Mustard Schools Ministry

We are a Christian ministry that exists to empower students to lead students to Jesus in schools.

“The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his field. Though it is the smallest of all seeds, yet when it grows, it is the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds come and perch in its branches.” – Matthew 13:31-32

Mustard’s Student Movement ministry equips students to be leaders for Jesus in their schools, where they lead Lunchtime Groups and live out their faith to multiply disciples of Jesus. We provide leadership training, mentoring and resources for our student leaders.
We pray for them and with them, and ensure they have the support of their school community. These steps equip them to be effective in their roles.

Mustard’s student-led Lunchtime Groups are open to students from Christian and other faith backgrounds, along with those who have no faith but lots of questions. The central point of reference for the group as they explore the Christian faith is the Bible.

Claire’s Story – discovering Jesus for the first time


…Claire then became a Christian through her school’s Mustard group! Click to see the full story and hear how she’s now a Chaplain back at the school where her journey started.

Lunchtime Groups – short testimonies from student leaders


Our Schools Programs seek to start conversations about Jesus and the big questions of life through creative, well-researched and emotionally connected big group presentations. We offer a unique presentation model where student leaders get to be involved in creative content, delivery, follow-up impact projects and more.

Check out our recent SEED magazine to see what we have been doing over the past 12 months!

Then take a listen to our interview with LightFM below to find out what Mustard is about!

Meet the Team

Our in-office team are a bunch of all-stars.
Comprised of paid & volunteer staff, each member brings their own unique talents, training and touch to everything Mustard does.


Lara Ruddle

Our amazing leader who heads up all things Mustard!


Stephen Unwin
Schools Programs and Creative Director

Has a heart of gold and soon a PhD in gratitude.


Natalie Miller
Relationships and Engagement Director

Natalie’s career in marketing, accounts and office management is as varied as her hobbies of escapism reading, baking and house design!


Katherine Lazarus
Schools Programs and Creative Team

Bringing lots of passion and creativity to the team.


Jemima Knox
Student Movement Team

Jemima is our very first regional Mustard team member helping out all the way from Geelong!


Yiqian Chua
Student Movement Director

“A million dreams are keeping me awake,” he says.


Brittany Spencer
Mustard Creative Team

If her role at Mustard was a venn diagram, Brittany is the overlap between resources, programs, design, and leadership development.


Ella Tregale
Student Movement Team

Ella was one of our amazing student leaders in the past, and she’s now volunteering with us to support a new generation of students.

Our Board

Our amazing board members look after the health of our organisation.
Everything from governance, policies to risks and finances, our board ensures that Mustard is operating at its best so our team can continue the work that they do.

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Neale Meredith


Janelle Brooks

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Sam Starkins
Board Member

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Tim Clare


John Arbuckle
Board Member

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Elida Brereton
Board Member