Ministry team


rev. joel small

Senior Pastor

Originally from Canberra, Joel commenced ministry at ECBC in 2013.  From his early teenage years Joel had a strong sense of calling into ministry and feels that the pastoral role best expresses who he is. He is an enthusiastic communicator, a collaborative leader, and loves to encourage people.

Joel desires to lead and foster a loving church where people feel welcomed and valued.  He thrives on seeing people grow into their Christ like potential. 

Joel completed his B.Min at Morling Theological College and has been a pastor since 2006. 

Joel married Bron in 2001 and they have three sons, Brendan, Andrew and Daniel. He enjoys cycling, jogging, watching AFL, reading and playing guitar. 


lisa hartley

Children's Ministry Worker

Lisa commenced the role as Children’s Ministry Worker in January 2015.  

Lisa has always had a special heart for children and a passion to support families. Through this position Lisa would like to walk beside the children and their families as they grown and develop in their faith. God has given Lisa the gifts of leadership, passion, and patience. She wants the whole church to love and nurture families. 

Lisa has been and remains a long term staff member of Erina Baptist Preschool, and has been working with young children for over 20 years.  She and her team of leaders are committed to making Sunday morning Erina Kids a real highlight in every child’s week. She can see many other opportunities for outreach to families within the community. 

Lisa is married to Matthew and together they have two daughters, Jessica and Sophie. They have lived on the coast for 18 years and love it here. She enjoys family time, entertaining friends, and sewing.


sue donovan

Office Administrator

Sue has been working in the office here at ECBC since 2008. She uses her gifts in administration to assist the Pastoral staff, ministries as well as the church family.

Sue is married to Mark and together they have 2 adult children, Mitchell and Sophie. Outside the office, Sue enjoys reading, good coffee, spending time with family and friends and travelling (which she hopes to do more of soon!)