Our Pastors

With you on the journey

Yong Shin Chee (Yoshi)

Yong Shin Chee (Yoshi)

Senior Pastor

Yoshi started as the Senior Pastor of Wantirna early 2017. Coming from a background in IT, where he worked for Coles Myer, IBM and MYOB, Yoshi felt the calling to ministry and thus went from working with technology to working with people… and absolutely loves it!

While he loves working with people of all ages, his passion is with the younger generation, having started out as a youth pastor in Kingscliff, NSW.

In his spare time, he still loves to tinker with technology (don’t ask him if Android or Apple is better), with basketball as his other passion. He also loves music and enjoys playing the piano and guitar when he has the time.

Sylvia Mendez

Sylvia Mendez

Associate Pastor

Sylvia is currently serving in her third year as the associate pastor at Wantirna. She recently completed her Bachelor of Ministry and Theology at Avondale Seminary via distance education and is now excited about all the extra time to read books for fun.
She’s passionate about authentic relationships, creating a safe space where people can be honest and can get to know each other and coming alongside to hear your story.

Kerilee Bolto

Kerilee Bolto

Lead Elder

As the current Lead Elder at Wantirna, Kerilee is effectively the lay person that works closely with the pastoral and elders team in ministering to the Wantirna church family. She was born in Canberra, but has been part of Wantirna church for the last 17 years.

She’s a wife and full-time mother to four children aged 5 to 21, but balances her time with ministry by “managing stress with gratitude”. In her own words – “When I learnt that gratitude and anxiety cannot co-exist in the brain it changed my life. And of course God knew it all along and Paul shared this truth in Philippians 4:6-8.”

Lesley Clark

Lesley Clark

Church Custodian

Along with members of her extended family, Lesley has been attending Wantirna church since 1983. Her role as Church Custodian is to manage and coordinate the use of church facilities, property and equipment. As well as our program being a busy one it is regularly used by other entities and Lesley is the person who coordinates the usage of our facility for all these events.

She jokingly describes herself as a busy body, but Lesley is seen by many as fun, reliable and faithful. She positively asserts that she trusts God implicitly and therefore has no fears or worries that keep her awake at night.

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Our Leadership

Knowing Love and Sharing It

Nadia Widuch

Volunteer

Nadia Widuch

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Janette Bower

Volunteer

Janette Bower

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Gosia Zastawnik

Volunteer

Gosia Zastawnik

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