing support for young mums, and teaching scripture at Wyrallah Public School.

Bronwyn Herd: Ministry Co-Ordinator

Bronwyn is the Ministry Coordinator at SCPC and works in the church office Tuesday to Thursday. On the surface, Bronwyn’s role is to facilitate the Sunday gatherings, to provide support to ministries & to help communication flow smoothly around the church. But really, it’s all about people – doing all the background work that’s necessary to help us all be growing followers of Jesus. Bronwyn is the mother of 4 adult children and also has 2 grandchildren. Together with her husband Scott, Bronwyn has served as a Small Group leader for many years at SCPC and in many other ways as God has given her the opportunity.