Leadership Team

Leadership Team

City North has a church membership of approximately 150 active members. These are baptised Christians who are committed to the life and ministries of the church.

The church is led by a team of pastors and elders (known as the Church Council) who are appointed by and accountable to the members.

Members Meetings are held four (or more) times a year, where the pastors and elders report on matters affecting church life and seek the support of the members on any major issues as required.

Meet City North’s leadership team:

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…