Ben and Judith Hakalitz

Senior Pastors
E-mail Ben and Judith Hakalitz

In January of 2018, Pastors Ben and Judith Hakalitz were installed as Senior Pastors of Living Light Gospel Church Cairns, being handed the baton by our Founding Pastors Bill and Corrie Page.

In a message to Pastor Bill and Corrie, Pastor Ben said  – “This is your legacy, you birthed it, we have carried it with you and now we are running with the vision that God birthed in you. You being great takes nothing away from me!”

Pastor Ben is also a local musician and well known for his work as a drummer with Australian ARIA Hall of Fame recipients Yothu Yindi. Ben has a heart for the people of the city and along with his wife Judith share a passion for seeing people come to the knowledge of God. Pastor Judith serves alongside Ben and is the leader of our Women and Hospitality teams.


Joe Pulea

Assistant & Outreach Pastor
E-mail Joe Pulea

Pastor Joe Pulea has a heart for the lost and has had a burden, for many years, for our brothers and sisters in the Torres Strait, Cape Region and Communities. Beginning with outreaches in Napranum & Yarrabah, Papa Joe has a heart to work with the local churches to see them come into the fulness of what God has for them and to see the lost saved and set free.

Papa Joe also LOVES to worship and sing to the Lord and serves in the Worship Team.

Jason and Grace Salawagen

Youth & Music Pastors
E-mail Jason and Grace Salawagen

Pastors Jason and Grace Salawagen were installed as Youth Pastors of Living Light Gospel Church Cairns, in August 2018.

Jason and Grace have served with “Youth With A Mission” YWAM for many years as leaders on staff, including bringing teams through Cairns and outer regions. On their last outreach, they felt that the Lord had called them to return to Cairns and work with the Church to reach the young people of the city.

Jason and Grace have brought along with them, a wealth of experience and are excited to be a part of training the young people of Living Light to achieve their goals and gain a greater understanding and knowledge of God, through prayer, praise, worship and Bible study.

On February 27, 2020 Jason & Grace welcomed their beautiful first child Shekinah. We are excited to watch her grow in our midst. Congratulations Jason & Grace from all of us at Living Light.

Joe and Janet Nangit

Young Adults Pastors
E-mail Joe and Janet Nangit

Pastors Joe and Janet Nangit were installed as Pastors on 2nd February 2020.

Joe served with YWAM for 10 years both in Papua New Guinea and on overseas outreach. Upon returning to PNG, he served in his local church for many years involved in the Music & Youth Ministry and is affectionately known as Smiley Joe to many people. Joe and Janet met on a missions outreach to Papua New Guinea in 2008. Janet has served for over 28 years both in Australia & New Zealand as Youth Leader & Music Director and was part of the Far North Youth Alive Team in the mid 90’s and early 00’s.

Together Joe and Janet are the Young Adult Pastors and continue to serve together in the Music Ministry. Janet also oversights the Administration & Media aspects of the Church.

Brandon Nona

Men's Pastor
E-mail Brandon Nona

Pastor Brandon Nona was installed as Pastor on 2nd February 2020.

Cairns born, and raised in Cape York and Torres Strait, Brandon is our very own Indigenous Pastor who joined the Living Light Gospel Church family in 2015, after returning from missionary work on Mornington Island in Gulf of Carpinteria. Brandon’s missionary work on Mornington Island, saw a Local Lardill Man, Leonard Paul, converted to Jesus Christ and he is now Pastor of the local Church in Aurukun. Brandon has a heart for his people and is quoted as saying “God gave me a vision, like Moses, to set my people free”.

Brandon is also a member of Kunjur First Nations Mens Collective, Cairns

Allan Pinchen

City Outreach Pastor
E-mail Allan Pinchen

Pastor Allan Pinchen was installed as Pastor on 2nd February 2020.

Allan gave his life to Christ in 1998 at the Salvation Army Hall in Glenroy, in the Northern suburbs of Melbourne. Allan trained with Salvation Army to work in welfare and worked in Richmond, mainly with drug dependant clients, when heroin was the drug of choice. Allan then worked in Glenroy where it was predominately Muslim clients, and the Sunbury Area. In the late ’90’s Allan began working with refugees from Kosovo and remains in contact with some of those he worked with. Allan then moved to Cairns where he continued his work with SA in both Cairns and Innisfail.

Allan has served with Living Light for the last 4 years and assisted in the Upper Room during that time, along with assisting Pastor Joe Pulea with crusades to the Cape and PNG and was involved with the church plant at Yarrabah.

Allan serves as the City Outreach Pastor and continues to serve in the Upper Room. He has a heart to see the people of this nation come to know Christ in a deeper way.

Bill and Corrie Page

Founding Pastors

In 2009, after nineteen years serving the people of Papua New Guinea, Pastor Bill Page handed governance of the Foursquare Church mission activities in the Southern Region of Papua New Guinea to its indigenous leaders.

In January of 2018, Pastors Bill and Corrie Page, after many years of serving in Papua New Guinea and for the last 5 years as Senior Pastors of Living Light Gospel Church Cairns, retired.

Pastor Bill sent this message:
“Corrie and I are thrilled that Pastors Ben and Judith will serve you all and the Lord as Pastors of our wonderful Living Light family. We are sure that they will do a wonderful job. We would also like to thank you for your love and understanding as we face the challenges before us. God is good and He knows what He is doing. It is His Church and He is moving to bring more love and grace into our midst. Love and prayers from us both. Philippians 1:27 – “Only let your conduct be worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of your affairs, that you stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel.””