Glenn Hohnberg - Pastor
Glenn Hohnberg leads Risen Church and started planting Risen Church part time in 2017. In 2018 he moved full time onto planting Risen Church.
In my own words
I grew up in bush NSW on a farm near Forbes. My parents were very entrepreneurial and taught us the value of hard work. I became a Christian through university student ministry at UNSW as I met Jesus in the pages of the Bible. I discovered Jesus (and Christianity) was far more profound, exciting and challenging than I’d ever imagined.
After working in IT for a number of years, I completed 2 years of the Ministry Training Strategy at St Matthias Anglican Church under the ministry of Phillip Jensen. I was trained by Al Stewart and Paul Grimmond. It was a rich and challenging time. A real highlight was starting a new ministry to Sri Lankan and Indian students on campus.
I went on to study at Moore Theology College completing an honours degree. For my student ministry training I was under the wing of Michael Jensen (now Rector St Mark’s Darling Point, NSW) at the inner city church plant FIX Church and then Evangelism Ministries (they had a name change).
We made the big move to Brisbane to work with AFES in Queensland in 2006. Kathryn and I had experienced the huge potential of student ministry through our time at UNSW and wanted to see how we could be part of work outside of Sydney. It was such a joy to invest in the students at Evangelical Students and we are still in contact with many of them.
After 2 years God took us in a new direction to break new ground for the gospel. I founded the City Bible Forum in Brisbane. The ministry aimed to reach every slice of the city from young workers through to senior executives. It was an incredible privilege to be at the coal face of evangelism with city workers. Not everything worked and there were hard times when things didn’t go as planned. But God raised up many gospel friends and partners. Over time we saw people come to trust Jesus as their lord and saviour. ( Is there anything better?). The ministry grew and grew. At the end of 10 years the ministry had a staff team of 5 with over 100 Christian professionals in the network. At this time around 30 non-Christians were reading the Bible with Christian city workers.
I also spent 2 years revitalising City Church at Ann Street Presbyterian Church and chaired the STIR conference (now called Y conference) for a number of years.
I’m married to Kathryn and we have four boys: Rohan, Xavier, Kai and Liam. Family life consists of rumbles, books, lego, soccer and probably way too much screen time.
I’m passionate about people meeting Jesus in the pages of the Bible. He is far more wonderful, exciting, challenging and exhilarating than we imagine.
I hope you’ll join us at Risen Church to grow in Jesus if you are a Christian. Or to discover Jesus if you are not yet a Christian.
Benjamin Torr - Intern
Ben joined Risen Church with his family at the start of 2019. He is being trained in Gospel ministry with us while he completes his studies at Queensland Theological College.
In my own words
I’ve always struggled to understand grace. I used to think that I had to be good enough to earn God’s approval and would compare myself to other people around me. But then I came to see that God accepts me just the way I am, not because of how good I am, but because of what he has already done for me in Jesus (Eph 2:8-9). He lived the life I couldn’t and died the death I deserved so that I could share in his acceptance and approval.
Now I live to please God because he already loves and accepts me in Jesus (Gal 2:20).
His grace frees me up to love and serve others rather than comparing myself to them.
I grew up in a Christian family and my parents faithfully invested in me and my siblings from a young age. We mostly lived in small country towns and moved around a lot because my parents were teachers. I loved the community of small towns but the churches usually weren’t very big and our young family usually brought down the average age of the congregation quite a bit!
Beenleigh & District Baptist Church was probably the first place I was really discipled and challenged to try leading and serving others in ministry. I learnt heaps as I helped out with Children’s, Youth and Young Adult ministries and began to think about whether full-time ministry might be worth considering. I really wanted to impact others in the same way that I had been impacted.
In 2005, I went on SUQld Sunshine Coast Schoolies to celebrate finishing High School and after that I was hooked! I’ve been involved with camping (Schoolies, SMADD and GENTS) and supporting school chaplaincy ever since. I’ve seen first-hand how Scripture Union provides support and opportunities for kids and young people trying to find their place in a rapidly-changing world. I’ve also had loads of fun and made lots of good friends as I’ve joined them to bring God’s love, hope and good news to children, young people and their families.
At the University of Queensland while studying Engineer, I got involved with the ministry of the Australian Fellowship of Evangelical Students. They really challenged me to study the Bible seriously and live in response to what Jesus had done for me in his life, death and resurrection. My time with UQES was essential for growing my clarity about and conviction of the Gospel and we still catch-up regularly with friends we made during this time.
My wife, Corinne, and I have two little girls (Rachael and Lydia) who love to dance and sing! Our home is often full of music, fun and laughter and we love to share it with others.
“Dad, are our friends coming over tonight?”
Next steps in training
Back in 2016, I left Engineering to give full-time ministry a go for two years at Christ Community Church (Toowong) through the Ministry Training Strategy (MTS). This was a challenging and stretching time which both exposed my weaknesses and fueled my conviction for Gospel ministry. Some highlights were cultivating a healthy Young Adults small group, establishing a discipleship-based Youth Ministry and developing a Young Workers ministry with City Bible Forum. Following MTS, I began a Master of Divinity at Queensland Theological College in Spring Hill while interning at Christ Community Church.
During our time at Christ Community we also participated in a Missional Community seeking to grow in loving one another practically and engaging with the community around us more intentionally. This was a special time of developing deep friendships with our brothers and sisters in Christ and seeing the beginnings of exciting fruit in the lives of our neighbours and friends.
Why we’ve joined Risen Church?
We are excited to join Risen Church as they seek to break new ground for the Gospel and reach new people with the good news about Jesus Christ. Already we’ve seen that there are lots of opportunities to connect and cultivate community with our neighbours and students from nearby university campuses. We hope you’ll join us as we grow in our love for Jesus together and share him with the people around us in this diverse and developing part of the Southside.
I’m convinced that what people need more than anything else is to know Jesus. He changes everything! I’d the love the chance to introduce him to you.
I’m looking forward to meeting you!