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WDBC's leadership structure consits of the Pastors, Staff, Leadership Team along with Ministry Team Leaders. Several times a year this leadership group gathers for vision casting, coordination, prayer and encouragement.


Name:   Paul Downie
Senior Pastor
Title: Senior Pastor



 0414 950 185 - Rest days Thursday, Friday & Saturday


Role:  The Senior Pastor's role is to lead the church as senior pastor. They are responsible for the preaching and teaching that occurs in the church and for empowering and equipping the church so that God's purposes and plans can be fulfilled through the whole congregation. They are accountable to the Leadership Team seeks to create a culture where everyone can Thrive! in Christ.


Paul Downie grew up in the Melbourne area with his family of 3 other siblings. He first commenced Ministry with Geelong Youth for Christ, before going in to Pastoral Ministry with the Baptist Churches. Serving Churches in Geelong, Darwin, Warrnambool, Kuta Bali, before coming to Wodonga. Paul has also been involved as a full-time Chaplain for a local Geelong Funeral company where he has had experience in grief support. Paul attended Melbourne Bible Institute, Churches of Christ College, and Whitley College.

Paul is Married to Anne, and they have 3 married children, Kim, Tania, Grant and 5 Grandchildren, Taylah, Molly, Kyan, Jonah & Flynn.


WDBC Associate Pastor

Name:  Matthew Thorp
Title: Associate Pastor
Phone: 0433 322 080 - Rest days Friday & Saturday

Role: Matt's role as Associate Pastor is to oversee the Pastoral Care of the church, helping people, whatever their circumstances, to feel loved, supported and cared for and to grow in their relationship with Jesus.

Profile: Matt Thorp grew up in the western suburbs of Sydney and moved with his family to Wodonga to take up the position of Associate Pastor in January 2011.

His background is in community services, having a Bachelor of Social Work and working in non-government community service organisations for 10 years.  Through this time, he also gained a Diploma of Theology to further equip him for pastoral ministry.  Heavily involved in the church in which he grew up (West Pennant Hills Community Church), he worked for 3 years as a part time Associate Pastor before his appointment to his current position.

Matt is married to Merryn and they have four children: Sahara, Macey, Cohen and Eamon.


Paul Downie

Senior Pastor


Matt Thorp

Associate Pastor


Steve Stokes



Senior Pastor

WDBC Associate Pastor

Church Administrator

Liz Buffett

Ministry Support


Emily Ellis

Kid's Church &

Youth Leader 

Kylie Geyer




Ministry Support Assistant

Kids Church & Youth Leader

WDBC Church Office Administrator (Casual)

All staff can be contacted through the Church Office on 02 6056 1777 or

Leadership Team

The Leadership Team, which includes the Senior Pastor, exercises a ministry of spiritual oversight of the church, of temporal care of the church members, and of management of the church's finance & property. Each Leadership Team member is elected by the church membership for a two year term of service.

WDBC Leadership Team

Senior Pastor - Paul Downie

Chair       - Dianne Wicks

Secretary - Rob Bon

Treasurer - Nathan Kennedy

Members  - Alison Reed, Ruth Smith, Stuart Geyer

Members of the Leadership Team can be contacted through the Church Office on 02 6056 1777 or