Meet the Team

Our Senior Pastors

Ps Paul & Maree de Jong

Paul and his wife Maree have been in ministry for 36 years and are the Senior Pastors and founders of LIFE, a multi-campus church with locations in Auckland, New Zealand and Melbourne, Australia.

Established in 1991, LIFE has continued to see growth throughout Australasia, living out its four- focus model of Church, Community, Business and Kingdom. This model of ministry is being embraced by numerous other churches, providing a fresh ministry outlook for many.

Together, Paul & Maree minister across the global Church and are sought-after speakers and leadership mentors.

With a mandate to influence the global Church, Paul as a respected father in the faith, travels extensively speaking at leadership conferences and churches. His Kingdom-heart, leadership strength combined with a prophetic edge, and a proven track record continue to impact many to reach for more. From leadership, church development, youth ministry, worship and creative arts, personal development and business, he has the ability and insight to speak into many areas of the wider body of Christ.

He is an experienced communicator, hosting a television programme, LIFE TV, which is reaching tens of thousands of people on a weekly basis, and has authored several books.

Maree is a fun and vibrant speaker with a clear communication style. With a vision to see women empowered to live out their calling, Maree hosts an annual women’s conference, Sistas, which over the past 20 years has seen thousands of women from across New Zealand and from many other nations impacted to reach their God-given potential. Author of the book, ‘Diamond in the Dirt,’ in which she recounts her life story, Maree speaks candidly from a powerful testimony of overcoming insurmountable odds.

Paul and Maree have been married for 36 years, have a growing family with the wonder of grandchildren, and are based in Auckland, New Zealand.




Our Campus Pastors

Ps Craig & Nadia Clark

Craig and Nadia have been in ministry at LIFE for over 16 years. They began as Youth and Young Adult pastors, and with their love for the local church, this expanded to them leading within many areas of ministry over the years. In 2013, God clearly spoke about leaving NZ and moving to Australia to lead, love and step into all God had in store for LIFE in Melbourne. The incredible people finding home and all God has done over the past 5+ years and continues to do is nothing short of miraculous. Their love for the local church is only increasing, and now 16 years married and with three children they are having a lot of fun as they live to impact and change Melbourne and Australia with the reality of Jesus.




Our Eldership & Trust Board

Left to Right:

Caroline Wood
Paul Schnell
Earl Gasparich
Paul de Jong
Maree de Jong
Simon Manners
Barry Thom
Luke de Jong
Scott Thornton