About Dean

by Neil Gabin

Dean is one of the main communicators at The Refuge – Oran Park Baptist Church.

He is married to Denise and they have 3 young adult children. Born and bred in Geelong (Victoria), Dean is a seasoned AFL Cats supporter who moved to Sydney to study theology at Sydney Missionary & Bible College (SMBC). Being led into pastoral ministry, he completed studies at Morling College and has served in various Baptist churches in NSW including East Hills, Belmont, Nowra and Campbelltown. His mission involvement with people in Myanmar has inspired him and been an integral part of his journey as God has led him and his family to plant “The Refuge” in Oran Park.

Dean has worked as a civil engineer, taxi driver, pastor, teachers aide, and gardener!


The Refuge is a church planting movement to spread the fame of Jesus Christ across the Greater South West of Sydney, Australia.

We want to see people get amazed by God.
We want our existence to make a difference.

I am passionate about preaching and evangelism and love talking about Jesus, especially over a coffee. I love being in community and being part of a Church that exists for God’s glory and for the healthy transformation of people everywhere.

We are a Church of Connect Groups, not a Church with Connect Groups
— Dean Rerekura

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