Our people are at the core of who we are. From campers to volunteer workers, our financial and prayer supporters to our partnership committees and all the other groups who make up ESA, it is the people that truly make ESA effective around Victoria.
Click on our pastoral workers photos to learn about how you can uphold them in prayer.

Meet the team

Gerard Abdoo
Pastoral Worker
Gerard and Linda live in Maffra and have three children, Daniel, Samuel and Letitia. Gerard has been a full time pastoral worker since 2012, and runs junior and teen camps is involved in Prison Ministry with Prison Fellowship VIC, outreach to backpackers, aged care programs, and mentoring and CRE in the local schools.
Vanessa Angulo
Executive Assistant
Vanessa joined ESA as Executive Assistant to the CEO in 2015, she is married to Nano Ugarte, they live in Mentone and have one child. Working two days a week in the ESA office, Vanessa brings a wealth of corporate & administrative experience from previous roles.
Jenny Douglas
Pastoral Worker
Based in Colac, Jenny is ESA's longest serving Pastoral Worker being involved in children's ministry, CRE teaching, holiday clubs and also assists with the ladies camps.
Katelyn Fowler
Finance Manager
Peter Geldart
Pastoral Worker
Peter and Wendy live in Alexandra and have two boys James and Benjamin. Peter heads up ESA's adventure camping and assisting churches with their own camps and involved in as well as being a part of a church plant in Alexandra.
Howard Hinson
Pastoral Worker
Howard and Sonia have 3 children, Emily, Isaac and Jessica. Howard is working to establish the work of ESA in Central Victoria while living and working in Bendigo. Howard is part time with ESA and works as a Nurse, which he has done for over 30 years.
Dave Maxwell
Pastoral Worker
Dave & Debbie joined the ESA team and moved to the Latrobe Valley early in 2011, and had their first daughter Lacey in 2013. Dave spends time in a few schools during the week teaching CRE, mentoring, coaching basketball, running lunchtime programs, supporting breakfast clubs and more. He leads a young adults Bible study and supports ESA camps in school holidays.
Geoff Pearce
Pastoral Worker
Geoff and Carrie are grain and sheep farmers who live 13 km east of Donald. Their part time involvement with ESA Ministries focuses on promoting the work of ESA in the North Western region of Victoria. As well as the development of camping programs and other appropriate ministries within local communities.

OurĀ Board

Joash Belousoff
Ruth Close
Geoff Brown
Board Member
Carolyn Emerson
Board Member
Nathan Thorp
Board Member
Rachel Callaghan