Meet our leadership


Leading the way

Our organisation is overseen by a council, which sets organisational direction and elects a board. Our board oversees governance and performance against our strategic plan. Our executive team then leads a team of almost 4000 employees to implement our strategy, reporting into our board.

Our council

Meet the members of our council, led by Chair Kevan Denny.
Council members

Our board

Meet our board, led by Chair Ken Ewald.
Board members

Our executive

Meet our leadership team, led by CEO Gary Edwards.
Our executive team

Our Board

Meet our Board, led by Chair Ken Ewald.

Ken Ewald, Chair

MAICD CDec GAIC

Ken joined the Board in September 2014, and is the current Chair.
Ken has vast experience in senior executive roles with Australasian financial planning and risk advisory companies. He is actively involved in numerous church and charitable Boards.
Ken is passionate about seeing all areas of Churches of Christ make a positive difference in the lives of the individuals we serve. Most of all, Ken is passionate about seeing the way our churches and volunteers interact with our services, proving that when we work together, we can change lives for the better.

Kevan Denny, Non-Executive Director

MA (Church Leadership), Grad Dip (Counselling), Bth, JP (Qual)

Kevan is the Chair of the Churches of Christ in Queensland Conference Council and Ex-Officio member of the Board. Kevan was elected Council Chair in 2020. He is a Director of the Council of Churches of Christ in Australia and serves on the Queensland Heads of Churches Committee.
Kevan has been a pastor since 1999, with the past decade spent at Sunnybank Church of Christ on Brisbane’s southside. Kevan has a heart for the local church and believes that in an ever-changing world, the message of the cross, hop in Jesus and discipleship must be the focus.

Doug Sparkes, Non-Executive Director

BA MA LLB GradDipLP JP (Qual) GAICD

Doug joined the Board in February 2014 and is Chair of the Finance and Property Committee and a member of the Remuneration Committee.
Doug is Principal Education Officer and solicitor with the Queensland Building and Construction Commission. He has owned and operated a large family farming and grazing property on the Darling Downs and worked in Canberra and Africa with the Diplomatic Corps.
Doug is particularly passionate about our award-winning social housing, as well as our palliative and dementia care for seniors as they align with our Christian mission of caring for people in their greatest time of need.


Dale White, Non-Executive Director

Bachelor of Theology (Churches of Christ NSW), Master of Arts (ACOM), Graduate Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD)  

Dale joined the Board in 2019 and is a member of the Mission, People and Culture committee. Dale previously served as a member of the Churches of Christ in Queensland Council from 2011 to 2017, and is also a Board Member with Global Leadership Network Australia. Dale has held senior ministry roles in a number of Churches of Christ churches.
Dale draws inspiration from our mission to bring the light of Christ into communities. “Wherever there is darkness or difficulty, we need to shine a light that brings hope, peace, faith, and wellbeing.”

Jillian Carson, Non-Executive Director 

RN FRCN BAppSc(AdvNurs) FNSWCN FAIM MAICD AFACHSE

Jill has been a board member since 2015, with a short break in 2018.
Jill has more than 20 years of executive and board experience in the aged care and nursing sectors, including 10 years as Chief Executive Officer and Board Member of Churches of Christ Community Care (a ministry of the Churches of Christ Vic/Tas).
Jill has a particular interest in our aged care and children, youth and families service areas. She sees that these areas are where we can have the most impact in bringing positive change and better lives for those we serve.


Jill Gray, Non-Executive Director

DBA, MBus, MMin, BA Diplomas in Vocational Education and Training, Training Design and Development, Screen and Media, and Certificate IV in Training and Assessment

Jill joined the Board in July 2016 and is the Chair of the Mission, People and Culture Committee.
Jil has held a number of leadership roles in the public and private sectors, and has served in church leadership roles.
Jill is passionate about equipping and empowering people and she has spent much of her career in achieving this. “The way we develop our people for both mission and service is critical to our success and reputation, and impacts how we attract and retain a motivated and committed workforce.”


Steve Slade, Non-Executive Director

MProfAcc MMs GradDipAppCorpGov BMsSon FCPA FGIA FCIS FIML GAICD CDec

Steve joined the Board in January 2019.
With over 20 years in executive, accounting and governance roles in Australasia and Europe, Steve is currently the Managing Director of a private equity management and consulting firm.
Steve has served on numerous corporate and charitable Boards in Australia and overseas, and is currently the Chair of the Board of Christian Management Australia, and a Board member of C4M Childcare Ltd.
Steve is inspired by our churches, and their positive, faith-filled message of hope in their communities, and our Housing Services that provide a safe, reliable place for people to thrive.


Nigel King, Non-Executive Director

ONC (Business studies), FCPA, FAICD, CFTP, JP (Qual)

Nigel joined the Board in July 2018 after previously serving as a Board member from February 2013 to February 2016. Nigel is Deputy Chair of the Board and Chair of the Governance and Risk Committee.
Nigel is a business and corporate affairs consultant and professional company director and was formerly the CEO of a multi-national company.
Nigel is inspired by the hardworking, caring, and empathetic team across our organisation and who minister daily to those in need. On every occasion he visits one of our sites he is encouraged by the hard work and dedication to our mission of our team who work tirelessly each day.


Gary Edwards, CEO

B Com CPA FCA FAICD 

Gary Edwards was appointed CEO in September 2018.  
Gary was Board Chair for six years, a member of our Council, and an active member of a local Church. Gary has experience in the business, community and public sectors, and has contributed to many high-level boards.
Gary is inspired and encouraged when he visits our sites and witnesses our team demonstrating our value of unconditional love through the way they encourage each other and bring hope and uplift to young and old. Gary is passionate about partnering with others and believes that together, we can change lives for the better.

Our Executive Group

Meet our leadership team, led by CEO Gary Edwards.

Gary Edwards, CEO

B Com CPA FCA FAICD

Gary Edwards was appointed CEO in September 2018.  
Gary was Board Chair for six years, a member of our Council, and an active member of a local Church. Gary has experience in the business, community and public sectors, and has contributed to many high-level boards.
Gary is inspired and encouraged when he visits our sites and witnesses our team demonstrating our value of unconditional love through the way they encourage each other and bring hope and uplift to young and old. Gary is passionate about partnering with others and believes that together, we can change lives for the better.

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Michael Brand, Chief Financial Officer  

With over 25 years’ experience as a Chief Financial Officer with health services and commercial FMCG organisations, Michael has a passion for seeing and being involved in great outcomes for the people we serve. He is a member of the Institute of Charted Accountants, has a degree in Business and graduate diplomas in Applied Corporate Governance and Applied Finance and Investment.
Michael joined Churches of Christ in 2015 as Chief Financial Officer. He provides support and resources so that our team can work together to change lives for the better.

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Donna Hart, Director Seniors Living

Donna was appointed Director Seniors Living in March 2022. She joined the organisation in 2017, and was drawn to our value of Unconditional Love, which resonated with her passion of advocating for and assisting the ageing members of our communities to live their best lives.  
Donna engages an innovative, no barriers approach to enriching the lives of older Australian’s through flexible, responsive, consumer-focussed care delivery models that respond to an ever-changing care environment.
Donna is a Registered Nurse and has post-graduate qualifications in Health Services Management and Executive Management Development.



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Mike Folland, Director Child, Family and Housing Services

Mike joined Churches of Christ in 2016 and was appointed to Director Children, Youth and Families in June 2021, before also taking over the Housing Services portfolio later that year. Mike has a long history with Churches of Christ, serving in a variety of roles in South Australia, Victoria, Vanuatu and now Queensland. He draws on a formal theological training background and heart for mission, combined with operational business experience with Origin Energy, including national and international renewable energy projects. Mike continues to serve part-time as a Chaplain with the Australian Army.
Mike has a passion for ensuring data based evidence shapes our service delivery in order to achieve the best outcomes for those we work with. He is committed to ensuring that we provide culturally safe care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people and families, who are over-represented in the statutory system.
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Tim McMenamin, Director Church and Community Engagement

Tim drives our mission to ‘bring the light of Christ into communities’. For Tim, the alignment of the   mission with that of Jesus’ brought him to the role, and he continues to be inspired as by our team, who live out this mission every day as they serve people experiencing vulnerabilities in our communities.
Tim  lives to see our movement be a unified force for good in the community, and leads a mission-focused team who live out their calling   as they support people and respond to community need.

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Steve Webster, Director Communications and Marketing

Steve joined Churches of Christ in 2017 and has been Director Communications and Marketing since June 2020. Steve leads a team of professionals who promote the work of Churches of Christ and manage our brand and reputation.
Steve has extensive leadership experience in community-led roles, from local government to international charitable foundations.
Steve gains great strength and inspiration from our frontline team. “They are the heart and soul of our Mission and work tirelessly to give some of the most vulnerable people in our communities a sense of hope and meaning in their lives.”

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Rue Masunungure, Director of Governance

Rue has over 20 years’ experience as a legal, governance, risk and compliance professional in Australia and internationally. She joined Churches of Christ to use her skills and contribute to a mission and vision that places supporting people experiencing vulnerabilities at the centre of its existence.
She leads a team that empowers the organisation to achieve its objectives, provide assurance, manage risk, drive improvement and maintain ethical standards.
Rue is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD), member of the Governance Institute of Australia and is a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Queensland.

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David McConaghy, Director Property and Infrastructure

David is a qualified and open licensed commercial builder, project manager and construction manager with wide experience in the industry.
David has substantial leadership and management experience across business operations and has a hands-on approach to ensuring the application of property and facility planning, standards, legislation and practices for our portfolio.
He is a member of UDIA, Queensland Master Builders and Queensland Property Council.
David has a passion for providing a safe and respectful environment for the aged and those experiencing homelessness, and witnessing them receiving a level of care and support they may otherwise not have experienced.

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The Council

  • Kevan Denny – Chair
  • Ken Ewald
  • Carol Joseph
  • Geoff Runge
  • Laura Snook
  • Steve Peach
  • Pat Hegarty
  • Matt George
  • Ben Zambra