About Lucas Connell
Lucas Connell is honored to travel the world preaching the Gospel, leading people to Jesus and into a genuine encounter with the presence of God. Born in Melbourne, Australia, Lucas’ upbringing was far from the faith-filled life he enjoys today. Raised in an environment of drugs, it’s no surprise that Lucas began experimenting with illicit substances at just 12 years of age. This began an 11-year drug addiction that left Lucas gripped and mentally ill. A move to the party town of Surfers Paradise on the Gold Coast at age 21 began a celebration of different kind for this drug-addicted young man. Lucas encountered God’s love and committed his life to Jesus, during a phone call to his aunty, who had being praying for him for 17 years. The following day Lucas attended SURFCiTY Christian Church where he again encountered God and was set free from addiction and the mental illness he suffered most of his life.
It wasn’t long before Lucas married Jacque, his wife of over ten years. Under the leadership of Pastor Richard Nugent, the couple became youth and young adult pastors at SURFCiTY and Gold Coast Youth Alive leaders. In just six years they grew the two youth ministries to become two of the city’s most influential. Following the birth of their two boys, Josiah and Caleb, the family followed the call of God to Townsville where they helped Pastors James and Sam Macpherson at Calvary Christian Church. There, Lucas and Jacque pioneered a very successful young adult ministry, with hundreds coming to know Jesus.
Lucas’ ministry soon grew beyond youth and young adults, as he pioneered Calvary Bible College in Townsville, Cairns, Mackay and the Sunshine Coast. In 2010 the family moved back to South-East Queensland, this time to the Sunshine Coast as campus pastors for the newly appointed Sunshine Coast Campus of Calvary Church, formerly Kings Church lead by Pastor Steve Penny. Following two successful years there, Lucas stepped into fulltime itinerate ministry. While still calling the Sunshine Coast home, Lucas now travels the globe preaching the gospel. Lucas feels a strong call to winning people to Jesus and has been blessed to see many changed lives as a result of his ministry.