Leadership Staff

Leadership Staff

Senior Pastor

Murray Lean

Murray became Senior Pastor at City North in 2002 after moving from the small country town of Biloela, where he pastored for 13 years. Prior to that, Murray was a medical doctor for 10 years, before taking time out for theological studies. Even as a country pastor, he continued to do some part-time medical work to relieve the local doctors. Murray married Debbie in 1983 and they had six children – Dave (married to Mary), Josh (married to Janelle), Matt…
Associate Pastor – Young Adults

Michael Howell

Michael is married to Kathryn and they have two young children (Nathanael and Willow). Both Michael and Kathryn were born and bred in Sydney but made the move north to join us and are very excited to be a part of what God is doing at City North! Following high school, a science degree and several years in the workforce, Michael was given the opportunity to undertake theological studies at Sydney Missionary and Bible College (SMBC). He completed these studies…
Associate Pastor – Young Families

John Spranklin

John is humbled by the love and grace God has shown to him in the gospel. He is married to Megan and they have three young children (Gemma, Amelia and Joshua). Coming from a background in engineering, John undertook theological studies at Sydney Missionary and Bible College. He then served for 4 years as a pastor in Biloela before joining the team at City North in 2017. John loves communicating the truth of God’s Word and seeing people respond wholeheartedly…
Youth Worker

Mark Hockey

Mark is a Brisbane North-sider, through and through. This Broncos and Maroons supporter joined the City North team in January 2016 to focus on our Youth Ministries. Currently studying his Bachelor of Theology degree at the Brisbane School of Theology, Mark has a background in warehousing and manufacturing. Mark married his wife Anna more than 10 years ago, and they have four young children (Reuben, Jemimah, Jeshua and Elin). Mark is motivated by God’s love for him, a flawed human…