Rev Dr Geoff Pound (Senior Pastor)

pastoral team geoff Geoff joined the Ashburton Baptist Church staff in September 2012. He pastored churches in New Zealand before coming to Australia with his family in 1992. Geoff served the Victoria Baptists in a number of roles including Home Mission Superintendent, Director of Leadership Training, President of the Baptist Union of Victoria and Principal of Whitley College.

In the seven years prior to coming to Ashburton, Geoff worked as a freelance writer and teacher based in the United Arab Emirates. Geoff is married to Lyn who is an English Language teacher. They have a son who lives in Sydney and a daughter, son-in-law and three grandchildren in Melbourne. Contact Geoff 

Rev Keren McClelland (Associate Pastor)

pastoral team kerenKeren joined the Ashburton Baptist Church pastoral team in February 2012, and came to us from St. Kilda Baptist Church.
Keren works as a pastor across all ages and advocates for children and families, the arts, contemplative practices, and nourishing hospitality. She is an avid gardener who loves living in Melbourne. Contact Keren


Ellen Sudholz (Youth Leader)

pastoral team ellenEllen joined the Ashburton Baptist Church team in July 2016 as Youth Leader. A commitment to youth and young people has always been a focus for Ellen. She has extensive experience in organising and leading youth activities, and has a natural rapport with young people. She is a great encourager and promotes a positive ‘can do’ attitude.

Ellen has a strong interest in outdoor sports and is always keen to get others to join her in playing netball or running half marathons! Having been a part of the Ashburton Baptist Church community for over 20 years, Ellen is excited to have an ongoing involvement with the young people of the church. Contact Ellen.

Rev Ann Lock (WellSpring Director)

pastoral team annThe Rev. Ann Lock joined us in August 2012 as the WellSpring Director.

Ann and her husband Garry moved to Victoria after 3 years in Canberra. Ann has pastored at Brunswick Baptist Church, worked with Baptist Inner City Ministries in Sydney, (now Hope St) and has a background in OH&S Nursing. Ann and Garry live on the Bellarine Peninsula and have three adult sons. Contact Ann