Joel Plotnek has been with Churches of Christ in a number of roles since 1997. Joel has a long track record of commercial and finance experience, working in public accounting and not-for-profits.
He sits as the CCVT (Churches of Christ Vic-Tas) representative on the University of Divinity Council as well as a number of other boards and committees. Joel is married with two teenage girls to keep him busy along with a number of business interests and creative projects on the go.
We caught up with Joel to ask a few questions about his role heading up CCFS.
What are your priorities for CCFS?
I’m entrepreneurial and wired for growth and development. My passion is to see church growth through mission and community engagement. So the priorities for CCFS are around finding creative ways to fund and finance this and developing savvy and innovative business models that can interface with church mission.
What are the challenges you see ahead for funding church mission?
One of the critical challenges for the church has always been about contextualising mission into the surrounding community. CCFS is has been set up to help churches discover their mission and support it by giving practical support through funding and financing of church property and development.
CFO & State Relationship Manager - VIC/TAS
Frank has just celebrated his 7th year as the Properties Corporation Finance
Director. He attends Williamstown Church of Christ and is a self-confessed Bob
Dylan and Beatles tragic. To unwind, Frank loves heading to the mountains with
his favourite dirt bike.
Frank is a member of Australian CPAs and during his career has held many
roles in finance and accounting – as a financial analyst, advisor for the Victorian
Government, chartered accounting firm and has served on various not-for profit
boards. Frank has also worked as a Team Leader with the Salvation Army’s
homeless men’s shelter in the Melbourne CBD.
Frank is passionate about ethics and moral philosophy, currently completing a
Masters in Applied Ethics at Melbourne University. He is a founding and current
member of the Clinical Ethics Committee of the Royal Children’s Hospital, a role
he has faithfully served for the past 10 years.
National Relationship Manager
Stuart has been working with Prop Corp/CCFS since 2010, initially as a consultant, then more recently as part of the Executive team. He has worked in a range of management positions with NAB and as a business coach and consultant since 2001 when he left the NAB to spend more time with his young family.
As a consultant Stuart has worked with many different organisations including his most recent engagement as CFO with a well known IT company. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business (Banking & Finance) and a Master of Marketing, both at Monash. Additionally Stuart is a Fellow of FinSIA (Financial Services Institute of Australasia) and a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Stuart is currently a Director of Bayside Church, Flinders Christian Community College and is a past board member of several other not-for-profit organisations.
Stuart is married with 3 wonderful children, has a dog, a rabbit and a garden with lots of holes in it! He enjoys cycling and is passionate about empowering people to achieve their full potential.
State Relationship Manager WA
State Co-Ordinator - SA/NT
Gillian Rowe joined Churches of Christ in SA & NT Incorporated in July 2016 in the new role of “Finance and Resourcing Support Officer”. A committed Christian and with strong experience in the Disability Services sector. Gillian comes from a family of two sons, two dogs and a cat and lives in the north-eastern suburbs of Adelaide. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, watching her sons play sport, listening to podcasts, reading and learning snippets of history.
Client Liaison Officer
We are delighted to announce the latest addition to our team. Mara
Novembre. Mara was appointed as CCFS Liaison Officer in August 2015 to
assist our churches and other investors with their daily financial needs.
Mara studied Accounting at R.M.I.T and has worked as an administrator for a
nursing home and at the National Australia Bank, in their business banking
and property finance departments.
Mara is happily married and has three lovable and energetic children. Mara’s
weekends are consumed with ferrying her children to martial arts and
For some down time, the family enjoy taking long drives through the
mountains of Kinglake in their convertible ‘65 Mustang and walking their
dogs, Rocky, a Spoodle, and Suzy a Shih Tzu Pomeranian.
Banking Services Officer
Karen began working with Churches of Christ in 2013 and thinks it’s a great
organisation to work for. Of course we’d agree! Karen divides her time in the office
between accounting and banking operations and has proven to be a valuable and
integral part of both teams.
Karen is a mother of three and has been happily married for 29 years. She is a passionate
lawn bowler playing in two competitions, the Tuesday Premier Ladies competition and
the Saturday Division 1 competition. On the 9th-10th April Karen will be representing
the Sandbelt Region in the Regional Championships at Swan Hill. She also has a habit
of winning, collecting several mixed pairs titles with her husband and recently brought
home a trophy and prize money from a prestigious tournament that included teams
from all around Victoria.
In addition to lawn bowls Karen loves to travel. She has spent 6 months travelling to the
top of Australia and around the east coast with plans for a shorter west coast trip. We’re
happy that it’s shorter because we can’t afford to let her out of the office for too long!