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Hillsong Australia Key Support Team

Darren Kitto
Head of Campus Support

  • Campus Team 1

    Sunshine Coast North
    Sunshine Coast South
    Sydney City (Waterloo and Alexandria)
    Sydney Greater West
    Sydney South West

  • Bio

    Darren has been a pastor at Hillsong Church since 1996. He became a member of our church in 1991, subsequently studying at Hillsong College. During his twenty-seven year ministry, he has carried a broad range of pastoral and leadership roles, both locally within the church and has also outworked the vision on a global level, which included overseeing Hillsong Aid and Development projects, leading the Hillsong Television ministry, Hillsong Channel and Hillsong Leadership Network. Currently serving as one of our Australian campus support pastors, Darren has a heart for the local church and is excited about contributing to the growth of our Campus Communities in the upcoming season. Driven by his deep love for people, Darren is passionately committed to witnessing their spiritual development and empowering them to reach their full potential. Married to Karen, a Kindergarten teacher at their local Christian School, they take great pride in their four children.

Andrew Midson
Head of Campus Support

  • Campus Team 2

    Gold Coast North
    North Shore
    Northern Beaches
    Sydney Inner West

  • Bio

    Andrew has accumulated 16 years of experience in ministry and church building. For the past eight years he has served as a Campus Pastor of Hillsong Greater Springfield with his wife Crystal. Presently, he holds a role as one of our Australia Head of Campus Support Pastors. His strong background in leadership has led him to spearhead diverse ministries within the church. Andrews has been actively involved in planting and pioneering new initiatives, which have grown in healthy communities and ministries. His love for the local church is the driving force behind his dedication to the ministry. Andrew is well-regarded for his innovative approach and passion as he endeavours to bring hope, life and answers to communities and cities through the transformative message of Jesus Christ.

Jay Jury
Head of Campus Support

  • Campus Team 3

    Brisbane Central
    Gold Coast Central
    Melbourne City
    Melbourne East
    Sydney Hills

  • Bio

    Since 2002, Jay has been an integral part of Hillsong Church, having relocated from NZ with his wife Christina. Initially a Primary School teacher with a Bachelor of Education, he embarked on his journey at Hillsong College, successfully completing a Diploma in Ministry. In 2004, Jay assumed a Pastoral role, leading Hillsong Men and actively worked in the Pastoral Care department. In 2007, Jay and Christina were entrusted to oversee the St Mary’s Extension Service, which later evolved into the thriving Greater Western Sydney Campus by 2011, witnessing remarkable growth in both health and attendance. Currently serving as a Campus Support Pastor within the Key Support Team, Jay's focus revolves around people, and continues to Pastor and create environments where people belong and are equipped and empowered to become all they can be in Jesus. Jay and Christina, still residing in Penrith, remain actively involved with their local community, while raising their four sons.

Nathan Mclean
Head of Campus Support

  • Campus Team 4

    Brisbane Downtown
    Greater Springfield
    Melbourne West
    Melbourne Greater West

  • Bio

    Nathan is an experienced Pastor with over two decades of dedicated ministry at Hillsong Church. Since 2003, he has made a significant impact, particularly with Hillsong Kids, playing a pivotal role in shaping it into what it is today. His commitment to a safe church environment led him to help pioneer the safe church department and lead discipleship nationally. As Campus Pastor, he spearheaded the online campus, reaching even more people with the message of Jesus. He has recently served as Campus Pastor for Hillsong South West, alongside his wife Jess, who leads the Wollongong Campus. Recently completing his ministry bachelor's degree and currently one of the Campus Support Pastors, Nathan is passionate about empowering individuals to reach their fullest potential in Christ.

Katie Schrack
Head of Discipleship Support

  • Bio

    Over the last 15 years Katie has been dedicated to developing leaders to see them live and thrive in their God-given purpose. Her experience in Learning and Development has given her many opportunities to lend her strengths and skills to ignite her passion for transformation and growth both individually and corporately. Over the last 7 years, Katie has been able to design and implement various development, coaching, and training initiatives for Hillsong staff. Katie has a deep commitment to the local church and is actively involved in her local campus at Sydney Greater West as a service leader and oversees the new people and new Christians teams. Katie is devoted to cultivating greater unity, collaboration, and clarity so that Hillsong Church can more effectively develop purpose-filled Jesus followers.

Carl-Hugo Ander
Head of Operational Support

  • Bio

    Carl-Hugo Ander is passionate about the local church and has been on staff at Hillsong Church for over 18 years. During this time, he has carried a broad range of executive leadership roles within the church, notably as Events Director overseeing our Australia and Global conferences. Currently, he serves as our Australian Head of Operational Support, where he continues to display his commitment to the growth and well-being of people. He loves seeing people flourish, learn, and grow. Having obtained a Bachelor of Theology, he brings added depth to his contributions within our church. Carl-Hugo is married to Amanda and has two children.  

Kent Medwin
Head of Strategy Support

  • Bio

    Kent has been an active member of the business community in his hometown of Hobart and now Melbourne. Kent extends his experience in property and business development, combined with his passion for entrepreneurship towards building the Church. Kent recently stepped into the role of Head of Strategy Support and is also a Director on the Board of Compassion Australia. Kent and his wife Rose, along with their three children, began pioneering our Hobart location ten years ago and more recently were overseeing Hillsong Church locations across Victoria, Tasmania and Fiji.  Kent is passionate about building the Church and helping people across all ages come to know Jesus and grow in their faith.

Lauren Thomson
Head of Social Impact

  • Bio

    Lauren's lifelong association with what is known now as Hillsong Newcastle reflects her commitment to the church. She began serving during her high school years, contributing to various age groups such as kids, youth, young adults, and youth alive as well as volunteering in the finance team. Her service coincided with a phase of growth for the Newcastle campus, during which she supported volunteers, mentored leaders, and earned her Bachelor of Commerce degree with a major in accounting. In 2017, Lauren and her husband, Hugh, relocated to the Hills Campus, where they volunteered as connect group leaders and actively participated in supporting connect groups and morning services. In 2018, Lauren became a part of the church staff, primarily contributing to event operations. In addition to facilitating the transition of conferences in the post-Covid era, her expertise in financial systems, audit, and regulatory compliance has proven instrumental in supporting various aspects of church operations. Inspired by the church's focus on addressing global injustices at conferences, Lauren's faith evolved towards a practical application of service. She believes that the church can be the hands and feet of Jesus, not just in spirit but through practical means, actively helping meet the needs of communities. As the Head of Social Impact, Lauren is passionate about building relationships and partnerships with external organisations, aiming to create significant and social impact through Hillsong Church’s efforts.