to my page! My name is Peter Junor and I was called to
be the pastor of this congregation in January 1999.
You don’t need to go to far before you observed that the
world is a rapidly changing place. Very little can be
taken for granted any more. Government leaders are
facing a boggling array of decisions on issues that even
our Grandparents’ generation could never have imagined
in their wildest dreams. I believe that God’s people
have a great deal to contribute in these times, and
none of it
consists of going back to the “good old days”! What is
needed is to bring the timeless love, compassion and
forgiveness of Jesus into tangible expression in the
world of here and now. This is true worship.
The Queanbeyan Baptist Church is a fellowship on a
journey. Like all journeys, it has been marked by high
and low points, grand achievements and, well… a few
times of failure. Nevertheless it has been a story of
gradual growth and maturity now extending back over some
thirty five years. We share great fellowship with our
sister Christian churches in Queanbeyan, each
denomination respecting and valuing the variety and
diversity of worship, each tradition brings with it.
I have found a group of Baptist people in Queanbeyan who
are genuine about serving the community around about
them and in the last few years have found a variety of
ways to express what it means to be God’s people in this
town. That has not been a journey for the faint
hearted! But one in which together we have grown and
are growing, making our mistakes, and celebrating our
(sometimes unexpected) successes. To date, we have not
found any reasonable explanation as to why size should
inhibit the capacity of a congregation to touch its
As the pastor, it is
desire to “spoon feed” a group of Respectable, Decent
people. Rather, it is to foster a caring community of
Responsive, Devoted disciples of Jesus committed living
out the life that God has called them to in practical
loving ways, whatever the circumstances they find
themselves in. That involves taking risks and
abandoning typical understandings of safety and security
in favour of a life lived in faith.
It is our desire to see this congregation foster strong
and healthy disciples; healing those who are wounded,
encouraging each to take up their responsibilities that
Jesus has called them to, and furnishing creative space
for who desire to find opportunities to express (and
discover) the nature of God’s calling on their lives.
Having said this, I am also pleased to say that our
congregation is not populated by a team of spiritual
super heros! We are ordinary, everyday people who
receive their share of the ups and downs common to all.
I warmly welcome you to come and join with us!
(Rev.) Peter Junor