Rev. Rod Fisher – Lead Minister

Rev. Rod Fisher began as Minister of the Word at The Gap Uniting Church on 1st April 2016.

Rod grew up in the Uniting Church and had opportunities to be involved and mentored in leadership in various ways from his teenage years, particularly in music and worship and with young people. He is a bit of a sci-fi nerd, studied Science and Education at uni, and worked as a High School teacher for 11 years before following the call of God into full time ministry.

Rod still loves teaching and learning, and is enthusiastic about encouraging, equipping and empowering people to discover what it means to ‘be the church’, what it means to respond to Jesus’ call to “follow me”, and what it means to participate with God’s mission in our world today.

Rod is married to Jen and they have two teenage sons, William and Thomas.

Katherine Ruhle – Families Pastor

Katherine Ruhle joined our ministry team in 2018 as the Families’ Pastor. She is passionate about supporting and equipping families as they discover more about what it means to be followers of Jesus. Katherine has spent her whole working life working with children and families as a youth/children’s pastor in Dalby, an early childhood music specialist, a playgroup co-ordinator, a school teacher and as a children’s choral conductor. When she isn’t working, Kath loves spending time with her family (husband John and three daughters), keeping fit, going for long walks, reading books and composing choral music.

Rev. Fa Matangi – Youth & Young Adults Pastor

Rev. Fa Matangi joined The Gap UC as our Youth & Young Adults Pastor at the beginning of 2020, however, is no stranger to our part of the world having been working as the Moreton Rivers Presbytery (of which The Gap is a part) since 2017.  Fa has ministered to people of all ages from the very young to the very old, but certainly has a heart for youth and young adults.  Before taking on the MRP role, Fa led the Chermside Kedron Community Church but at the same time was heavily involved in wider church young people’s activities including primary, high school and young adult camps. Fa’s Tongan heritage is very important to her and she has a deep connection with family.  At the moment, Fa’s husband lives in Tonga and they have learned how to make a long distance relationship work – certainly challenging within the current travel restrictions.  To relax, Fa loves doing crossfit/weightlifting, watching K-dramas and listening to K-pop, and is known to say that “Chocolate is Life!”.