Caleb grew up attending Southern Lights church, he was present at its inception in 1987 as a 4yr old and is the eldest son of Peter and Karen Nicholes. Zoe came to Southern Lights in 2007 after the Somerville church plant rejoined the base in Skye. In 2012 they succeeded Peter and Karen as the Senior Ministers of Southern Lights.
Growing up in the church Caleb had the privilege to know God all his life but at age 16 he made a strong and independent decision to consecrate his life to Jesus. In 2000 he entered full time discipling for one year and upon graduating became involved in the youth ministry of the church eventually becoming the youth pastor. This time developed Caleb’s ministry and he became a pastor and Elder at Southern Lights in 2007. During this period working with young people Caleb pioneered FORCE youth camp, ENGAGE conference, a young adult ministry called Synergy and the UNLEASH young adult camp. He also developed ‘Armour Bearers,’ a teen discipleship program and a DVD series called ‘Prepared in Purity.’ Caleb as ministered at camps and churches around Australia as an expert on youth leadership and a champion for young pastors.
Caleb completed a degree in Exercise Science before the distinct calling of God came upon his life to become a pastor at 24 years of age. He spent time as a high school teacher as he transitioned into full time ministry first as Executive Pastor of Southern Lights and then Senior Minister.
Zoe grew up in the church but faded in her faith during her teen years only to return to Jesus with a powerful salvation at a Franklin Graham rally at 20 years of age. She was strongly founded in the Word and the Spirit by her local church pastors before joining Southern Lights at Skye. In 2009 Zoe completed part time discipleship training, this spring boarded her into church leadership. She has grown into a powerful woman of God. She has lead in youth and young adult ministry, pastoral team, new persons and connect groups. In 2015 she led major upgrades and improvements in our Excelerate Discipleship Training programs and is the current Director. The evident call on her life was recognised in 2012 when she became a pastor and in 2016 she also joined the eldership team.
Zoe has a Masters and a PhD in Clinical Psychology and works as a psychologist in addition to pastoring and being Mum to her children.
Caleb has a distinct grace and anointing to rouse the spirits of people and see them come into full truth and therefore full maturity. A gifted speaker and trainer his message is packed with empowering Kingdom revelation. He is passionate about the church of God and believes in it as God’s tool for brining heaven to earth. Zoe has a passion for training believers to be mature, she is a model to other young female pastors and an expert in pastoral care that establishes believers in Christ.
Caleb and Zoe are devoted to training believers in Southern Lights that are prepared as sons for Apostle Peter’s use throughout the network. They are determined to see the Kingdom of God spread through the church and to release Christian influencers into every domain of society.