From the time that Melbourne Praise Centre and the Gardiner Church of Christ merged, this Board of Ministers was established. The present members of this Board are Ps. Pieter Petrusma, Ps.Yudah Soetopo and Ps. Tommy Hartman.
The Board has the responsibility to oversee the Spiritual direction of the Church that includes the Vision of the Church, the direction of the Church and the overall Spiritual Welfare of the Church and its members.
Pieter was born in Holland and migrated to Australia with his parents in 1951. He was a Company Secretary and Accountant for a number of years before being involved in his own businesses. In January 1988, he experienced a heart attack, which resulted in the Lord calling him into ministry. After a hectic year in Churches of Christ Theological College, he commenced ministry. He currently serves in a number of areas of ministry within the Church, including the Board of ministers. With the other ministers, he is responsible for all aspects overseeing the carrying out of the church vision and mission. This includes leadership, preaching, teaching, and other church issues. Pieter is also actively involved in ministry in a Dutch retirement village. Pieter is married to Corry and they have a number of children and grandchildren.
Yudah has been part of the leadership team of Melbourne Praise Centre since 1993. He was ordained to become Minister of Melbourne Praise Centre in 1998. As Minister, he is responsible for all aspects of the church vision, including leadership, preaching, teaching, external relationship and networking. Yudah has Diploma of Ministry from Tabor College and is passionate in rising up a new generation of disciples of Jesus.
He is married with Anna and has two daughters. She is a member of the Leadership Team and has taken on a ministry to the elderly as well as Children ministry. She is the Sunday School Coordinator and teacher.
Tommy has been involved in ministry at Melbourne Praise Centre since 1999. He graduated from Harvest Bible College Victoria in 2003 in Christian ministry, and became a full time minister since 2010. He is responsible for preaching, teaching, counselling, mentoring, and supervising all the ministries under support department of Melbourne Praise Centre.
He is married to Maria Ingrid and has a son, Jeremy. She has been a member of the leadership team since 2000 and has the responsibility for Prophetic ministry. She is involved in the Prophetic Ministry that includes the Praise and Worship Ministry and the Prayer Ministry.