Rev Dr Gary Heard (Interim Pastor)

pastoral team gary heardGary commenced as Interim Pastor at ABC on 2nd December 2018. Gary works half-time at the church, in the other half of his working time he is employed as Academic Dean at Trinity Anglican Theological College on a one year interim appointment. Gary was ordained as a Baptist minister in 1991 after several years as a VCE accounting teacher. In the period since then he has pastored several churches. From 2014 to 2018 Gary had the role of Academic Dean and Lecturer in Pastoral and Ministry Studies at Whitley, the Baptist Theological College. His key areas of teaching were in Chaplaincy and Pastoral Care in Health, Education and Community-based settings. 


Rev Tri Nguyen (Associate Pastor - Youth and Young Adults)

pastoral team Tri Nguyen

Tri joined the Ashburton Baptist Church pastoral team in June 2017. Tri came to Australia in 1982, as a refugee fleeing Vietnam after the war. Tri came to faith through the ministry of Moonee Ponds Baptist Church. Their welcome and love for Tri inspired him to dedicate his life to serving the body of Christ and the wider community. Since then, Tri has been walking alongside marginalised children, youth and young adults in Melbourne and in Vietnam.


Rev Dr Tony Cupit (Associate Pastor - Pastoral Care)

pastoral team tony 2Tony commenced a part-time ministry of pastoral care at Ashburton in July 2019. After ordination and a time of pastoral ministry in Sydney, Tony served as a missionary/Bible translator in Papua New Guinea with Global Interaction. He became GIA's Director of Mission in 1970 and in 1977 he was appointed Director of Mission and Ministries for the Baptist Union of Victoria. In 1990 Tony became Deputy General Secretary: Director of Evangelism and Education and Director of Study and Research for the Baptist World Alliance, based in Washington DC. He served the BWA for twenty years and subsequently served as Pastor to the McLean Baptist Church in Virginia USA. He brings to Ashburton a lifetime of pastoral and mission leadership throughout the Baptist world.


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 via