Geoff Westlake (OAC Ministries 1997-)
Simple Church Mission
Geoff works for Outreach And Church Ministries (OAC). He presents spiritual issues clearly, in an articulate but relaxed, Aussie style. Outreach Sessions are not only enjoyable & inspiring, they connect good values & life-skills to spiritual roots. By openly exposing his own Judeo-Christian bias, the sessions are ethical & educational too. This transparency is excellent for Schools Religious Education, but also for any outreach forum.
With Churches, he describes the Christian faith in ways that can assist their outreaches, and can also help inspire their ongoing connections with their local communities.
Cheers is a Christian-based “neighbours’ network” which Geoff voluntarily leads, in the Perth suburb of Banksia Grove. The main mode of operation is through friendships, more than programs. Cheers works together to “bless and benefit Banksia Grove and beyond.”
Home is perhaps the most honest testing ground. Geoff & Sally have four children, born between 2000 & 2004. He imagines them sitting in on his presentations. They live in suburbia but have a good bit of native bush on their block, and a menagerie of chickens, parrots, and guinea pigs to attract the dugites, and the dogs to keep them at bay. 🙂 “We also have lots of people share our lives and feel very rich indeed.”
SUNO (Scripture Union Neighborhood Outreach) is a think-tank, trainer, and auspice of practitioners working on community & culture-sensitive outreaches around WA. They reflect, and spark better ways to do the core practices of the Christian life. The core DNA of outreach remains the same, but the expressions can be very different. It’s about adapting to the situation at hand.
Pretty much like the rest of what Geoff does.
Introducing Geoff? – click here
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Born in Mt Gambier, South Australia. Raised & primary schooled in Warnambool, country Victoria. Secondary school at Carey Grammar, whilst living in Werribee, a far western suburb of Melbourne.
1985-7 Laborer, truck driver, diesel fitter’s TA. Port Hedland WA.
1987-92 Baptist Theological College WA [Vose]. Perth WA.
– BTh (Hons) with some educational units; Dip Theol; Ordained Baptist Churches WA.
1988-92 South Perth Baptist, Student Pastor, South Perth WA
1992-95 Craigie Baptist, Pastor, Craigie, WA.
1996 Truck driver, farm hand, Three Springs WA.
1997-present: OAC Ministries, Outreach Specialist, Perth WA.
2004-present: OAC Ministries WA Branch, Director
2011-13: Joint National Coordinator
2013-present: OAC Ministries National Coordinator
85-7 Zac’s House drop in centre; Hedland Baptist; Port Hedland Rovers Football Club
87-00 Westcoast Tigers Amateur Football Club, City Beach. (Life Member.)
95-08 Mt Hawthorn Community Church, (98-01 Tuesday Church; 00-02 Second Sunday Session)
03-present Cheers Neighbors’ Network, Banskia Grove; [and 05-12 Banksia Baptist, 12-present Woodvale Baptist.]
03-present Banksia Grove Residents’ Association, Round Table +++ (see www.banksiagrove.com)