THE chain of events that led pastor Les Peel and his wife Dawn back to Gayndah, and the Cowburn family to take up residence in Mundubbera, began with the earthquake on December 5.
“Dawn and Iwere praying just after 6am, whenwe felt the earth shake,” Mr Peel said.
“And ever since then, pieces of a puzzle have been falling neatly into place.”
Pastor Allan Cowburn, his wife Marissa and their children (Markuss, 6, and Alysa, 5) have moved into the residence behind the New Life Centre church and are settling into life in Mundubbera.
Meanwhile, Mr and Mrs Peel have moved back to care for the Gayndah parish.
All are welcome to attend pastor Cowburn’s first official service at 10am this Sunday and meet the family.
“My dad grew up in Mundubbera and Eidsvold,” Mr Cowburn said.
“And (he) was the pastor at City Church in Bowen Hills.
“Where we come from, (the pastor) is Wayne Alcorn
“Wayne recommended that we come to Mundubbera, as he was based here some years ago and felt we’d be happy here.”
The Cowburns have hit the ground running, with the coun- cil recruiting Mrs Cowburn to run Shine, an internationally acclaimed personal development program for women.
The program will be offered free of charge to North Burnett residents. For more details phone 4160 3555.
NEW FAMILY: With pastors Les and Dawn Peel (left) returning to Gayndah, the Cowburn family (Marissa, Allan and children Alysa and Markuss) will become familiar faces at the New Life Centre church in Mundubbera.