Leadership Team

Senior Pastors - Pastor Derek & Grace Bodycote

"Presence of the Holy Spirit and Prayer" is Ps Derek & Grace's earnest desire is to see the Holy Spirit bringing God's people into full liberty and maturity in God. Having extensively traveled the world to visit and experience revivals, this has put a hunger within them both which is the driving force to see this in their ministry. Their ministry started in South Australia at Paradise Community Church, under the leadership of Pastor Andrew Evans followed by his son Pastor Ashley Evans. Most recently, Derek was a Senior Executive Pastor covering many portfolios within the church; these include Pastoral Care, New Christians Pastor over central church and campuses, Prayer Pastor over all staff, intercessors and congregation, and Bible School lecturer in Paradise College of Ministry. He was also the Senior Pastor of the Northern Campus.

 Youth Pastor - Pastor Ruth Emmerson

Ps Ruth, alongside her husband Aaron, are the youth pastors of Empire Youth. Ps Ruth also oversees other areas including events, guest ministry, social media and graphic design, coupled with platform ministry - Preaching, Worship Team & Leadership Development.  She completed 3 years at Hillsong International Leadership College, specialising in her passion - Youth Ministry & mentoring young people.  Both Aaron and Ruth are committed to raising up leaders and empowering students with the Power of God to make a positive change in their schools and families.


Eldership - Ps Derek Bodycote, John Hair, Steve Hobbs, Jeff Moore
Office Administrator
- Cindy Hirst
Ministry Team - Daryl Adams
Worship Team - Jono Martin / Al Smith
Youth Worship Team - Nathan Emmerson
Busy Bee's Play Cafe - Cindy Hirst
Young Adults & Young Families - Nathan & Jami Smith
Harvest Juniors - Lucy McKinnon
Harvest Kidz - Steve & Jeanette Kenny
Pastoral Care - Robyn Adams
Cafe/Hospitality - Wendy Hobbs
Women's Ministry - Cindy Hirst
Off-Campus Bible College Coordinator - Nathan Smith