Eldership & executive
Ps. Phil Smoker
Ps. Jackie Smoker
Hi there. I’m Jackie, and I have the amazing privilege of being a Pastor here at Como Baptist Church. Over the years, I have worked in a wide range of industries, from banks to legal; small business to major corporations. All of them valuable opportunities for learning, growing and now serving the church. Around the turn of the century (sounds old doesn’t it - it just means in early 2000’s) I decided to undertake theological study - and wow, it was amazing. I quickly discovered how much I loved learning, and especially learning more about our wonderful God: Father, Son and Spirit. I was so captivated with study, after completing my Bachelor of Ministry and being Accredited as a Pastor with Baptist Churches Western Australia in 2010, I went on and completed a Master of Arts in Ministry.
There is one letter in particular in the New Testament that has always, and continues to, inspire and overwhelm me: Ephesians. Within that letter, I discovered God’s specific call on my life ‘to equip the saints’, and his calling to join Him in the works that He has already prepared for us. I think that’s absolutely mind-blowing...to think that the creator of the Universe has already prepared things for me to do...things that will benefit others and serve the Kingdom.
Jackie Smoker, Senior Pastor
Hi. Everyone calls me Merika, and I’m the Administrator for Como Baptist Church and The Canning Bridge Early Learning Centre with a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting.
I was raised in a Christian home with a ‘layman preacher’ as my father. As a child, I remember our family travelling to almost inaccessible churches where my dad was invited to and every time, I saw him deeply inspired rather than dispirited.
Later, my family plans took a big turn when we decided to migrate in Australia to provide our son a better life opportunity. This ‘Big Move’ was a big test as I felt my once established career-life turned into a bit of unknown future.
Shortly after migrating, I started attending Como Baptist Church. I never knew God’s plans were at the time, but here I am now, being truly blessed to be surrounded by a community of loving people whom I now consider as my ‘extended family’ here in abroad.
Merika Aguilar, Office Manager