More about Justin

Justin Gardner did not have a happy childhood. Abuse, violence and rejection led to a life doing and selling drugs as early as 12. By 14, he was out of school and out of home and was living a life of crime on the streets of Melbourne. In fact, some of the people that he grew up with are characters portrayed in the Underbelly TV series.

At the age of 22, Justin was not only suicidal, but found himself heading down the path towards murder. He realised that the destructive life he had been living for so many years was only headed towards death, and he called out to Jesus to save him, who has since turned his mess into a message.


Today Justin is the senior pastor of Destiny Centre Christian Church in Hoppers Crossing, Victoria. Destiny Centre has a heart to help people and under Justin’s leadership it is has established 3 children’s homes and a school over in Kenya, and a drug and alcohol rehab in Hoppers Crossing.

Justin is also an accomplished author and has currently had five books published. ‘CrimeSon’ is his incredible life story, ‘Small Change Big Change’ is about the financial principles he has learnt over his life and how they can help other people, a study book for ‘Small Change Big Change”, “Remarkable” which reveals the transformational tools and techniques that will help you to break free from the crowd and enter into the one-of-a-kind, remarkable life that you were born for, and ‘Be Inspired’ is full of practical leadership tools and encouragement that he has learnt from millionaires, business leaders and world champions. Justin has an insatiable love for God’s word. His passion to see people grasp and apply God’s principles and promises clearly comes through in his razor-sharp yet humorous speaking ability. Justin’s focus never fades from his two-fold mission to see “the lost found and the found crowned”.

He loves to help people become all that God created them to be and for them to live an abundant life that will bless and impact other people’s lives. Justin travels nationally and internationally, preaching to build and inspire people and sharing his miraculous story to thousands of people from many different walks of life, from youth to the elderly, parents to prisoners and from murderers to millionaires.

Justin loves to laugh, loves fast cars, steaks and shopping and he trains kickboxing to stay fit. Justin has been happily married to his wife Kim since 1999 and has two sons Davis and Oskar whom he adores.

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