Pastor Matt George
Matt started his role to Pastor at Highfields Church of Christ in 2020 and below is a little bit about him.
What brought Matt to Australia:
Matt was originally born in Mobile, Alabama in the Unites States. He moved to Australia when he was 19 years to marry his High School sweet heart, who was originally from Australia. This story is too long to write here but feel free to chat to Matt about this if you are interested.
Matt has been married to Kimberley George since 2009 and they have 3 amazing kids [Caleb (10yrs), Gideon(5yrs), and Esther (2yrs]. Family is an important aspect of Matt’s life and he believes churches need to partner with families to impact the next generation.
Matt upon moving to Australia began study with TAFE and obtained a Duel Diploma in Youth Work & Children, Youth, and Family Intervention. During this study Matt also obtained a Cert 4 in Christian Ministries & Theologies. Matt is now currently studying to obtain his Bachelor Degree in Theology through ACOM and is less than 6 units from completing this study.
Matt has worked a number of different jobs in his time and the most relevant work for his current role was with SU QLD and HumeRidge Church of Christ.
For the past 8 years Matt has worked as a Chaplain with SU QLD and has worked in a couple different schools which include the following: Greenmount SS, Pilton SS, Darling Heights SS, and Nobby SS. Over the 8 years Matt has always worked, in some capacity, at Nobby SS. This role has helped Matt see the value of communities coming together to support one another through their unique life journeys’.
Matt worked for 4 years at HumeRidge Church of Christ as the Kids and Families Pastor. This role helped Matt develop in his leadership and learn some valuable lessons around supporting a Church community. Matt will be forever grateful for his time at HumeRidge Church and the way this church supported his family.
Matt love any kind of sport and still believes American Football is the best kind of Football. Matt has competed as a professional MMA fighter for 10 years until needing to retire due to a injury. His nickname was The Alabama Assassin and his usual song entrance was ‘Sweet Home Alabama’. This sport was a big part of Matt’s life and taught him the value of hard work, respect, and the importance of courage.
Pastor Chris Gribble
Chris’ working life began as an office clerk in a large farm implement manufacturing company in Dalby Qld. After a year he began an apprenticeship as a fitter and turner in the same company and successfully completed his indentures four years later.
Looking for an adventure he then travelled to Israel to work on a Kibbutz. He primarily worked in the farm section of the Kibbutz producing turf for many of the major tourist and residential developments in Israel at that time.
On his return to Australia he began working at the local Dalby Hospital and completed his training as an enrolled nurse. He then worked at Baillie Henderson Hospital in Toowoomba for a year.
Chris completed several years of Bible College training and worked as a teacher and then Dean of Cornerstone Bible College in Emerald, Qld. He moved to Charters Towers in North Queensland to commence employment as a church Pastor with the Churches of Christ and Baptist Churches. During this time he also worked as a Nurse, Newspaper Photographer, School Teacher, Chaplain and a variety of other jobs to augment his role in the church.
Chris’ interest in education was developed through his studies at the University of Southern Queensland where he completed a Bachelor in Further Education and Training. Chris moved to the Gold Coast in 2002 and completed his Masters in Education (Online Learning) that year. At this time he began applying some of the ideas formulated during his studies to the development of a Cert IV in Christian Ministry. A number of students were engaged in individually adapted learning that sought to provide learners situated learning within their community of practice.
In 2007 Chris moved to Toowoomba with the aim to develop an applied spirituality in the workplace. He became a builder’s labourer working on site with the purpose of developing a holistic mentoring model that produced positive learning outcomes for the business.
Recently Chris spent 6 months teaching Business and English in China. This was an adventure and educational experience for the whole family. Chris and the family returned in February, 2011.
Chris has been a part of the Highfields Church of Christ for nearly nine years.