Welcome Rob Hensser, New Station Manager at Salt 106.5 - Salt 106.5

Welcome Rob Hensser, New Station Manager at Salt 106.5

Let's get to know our new station manager with some questions about opportunities he sees for Christian media, and his favourite Sunshine Coast spot.

By Natalie BennettThursday 30 Sep 2021Station NewsReading Time: 3 minutes

This week the Salt 106.5 family will welcome a new station manager to the team – Rob Hensser. And, what better way to welcome someone new to the team than 20 questions.

Upon reflection 20 may have been too many, so we asked Rob six questions instead to find out how he found his way to Salt 106.5, what he loves about the Sunshine Coast, and how we can be praying for him as he steps into this new chapter?

What attracted you to joining the Salt 106.5 team?

There are a few reasons. One was to be involved in ministry to the Sunshine Coast.  Much of my ministry has been to other nations or in the military context. The Sunshine Coast is my home and, more importantly, it is my daughter’s home and future inheritance. The opportunity to serve and influence that inheritance is important.

Personally, I feel it is important to know why we do what we do. I immediately connected with the why that drives the ministry of Salt. To impact people with God’s love, and promote human flourishing. Who doesn’t want to be a part of that?

Finally, I want to give my time and energies to significance. Each individual must figure out what is significant. For me significance is found in our investment into people. That is what remains. The seed that produces one hundred fold is the one that invested itself into others.

“We have an amazing opportunity to inspire hope as we reflect the generosity of the character and nature of God,” – Salt 106.5 station manager Rob Hensser

What did you get up to before joining Salt 106.5?

I was a church pastor/church planter for a few years in the 90s. In 1998 my wife, Tricia, and I joined Youth with a Mission (YWAM). We helped start works in Romania and Las Vegas, and I travelled extensively predominantly in developing nations teaching and training missionaries. In 2005, we relocated to the Sunshine Coast to lead YWAM – Sunshine Coast.

In addition to my YWAM commitments I have been a Chaplain in the Australian Defence Force since 2010. In 2017, I deployed to the Middle East and have deployed on numerous operations and exercises.

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What opportunities do you see for Christian media in this season?

The Sunshine Coast is an amazing place to live, and more and more people are figuring this out. The Coast is growing exponentially, and we have an opportunity to shape the growth and culture of our community.

Christian media has the opportunity of making connections within our community. It can be a non-threatening, friendly connection point that reframes culture in line with kingdom values. We have an amazing opportunity to inspire hope as we reflect the generosity of the character and nature of God.

Rob Hensser and family 2

Rob and his wife of 33 years Tricia (left picture), Rob on adventures with Tricia and their 16-year-old daughter (right picture).

It’s the weekend, so what do weekends look like in the Hensser home?

Well, as someone with a military background I could tell you that everyone is up at dawn to do physical exercise and morning parade… but that would not be MY home!  As a family we are pretty relaxed on the weekends. There is usually some garden work to be done, cars or dog to be washed and other odd jobs on Saturday morning.

As a family we have a Saturday evening tradition of homemade egg and chips for dinner (fried eggs and home cooked chips). Then it’s a family movie – tradition!

Sunday mornings we attend our local fellowship and, in the afternoon, we may venture out to any of the many beautiful spots on the coast for a hike or bike ride.

Favourite location on the Sunny Coast?

Mudjimba Beach is an amazing beach (and just down the road from us) there is also an amazing view from the top of Mount Ninderry, some outstanding coffee shops, but it’s hard to beat sitting on my own back porch in beautiful Bli Bli.

How can we pray for you as you step into this new chapter?

Pray that I don’t muck it up!