Brad Hofman is the pastor of Tamworth Seventh Day Adventist Church. But the road has not been easy.
“I was brought up in a warm Christian family," he says.
"But at age 17, I witnessed the marriages of my sister, my cousin and my parents all fall apart. I walked out of the church, saying bitterly, 'Where is God in all this?'
“I got involved in karate and for 12 years toured the world with the Australian karate team as captain/coach.
“I met and married my wife, Seri. But we argued like cats and dogs. After 10 years of marriage and four children, the arguments were so intense, she left me.
“It broke my heart beyond belief. It humbled me. I fell on my belly and cried like a baby.
“It was then that I remembered God and begged Him to save me and change me. The feeling of hope that flooded me was overwhelming.
“I knew my marriage was completely over. But God intervened.
“Eight weeks later, completely out of the blue, Seri rang me at 12 o’clock at night and told me she was scared. She felt a presence in her house. So I prayed for her over the phone. When I said ‘Amen’, her voice changed.
"She started to cry and said the sweetest words, ‘I’ve made the biggest mistake of my life. Do you think we can try again?’
“We got back together and two weeks later she attended my baptism. The Holy Spirit came on her and she cried and said, ‘Brad I want what you’ve got. I want it and I want to be baptised'.
“She started studying the Bible and kept saying, ‘This is true! This is true!’
“We both felt strongly called to ministry. We have seen many miracles and now we know for sure.
“Jesus is real.”