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Meet the Team


Pastor Chris Carmody

Pastor Chris is the Senior Pastor at Church on Tarwin and is married to Shauna. Together they have three school-aged children and are keen to provide a nurturing church environment for families. Pastor Chris also has a passion for discipleship and training. This is highlighted by his involvement in the Grip Youth Services charity and in his role as State Director for CRC Churches International.


Pastor Chris Porter

Chris is married to Marilyn and they have two adult children and two grandchildren. He has been in ministry for over 40 years in Australia and overseas. Chris and Marilyn both have a desire to teach people about the Father heart of God, and to see lives changed through the love of God.

Chris heads up the MAN2MAN connect team and he has a vision to encourage all men to fellowship with each other and to learn more about what God has in store for their lives. 


Rebecca Para

Bec is the Executive leader at Church on Tarwin and is also co leader of the worship team. She is married to Joe and they share a family of 7 children, some that live in Australia and some in New Zealand. Her desire is to see people of all ages experience the reality of a living, active God


Shane Comley

Shane Comley is one of the Sunday Service coordinator and head of tech for the  Worship Team. He has served in the music ministry 30 years under different leaders. He desires to see everyone worship Christ in a new and free way.


Pastor Marilyn Porter

Marilyn is married to Chris and they have two adult children and two beautiful granddaughters. 

Marilyn has been involved in many areas of Leadership for over 40 yrs. such as Eldership, Discipleship, Alpha Courses, New Christian classes, Women’s Ministry, Seniors, Home groups & Bible Studies.  


Along with her husband they were Mission Assistants with Australian Christian Churches in Australian Indigenous Mission work in the Kimberley and Pilbara.  Along with Overseas Mission work in several countries.  


In another season of their lives, they travelled Australia in our Caravan sharing the gospel along the way. Now Marilyn is focused on building the Kingdom of God through Prayer.


Prayer Network Coordinator

Carolyn Bryan


Carolyn is the Creche leader at Church on Tarwin. She moved to Australia in 2009 to start a family of her own and was blessed to have two beautiful children, Samantha and Jonny who also attends church with her. She worked as a case worker for a Christian student centre in the Philippines. Aside from serving the church, she has been working at a hospital for over 12 years. She loves children and it is her desire to provide a safe and enjoyable place for them at church where they can develop an understanding of God.


James Carmody

James Carmody is our youth director at Church On Tarwin. He runs District 7 Youth On a weekly basis with an amazing team of individuals who are passionate about sharing Jesus. His desire is for people to grow out of their comfort zones with God, and help them explore the perfect love the creator of the universe has for them. 

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