Ps. Doug and Ps. Rebekah Townsend launched Inspired Life Church on 1st of March 2014 at the Altona Scout Hall, running a Saturday night service with the aim of connecting with people who have a heart for Altona and Hobsons Bay. On the 5th of March 2017 Inspired Life Church officially changed its name to "Big Heart Church".
Ps. Doug and Ps. Rebekah's heart’s desire is to see lives transformed by an encounter with a loving God, to help others find their fit in God's family and to release them to use their God-given gifts and talents to see God's Church grow from strength to strength.
Ps. Doug and Ps. Rebekah have been married for over 18 years and during this time they have actively served in the local church together in a variety of leadership and pastoral care roles.
Ps. Doug and Ps. Rebekah have had a lifelong involvement in and around the church. They have a heart for people and from a young age both Ps. Doug and Ps. Rebekah have held on to a lifelong calling to serve God.
Ps. Doug has a background in welfare and has worked in both a professional and voluntary capacity with young people for over 20 years while Ps. Rebekah has a science degree and has spent over 20 years working in the insurance industry, and was part of the senior leadership team of Australia's largest insurer of faith-based organisations.
Both Ps. Doug and Ps. Rebekah love God and have a heart to see people grow in their faith and relationship with God.