An Open Table where Love knows no borders

Alison Sampson

Alison was a pastor’s daughter, and so determined never to become a pastor herself. But life intervened. After many years working for the church in informal roles, in February 2014 she became this church’s Associate Pastor, and in October 2018 she was ordained by the Baptist Union of Victoria. In June 2016 she was commissioned and sent to lead the establishment of a new church community in Warrnambool, known as Sanctuary. She continues to be employed by this church until such time as the new congregation is sufficiently established to employ her in its own right. You can read more about how this church planting venture began here.

Alison is passionate about finding ways to integrate all participants into the life of the church, no matter their age, background or abilities. She Alison has degrees in pure mathematics and theology. She is now studying public health, where her research revolves around stories of healthy friendships between children and adults. As well as preaching, teaching and thesis-writing, Alison blogs about the spirituality of everyday life at

When she’s not staring at a computer screen or working for the church, she chats with her husband, runs around after their three school-aged daughters, makes sausage rolls in the school canteen, works in her garden, or solves cryptic crosswords. Other times she just lies in the shade with her hand over her eyes, and pretends she has nothing to do.