Pastor Ronald and Ingrid Rodrigo
Ronald and his wife Ingrid are the senior pastors of Restore Community Church. God called Ronald, who was a National Rugby football player, into the ministry in 1981 while attending a service in the Assembly of God church in Sri Lanka. Since his encounter with Jesus, Ronald and Ingrid have never looked back, but have followed Jesus all through their lives.
Ronald effectively ministered at Peoples Church Assembly of God Sri Lanka for over five years before migrating to Australia. After having been led by the Lord to do his Biblical studies at Harvest Bible College, Ronald pioneered the Hospital Ministry, and pastorally cared for hundreds of people living in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne. He then served on staff at a church in Dandenong for 14 years, involved with pastoral care, looking after new Christians, and running one of the best Alpha courses in this nation, which thousands of people have attended.
Ronald and Ingrid, together with their six children and their families have set out to serve the community with the vision God has given them. With over two decades of pastoral and leadership experience, Ronald’s ministry is positively focused, motivational and challenging.
He has a passion to add value to others out of the experience of his own journey. His personal mission statement is to inspire faith and see people experience God in their lives through the Word and prayer. Ronald is passionately committed to the ministry of one on one for the cause of Christ, and loves seeing people fulfill their God-given destiny. Ingrid’s personal passion is to help women in their struggles and families. She continually ministers to women of all cultures and successfully mentors, motivates and helps women to be all they can be for the cause of Christ.
Ronald holds strong the value of personal holiness, being led by the Spirit, and living life with the agape love of God and walking by faith. Ronald and Ingrid were married in 1977 and are blessed with six children and eight grandchildren.
Pastor Bruno and Pat
Pastor Bruno is the assistant pastor of Restore Community Church.
Bruno and his wife Pat have been involved in various leadership roles in a small number of Pentecostal Churches for over 40 years including youth, young marrieds, adult fellowship, local and district home groups and, Bruno on church boards. They both have a passion for God, and have dedicated themselves for God’s service.
Bruno, after his initial conversion to God was involved in setting up Teen Challenge Victoria, as treasurer and street counsellor. He was also one of the youngest treasurers appointed to a local church, which was assisted by the fact that he is a professionally qualified accountant and financial planner, he currently operates a public accounting practice and financial planning business over the last 30 years.
They have three married children (one of which lives in Adelaide).
Bruno believes that he has a call of God on his life since his conversion which has never left.
He has a passion for the unsaved, and is dedicated in expressing his faith in God on a one to one basis, by leading a dedicated, compassionate, trustworthy, ethical, and honest lifestyle personally, professionally, and in business. He also loves to teach the word of God.
Pat is a person of mature faith, who has a lot of personal life experiences of the supernatural overcoming power of God’s word. Her passion is helping others to come into that same dimension, to live victoriously by understanding who, and what, they are in Christ, and be that person God created them to be.
She also facilitates a weekly community inter-denominational ladies Bible study group, which enables her to use her ministry gifts outside the church.
Pastor Ray and Therese
Pastor Ray and his wife Therese are the Community Pastors of Restore Community Church. Ray has done his Biblical studies through Timothy School of the Bible, which is based in Adelaide, South Australia and also holds other qualifications in areas relating to working with children. Ray and Therese have been involved in ministry for over twenty-five years.
Therese has worked in community services for over a decade and has experience with disadvantaged youth in areas of homelessness and family breakdown.
Pastor Charlie and Joanne Ventieri
Connect Groups Pastor
Charlie and his wife Joanne have been in ministry for around 12 years where Charlie was the associate Pastor for a Pentecostal church in Melbourne’s western suburbs.
He was responsible for the running, operations wellbeing, and weekly planning of the Church, and would also lead prayer meetings and coordinate weekly groups within the church. Charlie was also the Principal of AFCM Bible School where he facilitated and ran the entire curriculum for over 7 years.
Charlie has a real passion for the youth and young adults and would oversee, lead, and train the youth leaders within the youth program. He would oversee and direct the entire youth program for the year from start to finish. Charlie also has a hands-on approach within the discipleship and the mentoring of the youth in developing their leadership skills, and around planning events and weekly activities.
For the past 6 years Charlie has been working within the community services sector working with disadvantaged Australians within disability employment services and the NDIS.
Joanne for the past 12 years has served within many different church ministries and served as the secretary on the board of a local church. She also led the children’s ministry
for many years. Joanne has been involved in pastoral care and ran a young girls’ group.
Charlie and Joanne have a real passion for seeing people saved and being plugged into the life of the church and discipling and mentoring them to fulfill the will of God for their lives.
They have been married for 13 years and been blessed with two beautiful children who love and serve the Lord.
Pastor Roshan and Kevin Grebe
Roshan and Kevin have been married for the last 29 years and are blessed with three beautiful children. Kettrina, Anika & Joshua. They have been living, working and in ministry in various countries, for the past 26 years.
Roshan has a background in counselling, enjoys training people in care ministry, discipleship, and bible studies. She is a trained leader in Precept Ministries. Roshan is a ‘peoples person’ and enjoys gathering the church family to be involved through serving. She has held effective leadership roles in different areas of the church for about 30 plus years.
While holding the position of women’s ministry director at Shanghai Community Fellowship – China, which had a multi ethnic congregation of over 50 nationalities, she effectively managed the women’s ministry which also entailed Church retreats, Cell/Prayer groups and conferences. During her time in Singapore she was involved with the Women’s Ministry, Sunday school, Cell Ministry and also a teacher at ESL in the local Baptist Church, which also have over 3000 strong congregation and 54 nationalities.
From a young age, Roshan had a strong faith and commitment to the local Church by engaging herself to reach out to the local community around her. She is a woman of prayer and a has a calling to minister
to various women in need, especially those facing domestic abuse
and single parents. Roshan also has a passion for those who have been victimised, abused and vulnerable to see lives changed, and made whole in the love of Christ, partnering with Ministries in Far East.