My name is Patrick van der Plaat and I am the lead pastor of Dianella. Together with my wife Janine and three children (Joshua, Rebecca and Sara) we serve in Perth since April 2017. Before that I was a family pastor for a large multicultural church called Crossroads International Church Amsterdam. From 2006 till 2014 I was also a pastor in Brazil, again for the Church of the Nazarene serving in various ministries (small groups, Sunday School, worship, children’s ministry, youth ministry, English and preaching). I hold a Master of Science in Religion through SENDAS – Seminario Nazareno de las Americas – San Jose – Costa Rica – from which I graduated in 2010.
My wife Janine is from Brazil and she loves serving in Dianella as well. We both studied at European Nazarene Bible College. Janine was a teacher for Kindergarten for many years in Brazil. In Holland she worked for the Dutch government as a parent consultant.
Our oldest son Joshua was born in Holland, but after one year we moved to Brazil. We sensed that God was leading us to Janine’s home country to serve there, which we did. In Brazil both Rebecca and Sara were born.
At home our family culture is quite unique with Portuguese, Dutch and English spoken at the same time. Challenging at times, but fun. In our spare time I love reading, watch a movie, writing or enjoying nature. I am more into the mountains, whereas Janine is totally in for the beach.
So, as you can see, we’ve been around a bit over the last years. Now, we are so excited to pastor this multicultural family. It’s a unique family unlike we have seen anywhere else. The mix of Aussies and internationals makes this church very rich.
Hopefully we can welcome you to our community.
Pastor Patrick van der Plaat