Who We Are

We are a coastal community that is very intentional in reaching those who are lost and possibly forgotten by society.

We strive to live out love everywhere we go and everyone we come in contact with.

We love doing life with sandy feet, salty skin. In all this, Beachside Church has a heart that shows no partiality but welcomes all from all walks of life.

“We strive to live out love everywhere we go…”

We believe that God has called Beachside to enjoy, love, obey and serve Him. By doing this we represent Him to others and others to Him, as we live out the gospel message of reconciliation to God and to one another.

Who's Who

Leigh Elsmore

Lead Pastor

Leigh loves life and loves doing life with others. His passion for surfing, fishing, the local church and the Coast is so evident. As Beachside’s lead pastor, he believes that life is better together and loves connecting people into the laid back but passionate church of Beachside. Leigh really does love seeing people become all God has made them to be. He has one beautiful wife, Shell and 3 growing up fast children, Riley, Tahlia and Indi..

Susie Peletelese

Functional Pastor

Susie loves pulling events together and seeing people connect with Jesus, and each other. As Beachside’s Functional Pastor she’s responsible for coordinating people and events at Beachside and in the larger Palmy community, and making sure things run as smoothly as possible. She’s been part of Beachside since 2004 and loves being part of this laidback, loving family. She loves to cook, is married to Pele (who conveniently loves to eat) and is mum to Milly, Ezra and the newest addition to the family, little Remy.

Marcos Cortez da Silva

Youth Pastor

Marcos is our Brazilian import – hailing all the way from Sao Paulo. Marcos met his lovely wife Sam at YWAM Brazil and in 2016 followed her to Australia where he quickly became a much loved and valued member of the Beachside family. Marcos is a skater who is learning to surf and is passionate about music. He loves worship and encouraging others to worship God. He is an authentic role model for the younger generation in leading a life that is full of intimacy with God.

Karen James


Karen is a wiz at anything administrative and a huge blessing to Beachside. She works one day a week at Beachside HQ, keeping us up-to-date with finances and a whole range of administrative duties. As well as being super organised she’s a keen kite surfer and paddle boarder, a DIY specialist, and devoted mum to Jack.

Rod Ellem

Leadership Team / Prayer

Rod is married to Amanda and has 4 brilliant kids. He has been blessed to walk with the Lord all his life and can testify that his life is rich following Jesus. He currently leads the Prayer Ministry and desires to encourage everyone to enjoy the great blessing of a life spent in daily relationship with God. Rod surfs (not enough), plays the piano, spends as much time with his family as he can and works as a Physiotherapist. He loves Beachside for its people; passionate, gifted and great to do life with.

Luke Rytenskild

Lighthouse Director

A Beachsider since the beginning, Luke heads up Beachside Lighthouse, a drug and alcohol rehabilitation program which offers live in discipleship to men in Palm Beach. Luke is passionate about seeing God transform broken lives. As well as working with Lighthouse Luke runs a Traffic Engineering company, is married to Kathie, and is a dad to 4 wonderful children.

Marcus Bancroft

Worship Coordinator

Marcus is a seasoned musician and has done life and music in many parts of the world. He's not just an amazing musician he's a wonderful father of two children and he and his lovely wife have been living on the Gold Coast for many years. Marcus' longs to see worship touch our hearts as we connect to the heartbeat of Jesus. His creativity, passion, and enthusiasm for worship music is so valued at Beachside.

Geoff Swan

Leadership Team

Geoff is part of the leadership team and is a great asset to the church. Over the years Geoff has been apart of the YWAM and been a missionary overseas. Geoff is the Head Chef at CYC Burleigh Heads. He has a beautiful wife and three wonderful children. He loves his music especially the bass, he loves drinking tea and loves to let his hair down. We just love Geoff at Beachside!

Chris Mahoney

Leadership Team

Chris is married to Mike and has two sons and a little grand daughter. She is a skilled counsellor and also is apart of the leadership team at Beachside. Her compassionate heart is so welcomed by many and her wisdom on the leadership team is invaluable. She loves the beach, her family and most all her Father in heaven.

Ned Swan

Kids Pastor

Ned is a great asset to the ministry team at Beachside. Ned loves children and does a great job in leading the Groms ministry. He and his wife are valued at Beachside and with their skills make a great team! Ned loves surfing, hanging out, skating and worshipping Jesus. Ned is a legend!

Guiding Principles

What We Believe

We believe that God has called Beachside to enjoy, love, obey and serve Him. By doing this we represent Him to others and others to Him, as we live out the gospel message of reconciliation to God and to one another.

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