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.

   Nick Tatlow –  Pastor

Nick is passionate about building and growing the local church and impacting the community with God’s love through the gospel message.  His leadership ideas and style have helped shape Beachside’s flourishing and growing community.  Nick is a team-focused leader dedicated to seeing people reaching their full potential.  He loves being a dad, surfing and playing music and is stoked to have been married to his best friend Heidi for 10 years.  Nick is happiest with sandy feet.


 Ben Thompson – Youth Pastor  / 0430 862 267

Ben has been working with youth on the Gold Coast for the past 6 years, specialising in the high-school age 12-18. He is passionate about Godly mentoring, sports, families and the great commission. Ben is a qualified graphic designer, business manager and is currently going for his masters degree in Theology. Originally from Cleveland, Ohio in the USA, he has been married to his wife Kate for 13 years, and they have 3 beautiful young boys named Joey, Caleb and Luke. He has called the Gold Coast home since 2005. Ben’s hobbies include playing basketball; drinking quality coffee and dominating board games. 

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.


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 Tyrrell – Leadership Team 

Rob is a team builder and encourager who loves to see people reach their potential. As a carpenter, he enjoys helping others in practical ways, especially the poor and needy in overseas communities.  Rob loves being married to Jacqueline and enjoys his three children and hanging out with all their friends.


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


Ash Dowling – Worship Ministry Leader

Ash is married to Jessie and together they love to see people experience the true love of Christ through loving others and seeing the name of Jesus shared with the community. Ash is driven by the desire to see Beachsiders (And ultimately the whole world!) become TRUE worshippers of God, to worship HIM in Spirit and in Truth. Ash is passionate about seeing the name of God glorified in praise and worship and for the church to truly experience God’s mighty power as they worship Him! He believes that everyday we live a life of worship to God but Sunday is when as a church and God’s people we worship Him together! 


Sam Sawden – Missions Ministry Leader 

Sam is passionate about Beachside working with Christians all over the world as his own faith was solidified while travelling the globe.  Sam heads up a great missions team working with missionaries on the ground in Thailand, Cambodia, Sri Lanka, India and Australia.  He’s been married to Kelly for 10 fantastic years, is a father to Caleb and Abby, and is a diehard Broncos supporter.


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. 


Jacqueline Tyrrell & Tanya Moore –

Children’s Ministry Leaders

Jacqueline and Tanya leads the children’s ministry, Grommets, which is a portfolio so large it needs 2 leaders!  These two long to see the children not just learn about God but encounter Him for themselves. They enjoy being part of a team, and love to see young people growing in confidence to use their gifts and lead others. Jacqueline and Tanya are both mothers whose husbands and children love being part of Beachside too!


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.