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Meet our team

We wouldn't be who were are, or be able to do what we do, without our amazing team of God-loving legends.

Meet Our Founders!

You can find out more about how they met, and how Big Kids’ Table came to be, over on the Our Story page.

Lauren Foster
Co-Founder & Co-Director

BA Teaching (Outreach & Community Education), Dip Mental Health, Dip Alcohol & Other Drugs

Fav Scripture: Ephesians 3:20-21
Coffee Order: Soy Chai Latte (with leaves…none of that powdered stuff!)

Lauren is like the human version of the brand Gorman.

She is full of life and colour, can be heard before she’s seen and is a morning person that doesn’t even drink coffee… so we’re all a little bit scared of her… like, where does all that energy come from?!

She has a wonderful husband, Harry, a daughter, Mia, and a puppy called Humphrey.

Lauren is qualified in teaching, social work, mental health, and alcohol and other drugs, and was the Wellbeing Coordinator and a Secondary Teacher at a Christian College in Melbourne for 6 years until Mia arrived in 2023. She has extensive experience in creating and running sex education programs within Christian education environments.

Lauren is passionate about holding a space for tricky conversations and tough questions with young people, and she believes in the importance and power of intergenerational discipleship.

She has a huge heart for Jesus and others and it shows.

Georgia Nicholas
Co-Founder & Co-Director

Cert Theology (currently completing), Cert Mental Health, Cert Responding to Client Needs

Fav Scripture: Philippians 1:3-11
Coffee Order: Soy Cap

Georgia can rival Lauren for volume, but coffee is a lifeline. She is not, in any way, a morning person. Georgia has an obsession with corduroy and indoor plants; and she has her own pup called Lenny (Leonard when he’s in trouble) and amazing husband, Matt.

Georgia gets around people. She is officially a shame-free zone with frequent one-liners about body parts and their functions. TMI is not in her vocabulary. Georgia is passionate about journeying with people through the valleys and peaks of life and wants to see a generation liberated, equipped and confident with sexual desire, relationships, and themselves.

Georgia has a decade of experience in church and non-profit youth ministry. She has qualifications in mental health and wellbeing support, a degree in graphic design and is due to complete another in theology. Georgia has also been a school chaplain in several government and Christian schools across Victoria.

Jesus really is her best friend.

Meet Our Core Team

They dream up our big picture projects and ensure Jesus is a part of it all. 

Teaha Cameron
Workshop Coordinator

BA Psychology & Arts: Sociology & Business Management

Fav Scripture: Philippians 1:27

Coffee Order: Oat Wet Chai

If you had to sum up Teaha in one word, ‘passionate’ would be it.

Whether it’s about her many hobbies, social justice, Jesus, her friends and family, tea, or conversation about people’s worth and their understanding of sexuality, passion is the word that describes the energy she brings. Get her talking and she won’t stop.

Teaha is drawn to conversations about healing people’s idea of sex to God’s beautiful design for it, reminding them of the worth and identity they have in being created by Him, and making known the freedom found in the gospel. She has degrees in Psychological Science and Sociology, and has been working for three years in fundraising and advocating against human trafficking in Nepal.

She has been doing workshops with BKT pretty much as soon as they started, and now brings all of her passion and empathy into starting conversation and advocating for the goodness found in God’s design for us and sexuality.

Jay Harris
Youth Voice Coordinator & Workshop Presenter 

Dip Leadership (Chaplaincy Major), Cert IV Real Estate (Currently Completing)

Fav Scripture: Proverbs 27:19
Coffee Order: Strong Soy Cap

Jay is like a human Swiss army knife, he’s always got something new and fun to do and seems to literally enjoy doing everything. When he’s not presenting in workshops he could be snowboarding, surfing, DJing, cutting hair as a barber, playing guitar, having a hit of golf or running marathons!

Jay completed bible college with Youth Alive Academy (with the chaplaincy specialisation) in 2022, and got his Diploma of leadership through Alphacrucis University.

Jay is incredibly well connected, and having spent his whole life in the church as a pastors kid he has seen the ins and outs of ministry. He’s always volunteering in some sort of ministry, whether it’s his local youth group, Red Frogs, CYC camps or missions trips, he loves it all!

Jay is a very passionate person, but he’s most passionate about God, and sharing Gods love and joy with everyone around him. He loves all we do here at BKT and wants all young people to know their true value and identity, and be equipped to share that truth with their peers.

Silas Hummel 
Discipleship Coordinator & Workshop Presenter

2020 Graduation Torchbearer Bible School, Evangelism Bootcamp Christ for all Nations

Fav Scripture: John 1: 1-5
Coffee Order: Almond Latte

From Germany, Silas is used going as fast as possible on the autobahn, but he has found that the laid back Aussie way is something he can stick around for (as long as his wife, Chloe, is there to explain Aussie slang when needed!). However, he misses a good pretzel or schnitzel and still says ‘G‘day mate‘ like a German.

Silas is an all or nothing type of guy. If he is not talking to someone about Jesus, he is reading, spending time with his wife or drinking coffee.

He studied Engineering for a while but God showed him a different place to be. He was trained at Christ for all Nations where he got to go to Africa to preach the Good News of Jesus to thousands and seeing miracles as you hear in the bible.

Having served in youth ministry, Silas is passionate seeing young people finding their identity in God.

Meet Our Content Crew

They are behind our brand, social media, and resources. We love them, a lot.

Lenny Barras
Content Creator

BA Nursing, BA Midwifery, Post-Grad Dip Maternal & Child Health

Fav Scripture: 2 Corinthians 4:18

Coffee Order: Strong Latte

Lenny is an enthusiastic and generous person with a keen love of home baking, sourdough to cookies, you won’t leave her place without a container of goodies.

She’s married with two small humans. Lenny loves to chat all things women’s health, as a midwife and maternal and child health nurse she believes in the power of good health education and access to services.

Lenny is passionate about seeing parents, carers and educators given the tools and information needed to guide young people through their sexual development and interconnect this with their faith, not separated from it.

Lenny has worked in the public health setting for the last 10 years in various places from busy hospitals, assisting births to community settings, supporting parents who are adapting to parenthood for the first time.

She is currently in a leadership position working on innovation projects in the urban fringe.

Genesis Lindstrom
Content Creator

BA Psychology, MA Public Health

Fav Scripture: Romans 8:28 or Philippians 4:6
Coffee Order: Soy Cap

Genesis is curious by nature and loves spending time delving into books, podcasts, and any other way she can satisfy her thirst for learning.

She is passionate about youth mental health and health promotion, believing that we all deserve to have the knowledge and health literacy needed to look after our own well-being and support our loved ones. She holds an undergrad in psychology and a Master of Public Health, working as a mental health researcher outside of BKT.

Gen grew up in a Christian household but really truly came to know God as her Father, rock, and best friend about 5 years ago when she was navigating through mental ill-health and God healed her mind. She loves God and takes every moment she can to praise Him and serve at His feet. Her love for God and her career intersect perfectly with BKT.

She’s fiercely passionate about youth wellbeing, and coffee, books, pastry and watching the same tv shows and movies basically on a yearly rotation.

When she is not on research mode, Gen can be found at inner cities cafes or at the beach.

Daniel Berends
Content Creator

BA Psych Science (Hons), MA Clinical Psych, and PhD (Psychology) (currently completing)

Fav Scripture: Luke 10:25-37
Coffee Order: Latte

Daniel is the kind of person who can talk about things for a very long time, which is good because we do a lot of talking about things. He’s also the kind of person who had his last haircut cancelled due to Covid and just never went back. He’s got great hair!

Daniel has been married to Christine for 15 years, they have three wonderfully weird children, and they live in the Yarra Ranges.

Daniel has studied at La Trobe University, Melbourne for the last decade where he teaches occasionally and is completing his PhD. He practices as a Psychologist in the Yarra Valley when he’s not helping us come up with new ways to make people uncomfortable in the name of learning!

Daniel has a passion for showing people the breadth and depth of God in spaces they don’t expect to find him. He loves talking with young people (and anyone else) about how God accepts us, is in everything, and most importantly what we can do in life because we know this.

Christina Varghese
Graphic Designer

BA Design (currently completing)

Fav Scripture: John 6:35
Coffee Order: Chai Latte

Christina is the type of person you will find with a new hobby each week. Since a child she has loved music and art, and loves to use them as ways of seeing and celebrating the beauty of God.

Growing up in a Christian home, she’s always been around faith but it was through difficult circumstances in her teenage years that God’s goodness became apparent to her. Mentored by amazing Christian role models, she could see the gift offered to us in Jesus. Even through the roughest seasons, God has remained the ever-present, unchanging ground under her feet.

Since then, she’s been passionate about sharing this gift with young people through youth and music ministry. She has the beautiful privilege of being a youth leader at her local church. Following the steps of the leaders who helped her, she wants to encourage children to grow their love for Jesus.

When not at church, she is either at university studying design or taking pictures of race cars at work. Specialising in industrial design, you can always find her in the workshop tinkering with her newest prototypes. She loves all things creative and enjoys admiring the way God’s creativity is woven into everything around us.

Meet Our Workshop Team

These guys facilitate and coordinate our ministry and school events and they do it well!

Teaha Cameron
Workshop Coordinator

BA Psychology & Arts: Sociology & Business Management

Fav Scripture: Philippians 1:27

Coffee Order: Oat Wet Chai

BA Psychology & Arts: Sociology & Business Management

Fav Scripture: Philippians 1:27

Coffee Order: Oat Wet Chai

If you had to sum up Teaha in one word, ‘passionate’ would be it.

Whether it’s about her many hobbies, social justice, Jesus, her friends and family, tea, or conversation about people’s worth and their understanding of sexuality, passion is the word that describes the energy she brings. Get her talking and she won’t stop.

Teaha is drawn to conversations about healing people’s idea of sex to God’s beautiful design for it, reminding them of the worth and identity they have in being created by Him, and making known the freedom found in the gospel. She has degrees in Psychological Science and Sociology, and has been working for three years in fundraising and advocating against human trafficking in Nepal.

She has been doing workshops with BKT pretty much as soon as they started, and now brings all of her passion and empathy into starting conversation and advocating for the goodness found in God’s design for us and sexuality.

Jay Harris
Youth Voice Coordinator & Workshop Presenter 

Dip Leadership (Chaplaincy Major), Cert IV Real Estate (Currently Completing)

Fav Scripture: Proverbs 27:19
Coffee Order: Strong Soy Cap

Jay is like a human Swiss army knife, he’s always got something new and fun to do and seems to literally enjoy doing everything. When he’s not presenting in workshops he could be snowboarding, surfing, DJing, cutting hair as a barber, playing guitar, having a hit of golf or running marathons!

Jay completed bible college with Youth Alive Academy (with the chaplaincy specialisation) in 2022, and got his Diploma of leadership through Alphacrucis University.

Jay is incredibly well connected, and having spent his whole life in the church as a pastors kid he has seen the ins and outs of ministry. He’s always volunteering in some sort of ministry, whether it’s his local youth group, Red Frogs, CYC camps or missions trips, he loves it all!

Jay is a very passionate person, but he’s most passionate about God, and sharing Gods love and joy with everyone around him. He loves all we do here at BKT and wants all young people to know their true value and identity, and be equipped to share that truth with their peers.

Silas Hummel 
Discipleship Coordinator & Workshop Presenter

2020 Graduation Torchbearer Bible School, Evangelism Bootcamp Christ for all Nations

Fav Scripture: John 1: 1-5
Coffee Order: Almond Latte

From Germany, Silas is used going as fast as possible on the autobahn, but he has found that the laid back Aussie way is something he can stick around for (as long as his wife, Chloe, is there to explain Aussie slang when needed!). However, he misses a good pretzel or schnitzel and still says ‘G‘day mate‘ like a German.

Silas is an all or nothing type of guy. If he is not talking to someone about Jesus, he is reading, spending time with his wife or drinking coffee.

He studied Engineering for a while but God showed him a different place to be. He was trained at Christ for all Nations where he got to go to Africa to preach the Good News of Jesus to thousands and seeing miracles as you hear in the bible.

Having served in youth ministry, Silas is passionate seeing young people finding their identity in God.

James Catterson 
Workshop Presenter

BA International Development, Cert Theology (currently completing)

Fav Scripture: 1 John 4:15-16
Coffee Order: Decaf Oat Latte.

James is a 20 something going on a 40 something, ready for naps and a BritBox subscription.

He is keen on art, the Australian music scene, walking tracks, and how God inspired all of them.

With a background of international and community development, he is moved by authentic relationships and stories, and how these work together to form people and communities into what they are.

He is passionate about the next generation knowing that God is so good, and that there is always space for honest and raw conversations and questions. 

Sam Farren
Workshop Presenter

Youth Pastor at Crossway Baptist Church, BA Theology

Fav Scripture: 2 Corinthians 5:17
Coffee Order: I love an Oat Magic. Full coffee snob.

Sam’s hairstyle/facial hair combo changes every time you see him, because he likes to keep things interesting.

 Sam’s married to Steph, and they got married in late 2021, just narrowly avoiding a COVID wedding. They currently live in Kilsyth, right at the base of Mt Dandenong, and they have an energetic Cavoodle called Marlee running around the house.

Sam’s studied a Bachelor of Theology at Melbourne School of Theology, and he’s currently been a Youth Pastor/Church Planter at Crossway Baptist Church for the past 5 years.

Sam’s heart and passion is to see young people grow and step into flourishing relationships with Jesus. Sam’s got a heart for spiritual formation of young people, particularly the growth and maturity of young men following Jesus.

Interested in joining the team?

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