From Melbourne to Johannesburg, Bali to Ndola, Christie Buckingham is passionate about empowering people to relieve injustice.
Since 1994, Christie and her husband Rob have been ministering as Senior Ministers of Bayside Church in Melbourne, with campuses in Cheltenham and Frankston.
Christie desires to see people set free and reach their full potential. She is a gifted leader who has worked tirelessly in mobilising groups of young adults and adults to act and relieve injustice. She has helped establish the Bayside Forever Home in South Africa, a home that cares for children that have been abandoned; she has assisted prisoners in Kerobokan to find purpose and meaning through supporting computer and craft programs and is a spiritual advisor for prisoners on death row. Christie campaigns alongside other organisations such as Reprieve and Amnesty to see a global moratorium on the death penalty.
Christie was a Co-Host with her husband on a morning talk show The Exchange. The program discussed everyday issues and invited experts and guests into a lively exchange.
Christie came to Australia from Ireland in 1986 and worked at Youth Alive Australia. During that time she witnessed their youth conferences grow from a few hundred to well over 10,000.
She is also a sought-after speaker and travels around Australia and internationally.
She understands the pressures of juggling roles of being a mother to three growing girls, Senior Pastor of a thriving dynamic church and a speaker.
Christie and Rob have three daughters, Georgia-Grace, Paris and Trinity.