At Seymour Baptist Church, we’re all about people because God is all about people.
Together, we’re striving to become the kind of church described in the Bible, where there’s relevant
teaching, heart-felt worship, honest friendships, constant prayer, and compassionate care for those
in need. In short, we’d like to have the kind of contagious Christianity that can encourage the entire
community, one life at a time.
Pastors Bios continued from Home Page:
Geoffrey Johnstone was born and raised in Victoria. He preached his first sermon when he was 20 years old and went on to pastor churches in Brisbane, Newcastle and Castlemaine.
Geoffrey and Elizabeth were called to Seymour in November 2021.
Since then they have worked together to make this church their spiritual home.
Recently Geoffrey celebrated 40 years in ministry. This has given him time to reflect on what is really important in church life.
Geoffrey believes that sermons should be simple, encouraging and nourishing.
“What is the point of being so clever that nobody understands you?” he sometimes states.
But equally important Geoffrey believes that church life should be marked by great joy.
“What a privilege it is to be the people of God,” he has been known to say.
Geoffrey and Elizabeth have 5 children between them and 8 grandchildren. When he is not in his office he can be found fishing for redfin at Hughes Creek.
Elizabeth Johnstone was born and raised in Scotland.
In 2003 she married Geoffrey and set up home in Bendigo.
For the next five years Elizabeth worked in management at Bendigo TAFE. The position took her across Victoria partnering with businesses and government departments.
In 2007 Elizabeth joined Tahlee Ministries, in Newcastle, as their business manager.
The following year she commenced study at Morling Bible College and was accredited as a Baptist pastor in February 2012.
This led to ministry at Nelson Bay Baptist Church as the Associate Pastor.
Unfortunately, Elizabeth became disabled after a botched medical procedure.
This led to a decision to move to Frankston to be closer to family.
During her 9 years of disability Elizabeth became an oblate with the Community of the Holy Name in Cheltenham.
In 2022 she qualified as a Spiritual Director.
A life changing operation in June 2021 reversed the effects of the original surgery and Elizabeth regained her health.
Five months later Geoffrey and Elizabeth were called to Seymour Baptist Church.
“It is a wonderful privilege to be able to return to church ministry. I thank God for my health and for the opportunity for spiritual growth during the difficult times.”
Elizabeth loves a good coffee and spends her free time in the garden.
According to her husband, “Elizabeth fell in love with Australia and Australia fell in love with Elizabeth.”