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Senior Leaders

James and Danielle Howes

James and Danielle grew up in this region and both attended Kyogle High School where they met. Married in 1999, they now have 5 amazing children.  They love Kyogle and they love the church.  They long to see the Kyogle community and the region irreversibly affected by the supernatural power and love of God. 

James and Danielle’s involvement in Christian Life Church Kyogle goes back many years but in 2007, James and Danielle felt led to attend the School of Ministry at Catch The Fire Toronto in Canada. They spent a year in Canada and God transformed their lives during time. 

Upon returning to Kyogle in 2008, James and Danielle were employed part time by the church as Youth Pastors and were later commissioned as the Senior Pastors on 22nd of March 2009.

They are passionate about people encountering for themselves the Father’s love, stepping into a right relationship with Jesus and experiencing the power of the Holy Spirit. They want to help facilitate people walking into their God designed destiny. They also have a great passion for healthy marriages and healthy families and seek to help others prioritise and foster relationships. They do this because they understand this to be a critical aspect of what the Kingdom of God looks and feels like.

Core Leadership Team

The Core Team oversees the church by discerning, evaluating and contributing to spiritual health and growth by caring, guarding and guiding. They serve the church by developing and implementing practical management strategies to fulfill the vision of the church.

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Wayne and Helen Dodge

Wayne & Helen are a family dedicated to the healing power of Jesus and the life-giving goodness found in the presence of our heavenly Dad. They come from many generations of kingdom family, yet walk in the daily revelation of healing from brokenness. They feel called to see people come into freedom and love to love His kids in front of us! They honour greatly the power of forgiveness and reconciliation, the fabulously diverse body of Christ, their Father’s heart for his children and the power of the Holy Spirit to do mighty things in their lifetime!

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Suzie Ryan

Suzie has been - and continues to be -revitalised with the passion of Christ, the love of the Father and the fire of the Holy Spirit. Suzie carries a passion for seeing redemption in her family, her community and her nation! She cares greatly and has a servant's heart, highly motivated by love. Suzie has led the children’s ministry for six years and carries a passion for transformation in the entire body of Christ.

James and Janet Russell

Janet and James are a revival couple walking passionately with their family into the newness of the Father’s love and the transforming power of the Holy Spirit! Janet and James are ambassadors of the healing power of a transformed life, and are bringing freshness to the revelation of purity and powerful relational love! They steward well the ‘safe place’ of home and are dedicated to ushering generations into a healing community.


James and Janet led Inflame Youth at CLC for three years. They were blessed to witness God move among this generation in a powerful way, and in turn, to watch this generation move lovingly toward Him and to know and seek Him deeper. They have four amazing blessings of their own, plus grandchildren. James and Janet say they “feel forever blessed by God in our lives” . 1 Thessalonians 5-11 is one of their favourite verses. “Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.” James and Janet are also Organic Pecan Nut horticulturists. Life is good and God is great.

Life Group Leaders

Our Destiny Life Group Leaders are amazing! We have a bunch of diverse, creative, loving Destiny Life Group Leaders who love seeing people come to know Jesus and walk in his ways. They long to encourage and lift up the members in their groups to see them fulfil the destiny that God has for them.

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Liz Carson, Michelle and Kevin McElligott, Stacey Schembri, Jules and John Hession

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Children’s Church Ministry Leaders

Our children church leaders are sensational! Suzie and Till have an amazing heart for the babies all the way up to the teenagers. They love creating spaces and curriculum for young people - engaging their hearts and minds and they make learning about the Kingdom of God super fun.