Carol Dubery

Children's Pastor

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Kids Church
Girls Brigade


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P 07 3378 3595

“I want kids to understand that Jesus is not just a ‘Sunday God’, but a Saviour who is passionate about them.”

I remember the first time I led at Kids Church. I was 16 years old and very excited to be teaching a Grade 3 class. I had all my materials prepared and I was so ready to invest into the lives of the kids.

But it was a different story the first time I had to share in front of a big group of kids. I was so nervous. One of our church elders saw me waiting outside to go in, and I’ll never forget what he said: “God looks for people who are available, and He’ll provide the rest of whatever you need. So just go in and enjoy yourself.” And that’s exactly what I did.

I am passionate about seeing children come to know Jesus. I want them to know that loving and following Jesus is not for when they are older – it’s for right now. I love seeing them discover who they are in Christ, grow in their faith, and use their gifts.

I never planned to go into full-time ministry. I’d just arrived in Australia with my family and I was actually looking for a job in IT. I’d only been to our church twice when the Children’s Pastor role was advertised, and I remember an internal fight about whether I should apply. It got to the final day the application was due and God told me to get it in… so I did.

My husband, Rob, and I have called Riverlife home since 2006, soon after we moved from South Africa. We have two grown-up sons. When I’m not busy at church, I love ‘lazy’ days at home when I can read a book, either snuggled up in front of a fire in winter or floating on a pool chair in summer.