Leigh Ramsey, along with husband Mark, is the Senior Pastor of Citipointe Church - one of Australia’s largest and fastest growing churches. Leigh has a passion to speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves – whether it be the young, the old, the disadvantaged or the poor. She is driven by the heart call “To succumb to the enormity of the problem is to fail the one”. Whether it be founding the She Rescue Home in Cambodia for trafficked or at risk girls, or reaching out to the woman standing beside her, Leigh has eyes for the One.
Maria Durso is living proof that if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation (2 Cor 5:17). Having come from a childhood devastated by loss and abuse, she grew up thinking she could mask her pain with drugs. Her lifestyle could have left her hopeless and alone—yet God kept and preserved Maria’s life. Understanding firsthand the effects of abandonment, loneliness and rejection, she ministers to those whose hurt lies deep in the heart and works to minister to those who need hope. Armed with discernment, insight into the true character of God, honest about her own experience, and down to earth, Maria is an intercessor, teacher, and powerful speaker. Together she has pastored along side of her husband, Senior Pastor Michael Durso at Christ Tabernacle since 1985. Blessed with a wonderful husband, three sons in ministry, and grandmother to eight, Maria considers herself wholly blessed.
Andi Andrew is your average ‘juggler’ like most women are; wife, mother, pastor, leader, learner, daughter, sister, friend, human being trying to work things out on the journey. She’s passionate about seeing people rise up, walk fully in the truth, and step into the freedom that we all have access to in Christ - body, soul and spirit. And it’s that freedom that is so apparent when Andi preaches with genuine passion and a disarming humor that helps the timeless gospel connect in a timely way with people from every walk of life. Andi and her husband Paul moved from Sydney to New York City in 2010 to plant and co-pastor Liberty Church. Paul & Andi now live in Brooklyn with their four kids, Ezekiel “Zeke”, Jesse, Finley and Samuel.
Becky Lucas carries a passionate desire to see people everywhere meeting intimately with God - unrestricted by limitations or boundaries. Her love for God and people inspires her to lead worship in an un-abandoned, inspirational way - creating an atmosphere where earth touches Heaven and hearts collide with their Saviour, King. Alongside her husband Aaron, they are the Location Pastors at Citipointe Church Northern Colorado.
You want to live life strong and by conviction. You want to be and do life differently and stop just talking about it. You want to hear Karolina Gunsser. She will give you permission to be exactly that. With her strong Word based preaching, fresh revelation, proven character and life experience, prepare to be challenged to the core and come away changed. After 14 years in youth ministry, Sam and Karolina Gunsser now lead the Redcliffe location of Citipointe Church. They have a contagious passion for the local Church and are dynamic leaders, speakers and trainers with hearts for developing strong layers of leaders and volunteers. Sam and Karolina are parents to four little champions, Maja Gabrielle (11), Layla Justice (8), Judah Cruz (6), and Jesse Jons (3), and make a home in Brisbane, Australia.
Ruth is passionate about creating healthy societies in every arena of life and speaks, writes and leads drawing from diverse experience in the not-for-profit, government, media and business sectors. Ruth is the CEO of The Banyans Health and Wellness, a private company providing private mental health and addiction recovery retreat for professionals and public figures. As a social commentator, she wrote regularly for media outlets including the Courier Mail and was awarded the Margaret Dooley Award for social justice and human rights writing. Ruth writes, speaks and advocates about social and spiritual wellbeing, emotional and mental wellness, and poverty and injustice.
Ruth is a credentialed pastor with the ACC and an Elder at Nexus Church. She is also a Non-Executive Director for Christian Super, Bible Society Australia, SU Qld and Northside Christian College.
Born in Japan, Ruth has spent most of her life in Brisbane. She considers herself extremely fortunate to have met and married a wonderful man with whom she enjoys the daily adventure of life.