PETER COSSGROVE - senior pastor
Pastor Peter Cossgrove commenced at North East Baptist in mid January and was inducted during the service on 3 February 2013. Peter has been involved in pastoral oversight of all Youth & Young Adults Ministry previously at Eastside Community Church and Clontarf Beach Baptist Church. He has expanded his ministry and is currently the new Senior Pastor. He has been involved in youth ministries for 15 years and is passionate about seeing people of all ages both young and old reach their potential in Christ and family. He and Tracey have been married for 17 years and have three children.
ANDREW HASSUM - ASSOCIATE PASTOR
Andrew is a Registered Pastor with Queensland Baptists and began ministering at NEB in mid 2015. Andrew oversees all Youth and Young Adult related activities, including NEB youth group, youth church, young adults bible study, as well as other pastoral duties. Andrew completed his theological training at Malyon College and holds a Masters of Ministry. In his spare time, Andrew can be found working on his project car, playing and refereeing touch football, and spending time with his family and friends! Prior to ministering at NEB, Andrew worked as a Process Safety Engineer for one of the largest Natural Gas producers in Australia. Andrew is married to Naomi and they have two children (Zane: 2015, and Micah: 2017).
TRACEY COSSGROVE - ASSOCIATE PASTOR
Tracey has been serving alongside Peter at NEB since they began here in 2013. Together they have 3 beautiful children (2 teenagers and one almost). Tracey graduated from Malyon College at the start of 2017 with a Bachelor of Ministry and continues to oversee both Worship (including Creative Arts and Communications) and Women’s ministries here at NEB. Tracey has a strong desire to see people within the community come to know Jesus and those within in the church excited and passionate to live a life fully sold out to Him. She loves quality time with her family and friends (especially when coffee is involved) and enjoys exercising, movies, reading a good book and every now and then a spot of shopping – that’s a hobby isn’t it??!!
GWENDA JAYAWARDHANA - ASSOCIATE PASTOR
Gwenda commenced at North East Baptist in mid-January and was inducted during the service on 2 February 2020. Gwenda oversees the Connect Group and Teaching ministries at NEB. She is passionate about encouraging people to grow deeper in their faith and their relationship with God and others through offering solid biblical teaching and encouraging relational community. In 2017 Gwenda graduated from Malyon College with a Master of Divinity and was serving at Carinity Clifford House as their Aged Care Chaplain prior to ministering at NEB. She also worked as a Management Accountant for an engineering company during her early years of married life. Gwenda is married to Prasantha (PJ) and they have three children (Taruna: 1999, Rasika: 2001 and Prashan:2004). They also own a cat named Charm who likes to eat a lot. Gwenda enjoys singing, gardening, coffee catch-ups and spending quiet time at home.
HELEN MACANN - CHILDREN'S MINISTRY CO-ORDINATOR
Helen started attending North East Baptist in October 2011, after spending a few months at Playtime with her daughter, Ruby. Since then she has had a son, Joshua, and has co-lead the Playtime program since July 2013. In January 2017, Helen commenced work as Children’s Ministry Coordinator, to bring a unified mission across all of the children’s ministries at North East, including Playtime, NRG, and the Sunday morning children’s programs, Kool Kids and Children’s Church. Helen is passionate about providing lively and engaging programs to teach kids about the life of Jesus and to help give them a firm foundation, alongside their parents and carers, in their faith journey. Helen’s interests include hanging out with family and friends, doing voluntary work in the local community, snowboarding and travelling the world, especially to visit family and friends in the UK and South Africa.