Pastor Nathan Hedt

Manager New and Renewing Churches

  • Husband to Yvette; father to 3 adult daughters Bethany, Rebecca and Sylvia
  • Enjoys leisure-driving his restored classic 75 Mini, playing cricket, kayaking and reading
  • Famous for being the world champion in Theoretical Scrabble
  • Most frequent go-to text: Romans 8

Prior to taking on the role of manager of New and Renewing Churches, Nathan was a church planter at the Lakeside church plant at Pakenham in outer suburban Melbourne for six years. He has a Bachelor of Science, a Bachelor of Theology and Graduate Diploma of Ministry, and a Master of Arts in Theology, majoring in Missiology. After his ordination in 2003, he served the Nambour parish in Queensland and later as the Pastor for Tertiary and Youth Ministry for the Victoria-Tasmania District of the Lutheran Church of Australia (LCA).

Chris Podlich

Church Planting Mentor and Mission Facilitator New and Renewing Churches

  • Husband to Emma
  • Loves drinking coffee and bicycle riding
  • Famous for how much he loves Batman!
  • Most frequent go-to text: John 15:15,16

Chris leads Beyond Church, a church plant in the northern suburbs of Brisbane that has a vision to ‘create churches that unchurched people love to engage with’. He has a Bachelor of Arts (in Theology and Christian Education) and a Master of Theological Studies. Chris was the youth and young adult director at Living Faith Lutheran Church, as well as youth chaplain at Grace Lutheran College, Rothwell. He works part-time for New and Renewing Churches as a church planting mentor and mission facilitator.

Amy Dahlenburg

Digital Media Officer New and Renewing Churches

  • Wife to Nigel; mum to a boy and a girl
  • Enjoys photography, music and singing
  • Famous for always having a camera ready and when taking photos saying, ‘Just one more shot’ and then taking at least 10 more shots!
  • Most frequent go-to text: Psalm 121

Amy is a wife, a mother of two children, an owner of three cats, and a photographer. She is the digital media officer and also serves as the communications and culture coordinator and online ministry leader at Mawson Lakes Community Church in Adelaide. Amy was the Reconciliation Ministry support officer prior to joining the New and Renewing Churches team in late 2020.


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