Our Story

We want to help you find peace and purpose in the middle of uncertainty. 

Bright Church was founded in 2006 with a group of twelve people meeting in a garage, believing for more of God in their local community. It is now a growing and thriving church in Wantirna South, filled with people who are passionate about following Jesus and raising leaders who change the world.

Bright Ministry Leaders

Team work makes the dream work. 

Ben Fagerland

Ben Fagerland

Senior Pastor
Sarah Fagerland

Sarah Fagerland

Senior Pastor
Matt Wynne

Matt Wynne

Grow Pastor
Ruth Holley

Ruth Holley

Generations Pastor
Gabi Gulay

Gabi Gulay

Creative Pastor
Zach Hooper

Zach Hooper

Business Manager
Charlene Lee

Charlene Lee

Events Manager/PA
Michaela Wynne

Michaela Wynne

Kids Ministry Leader
Russell Wilson

Russell Wilson

Youth Ministry Leader

Ben Fagerland

Senior Pastor

Ben is passionate about God, people and coffee (10am is Ben’s coffee o’clock!). He became the Senior Pastor of Bright Church in 2012, and everyday he continues to drive Bright’s vision to see the lost be reached and build leaders who change the world. Ben’s secret (not so secret) prowess is belting out the Greatest Showman tunes and some 90s Backstreet’s Back, but when he’s not doing that he is hands down, the biggest advocate for living God’s best for your life, and not settling for anything less.

Sarah Fagerland

Senior Pastor

You can’t help but feel at ease when you’re around Sarah – she is always warm and ready with a smile. Together with her husband Ben, Sarah became the Senior Pastor of Bright Church in 2012, juggling 3 young children with her ministry responsibilities (supermum? Um, yes!). Sarah currently oversees the Missions department at Bright and is passionate about spreading the name of Jesus in our local community. When she’s not at church, she’s an excellent teacher and a super mum, who enjoys a good read in her downtime. Also, when you catch Sarah in a giggle – it’s severely contagious, and you’re in for a lengthy laugh!

Matt Wynne

Grow Pastor

Matt gets really excited about four things. Eating amazing food (the spicier, the better), watching quality movies, achieving his personal best in the gym, and seeing people encounter God. As well as serving as Grow Pastor at Bright, Matt also works as a secondary school teacher at Mount Evelyn Christian School. He would say his main goal in life is to point people towards Jesus and have an awesome time doing it. His passion also pours out in other areas. If you meet Matt after Essendon loses in a footy match, please don’t take it personally… he’s working on it.

Ruth Holley

Generations Pastor

Ruth has a heart for young people and she is particularly passionate about people finding hope and seeing them use their gifts for God. A natural leader and conversationalist, Ruth has a penchant for telling stories with great detail. When she is not overseeing the generational ministries at church (young adults, youth, mens ministry & women’s ministry), she is an excellent paediatric occupational therapist who enjoys a good walk in nature, holding Zach’s hand, grabbing a coffee with friends and an occasional Nutella cookie.

Gabi Gulay

Creative Pastor

Gabi is incredibly passionate about worship and her beautiful family. A big encourager of people, Gabi leads and pastors the Creative Team at Bright, which encompasses the production team, the band, vocalists and visual media. When she’s not serving at Bright, she enjoys a good Netflix series and being an amazing mum to her beautiful girls. If you’re lucky enough, you may catch her belting out a casual tune in the bathroom- because who wouldn’t want to make use of the amazing bathroom acoustics?

Zach Hooper

Business manager

Zach is a man of many talents. He is strategic and business oriented, but he’s also a closet songbird who gets away with making up his own words (that takes skill!). Zach is passionate about the Word and is sensitive to the leading of the Holy Spirit. We love that trait about Zach, and it’s certainly important as he oversees the direction of Bright’s finances! When Zach is not serving at church, he loves going to the gym and keeping active with basketball and tennis. Zach loves Jesus, Ruth and olives. Lots of olives.

Charlene Lee

Events manager/PA

Charlene is an organisational prowess who loves people, which is why she oversees the church’s events, marketing and Ps Ben’s schedule. There’s not much that will get her as excited as people finding hope in Jesus, creating an environment where people feel included and connected, and eating chocolate. Known as the office panda (she’s always eating!), Charlene enjoys aerial silks in her spare time, shopping, singing in the bathroom and watching b-grade chick flicks.

Michaela Wynne

Kids Ministry Leader

If there’s someone that kids absolutely adore, it’s Michaela Wynne. Some say she could even be the next Emma Wiggle! Passionate about influencing our young children for Christ, Michaela is always thinking about how to create the best environment for our little ones to thrive and grow in their God-given identity. When Michaela’s not serving at church, she is a primary school teacher – talk about passion for children!

Russell Wilson

Youth Ministry Leader

Russell is passionate about 3 things: Jesus, young people and sport. Literally, any sport! Together with his beautiful wife Katie, they believe that young people are our future. Impacting a young person’s life for Jesus gets Russell incredibly excited and he believes there is nothing more rewarding. Russell loves to read and keep active during his spare time- he can also keep a decent beat on the drums, particularly to ‘The Stand’ (ask him about it!).