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OUR STORY

The Smith-Cottrells

 
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My name is Jimmy...

I am 32 years old, have been married to Kirsty for around eleven years, and we have three young children. I was born and bred in Brisbane, Australia, and am currently serving at Life Centre Church in North Lakes as an Executive Pastor.

 
 
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I began ministry when I was around nineteen years old. I started as a Youth Intern at Cornerstone Christian Church in 2004, then served as a Youth Pastor from 2005, as well as working as a high school chaplain with Scripture Union QLD between 2006-2011. My role at Cornerstone evolved over the years to eventually include young adults, young families, and event management stuff. It was during this time that Kirsty and I started dating, and then were married in June 2007. 

 
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We have three kids. The eldest is our wonderful daughter, Noa Kate who is six years old. Noa's favourite animals are unicorns, her favourite fairy is Silvermist, and she wants to be a wildlife warrior when she grows up. Our oldest boy, Shepherd is three years old. Shep loves jumping into the pool and all of his songs are from his heart. Shep has a heart of gold and loves his family very much. Our youngest is Banjo. He's almost two and is the token wild maniac of the family. Banjo likes to line up and display his toy rubbish trucks, and playing lego. 

 
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From 2012 I swapped out chaplaincy for Bible College, and attended Brisbane School of Theology for five years. In early 2014, God began to lay church planting on our hearts. It was something that I had never really considered before, and I knew that we had a lot of growing to do before we would embark on that journey. Part of this meant that I had to step out of ministry for a time, and so I left my role and our church at the end of that year, and I went full time with study. We found ourselves attending Life Centre Church in 2015, and after a much needed 12 month hiatus from ministry, I started a new role with LCC as Executive Pastor. 

 
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In 2016-2017 I undertook a Church Planting Residency with LCC, which included completing an Acts 29 Church Planting Assessment. That brings us to about 2018, where Kirsty and I, after being affirmed by our church and by Acts 29, were able to announce that we would church plant in the Sunshine Coast.