Federal Candidates

Senate Candidates (Upper House)

Mike Crichton

Lead Senate Candidate
Mike is married to Jayne; they have 3 children and 6 grandchildren. Mike is currently a radio presenter on 98five Sonshine FM and engages with thousands of people across Perth weekly, which gives him insight into what’s happening in our community. Mike has always had a keen interest in politics with a few areas of interest, but not limited to strengthening families, freedom of speech and improving quality of life for our seniors.  

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Mike spent 14 years as a senior manager for an international transport company and 8 years with the WA Department of Training supporting and mentoring employers and apprentices to complete their apprenticeship. Before joining 98five Sonshine FM, Mike spent 4 years as the Business Manager at Nations Church Perth. Commencing in 2020, Mike and his wife Jayne felt called and played a key role in establishing Neuma Church Perth, with Mike also a member of the Global Neuma Church Board. email - mikecrichton@australianchristians.org.au

Maryka Groenewald

Second Senate Candidate
Maryka has passionately been serving the WA community for 15 years. She holds qualifications in community development, politics and leadership. Maryka brings experience in community development, program development, strategic planning, management, problem-solving, community engagement and public speaking.

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Maryka has worked across Australia in regional, remote and metro settings. Having worked with various departments, corporates and community organisations, she brings a unique perspective to policy development. Maryka loves connecting with people from all walks of life and is passionate about seeing people participate in the public space. She recently developed a workshop called ‘Momentum’ to equip, encourage and mobilise Christians to be salt and light in their sphere of influence. She has also been the State Director for Australian Christians WA for the past six years; leading our office, Youth Advisory, election campaigns and events. 

House of Representatives (Lower House)

Jayne Crichton

BRAND
Jayne lives in the electorate of Brand with her husband, Mike, and between them, they have 3 adult children and 6 grandchildren. Jayne has served the WA community for more than two decades through the local church. She has enjoyed working alongside many not-for-profit organisations to establish partnerships with local businesses and councils to help individuals and families in need. Jayne is an ordained Minister with Australian Christian Churches, and she is passionate to see thriving local communities supporting one another in and out of season. Jayne is a firm believer in the work of the local church in the areas of restoration through Christ, the power of prayer and being a voice in social and political matters that shape our nation. Jayne and Mike carry a sense of responsibility for this generation and those to come. They believe there is a need for strong, honest and integral leadership at this point in history and have both joined AC to nominate as candidates in the hope of a brighter future. Email: federalelection@australianchristians.org.au

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Warnar Spyker

BURT
Warnar is a lawyer who lives in Southern River and is married with six children. Warnar has lived in the Federal Electorate of Burt for the past 37 years, working locally for more than 12 years. He has a sound understanding of the social and legal challenges facing our community and would develop and provide positive solutions to issues. Practicing law for many years has given Warnar a thorough understanding of the need to retain the Judeo-Christian ethic. He will strive to uphold this, as recognised within the preamble to the Australian Constitution that we are a nation ‘humbly relying on the blessing of Almighty God’. Warnar is an articulate, knowledgeable and well-connected candidate who will promote policies that support and strengthen these values. Warnar has a passion for his faith, the law, taking care of his neighbours and will seek to be an effective and compassionate representative for the people of Burt. 
Email: federalelection@australianchristians.org.au

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Andriette du Plessis

CANNING
Andy is an endorsed Nurse Practitioner and works in General Practice and a variety of aged care facilities. Her passion for disadvantaged and vulnerable population groups has been instrumental in her working across multiple health care settings in Australia, including emergency and critical care, forensics, and rural and remote work amongst the Aboriginal population. Andy is passionate about community transformation and bridging the gap between excess and poverty. She has a heart for the homeless and disadvantaged and is actively involved in outreach programs that assist the homeless population. Andy believes that it is crucial to equip and sow into the lives of the next generation of nurses and nurse practitioners and is involved in personal mentoring programs, professional development and training nurses on various levels of their career progression. Andy started a career in nursing in 1983 in South Africa. She worked across many fields, specialising in critical care, emergency, and trauma ICU, before immigrating to Australia in 2002. She has two married children who are passionately involved in the healthcare industry. 
Email: federalelection@australianchristians.org.au

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Ange Sylvie Iradukunda

COWAN
Sylvie is passionate about community involvement, family values and equal opportunities for all. Being a refugee meant she missed out on school for several years. She supports education and is grateful for the opportunities she has as an Australian Citizen. Sylvie is a law graduate, a youth leader and currently works with a law firm that specialises in family, criminal and immigration law. Sylvie advocates for the most vulnerable, the homeless, the elderly and the refugees. She was born in Rwanda and now lives in Australia with her family. Sylvie is an incredible communicator with beautiful compassion for people. She serves in her local church and community and has a passion for young people, justice and families. Email: federalelection@australianchristians.org.au

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Justin Moseley

O'CONNOR
Justin was a teacher in both state and private schools for over forty years, and he understands the common hopes and concerns of families. Passionate about our freedoms, Justin has been actively involved in the political process for many years. By applying biblical standards to the government, Justin aims to see wise laws made, weak laws strengthened, bad laws repealed and meaningful, efficient measures taken to promote, support and encourage the family unit. Justin and his wife of forty-three years live on a small property near Albany in the electorate of O’Connor. They have four children and seven grandchildren. Email: federalelection@australianchristians.org.au

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Vanessa Montgomery

PEARCE
Born in Mauritius, Vanessa and her family immigrated to Australia when she was five years old. She is passionate about social justice, freedom of speech, law reform and seeing families strengthened. She believes it is time to elect members of parliament who are bold, selfless, authentic and lead with conviction. Vanessa has a heart for people and cultures and served in several community trips to Cambodia, Kenya and Mozambique. She spent three months living in Mozambique, learning about the culture and building valuable relationships. She also serves her local community of Pearce through her involvement at Kingdomcity Butler. 

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Vanessa has experience in hospitality and kids ministry, and she supports the facilitation team at youth. She believes in the power of prayer and leads a home group with her husband. She prays for WA regularly and has a special interest in the sphere of government and seeing righteousness prevail. Vanessa will be an incredible asset to Pearce and looks forward to authentically serving those around her. She is happily married with two teenage children; one is home-schooled, and the eldest is currently at Tafe studying a Diploma of Music. Email: federalelection@australianchristians.org.au

Dean Powell 

PERTH
Dean grew up in Queensland, where he completed a BAppSc degree in physics at Queensland University of Technology. Coming to Perth in 1970, he began a career in oil and gas exploration with West Australian Petroleum Pty Ltd (WAPET). That career continues with Dean working as an independent consultant on projects mainly in Western Australia. Dean has been active in his local church for more than 50 years. Dean recognises the importance to our society of an unequivocal Christian presence in federal parliament and is keen to play a part in the efforts of Australian Christians in making that a reality. He has been married to Jeannine for 47 years. They have 4 married children and 16 grandchildren. Dean served as an elder and home group leader in the Presbyterian Church and Moderator of Presbyterian Church in WA. Since 2001 Dean has been a part of St Albans Anglican Church, Highgate, and he currently serves as a Churchwarden and home group leader. In the wider church, Dean served as Tearfund’s WA representative for 13 years in the 1970s and 1980s. Dean has also served on the Board of the Swan Christian Education Association, filling the role of Chairman for 5 years. Email: federalelection@australianchristians.org.au

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Dena Gower

SWAN
A proud Noongar yorga with connections to Balladong, Wilman and Whadjuk and Kaneang, Koreng and Menang Clans, born in Subiaco; Dena has lived in Perth for 35 years. She is a proud wife of husband Garry for 21 years and a proud mother of 8 children, both step-children and biological, 26 grandchildren and two beautiful great-granddaughters. Dena and her husband are co-founders of Moorditj Keila Inc, an Aboriginal community centre since 2004, and now a new calling with Ngaama Ministry for Young Aboriginal Leaders in Ministry. Dena graduated in 2000 with a Bachelor of Applied Science and Management. She has worked with the East Metropolitan Health Unit for many years and worked with her community to better their health outcomes. Email: federalelection@australianchristians.org.au

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Mark Staer

TANGNEY
Mark holds several qualifications in Science, Computer Technology and Applied Linguistics. He is involved in various community groups and has contested several state and federal elections for the Australian Christians, most recently being the party's candidate for Cannington at the 2021 State election. Mark is a member of the Australian Christians party because of what they stand for. He comments, ‘The Christian values of freedom, respect and human dignity are to be extended to every person.’ 

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