Salt Leadership Teams
Michael Plaege

Michael Plaege

Lead Pastor

Michael is passionate about following Jesus and helping others love Jesus more. Michael moved to Wollongong in early 2020 with his wife Natalie and 3 teenager daughters when he took on the role of Lead Pastor of Salt Church. Michael is learning to surf and enjoys camping in the middle of nowhere without running water or wifi.

Geoff Ackman

Maturity & Ministry Pastor

Geoff loves helping people know God better. After a few years at a bible college, Geoff and his wife Fiona moved to Wollongong to join the Salt Church team. He’s a drum-playing martial-arts-student and father of 3 kids, who doesn’t like long romantic walks on the beach because there’s no ankle support.


Tim Canosa

Magnification & Mission Pastor

Tim grew up in Wollongong and now lives here with his wife Alita and 3 kids. Tim is passionate about a lot of things – but mostly European Football, homemade pizza and helping see lots of people glorify Jesus more.


Andy Hobbs

Membership Pastor

Andy is excited by seeing people who don’t know Jesus come to Salt and helping them connect in. He loves listening to and playing music, watching movies and taking his kids to the park. Andy and his wife Keris have 3 energetic boys.


Matt Zietsch

Ministry Apprentice

A fitter by trade, Matt is currently completing a 2 year ministry apprenticeship at Salt whilst also studying part time at Sydney Missionary and Bible College. Matt loves early morning swims at the beach, hates blurbs written about him, but is mostly passionate about seeing people’s lives transformed by The Gospel of Jesus.


Dan Harvey

Ministry Apprentice

Dan was born and raised in country NSW- but has come to love Wollongong almost as much. Dan is married to Claerwen and quite enjoys anything  adventurous outdoors. Dan worked as a carpenter for a number of years before starting a Ministry Apprenticeship at Salt and loves seeing people grow to know and love God better.

Administration Committee

  1. Michael Plaege – Chairman
  2. Grant Wood – Secretary
  3. Ron Bryant – Treasurer
  4. Reena Murray – Committee Member
  5. Jason Gunlach – Committee Member

External Board of Reference

  1. Andrew Heard (EV Church Senior Pastor)
  2. Greg Lee (Hunter Bible Church Senior Pastor)
  3. Ray Galea (MBM Church Senior Pastor)
  4. Al Stewart (Evangelism Ministries)

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