Who’s Who?

At Beachside we tend to mix things up a bit with who is up front on a Sunday so it might take you a while to work out who’s who.  Please check out the info below to help you know the team.

Susie Peletelese

Susie Peletelese –  Functional Pastor  /  0400 540 856

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 and Ezra.


Marcos Cortez da Silva – Youth Pastor  / 0424 853 882

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.

jo lethlean

Joanne Lethlean – Children’s Pastor  /  0437 335 613

Jo longs to see Beachside’s many groms not just learn about God but encounter Him for themselves.  She is an experienced Early Childhood Educator and loves to use her creativity and energy to help our children experience the love of God.   Jo has 3 boys of her own and is married to Troy.


Sheree Gallagher – Pastoral Care  /  0401 474 311

Sheree has been an integral part of Beachside since its beginning and cares for the Beachside family with compassion and wisdom.  She is a keen listener, passionate prayer and genuine friend.


Karen James – Administrator

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.


Rob Davey – Leadership Team / Finances

Rob loves Jesus, people and this awesome city that is the Goldy. Whether catching waves, catching up with mates or going to work as a solicitor (ideally on the same day), Rob is adamant that everything we do, every conversation we have, can be a worshipful experience that gives God glory. Rob gravitated to Beachside in 2007 because the focus is Jesus, the mission is outward and the people are raw, warm and real. Today he bobs up with a mic from time to time where he passionately propounds the deep joy and meaning of a life lived for God and others.


Luke Rytenskild – Lighthouse Director

A Beachsider since the beginning, Luke heads up Beachside Transformations, 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 Transformations Luke runs a Traffic Engineering company, is married to Kathie, and is a dad to 4 wonderful children.