At The Project our mission as leaders is to lead the charge on the vision God has given us to be a vibrant community of Jesus followers. We believe our job is to create a welcoming, caring and outward-focussed environment, a place to come, be real and connect to God, where the church family is equipped and empowered to minister to each other and the wider community. We are a small but passionate team who each wear many hats, excited to see how God will grow His church and us!


Peter Sondergeld

Lead Pastor | Restoration Groups | Biblical Counselling | Pastoral Care | Community Groups | Weddings & Funerals

Peter is married to Angela and together they have four sons. Peter began working at Toowoomba Christian College in 1996. He taught Manual Arts for ten years and was the Head of Pastoral Care for six years. Peter is a registered counsellor. He gets excited at the thought that God might work through him to grow people up to be more thoughtful, strong and passionate.

When Pete isn’t preaching, parenting, studying or counselling he loves to go camping and mountain bike riding or to simply play cricket in the backyard with the boys and enjoy a coffee with his wife.

Influences – John Piper, Tim Keller, Eugene Peterson


Jayden O’Donnell

Associate Pastor | Pastoral Care | Community Groups | Youth

Jayden is a ‘born & bred’ Gold Coaster who has come on-board the team at The Project Church alongside his recently married wife Alice. Before taking up theological studies at Queensland Theological College in 2017, Jayden practiced as a Physiotherapist both in Melbourne & on the Gold Coast. Jayden has joined us from Liberti Church on the Gold Coast where he served as a Gospel Community Leader for 3.5 years. Jayden is passionate about faithfully teaching God’s Word & seeing people grow in their discipleship & knowledge of the truth - he particularly loves seeing this play out in Community Groups.

Outside of church he’s a fervent St.Kilda supporter, a cricket tragic, a pizza fanatic & a self-confessed book nerd. He & Alice are both ‘foodies’ & enjoy cooking together.

Influences – D.A. Carson, John MacArthur, Martyn Lloyd-Jones, Sam Storms


Sue Patterson

Pastoral Care & Assistance | Restoration Groups | Biblical Counselling | School Chaplain

Sue has been married to Colin for thirty years and they have three grown-up daughters. Sue loves people. She has more than thirty years experience in pastoral care, is skilled at getting to the heart of the matter and is passionate about seeing God transform people’s hearts and set them free.

When they’re not counselling, serving and loving on people Sue and Col love travelling and exploring (especially the coast of northern New South Wales), eating tasty fresh food, reading, soaking up nature and marvelling at creation.

Influences – Christine Caine, Marilyn Hickey, Paul Tripp, Eugene Peterson


Ruth Pereira

Project Kids

Ruth and her husband Daryl have been married for seven years and have a primary school age son. Ruth is a qualified primary school teacher and enjoys creating new and exciting lessons for Project Kids. After completing a year assisting the previous Children’s Ministry Pastor, Ruth took over the leadership of Project Kids in 2019. She is excited by the prospect of young lives being reconciled and changed by the love of Jesus.

Ruth loves spending her spare time with her husband and son. She enjoys teaching a fortnightly sewing class, getting alongside others and gardening.

Influences – CS Lewis, Max Lucado, Philip Yancey