Eldership & executive
Como Baptist Church is a local congregation which is affiliated with the Baptist Union of Western Australia. It is self governed by the spiritual oversight of Elders and Senior Pastors within the guidelines of its own constitution. The Executive consists of the Elders, pastoral staff and ministry leaders.
Ps. Phil Smoker
G’day, friends. I’m blessed to be a pastor at Como Baptist Church. My journey of faith began as a mission child in the central Kimberley. The Holy Spirit came into my life at a young age as I confessed my life to Jesus and discovered His love for me.
God has guided to me through cultural transitions, a trade background, church service, small business, youth ministry, theological studies, school Chaplaincy and Pastoral leadership. I completed my advanced Diploma of Ministry in 2004 and was accredited as a Pastor with Baptist Churches Western Australia in 2014.
I’m passionate about seeing people experience the love of Jesus, and I love seeing His words of salvation and hope expressed within the local church, the wider community, and each family of faith. I’m blessed to have fallen in love with Jackie, to have become her husband and I’m honoured to have three talented children and spouses, who have all blessed us with grandchildren.
I’m grateful to serve alongside my gifted wife Pastor Jackie Smoker, the Elders, Staff and community of Como Baptist Church.
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 have been 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 that, 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.
My name is Amy Austen and I am the Children’s and Youth Worker here at Como Baptist Church. Como was founded on a Sunday school for children who lived in the shanty towns along the river during the Great Depression. This passion to serve and provide opportunities and love to children has not changed. I am blessed to be a part of this story of developing children and youth.
Although not called Sunday school anymore, Como’s children’s and youth ministry is called Next Gen Ministry, which provides care and biblical teaching on Sunday mornings, pastoral care through mentorship and community building, online connections and events throughout the year.
Next Gen Ministry is about walking alongside the children, youth and their parents as we navigate God’s plan for us. Next Gen is not isolated from the rest of the Como community but is integral to Como. As a community, we support this ministry. As a qualified teacher, I have worked with and seen the struggles and triumphs of the next generation and believe that building a relationship with Jesus is important to help, support and grow these young people. May God be beside you and your family.
Amy Lee Steele
Hello, my name is Amy-Lee and I’m grateful to be a member of the team here at Como. A big part of my role is to minister and care for the families and staff at the Canning Bridge Early Learning Centre, a ministry of Como Baptist Church.
I’ve been married to my best friend Jai since 2001 and we’ve been blessed with four precious children, Madeleine, Deklan (deceased), Kaeden and Tyrone. Searching for hope and meaning after the loss of our son, I started attending church again, reading my bible and praying for understanding. I experienced God’s love, joy, comfort and peace and I surrendered my life to my Lord Jesus. In 2012 our family moved from NSW to this beautiful state that we now call home.
As my expression of loving God and loving others, I completed a Diploma of Chaplaincy. Friends, family, and strangers have always felt comfortable talking to me about their past and present circumstances. I feel privileged to be present with individuals and families, compassionately journeying alongside them through the darkest times, celebrating the joyous moments, and everything in between. I hope that one day I can sit with you and hear your story too. God bless.