Get to Know Our Pastors

Roland & Emmy Hearn

have been married since 1985 and have four children of whom they are unashamedly proud: Kaylah, Jonathan, Braden and Tylah. Roland and Emmy met at Nazarene Theological College (NTC) in Thornlands, Brisbane, Australia while they were preparing for a life-time of ministry. They met in March of ’85 and were married in the following November. Their only regret is they waited so long.

In addition to being the Associate Pastor of NewStart RiverCity, Roland is currently the Dean of Students at NTC and the Missional Superintendent of the Australia North and West District (ANWD) of the Church of the Nazarene, which includes Queensland, Northern Territory, and Western Australia. Roland is also currently working on his MPhil at UQ in preparation for his doctoral studies. Emmy is the District Trainer for 7-Eleven as well as the ANWD Pastoral/Church Transitions Coordinator.
NewStart RiverCity is the fourth church of which they have pastoredand which they hope will be their last. Roland has said, “Each time we have pastored a church and had to move on it has been a very sadexperience. We are ready to stay in one place for the rest of our lives.”

They have served in churches from rural Queensland to the massive Metroplex of Dallas, TX. Roland was born and raised in Brisbane and grew up in Chermside West. Emmy was born and grew up in Sydney.

Roland is a sports fan and Emmy is the easiest person in the world with whom to become friends. We think you will love getting to know them.


Emman & Jade Chapman

have been married since 2001. They have two kids. Caleb is 10 years old and Savanna Zoe is 7. Emman and his family moved to Brisbane from the state of Tennessee, USA in May 2014.

In addition to Pastoring and Church Planting, Emman is pursuing his Masters in Divinity at Nazarene Theological College. He also serves on the ANWD’s Missional Superintendency Team as the Missional Action Team Facilitator. Jade home-schools Caleb and Savanna Zoe while also running her own business, Your Birthing Body, as a Childbirth Educator, Lactation Consultant/Counsellor, and Birth Doula. Caleb enjoys basketball, books, computers and robotics. Savanna Zoe enjoys acrobatics, nurturing her stuffies and dog, and making new friends.

Emman has been Pastoring in various roles since 2007. He helped to found, develop, and manage a Nazarene Compassionate Ministry Centre, Radical Mission, from 2006 to 2014 in Clarksville, TN. He finished his Masters in Counselling at Trevecca Nazarene University in 2010 and enjoys walking closely with people through their hurts, hungers, and hopes in life. Emman’s passion is to develop community through creating and maintaining spaces of God’s grace and love into which ALL persons are welcome and in which people’s hurts are embraced and their hopes are empowered in community. He believes that the Kingdom of God is meant to be embodied here and now through our participation with God in God’s mission to free ALL people to be loved and to love without shame or fear.  He puts it simply by saying that following Jesus is about loving God and loving all people holistically.

Emman, Jade, and their kids have loving hearts that long to embrace you.