Pastor Melissa and Steve Maddern define themselves as passionate followers of Jesus Christ. They believe their mandate is to be active participants in seeing the McLaren Vale region and also the nations won to Jesus Christ while releasing believers into God's purpose for their lives (Isaiah 60: 1-5).
Ps Melissa's heart is to disciple other believers so that they can then disciple others.
'Partnership' is a core distinctive at Arise exercised by joining with the McLaren Vale region and also other nations, helping to reveal Jesus' love and compassion to them. The heart of this couple is that other believers would join with Arise's mission and become part of the multi-generational family and invest their lives into an eternal significance.
A family of living stones built upon apostles and prophets and set around Jesus the Cornerstone (Ephesians 2:20).
Over the years they have sown into many areas of the church including youth, help teams, outreach, kids church, music and creative arts. They have four energetic sons who also love being part of God's house and serve in many areas.
Finally, their heart is that people would experience Christ's love, hope and compassion as they join together with them for the Great Commission spoken of in Matthew 28:19-20.