Jurgen Matthesius

Born in Germany, Jurgen grew up in Sydney, Australia with his parents and brother. As a student in primary and high school, Jurgen was always entertaining his fellow classmates, getting into trouble, and solidifying himself as the class clown. Sports came quite easy to Jurgen and as a teenager he picked up surfing and seemed destined for greatness in the surf community. At the age of 17 he was invited to a surf event put on by Christian Surfers where he met God, got saved, and had his life changed forever. With a growing passion for God, Jurgen enrolled at Hillsong Bible College where he attended for 2 years. After finishing college, he left beautiful Sydney to move to South Auckland, New Zealand to help start a Hillsong church plant. Wanna know more… read the rest of the story below.

Leanne Matthesius

Leanne was born in a small town on the south coast of New South Wales, Australia. She was the fourth of five girls and was bought up in a rural farming community by two very loving, Christian parents. Her grandfather was actually the mayor of the town and her family ran one of the diary farms in the community. She made her own decision for Christ at a J. John rally held at a basketball stadium in Wollongong and was fired up for God from that time forward. In 1989, she met Jurgen at a Church of Christ in Wollongong and was immediately smitten by this ruggedly handsome surfer with a passion for God. They dated for three years before getting married and moving to New Zealand to be a part of a Hillsong church plant. What happened next? read the rest of the story below.