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.


Leigh Elsmore – Lead Pastor

Leigh loves life and loves doing life with others. His passion for surfing, fishing, the local church and the Coast is so evident. As Beachside’s lead pastor, he believes that life is better together and loves connecting people into the laid back but passionate church of Beachside. Leigh really does love seeing people become all God has made them to be. He has one beautiful wife, Shell and 3 growing up fast children, Riley, Tahlia and Indi..


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.


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.


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.