Our Leaders

All SCPC leaders have completed Safe Church training.

Our Elders

Stew Playsted: Pastor

My name is Stew and my picture of ‘the good life’ is beach, sport and music (preferably loud). I love my city and region and always seem to find something interesting in the streets of Lismore. In 2020, I will be leading our brilliant staff team in an interim role, having joined the team full time in 2011. I can’t wait to be opening up God’s word with our church family and helping us, along with Matt (SCG) and other gifted preachers, to see the incredibly good life our father God offers us in the gospel of his Son. I have a real passion to meet up with the leaders and the next generation of our church family; to be encouraged and to encourage each other to not ‘sell out’ to my version of ‘the good life’ (beach, sport and music) but to see the amazingly good life God offers. So, I’m hoping 2020 will be a year filled with the beach, sport and music but more importantly that those in the gospel community that I lead, will help me to love our father God first and let all those others things sort themselves out behind Him (Matthew 6:33). How amazing would it be to have my friends, who don’t yet know the good life that Jesus offers, hear about it and experience it in my life and the life of our church family and say; ‘Yep I’m in, I want the good life that Jesus offers!’ That would be a good year!!

Matt Crosthwaite: Goonellabah Pastor

Hi I’m Matt, I enjoy working on projects – sometimes I even finish them – house & garden projects, cars & motorbikes. I love restoring things.

But the most enjoyable thing about my projects, is spending time with others in the process. I love connecting with people, hearing their stories and sharing mine.

I’m the Pastor of Southern Cross Goonellabah and I love telling people about the good news of Jesus – whether it’s on a Sunday morning or over a meal or a coffee (my favourite) or even while helping someone move furniture, change a tyre or whatever needs doing.

I live in Goonellabah with my wife Sue and our 4 teenage children Sam, Lauren, Ben & Toby. Our eldest son Ethan and his wife Charis live nearby and are also members of our church family.

I pray that our church family will grow in love for God and for each other as we reach out together to our community with the gospel – loving the good life that God has won for us in Jesus.

I pray also that many many people in Goonellabah will come to know this good life on offer through Jesus.

Wayne Brooks: Elder

David Kemsley: Elder

Jon Mison: Elder

Jon has been around Southern Cross from near the beginning and has been privileged to see God growing his church 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 the good life he offers.

Our Staff

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

Ian Coutts: Families Pastor

Hi, my name is Ian and I love our church family. I am married to my wonderful wife Jill and we have three kids – Toby (11), Josh (9) and Amelia (5). I have the privilege in 2020 of serving as the families pastor here at SCPC.

This role involves coordinating our wonderful youth team as they help our teenagers see what the good life really is, getting to know God more personally and loving Him in every part of their life; supporting gospel community vision coordinators as they guide and love their gospel communities; getting along side Lyn as she leads our amazing kids ministry; and spurring on our young adults as they follow Jesus and develop clarity for the good life.

Jill and I are also the vision coordinators of our gospel community, which is a real joy as we ‘walk’ side-by-side with our brothers and sisters in following Jesus.

I also enjoy spending time with people and sharing life, experiencing the outdoors, gardening whenever I can and listening to awesome Bible talks, podcasts and Christian music.

Lyn Murphy: Kids Ministry Team Leader

I currently serve as our Kids Ministry Team Leader. I’m married to Ken, we have 6 kids, and 13 grandkids. God has used a few things to shaped me and given me a real love for kids. Firstly, from my parents, especially my mum. Mum loved, & delighted in any children & was such a Godly model for me. Secondly, at the very young age of 17, I was put into ‘training’, as part of the Sunday School team and given responsibilities teaching Bible stories to little ones under the careful eye of some wonderful mature leaders. I have been teaching children ever since.

At SCPC I’m blessed with the help of a dedicated team of 12 kids leaders! The gospel is the power to save, so we seek to bring the gospel message of our Lord Jesus to our kids from preschool to year 6, presenting it in an engaging way through music, drama, bible stories, games & craft. It’s wonderful that at this age, children are still listening and we want to make the most of that! In 2020 the ‘Focus for the Good Life’ for our preschoolers will be provided through a biblical foundation program called Kidswise which is written by Sandy Galea (MBM at Rooty Hill). Then, for our kindy to grade 6, we’ll provide a child friendly, age related program that corresponds to the preaching plan so that all the families can be talking about the same truths from God’s word at home.  No matter what we are learning, pointing kids to their need to become a follower of Jesus is paramount.

Bronwyn Herd: Ministry Co-ordinator

Hi, I’m Bronwyn and I’m the Ministry Co-ordinator at SCPC. I love gardening and seeing the way God creates, recreates and sustains the living world around us. Better than that, I love the way God creates and grows people as followers of Jesus. God has blessed my husband Scott and I with 4 children who each serve in their local churches with their spouses and are raising our 7 grandchildren to know and love Jesus. 

On the surface, my role at SCPC is to facilitate Sunday gatherings, to provide support to ministries & to help communication flow smoothly around the church family. But really, it’s all about people – helping our church family live in the clarity of the good life that Jesus calls us to.

Jillian Coutts: Administration Assistant

My name is Jillian and I serve at SCPC as an Administration Assistant on Fridays. I am married to Ian and we have three children aged 11, 9 and 5. I love reading, spending time with people, cooking and sharing meals with others. I also love reading God’s Word and listening to Christian music which help me to keep my focus for the good life that is on offer through Jesus. In my role, I provide administration assistance to Stew and Bronwyn, specifically relating to events and week-to-week tasks that help the ministries of SCPC to run smoothly.

God has also given me the opportunity, alongside Ian, to lead our Gospel Community as we share this good life together.