Kim Kownacki
Associate Dean of Counselling

GDipCouns, MCouns, RN (previously)

Kim commenced at Morling College in 2014 as an adjunct lecturer and supervisor for practicum students completing their Master of Counselling and joined faculty in 2018. She has lectured across a range of subjects including Therapeutic Communication Skills, Counselling Theory & Practice, Child and Adolescent Counselling, Group Dynamics and Facilitation, and Advanced Therapeutic Group Facilitation.

Kim was previously a Registered Nurse, specialising in the Cardiothoracic area, working in the UK and across many major hospitals in Sydney. She commenced clinical counselling practice in 2006, working in private practice and agencies including Salvos Counselling.

Kim is an experienced counsellor and operates her own private practice, working with individuals, couples, families, adolescents, children and provides clinical and pastoral supervision. She has facilitated professional development workshops across a number of subject areas, including Trauma Informed Care, and was the Lead Trainer for Greater Western Sydney, Salvos Counselling. She is an accredited supervisor and clinical member of the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA).

Stuart Adamson
Associate Dean of Chaplaincy and Spiritual Care

BA, MA Christian Studies, MA Pastoral Supervision

Stuart has served as a chaplain, chaplain trainer and pastoral supervisor at Anglicare Sydney for 15 years, with his primary ordained role being in chaplaincy leadership at the Prince of Wales and Randwick Hospitals Campus. Stuart has lectured in pastoral supervision at St Mark's National Theological Centre and in chaplaincy skills at Ridley College in Melbourne.

Stuart has also worked for 15 years in Japanese media both in Japan and Australia as a translator, researcher and writer before joining the pastoral staff at St John's Maroubra in Sydney's East where he is still involved in occasional preaching and regular discipling of men. Stuart is also serving as an Anglican chaplain in a part time ordained role at Bankstown Lidcombe Hospital in Sydney’s south west.

Recent publications

Stuart was involved in the translation into Japanese of a book by Jill McGilvray called "God's Love in Action, Pastoral Care for Everyone", (Acorn Press, 2009).

Margaret Welch
Dean of Counselling, Chaplaincy & Spiritual Care

M.Couns, B.Couns, Dip Rel Couns, Adv Cert Supervision (UK)

Margaret joined Morling College as an adjunct lecturer in 2008 and commenced on faculty as a lecturer in counselling in 2013. Margaret was appointed Associate Dean (Counselling) in 2017 and Acting Dean Counselling, Chaplaincy & Spiritual Care in 2019.

Margaret has lectured in a wide range of subject areas within the suite of counselling awards including Human Development, Legal, Ethical and Cultural Issues, Therapeutic Communication Skills, Counselling Theory & Practice, Counselling Methodologies and Child and Adolescent Counselling. She is the counselling practicum co-ordinator for Masters student’s completing their internship.

Margaret is also an experienced and accredited clinician who is a clinical member and accredited supervisor with the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA) and the Christian Counsellors Association of Australia (CCAA), she is listed on the ARCAP Register. Margaret is the Clinical Director of The Ezra Centre, a ministry of Morling College.

Margaret has been in clinical practice for over 17 years. She worked for Salvos Counselling for 14 years and now operates her own private practice. As a Senior Counsellor and Accredited Supervisor Margaret works with individuals, couples, families, children and adolescents across a wide range of presenting issues. Margaret also facilitates professional development workshops.

Scott Smith
Dean of Education

PhD in Education, Master of Research and a Master of Applied Linguistics (TESOL), Master of Arts, 

Scott has lived most of his life in Sydney, but he has also spent an extended period in China where he learned Mandarin and taught English. Prior to living in China, he worked as a secondary teacher for 9 years, teaching HSIE courses such as Geography, Legal Studies and Business Studies. Upon his return from China, he worked as the Academic Manager of a private English college in Sydney. After this, and following several years promoting Mandarin courses for the Department of Education, he went back into research. Scott and Anji have two adult children who both live in Sydney.

Scott’s Bachelor’s degree at Macquarie University prepared him for secondary teaching. Whilst teaching he completed a Master of Arts in Geography at the University of Sydney. Following his time living overseas, he returned to Sydney and gained a Master of Applied Linguistics (TESOL) and a Master of Research in International Studies at Macquarie University. His subsequent PhD focused on intercultural language teaching and teacher beliefs.

Scott's research interests lie in the fields of languages education, teacher beliefs and leadership in schools.

Kerry Puzey
Chief Administrative Officer

MBA (in progress), BApp Sc, Dip Man, Cert IV TAE

Kerry supports and develops our Human Resource, Quality Policy and Compliance, and Corporate Administration teams. Bringing a wealth of knowledge and experience in the education, health, and business sectors, with a personal vision of “Inspiring and contributing to humanity through building and renovating teams, people, process and property”, Kerry is passionate about developing and transforming organisations that contribute to improving the human experience from a Christian worldview, which is integral to what Morling does.

When asked what her favourite thing to do is, the answer was a quote from Diane Arbus, “to go where I have never been before.” With so much growth and change happening in and outside of our Morling world, Kerry is working collaboratively with various teams across the organization towards strengthening and building our capacity and resource for the future.

Peter McCrindle
Chief Operating Officer

BEc (Accounting), MA (Christian Studies)

Peter started as General Manager at Morling College in November 2013 after serving more than 10 years in leadership roles in an international development organization. He then became the Chief Operating Officer in 2019. Peter provides effective oversight and leadership of Morling College operations including finance, information and communications technology, property maintenance and development.

Peter is on the executive leadership team and facilitates governance, risk management and strategic planning through the College Board and its subcommittees and as a director of the Morling Foundation and Tinsley Bequest.

David Starling
Vice Principal (Academic) | Dean of Bible and Theology | Lecturer in New Testament

MA, Dip Ed, BTh (Hons), BMin, PhD

David Starling joined the Morling faculty in 2005 and has lectured since then in New Testament, Hermeneutics, Greek and Theology.

He became the Head of Morling’s Bible and Theology Department in 2014, and was appointed as the Chief Academic Officer in 2019. He exercises a senior role in ministry and leadership, overseeing learning, teaching and research across the faculties.

David worked as an English teacher in Western Sydney before completing theological studies and serving as a pastor in Sydney's Inner West. He and his family currently attend Chatswood Baptist Church.

Recent Publications

Reading Ephesians and Colossians (Smyth & Helwys, 2020)

Hermeneutics as Apprenticeship (Baker Academic, 2016)

UnCorinthian Leadership (Cascade, 2014)

Not my People: Gentiles as Exiles in Pauline Hermeneutics (DeGruyter, 2011).

View Publications by David Starling here.

Gayle Kent
Vice Principal (Students and Community) | Lecturer in Pastoral and Practical Studies

BADipEd, GradDip Counselling, MAChrSt, MIntEd (School Leadership), GradCert Professional Supervision (Pastoral)

Gayle joined the Morling team in 2006, serving as the Dean of Students from 2008-2019 before being appointed as the Chief Community Life Officer. Her role involves overseeing our teams who interact with students at all points of their journey at Morling, with a particular focus on student services and student success. She enjoys working with others to develop a welcoming, supportive and transformative community for students and staff. Gayle also lectures in the Pastoral and Practical studies units; drawing on her experience in pastoral ministry and professional supervision. She has a passion for all people to grow together in wisdom, understanding and passion about how God has shaped them and what he has gifted them to do.

Recent Publications

"Adult, Single and Christian: Exploring the Impact of Gender Expectations and Family Roles." In The Gender Conversation : Evangelical Perspectives on Gender, Scripture, and the Christian Life, edited by Edwina Murphy and David Starling, 93-102. Macquarie Park, N.S.W.: Morling Press, 2016.

Out of our Comfort Zones: Connecting transformative pedagogy and intercultural competence in Christian Higher Education Paper Presented at International Conference for Christian Educators BTI, Tauranga NZ 2018

Tim MacBride
Principal | Lecturer in New Testament and Preaching

B.Th.(Hons), M.Th., Th.D., B.Mus., A.Mus.A.

Tim has been on the Bible and Theology faculty at Morling since 2008, lecturing in New Testament and Preaching, as well as serving as the faculty Dean since 2019. He was appointed Principal in 2023. His research interest is in rhetoric - both in the New Testament texts and in contemporary preaching.

Prior to teaching at Morling, Tim was the Associate Pastor at Narwee Baptist Church for 8 years.

Recent Publications:

“Persuasion in Preaching: A Social-Psychological Analysis of the Sermon to the Hebrews” in Showcasing the Psyche in the Bible, ed. Heather A. McKay & Pieter van der Zwan (Sheffield, 2023).

“Imitators of the Lord in Severe Suffering” in Divine Suffering: Theology, History, and Church Mission, ed. Andrew J. Schmutzer (Pickwick, 2023).

“The preacher as tour guide: Becoming better curators of the biblical text.” St Mark’s Review 258 (2021): 36–48.

To Aliens and Exiles: Preaching the New Testament as Minority-Group Rhetoric in a Post-Christendom World (Cascade, 2020).

"Preaching Paul to Australians" in Preaching with an Accent, ed. Ian Hussey (Morling, 2020)

"Aliens and Strangers: Minority Group Rhetoric in the Later New Testament Writings" in Into All The World, ed. Harding & Nobbs (Eerdmans, 2017).

Catching the Wave: Preaching the New Testament as Rhetoric (IVP, 2016).

Preaching the New Testament as Rhetoric: The Promise of Rhetorical Criticism for Expository Preaching (Wipf & Stock, 2014).

timmacbride.com

Aaron Chidgzey
Online Developer and Adjunct Lecturer

BTh (Hons), PhD

Aaron began his undergraduate degree in theology at Vose in 2010 and loved it so much he never left. Even when he worked on his PhD at Murdoch University he was teaching at Vose and was involved in the VET courses. His research focuses on the resurrection of Jesus, the thought of Wolfhart Pannenberg and N.T. Wright, and has recently expanded into church history.

Amanda Tan
Senior Student Services Officer

MEd, Dual Diploma in Vocational Education and Training, Cert IV TAA, GradDipEd (Primary), BA (Journalism)

Amanda has been at the Vose Campus since early 2019 and has the privilege of journeying with students from the moment they enquire about a course, begin their application process and then throughout the highs and lows of studying.

Ana Gusso
National Director of Marketing

B Public Relations, M Social Communication/Marketing

Ana has been at Morling since 2018 where she helps people find the right pathways to further equip themselves for whatever God has called them to.

Anastasia Broadbent
Library Branch Manager (WA)

BA (English)

Ana started with us in 2021 as our Library Officer in Perth. She has experience in a range of occupations working as a library officer in various schools, video editor, pottery assistant, pharmacy assistant and working in the health food industry.

Andre Kurniawan
Director of Student Services

BA, DipB, GradCertBus

Andre joined the Vose Campus in early 2019 as Director of Student Services, and was appointed the national position after the merger. Andre's role is to improve the operational structures, data management and the student life cycle and educational experience for the students of Morling.

Andre worked in the higher education sector for 6 years prior to starting this role at the Vose Campus, in student services, admissions and student recruitment.

Andrea Moore
Counselling Lecturer

MCouns; BChrStud; AssocDegTheol

Andrea joined the faculty in 2021 and lectures in Group Dynamics and Facilitation, and Mental Health Management. In addition, she delivers Mental Health First Aid for Morling on behalf of Mental Health First Aid Australia.

In addition to lecturing, Andrea works as counsellor and neurofeedback clinician in private practice. She has previously worked as a pastor and school chaplain.

Andrea is a graduate of Morling College. She lives on the South Coast with her husband Dean and they have three adult children.

Andrew Sloane
Lecturer in Old Testament and Christian Thought

M.B.,B.S. (Hons 2A), B.Th. (Hons 1), Dip.Min., Th.D.

Andrew was appointed Lecturer in Old Testament and Christian Thought in 2002. He teaches in the areas of integration of faith and work, OT exegesis (Genesis, Deuteronomy, 1&2 Samuel, Ezekiel, Psalms), OT interpretation, philosophy of religion and bioethics. Andrew qualified in medicine and practiced briefly as a doctor before going into Baptist ministry. Prior to moving to Morling, he taught at Ridley College in Melbourne (1996–2002). He has published in Old Testament and hermeneutics, ethics, philosophy, and theology.

Recent Publications:

Vulnerability and Care: Christian Reflections on the Philosophy of Medicine (London: Bloomsbury T&T Clark, 2016)

 At Home in a Strange Land: Using the Old Testament in Christian Ethics (Peabody: Hendrickson, 2008)

Tamar's Tears: Evangelical Engagements with Feminist Old Testament Hermeneutics (Eugene, OR: Pickwick, 2012) - editor

Andrew’s current research focuses on matters relating to theology of medicine, the integration of faith and work, and philosophical theology.

View further information about Andrew Sloane’s research.

Angelo Gratsounas
Chair of Morling College Board

Angelo has served as the senior pastor of Narwee Baptist Church for almost 25 years serving a growing multi staff church ministering to close to 1000 people.

Angelo rejoined the Morling College Board in 2022 after a mandatory year break from service after three terms. Angelo also serves on the board of Christian Growth Ministries and the Narwee Area School Scripture Board he was also a previous Chair of the Peakhurst Area School Scripture Board.

Ansu Conradie
Library Casual (WA)

Library Casual (WA)

BSc, GradCertDiv

Ansu loves God and serving others. The library is one of her favourite places in the world. She also really enjoys the beach and taking her dog for a walk there as often as she can.

Anthony Petterson
Lecturer in Old Testament and Biblical Hebrew

BSc, BD (Hons), BMin, PhD

Anthony Petterson joined the faculty at Morling College in 2006 as a Lecturer in Old Testament and Hebrew. Anthony teaches Old Testament Foundations, Old Testament Prophets and Writings, and various Old Testament exegesis subjects. He is currently writing a commentary on the first six minor prophets. He is the course advisor for MDiv, MMin, GradDipDiv, GradCert students.

Anthony was pastor of Hornsby Heights Baptist Church from 1999-2002, and associate pastor of Grosvenor Road Baptist Church in Dublin, Ireland, from 2002-2006. During his time in Ireland, he also completed a PhD through Queen’s University Belfast.

Recent Publications:

His publications include Behold Your King: The Hope for the House of David in the Book of Zechariah (LHBOTS), a commentary on Haggai, Zechariah & Malachi (Apollos), study notes on Haggai and Zechariah for the NIV (Zondervan) Study Bible edited by Don Carson, and study notes on the Twelve Minor Prophets in the Grace and Truth Study Bible edited by Albert Mohler. His ongoing research interest is in the Book of the Twelve Prophets.

Other publications: https://morlingcollege.academia.edu/AnthonyPetterson

Anthony Mak
E-Learning Developer

E-Learning Developer

MSc(CompSc) 

Anthony started at Morling in December 2020. He has over 10 years of e-learning development experience. Anthony's role is to design and develop online learning resources and Moodle-based e-learning activities. He also work along with the Morling Online team to design and implement educational scaffolding strategies and create authentic learning experiences.

Anusha DeSilva
Executive Assistant - Academic Leadership

Benedict Teo
Human Resources Officer

Human Resources Officer

Diploma of Business Management (Specialisation: International Business & Human Resource Management), Bachelor of Commerce (Major: Management & Human Resource Management), Master of Human Resources & Employment Relations

Benedict's approach to the HR function mirrors his approach to life - "... to glorify God, and to enjoy Him forever". He is committed towards adding value to the staff and students at Morling College and desires to create and maintain a workplace where God is glorified and God's people can enjoy the work God has placed them in. 

Beverley Moore
Member of Morling College Board

Dr Beverley Moore is an Academic appointed member; Former Head of the School of Mathematical Sciences, (University of Technology Sydney) and currently Treasurer, Ashfield Baptist Church, NSW.

Billie Klein
PA to the Principal

PA to the Principal

Brian Harris
Adjunct Lecturer

BSocSc, BTh, BTh (Hons), MTh, PhD

Brian has pastored churches in South Africa, New Zealand and Australia, and has also been involved in theological education in each of these countries. He was the Principal of Vose Seminary, in Perth Australia from 2004 - 2020. Brian has served on the board of several Christian schools including the Western Australian and National Council of Christian Schools Australia. Brian is in demand as a speaker and teacher. His PhD has been published by Mellen Press, and he has written numerous articles in both scholarly and popular journals, and well as contributing chapters to several books.

Brian Powell
Member of Morling College Board

Brian is currently part-time Transition Pastor at Heathcote Engadine Baptist Church, NSW. This is his fifth interim Pastor role since he finished up on the faculty of Morling College. He is a member of the interviewing panel of the Committee for the Ministry and of the Divorce Sub-Committee of the same body.

Caleb Gomez
Communications Officer

Communications Officer

Bachelor of Arts (Communications), MTS (in progress)

Caleb started with Morling since 2021 as a content creator and has since become our Communications Officer. He is passionate about creativity, story-telling and people. He has worked as an Associate Editor, created across various mediums and is currently pursuing a Master of Theological Studies at the Perth Vose Campus.

Cherie Macchiusi
Initial Teacher Education Coordinator

Initial Teacher Education Coordinator (WA)

Grad Dip Div, Bachelor of Education, Diploma of Teaching (Prim)

Cherie is the Initial Teacher Education Coordinator in Perth for the Faculty of Education at Morling College. Cherie has worked for many years as a Primary Teacher, primarily in Christian schools. She was Principal of what is now Fremantle Christian College. She has worked in the area of Initial Teacher Education for some years for both Murdoch University and Edith Cowan University - teaching Humanities & Social Sciences (HASS), Maths and Science.

In addition to primary teaching, Cherie has worked in the areas of Events Management, Promotion, and training in Leadership, Relationships and Parenting.

She is married to Carlo and has two adult children who both live in Perth.

Cherie Hounslow
Future Student Officer (Sydney Campus)

Cherie Hounslow
Future Student Officer (Sydney Campus)

Future Student Officer (Sydney Campus)

Bachelor of Design Studies, Diploma of Christian Studies

Cherie's deep love for people sees her providing administrative support as a Future Student Officer at Morling. Studying a Master of Ministry, Cherie is passionate about serving God in all ways, including enquiries and paperwork.

Christine Mao
Chaplaincy and Spiritual Care Lecturer

Chaplaincy and Spiritual Care Lecturer

BA/BSW, MDiv, Grad Cert. Pastoral Supervision

Christine joined Morling College as a Chaplaincy and Spiritual Care Lecturer in 2023. She has been working at the Prince of Wales hospital as a chaplain since 2006. Christine also works as a pastoral supervisor, valuing the opportunity to offer a space to reflect for those involved in Christian ministry.

Christine has experience serving full time with her husband in the local church context for over a decade. Additionally, Christine has worked as a Personnel Manager with Interserve Australia offering member care to overseas ministry workers. As an Australian-born Chinese, Christine has a keen awareness of the cultural dynamics and nuances in ministry, systems and individuals.

Christine initially trained as a Social Worker and worked at the Royal Prince Alfred hospital for 4 years prior to completing an MDiv at the Sydney and Missionary Bible College.

Courtney Patten
Adjunct Lecturer

Adjunct Lecturer

AssocDegDramArt; BChrStud; MTS

Courtney has enjoyed a number of years of study in both the acting and theology spaces, and looks forward to continuing her academic pursuits by engaging in PhD research in the coming years. Her hope is to eventually be employed in a more full-time lecturing capacity, to invest more in the major contribution that lecturers play in the formation of each new generation of students. She enjoys the intersection that can be found between theology and performance in the preaching subjects, and finds a lot of satisfaction in being able to offer advice to emerging preachers about avenues for enhancing their communication skills.

Daniel Ratinac
Casual IT Assistant

Casual IT Assistant

Current student of Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)

Daniel joined the Morling team in 2022 to assist the full-time IT staff with general IT administration while providing AV support for internal and external events.

David Cohen
Director of Research

Director of Research and Lecturer in Hebrew Bible and Language

DipT., BEd., BD (Hons), GradDipTh, MA(Th), PhD

David was the Head of the Department of Biblical Studies on the Vose campus from 2004 as well as lecturer in Hebrew Bible and language. At the beginning of 2022, David was appointed Director of Research, which he has taken on in addition to his lecturing. 

David is also the Head of Bible and Languages for the Australian College of Theology which offers him the opportunity to see what is happening in this area of teaching across the consortium.

Recent Publications:

‘Getting to the Heart of the Matter – A Lamentable Situation’ in Michael Parsons (ed.), Text and Task: Scripture and Mission (Carlisle: Paternoster, 2005) 50-63.

‘A Prophet in Motion’ in David J Cohen and Michael Parsons (eds.) On Eagles’ Wings (Eugene, Oregon: Wipf and Stock, 2008).

‘Praying the Lament Psalms’ in J. Harold Ellens (ed.), Healing Power of Spirituality and Religion (Westport, Connecticut: Praeger Publishers, 2009).

‘Journey to the center of the heart: Psalm 19 as transformance in David J Cohen and Michael Parsons (eds.), In Praise of worship: Text and practice (Eugene, Oregon: Wipf and Stock, 2009).

Beyond 400: Exploring Baptist Futures, David J Cohen and Michael Parsons (eds.) (Eugene, Oregon: Wipf and Stock, 2010).

“Possession is Nine-Tenths of the Law: Psalm 24, the Environment and Human Responsibility.” Torch Trinity Journal 14, no. 1 (May 2011): 23-37.

Why O Lord? Carlisle, U.K.: Paternoster Press, 2013.

“Biblical Studies— Whence and Where?” in Nathan Hobby, John Olley and Michael O’Neil (eds.), Vose Seminary at Fifty, pp. 161-174 (Preston, Victoria: Mosaic Press, 2013).

“At the Edge of the Precipice: Psalm 89 as Liturgical Memory.” Paradosis 2 (2015): 127–144.

Praying Lament Psalms: The Psychodynamics of Distress. Paternoster biblical monographs. Bletchley, Milton Keynes: Paternoster, 2016.

“An Encounter with Midbar as Liminal Space and the Enigma of Mosaic Leadership.” In Essays on Moses from Buenos Aires: Moses in Three Traditions and in Literature, edited by John Tracy Greene, 133–150. 1st Unabridged edition. S.l.: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2017.

“Why O Lord? Lament as a window to the human experience of suffering” in Finding Lost Words: The Church’s Right to Lament, G. G. Harper and K. Barker (eds.), 176-192. ACT Monograph Series, Eugene: Wipf & Stock, 2017.

“Using the Psalms in Ministry,” Crucible: Theology and Ministry 8.2, November (2017).

Co-authored with Erin Martine Sessions “Psalms are the Manna of the Church: Preaching the Psalter to Australians”, Ian Hussey (ed.), 103-124. Sydney: Morling Press, 2019.

———. “The Goldilocks Planet: When it’s just not right.” In Beyond Four Walls: An exploration of being church, edited by Michael D. O’Neil and Peter Elliott 176-192. Eugene, Oregon: Wipf and Stock 2020.

Forthcoming publications:

———. “Discovering Jesus in the Psalms: Early Christian reception of the Psalms as messianic texts.” In Afterlives: Jesus in Global Perspectives, edited by Gregory C. Jenks. Westar Studies Series, Eugene: Wipf and Stock, 2021.

David Lakos
Pastoral Group Individual Supervisor

David Nockles
Adjunct Lecturer

David Lakos
Pastoral Group Individual Supervisor

Pastoral Group Individual Supervisor

Bachelor of Arts with Honours, Bachelor of Theology, Diploma of Arts, Clinical Pastoral Education, Graduate Certificate in Professional Supervision

At the end of 2022, David retired after 35 years of ordained Anglican ministry in Sydney— 23 years in local churches, and 12 years as a hospital chaplain and coordinator of a large volunteer team. He is now serving in pastoral care ministry in his local church. He also has 10 years’ experience providing professional supervision to pastors, chaplains, and pastoral care workers. David is married to Jennie, with 3 adult children and 2 granddaughters.

David Nockles
Adjunct Lecturer

Adjunct Lecturer

BA, Dip.Ed., MEd, EdD, MACE, MACEL, AFIAM, MAICD, HFTGN

Dr David Nockles is only the third Headmaster of Macarthur Anglican School in its 40 years history. He took up the position in January 2009 following seven years as Deputy Headmaster of the School.

Born in Johannesburg, South Africa he migrated to Australia with his family at the age of fourteen. He attended Trinity Grammar School and then Sydney University, studying a Bachelor of Arts majoring in History and Geography and a Diploma in Education.

Dr Nockles holds a Master of Education degree with First Class Honours for his dissertation on research examining ‘Parent Perceptions of Effective Schooling’. His interest in Effecting School and Improving Schools continued as he achieved a Doctorate in Education, with a thesis on ‘Student Perception of Effective Schooling’. Dr Nockles has been a keynote speaker at several international conferences.

He began his teaching career at Broughton Anglican College, before becoming Head of Geography at Trinity Grammar School, Summer Hill where he also held the positions of Housemaster and Master-in-Charge of Soccer Football. Dr Nockles was also a Major in the Australian Army Cadet Corps, holding posts as Second in Command of the 450 strong Cadet Unit at Trinity and then some time as Chief Instructor for various Officer of Cadet courses.

As a contributor to the broader educational community, Dr Nockles has been Chair of both the New Anglican Schools Sports Association and the Association of Independent Co-educational Schools. He also serves on the Association of Heads of Independent Schools Australian (NSW Branch) Academic Committee and is the current Treasurer and Secretary. He is a member of the Independence Schools National Partnership Management Council, a body of the Association of Independent Schools, overseeing the new Federal Government funding distribution set up under the COAG National Partnership scheme, as well as a member of Independent Schools Teacher Accreditation Authority Council. Dr Nockles is a member of the Australia College of Educators and a member of the Australian Council for Education Leaders. He is also on the board of the federated Anglican Schools Australia.

Dr Nockles has been a member of the Sydney Diocese Synod for twenty one years and has been a member of the Standing Committee for eleven years.

David Sullivan
Dean of Residents

Dean of Residents

David held numerous leadership positions in the Charitable and Community sectors over the past 25 years, and prior to that, worked as a commercial radio producer. His specialisation is Communications with a focus on Community Relations, Marketing and Fundraising.

In recent years, after concluding as CEO of Coeliac Australia, David commenced studies in theology at Morling College. This time of career transition led him into a role as Residential Manager at MRC and then to his current role as Interim Dean of Residents.

David believes in collaborative and enabling leadership and the importance of encouraging and nurturing the interests, strengths and gifts of residents and team members alike.

“I love the cultural and social diversity of the MRC community and I think my work and life experience can add value and enable me to invest in a meaningful way in the lives of the extraordinary young people in our vibrant community.”

Diane Porter
Adjunct Lecturer

Adjunct Lecturer (Counselling)

B.Min, M.Couns.

Diane commenced her association with Morling College in 1995 when she studied a Diploma of Theology. She went on to study a Bachelor of Ministry followed by a Master of Counselling which she completed in 2011.

Diane’s academic teaching involvement at Morling has been as a tutor for five years in the foundational counselling subjects - Therapeutic Communication Skills and Counselling Theory and Practice, and more recently as an adjunct lecturer teaching Counselling and Theology (Reflection and Integration).

Diane has a mission background serving in Lima, Peru for 6 years from 2002 to 2008. She is currently working in private clinical counselling practice with individuals and couples, reaching out to Canberra and regional NSW. She also works as a volunteer with a mission organisation providing pastoral care and debriefing for Missionaries in their field of service.

How do you see the Morling values reflected in your role at Morling?

My long association with Morling as a student and more recently as a tutor and lecturer has impacted my own journey of transformation through studying the Bible and training for ministry. In my role as adjunct lecturer straddling the bridge between both of my passions, counselling and theology, I am privileged and thankful to be a member of this team to see future generations of counsellors equipped to witness Christ wherever God leads them.

Edwin J Boyce
Adjunct Lecturer

Adjunct Lecturer

OAM, BA, MEd [Syd], PhD [Alberta], FACE , FACEL

Ted has always enjoyed his role as a teacher in schools, churches and universities. This teaching role included his experience as a university lecturer at Macquarie University, the University of Sydney and the University of Western Sydney as well as in Canada. Ted was a visiting scholar and professor at Regent College, Vancouver, for 13 months in 1983/84. Since 1985 Ted has been Principal of Pacific Hills Christian School, Dural in the northern suburbs of Sydney, and is currently also Executive Principal of Pacific Coast Christian School, Pacific Hope School, Pacific Valley Christian School, Valley Hope School on the far north coast of New South Wales, and Pacific Brook Christian School in Muswellbrook. He believes that God and His Word should form the basis of Christian educational thinking and practice and that Christian education should be distinctive as a representation of the grace and truth of God.

Ted was the first principal of the Institute of Christian Tertiary Education, which later became Southland College and then the Faculty of Education at Morling College. Ted has also been  a lecturer at Macquarie University, the University of Alberta Canada, a Professor at Regent College, a part time lecturer at Sydney University, the University of Western Sydney and Principal of a Christian School for more than 35 years.

Elizabeth Hutchison
Adjunct Lecturer

Elizabeth Hutchison
Adjunct Lecturer

PhD (Education) Candidate, Master of Education (Leadership), Bachelor of Education (Physical Education)

Elizabeth has been a teacher and leader in Christian education since 1990. Her diverse experiences include teaching several key learning areas, and a wide range of ages including Preschool PE, Primary French, Secondary English, and adult professional learning. As well as having experiences teaching in three K-12 schools in NSW and Queensland, Elizabeth taught at an outdoor education camp, on a missionary ship, in a French senior high school, and in an International Christian School in Hong Kong. She values Christian education, teaching and learning, mentoring, and curriculum development. Elizabeth enjoys fine-tuning systems, and supporting others to see individuals and groups grow.

Elizabeth received a bachelor of education in Physical Education and Health degree from University of Newcastle, NSW; she earned a master’s in educational leadership, through Morling College; and she is at the tail end of her PhD, which she is studying through the University of Newcastle. Her research topic looks at the leadership landscape relating to women in Christian Schools globally. Her leadership experiences include being a Stage Coordinator, House Mistress, Administrative Coordinator, Educational Coach, General Executive Member, Academic Dean, and Dean of Curriculum and Instruction.

Ella Broadbent
Library Casual (WA)

Library Casual (WA)

Completing Bachelor of Arts (English Literature)

Ella started at Morling in 2022 as part of the Library team that supports the Heather and Noel Vose Library in Perth. She is also working as a pharmacy assistant while continuing to study. She loves reading, going out for great food and walking at the beach.

Emma Wylde
Adjunct Lecturer

Emma Wylde
Adjunct Lecturer

Adjunct Lecturer

Master of Counselling Practice, Bachelor of Social Science in Counselling, TRE® Provider.

Emma is new to Morling College as an adjunct lecturer in 2023. With a background in education and the arts Emma has facilitated learning in a wide range of subject areas, working to create safe, creative spaces for reflection and growth. As a passionate people-helper, pivoting to study and work in counselling has been a seamless, joy-filled transition.

After pastoral care and counselling in the aged care sector, she now operates a growing private practice working with individuals, couples, families, and adolescents. Emma is a member of the ACA and is registered as a Provider with TRE Australia (Tension/Trauma Release Exercises).

Erwin Tampubolon
Senior Systems Administrator

Senior Systems Administrator

B-IT

Erwin started at Morling at the end of July 2019. He is part of the IT team, and looks after the campus' Information Technology scope. IT has always been his work environment.

Eva Hoek
Events Coordinator

Events Coordinator

Bachelor Archaeology

Eva oversees the organisation of all events in and around Morling College, helping facilitate the knowledge in the building being shared with the community around us. Eva joined us at the beginning of 2021 and is currently working on a Master's in Christian Studies.

Graeme Dunkley
Lecturer in Missions

Lecturer in Missions

Cert IV TAA, B.Eng. B.Th. MA Min

Graeme joined us in 2020 to lecture in Mission. He was Associate Pastor at Nowra Baptist before serving in ministry for a number of years in the Middle East. Graeme has also pastored other churches and worked in other roles in Mission agencies.

Graeme Chatfield
Member of Morling College Board

Graeme has pastored churches in NSW, lectured Church History and Baptist Distinctives at Morling College, and Historical Theology internationally with TCMI in Europe and Eastern Europe. Currently, he is a member at Thornleigh Community Baptist Church and assists training pastors in Africa and writing for the BWA Heritage and Identity Commission.

Hannah Moore
Receptionist and Administrative Assistant

Perth Receptionist and Administrative Assistant

DipFashion, DipBus

Hannah joined the team at Vose Campus in early 2019 and brings serious administration skills and a warm presence to the front desk. Hannah is the welcoming face of Morling Perth and contributes to marketing, website design, event planning and general administration.

Helen Blanch
Member of Morling College Board

Helen Blanch currently serves as the Senior Consultant for The Excellence Centre (the Professional Learning Ministry of Pacific Hills Christian School, Sydney) and the Director of Education and Leadership for New Hope International. She is an elder at Riverstone Baptist church, Sydney.

Helen’s calling is to equip Christian teachers to be effective teachers and leaders in the context of Christ-centred learning communities both in Australia and developing countries. She is passionate about inspiring and equipping teachers to be deeply immersed in the Biblical story so they may embrace and practice a Gospel-shaped education that meaningfully engages with young people in their cultural context and reaches out into their communities. In her roles, she authors materials and articles and train teachers and leaders in Christian Education both in the context of leadership and the educational task.

Helen Tian
Salesforce Project Support Officer

Master of Software Engineering; Bachelor of Computer Science

Helen grew up in China and is in her 18th year in Australia. She is married and has a daughter and many children at church. She loves cooking, bushwalking, badminton, reading, trying new things, and meeting new people. Helen is an evangelist and an IT person and enjoy her time in both ways.

Iain Skinner
Quality and Compliance Advisor

Quality and Compliance Advisor

PhD, Bachelor of Science (Honours), Senior Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA)

Iain came out of retirement to join the Morling team in 2022 and works to formalise institutional policies and practices. He previously spent decades in academic administration at UNSW where he also taught professional ethics to engineering students, although his actual expertise is with optical fibres, lasers (e.g. NBN) etc.

Jacqueline Azize
Adjunct Lecturer

Adjunct Lecturer

Master of Clinical Counselling, Grad Dip Counselling, Grad Dip Religious Education, Bachelor of Education (Primary).

My original training is in primary education and I have taught in various Sydney Catholic Schools (SCS) for more than 16 years. My passion is working with children and adolescence, especially those who present with mental health issues. In 2010, I began my counselling journey and have worked as a school counsellor since 2013.

I am currently working at LaSalle Catholic College in Bankstown as the College Counsellor. Over the years I have trained in Creative Therapies such as Sandplay and Art Therapy and continue to incorporate these therapies into the counselling work I do at LaSalle.

My Christian faith and the values Morling College espouses underpin the work that I do as a College Counsellor. Working with young people who present with varying mental health issues and helping them to become self-aware regarding their own “personal, spiritual and social identity” is a humbling and rewarding experience.

James Dean
Adjunct Lecturer

Adjunct Lecturer in Counselling

Master of Counselling, Master of Business (Personal Injury), Paramedic

James has worked in health services for more than 30 years with a desire to help others to help themselves. As an Exercise Physiologist and Paramedic, he worked (mostly) on the physical side of people’s health. In moving to the role of Counsellor his focus shifted to the mind of his clients and so he feels that he has a good handle on supporting the ‘whole, integrated person’. James has worked as a Counsellor in a number of settings, and he now enjoys his private practice work - specialising in trauma informed psychotherapy and couples therapy.

James has been married for 30+ years and both he and his wife are actively involved in marriage ministry in their church. Their 3 adult children are all married and last year they welcomed their first grandchild. James loves giggles and cuddles with their newest family member!

His interests include classic motorcycles, scuba diving, and the Sydney Swans. He is also a bit of a geek as he has been building/fixing computers since he was 11 and he loves playing board games.

James enjoys lecturing in Legal, Ethical and Cultural Factors in Professional Practice and he is a tutor in Therapeutic Communication Skills.

Serving at Morling College gives James the opportunity to immerse himself in the things that he loves about this life – God, faith, people, teaching & learning. He especially loves being present in that moment when someone ‘gets it’ and they just know that counselling is where they belong.

James Kim
Member of Morling College Board

James is an Accredited Baptist Minister and is presently the lead pastor of HOME Church. James has been serving on the Morling College Finance Sub-Committee since July 2021. James also works co-vocationally in one of the world’s largest financial institutions.

Jane Stergio
Accounts Officer

Accounts Officer

Bachelor of Science, Advanced Diploma of Business Analysis

Jane's role is to assist in keeping the financial accounts in good order, which she has been doing at Morling since 2019.

Janine van der Kooy
Library Technician (WA)

Janine van der Kooy
Library Technician (WA)

Library Technician (WA)

Bachelor of Applied Science (Interior Design), Master of Information Management

Janine commenced as a Library Technician at the Vose Campus Library in 2023, after a hiatus of 20 years from library work to look after her family. She has 6 years of experience as a librarian in public and special libraries, primarily in government and health settings in WA and the UK.

Jeanette Rigley
Adjunct Lecturer

Adjunct Lecturer in Counselling

Master of Counselling Practice, Graduate Certificate Professional Supervision, Graduate Certificate Spiritual Direction, Bachelor Counselling

Jeanette is a clinical and pastoral supervisor, counsellor, spiritual director, and training facilitator who has worked with people for many years in both secular and church settings. Jeanette began work with Morling College in 2019 providing supervision, and most recently as an Adjunct Lecture in the Master of Counselling. Jeanette is also a pastor at Living Grace Dianella Church of Christ, and a founding member of The Anchorage Collective.

She was raised in a ministry home, growing up in the church, and developing her own relationship with God through the many different experiences of her life. Jeanette is passionate about helping people live the life they choose to its full potential - through the sharing of stories and meaningful relationships, in both professional and personal settings.
In addition, Jeanette is a very proud mother and grandmother who enjoys regular camping with family and friends, and experiencing the diversity of our beautiful world through travel.

Jenn Pearson
Adjunct Lecturer

Adjunct Lecturer

M A (Pastoral Care), Grad Dip Ed

Jenn’s involvement with Morling commenced in 2020 following 15 years of ministry as a Chaplain in various Christian organisations, including BaptistCare.

After years of offering pastoral care as a primary/infant teacher and the mothering of four sons, including one who lives with an intellectual disability, Jenn moved into church based pastoral ministry roles and completed a Master of Arts in Pastoral Care through the Australian College of Ministries (ACOM/)/Sydney College of Divinity).

Now a ministering person in Churches of Christ NSW, and missionally active in her local faith community, Jenn is presently working as a Chaplain, offering religious and spiritual care, within RSL LifeCare.

In 2015 Jenn began training in Spiritual Direction, and counts it a privilege to offer spiritual companionship to a number of women and Morling students. Jenn is currently completing a Graduate Diploma in Spiritual Direction at Tabor College.

Together with her husband, Jenn also enjoys loving and caring for her 7 grandchildren and keeping fit at the gym.

Jenny Perchman
Lecturer

Lecturer (Counselling)

M.Couns, Grad Dip Couns, Grad Dip Spl Ed & Psy Ed, H/Dip Ed, BA (English History)

Jenny commenced at Morling College in 2018 lecturing in the Master of Counselling course in the areas of Interpersonal Counselling and Relationship & Family Counselling. This position enables Jenny to combine her training and expertise as an educator with her passion and expertise in counselling.

Jenny is a clinical counsellor, supervisor, and educator. Having originally trained as a high school English and History teacher, she has worked in secondary and tertiary educational settings. Jenny has also worked for several years with Salvos Counselling as a counsellor and trainer developing a broad range of expertise in working with a variety of client groups and mental health presentations. Jenny specialises  in providing couple and family therapy and is currently undertaking further training in this area. She maintains a busy private practice at the EZRA Counselling Centre where she also provides clinical and pastoral supervision

How do you see the Morling values reflected in your role at Morling?

Jenny is thankful for the way in which Morling gives her the opportunity to assist students to become reflective, relational, and ethical practitioners who can integrate both their faith and professional practise.

Jess Eversen
Quality & Compliance Officer

Quality & Compliance Officer

Bachelor of Arts (Biblical Studies); Bachelor of Legal Studies

Jess has worked numerous contracts for Morling College/Vose/BTC in varying administrative capacities since 2007, including within the Quality, Policy and Compliance and Human Resources teams. Jess and her family served five years with an anti-sex trafficking organisation in the Philippines, before recently resettling in Perth. She is detail orientated and administratively gifted, is passionate about contributing to healthy and sustainable structures that support people to thrive, and desires to put her skills and gifts into Kingdom work.

Jessie Kim
Video Editor

Video Editor

Jill Marland
Casual Admin Assistant

BTh, Diploma of Divinity and Mission, Advanced Certificate in Personnel Management

Jill is currently studying a Masters of Counselling and loves helping people understand themselves better and how God is working in their life.

Jillian MacLachlan
Library Casual (WA)

Library Casual (WA)

Chartered Accountant, Masters in Ministry

Jillian works in the Heather & Noel Vose Library in Perth. She does general duties, such as shelving, covering books etc., and also helps with student enquires.

John Collier
Executive Chair of the Education Advisory Committe

Executive Chair of the Education Advisory Committee

BA., DIP.ED., DIP.BIBL.ST., ED.D., FACE, FACEL.

Before coming to Morling at the beginning of 2022, John was the Head of St Andrew’s Cathedral School and St Andrew’s Cathedral Gawura (Indigenous) School for 12 years and, prior to that, was Principal of a multi denominational Christian School and a Government School, ranging over 31 years of Principalship. He is the chair of the Anglican Education Commission and a member of the Synod of the Sydney Diocese, and a Lay Canon of St Andrew’s Cathedral, a recent past Chair of AHISA (NSW/ACT) and a Fellow of the Australian College of Educators and the Australian Council for Educational Leaders.

For seven years, he Chaired the Academic Committee of AHISA (NSW/ACT),which dealt extensively with the state curriculum authority.

He is a past recipient of the Alan Laughlin Perpetual Award, an Australian College of Educators recognition for outstanding educational leadership and the Principals Australia Institute John Laing Professional Development Award. In 2018, he was awarded the Sir Harold Wyndham Medal for educational leadership, by the Australian College of Educators, the first ever Head of an Independent School to be so honoured.

He is immediate past Chair of the Independent Sporting Association and of the International Baccalaureate Heads’ Association (NSW/ACT). His doctoral studies were in Christian Education, Leadership and the Development of Culture and Ethos and his books, Teaching Well: Insights for Educators in Christian Schools and Better Learning: Trajectories for Christian Educators, are used widely in Anglican and other Christian Schools.

In 2018, his book Pupils, Pimples and Parents: being a prophetic voice to the community as Head of School, was published and widely acquired by NSW Principals.

You can view more abour John and his publications here.

Joverly Damien
Online Administrator

Joverly Damien
Online Administrator

Online Administrator

Master of Business Administration

Joverly is currently pursuing a Master of Creative Industries and Master of Marketing at Macquarie University. Her role as Online Administrator includes managing Moodle and providing student support through the platform.

Judith Wilkinson
Residential Services Officer

Residential Services Officer

CERT 4 YWAM Courses (Evangelism, Leadership, Worship, Performing arts & Event management)

With over 20 years experience in Missions Training & Youth Work, working at Morling Residential College (MRC) was a natural fit for Judith. A love for young people, from varying cultural and spiritual beliefs, and a heart to share and shine Christ's love, it is a privilege to serve with the MRC Team.

Julie Marshall
Adjunct Lecturer

Adjunct Lecturer (CCSC)

B.A. (Ed), M.Couns.

Julie came to Morling in 2020, after lecturing for five years in a Masters of Counselling programme at another Christian college. She teaches Counselling Methodologies and two Trauma units.

Education is one of Julie's passions and she loves the process of learning, both personally, and in the role of educator, where she tries to make learning interesting and exciting! Julie has had a private counselling practice for the past ten years and has worked as a trauma counsellor in Uganda on six different trips there. She enjoys being able to journey, therapeutically with clients, as well as lecture, where she can pass on some of the knowledge and experience she has gained.

Married, with two adult sons, Julie enjoys travelling (when possible), catching up with friends over coffee, and, being a Kiwi, is an avid follower of the All Blacks.

Julie is currently part of a home church, having been a member of larger church congregations with involvement in leading home groups and prayer ministry in the past.

Jesus is the most perfect counsellor and role model for us in the counselling profession, and Morling provides the freedom to weave Christianity and psychology together, throughout the course.

Julie McKay
Clinical Group Supervisor

Julie McKay
Clinical Group Supervisor

Clinical Group Supervisor

Bachelor of Science (Psych)(Hons); Graduate Certificate of Professional Supervision

Julie is a psychologist who has been practicing since 1993, working in NGO’s, schools, counselling agencies and private practice. Julie works with adults, couples, children, adolescents, and families, across a range of presenting issues, utilising a variety of modalities in an integrative approach. Julie also supervises individuals and groups in both clinical and pastoral settings. She is a registered psychologist with AHPRA and a member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS).

Julie joined Morling College in 2023 supervising Masters of Counselling students, and is enjoying becoming part of the process of learning and development of the next generation of counselling professionals as they develop their reflective and ethical practice.

Karen La Motte
Adjunct Lecturer

Adjunct Lecturer

Karen La Motte joined the Morling team in 2019 and has been lecturing Human Development from a Theological Perspective in the Counselling and Chaplaincy faculty. Karen studied a degree in counselling at Tabor College and went on to complete a Master’s degree in Counselling at Excelsia College.

Since 1993, Karen has been involved in pastoral ministry, working for several years as the Associate pastor at a community church south of Sydney. During those years Karen lead and was involved in mission trips to Northern Uganda and the establishment of a hospital, and in Jakarta working in a leper colony and with the families that live in shanty’s alongside the railway lines.

Closer to home Karen has lead teams to Western New South Wales to care for and counsel families struggling due to the drought.

Karen has been a therapist for twenty years and is currently in a private practice in Sutherland and is also employed by Hopefield (previously Southern Community Welfare Gymea) as a generalist therapist and relationship counsellor. Karen has been married for forty years to husband Rod and has two adult children and four grandchildren.

How do you see the Morling values reflected in your role at Morling?

I appreciate the opportunity to teach a course at Morling that reminds me and draws me towards a biblical model of relationship, fully and securely related to others and God, which enables us to become more like Christ.

Karen Siggins
Member of Morling College Board

Karen has been a primary school teacher and has just completed a 16-year role as a pastor of a local church in Western Australia. She has been on the Council of Baptist Churches of Western Australia for ten years, three of which were spent as Chair. Karen also served as the Interim Director of Ministries for Baptist Churches WA, helping to lead the denomination into the strategic appointment of Pastor Victor Owuor who took the role in 2022.

Karen’s personal and professional motivation is the conviction that God’s love transforms our relationships and shapes our actions so that we are called and equipped to work for a better everyday world, particularly for those most vulnerable.

Katherine Lawless
Marketing and Communications Assistant

Marketing and Communications Assistant

Bachelor of Arts (Psychology)

Katherine joined Morling in April 2015. She has worked on reception, in Marketing, as the Event's Manager and a Future Student Advisor, and is now part time as the Marketing and Communications Assistant. Her role is to support the team using her experience and understanding of the College as she creates artwork, updates content and collateral for current and future students of the College.

When she is not at Morling, Katherine is a stay at home mum, caring for her little girl.

Kathy Foster
Adjunct Lecturer

Adjunct Lecturer

DIPTEACH, BED, MED, GRAD CERT DIV

Kathy completed her Master of Education (Special Education) degree at Sydney University in 2003. She has worked for over 30 years in the roles of a General Primary teacher and Support Teacher Learning Assistance in both Primary and High School.
Kathy has also held an executive position in the Special Education area where she worked alongside health professionals. Kathy has worked in both State and Private Schools. Recently she has been a casual teacher at Inaburra and Shire Christian School. Her interest in Special Needs has also lead her into working with students who have ASD. Kathy is keen to attend conferences and workshops which provide quality information regarding students with special needs. Kathy considers that her vast experience in Education provides a realistic approach to supporting students with special needs.

Kerry Todd-Smith
Policy Coordinator

Kerry Todd-Smith
Policy Coordinator

Kirsten Long
Adjunct Lecturer

Adjunct Lecturer

BEd (Prim), Grad Dip Div, MTS (expected completion 2023)

Kirsten has many years of experience in Children and Family Ministry and has served on the Pastoral Team at Wyong Baptist Church for over 9 years. She has contributed to several Children’s Ministry resources and authored two children’s books. In 2024, Kirsten will commence a role as Associate Pastor at Epping Baptist Church.

Kristen Cairns
Director of Morling Online

Director of Morling Online

MBA (in progress), Grad Cert Online Learning (Higher Ed), Dip Man, BEd, Cert IV Applied Languages, 

Kristen has been part of the Morling team since 2015, when she joined us to head up the development and implementation of Morling Online - our first fully online learning program. She is passionate about quality teaching, engaged learning, and leveraging the best of technology... and the boundless potential found where these three areas intersect!

She has over 20 years experience in Online Learning Design and Educational Management, and believes that all students can thrive - given the right learning environment and support. She's also our Zoom guru!

She serves on the Leadership and Worship teams at Rockdale Salvos, and loves reading, crochet, travelling and eating out with friends in her free time. 

Larissa Faichney
Receptionist and Administrative Assistant

Sydney Receptionist and Administrative Assistant

Cert IV Business Management, Cert IV Human Resources, Diploma in Graphic Design, currently completing Cert IV Leadership & Management

Larissa loves anything nature related - going for adventure walks, flowers, and the beach. A good cup of coffee and associated experiences in quirky, fun cafes. Along with spending quality time and celebrating with family and friends, and most importantly being in the presence of our Saviour.

Len Calhoun
Adjunct Lecturer

Len Calhoun
Adjunct Lecturer

Adjunct Lecturer

BPsych, BSpch Comm, MDiv, D.Min (Candidate).

Len comes to Morling with experience as a pastor, chaplain, and counsellor. He has pastored churches in the USA and Australia and has been a chaplain in both hospital and retirement home settings. He has also been a chaplain and is now a counsellor at a C.A.R.E. school for disengaged youth, many of whom have a variety of mental health concerns. Len thoroughly enjoys conversational engagement over deep and meaningful topics, especially those that connect the Kingdom of God to people’s own personal spiritual growth.

Len lives in the Perth area with his wife, 4 school-age children, and Pippin, their beloved Maltese Shih-Tzu. He loves camping and travelling. One of Len’s favourite sayings is from Irenaeus, “The glory of God is man fully alive.” The language is archaic, but this points to the fact that we each display God’s glory as we engage in those things that bring us life.

Linda Corner
Academic Services Officer

Academic Services Officer

Bachelor of Counselling

Linda aims to ensure the students' experience is as hassle free as possible with grace and patience. Linda previously worked in secondary education and various Christian Conference Centres.

Linlin Yang
Senior Academic Services Officer

Bachelor of Art Literature

Linlin joined the Morling team in January 2013. Her main focus is to assist staff and students in all matters related to enrolment, course requirements and academic data management.

Prior to working at Morling, Linlin worked as a High School Program coordinator in an accredited ELICOS college. She is actively involved in ministry with her husband Frank at Chinese Christian Church Milson’s Point.

Liz Crocombe
Counselling and Chaplaincy Administrator

Counselling, Chaplaincy and Spiritual Care Administrator

Liz joined Morling College in October 2013, as administrator for the then Counselling Faculty. When in 2018, the Chaplaincy & Spiritual Care degrees were offered, Liz, along with her colleague Shelley, assumed responsibility of administration for the growing faculty and student body. She is involved with assisting people with their course enquiries, course advising and assisting students, as well as providing administrative support for the faculty members.

Liz originally trained in administrative/secretarial support after leaving school, and has worked in administrative roles prior to and after raising a large family. She commenced studying a Bachelor of Christian Studies with Morling in 2013, added counselling studies in 2016, planning to graduate with a B.CS and Master of Counselling at the end of 2021.

How do you see the Morling Values reflected in your role at Morling?

As Morling seeks to equip students with a Christ-focused, transformative, and caring educational experience Liz delights in serving and supporting both faculty in their roles as educators, and students during their time at Morling.

Lloyd Porter
Campus Director (WA)

Campus Director (WA), Associate Dean of Bible and Theology & Lecturer in Missions

PhD candidate, MA Leadership & Theology, Diploma of Theology (Spurgeon's College UK), Bachelor of Applied Science - Quantity Surveying, Diploma of Architectural Drafting

Lloyd joined Vose Seminary in 2013 as the Director of Missions and was also the Academic Dean at Vose for the last two years prior to the merger. Lloyd is now the Campus Director (WA), the Associate Dean of Bible and Theology with Morling and lectures in Mission.

Lloyd served as a missionary in Russia for 15 years and continues to visit Siberia regularly teaching and training in OM Russia's discipleship training school.

Lonni Aylett
Member of Morling College Board

Lonni attends Chatwood Baptist Church where she is involved in a wide range of church ministry. A financial and investment adviser of 18 years, Lonni has strong interpersonal and analytical skills.

Lonni has skills in investment and risk management, critical thinking and has community group board experience. Lonni has been serving on the Morling College Finance Sub-Committee since July 2021.

Lorenzo Santos
Student Services Officer (Sydney Campus)

Student Services Officer (Sydney Campus)

MEM (current); BSCE

Lorenzo is a detail-oriented Civil Engineer with a strong background in project management and expertise in Salesforce CRM. He is currently pursuing a Master of Engineering Management at Macquarie University, aiming to blend engineering prowess with management acumen. Lorenzo is dedicated to contributing to academic achievement and enhancing student services. With a commitment to efficiency and a solutions-focused approach, he is poised to make a meaningful impact for our students.

Lyndel Chardon
Education Administrator

Administrator - Faculty of Education

Postgraduate Course Advisor

Bachelor of Education (Secondary)

Lyndel started working at Morling College in January 2012 for the Faculty of Education. Lyndel assists and serves students from around the world with their studies at Morling College.

Publications:

Bradley, C., Bradley, K., Dawson-Davis, L. & Harris, N. (1996). Design & Technology. Oxford University Press.

Marc Rader
Lecturer in Bible and Theology

Lecturer in Bible and Theology

Bachelor of Religious Studies (Tyndale), Grad. Dip Arts (History) (Sydney), D.Min (Morling)

Marc was appointed as a part-time faculty member in 2005 and has taught a wide variety of subjects over the last decade. His area of expertise is preaching which was the focus of his doctoral work which he completed in 2013.

Marc is also the senior pastor of Gymea Baptist Church, a large, multi-staff church in Sydney's south where he has been since his arrival from Canada in 1997. 

Recent Publications

"Preaching Wisdom to Australians" in Preaching With An Accent: Biblical genres for Australian congregations, 2019, Ian Hussey (ed.), Morling Press, Sydney

"Looking backward to look forward: Insights from the past for preaching in the future" in Text Messages: Preaching God's Word in a Smartphone World, 2017, John Tucker (ed.), Wipf&Stock, Eugene, OR.

Matt Anslow
Plunge Co-Director

Matthew Holt
Campus Chaplain

Campus Chaplain (Sydney)

Matt joined the team in 2020, having moved across from Western Australia. He draws on a wide range of qualifications and experiences, having spent 12 years working as a Biomedical Engineer in commercial and hospital environments, a couple of years in retail, and about 9 years in pastoral church leadership.

Matt married Esther 19 years ago. And now with four children in tow, Matt and Esther share a passion for pastoral care, and have spent many, many hours between them, caring for and doing life with people of all ages, nationalities and faiths.

Most recently, Matt pastored a growing church in rural Western Australia, where he worked intensively for the healthy integration of the different cultures that called that church their home.

Here at Morling Residential College, Matt sees this place as a remarkable environment in which all kinds of growth and transformation occurs in the residents.  He feels excited and privileged to have the opportunity to form warm and caring relationships with residents as they encounter the challenges and opportunities of tertiary education.

Matt is a passionate musician, he loves to cook, roast coffee, run the espresso machine, build things with his tools, reading, writing, and hanging out with friends.

Matthew Arkapaw
Member of Morling College Board

Matthew Arkapaw is the current Senior Pastor at Mortdale-Oatley Baptist Church and has been a Pastor within the Baptist Association of NSW & ACT since 2003. He has also served on the Baptist Association of NSW & ACT’s Assembly Council..

Meg MacCallum
Residential Service Officer

Residential Service Officer

BA (Honours) and Certificate IV Youth Work

Meg first started cleaning at MRC and then began her administrative role. Meg works on things from reception duties, accounts, applications, resident experience and setting up our software system and loves making the residents feel at home.

Meg Sweeney
Morling Online Administrator

Morling Online Administrator

Bachelor of Christian Ministry, Master of International and Community Development 

Meg is enthusiastic about meeting the needs of the College community in her role as Morling Online Administrator. Having been an online student herself, she is eager to support students and faculty. Meg has a background in International Development and has spent the past few years working for various non-for-profits and NGOs.

Melissa Razey
Adjunct Lecturer

Adjunct Lecturer

BEd Primary (Hons), MEd, PhD, DipBibStudies (Hons), PreThCert, HALT, MACE

Melissa has been involved in the Education sector for over 27 years, and enjoys the opportunity to lead and develop teachers, as well as teach in the classroom with her Year 5 class. After completing her PhD in 2003 on Gender Differentiation in Emergent Literacy, Melissa worked to support teachers in the development of inclusive teaching strategies in Primary schools across NSW. As a Highly Accomplished teacher, she has mentored and supported staff through the processes of accreditation with NESA.
Melissa has worked in both State and Private Schools, and currently serves as Assistant Head of Middle School at Pacific Hills Christian School in Dural, New South Wales. She has a heart for overseas mission, service and teacher training. Melissa has supported and trained teachers in Nepal, Cambodia, Papua New Guinea, Ghana, Nigeria, Tanzania and Moldova. She loves to stand alongside other educators who are faithfully serving Jesus in teaching children and young adults about God’s grace and goodness.

Michael O'Neil
Dean of Strategic Relationships (WA)

Dean of Strategic Relationships (WA) & Lecturer in Christian Thought and History

PhD

Michael has taught Christian Thought and History at Vose Campus in Perth since 2010. He has particular interests in the theology of Karl Barth, theological ethics, and the doctrine and practice of the Christian life. Michael says, “I love the way reading and studying theology has deepened my faith, broadened my vision, enriched my ministry and changed my life. I hope you find that studying theology brings you into closer proximity to and alignment with Jesus.”

Recent Publications

O’Neil, Michael D. & Peter Elliott (eds.), Beyond Four Walls: An Exploration of Being the Church (Eugene, OR.: Wipf & Stock, 2020)

Church as Moral Community: Karl Barth’s Vision of Christian Life, 1915-1922 (Milton Keynes: Paternoster, 2013)

Hobby, N., Olley, J. & O’Neil, M. (eds.), Vose Seminary At Fifty: From “Preach The Word” to “Come Grow” (Melbourne: Mosaic Press, 2013). 

https://theologyandchurch.com/

Michael Kok
Lecturer in New Testament

Lecturer in New Testament

PhD, MA in Religious Studies, BA in Religion and Theology with a Specialisation in Biblical Studies

After serving as an adjunct lecturer and ministry intern in Canada, Michael moved to Perth in 2018 to take up the role of New Testament Lecturer at Vose Seminary. Michael teaches in the area of the New Testament and early Christian history. He supervises research projects, advises undergraduate students in their course pathways, plans student events with the student team, and organises Perth Chapel.

Michelle Liu
National Director of Library Services

Graduate Certificate Project Management, Graduate Diploma Information Systems, Bachelor of Applied Science: Information and Library Studies (Hons – 2nd Upper)

Michelle has a passion for information literacy and loves working with students. She also enjoys spending her time reading, watching movies, going to the gym, and exploring new cafes / restaurants with her family and friends.

Mike Frost
Director of the Tinsley Institute

Director of the Tinsley Institute

DMin, MA, BTh.

Michael Frost is the Director of the Tinsley Institute, the mission study centre he founded at Morling 20 years ago. Michael teaches such units as Missional Leadership, Evangelism Principles, Preaching II, History of Christian Mission, Church Planting, Cultural Exegesis, and the odd NT unit. Michael was also the Vice Principal at Morling for 12 years. He is an internationally recognised missiologist and one of the leading voices in the missional church movement. He is the author or editor of 20 theological books, some of which are required reading in colleges and seminaries around the world, and he is much sought after as an international conference speaker. He is also an adjunct or visiting professor with several seminaries in the USA.

Michael was one of the founders of the Forge Mission Training Network and the founder of the missional Christian community, Smallboatbigsea, based in Manly in Sydney’s north.

Recent Publications:

Jesus the Fool (1994; 2007; 2010)

Longing for Love (1996)

Seeing God in the Ordinary (1998; 2000)

Lessons from Reel Life (2001) co-authored with Robert Banks

Freedom to Explore (2001)

The Shaping of Things to Come (2003) co-authored with Alan Hirsch

Speaking of Mission (2006) - editor

Exiles (2006)

ReJesus (2008) co-authored with Alan Hirsch

The Faith of Leap (2011) co-authored with Alan Hirsch

The Road to Missional (2011)

The Big Ideas (2011)

Speaking of Mission Vol.2 (2013) - editor

Incarnate (2014)

InterVarsity Press (2014)

Surprise the World! (2016)

To Alter Your World (2017) co-authored with Christiana Rice

Keep Christianity Weird (2018)

Not in Kansas Anymore (2020) co-edited with Darrell Jackson and David Starling

Hide This in Your Heart (2020) co-authored with Graham Joseph Hill

Blog at www.mikefrost.net

Monica O'Neil
Lecturer in Christian Ministry and Practice

Lecturer in Christian Ministry and Practice

Doctor of Ministry candidate, MA (Min); Grad Cert Min; Grad Cert Professional Supervision

Monica was the Director of Vose Leadership before Vose merged with Morling, and is now a lecturer in Christian Ministry and Practice. She is an experienced minister, facilitator and strategy consultant, with a demonstrated history of working in professional training and coaching.

Monica is the senior minister at Living Grace Dianella Church of Christ, and she serves on the leadership of Australian Christian Mentoring Network.

Recent Publications

O'Neil, Monica (2021) Tethered between Reality and Aspiration: Grounding and Formative Practices for Australian Leaders in Grounded in the Body, in Time and Place, in Scripture: Papers by Australian Women Scholars in the Evangelical Tradition. Edited by Jill Firth and Denise Cooper-Clarke. ACT Monograph Series. Wipf and Stock

Nali Rajaratnam
National Finance Manager

Bachelor of Business (Accounting), CPA

Nali joined Morling as Finance Manager in November 2016. She believes in the current season of her life, this is where God wants her to be. Nali has previously worked in banking, legal and Real Estate industries in management and senior management positions.

While carrying out her duties as National Finance Manager at the College Nali places importance on the fact, the college exists for the purpose of equipping the students for ministry.

Nerida Halnan
Librarian (NSW)

Library Technician

BA

Nerida started at Morling in 2016 as a casual shelver and has recently joined the library team part time. She works mainly on the new books - buying and processing them, and then putting up displays.

Nicole Starling
Academic Dean

Academic Dean

BA/LLB (Hons), MA(CS), MRes, PhD

Nicole began teaching Christianity in History at Morling in 2014 before joining the Bible and Theology faculty in 2022. She competed her doctorate and post-doctoral fellowship through Macquarie University, researching the relationship between religious belief and enlightenment morality in the Australian temperance movement. Her research is focussed on the history of evangelicalism, Christian social activism and the church in Australia. Nicole is a member of the Evangelical History Association Executive and from 2023 will the Editor of their journal, Lucas.
Nicole was previously a member of the pastoral team at Chatswood Baptist where she continues to serve as a member.

Recent publications:

“‘Victims of Intemperance’: Status Politics and Clerical Drunkenness in the Second-Wave Temperance Societies of Colonial Sydney,” Australian Historical Studies, Vol 53, 1, 2022, 43.

“‘An auxiliary, not an usurper’: John Saunders, Temperance, and Secularisation,” Journal of Religious History 43 (2019): 380–99.

“‘A combination of aristocrats and religionists’? Religion, class and respectability in the Temperance activism of John Saunders,” Lucas: An Evangelical History Review 2.13 (2019): 13–38.

“‘Only Connect’: E. M. Forster, the Bloomsbury group, and the two Marianne Thorntons,” Fides et Historia 49 (2017): 16–35.

Nola Norris
Lecturer and Research Coordinator

Lecturer in Education and Research Coordinator

DipTeach, BEd, MEd, PhD

Nola is Education Research Coordinator in the Faculty of Education at Morling, where she lectures in the Master of Education program. Her interests include learning and teaching, cognition and metacognition, teacher professional development, giftedness, twice exceptionality, and autism/Asperger's syndrome.

After a varied career working in K-12 schools and at university, Nola completed her PhD in 2014. Her thesis title is ‘A new perspective on thinking, memory and learning in gifted adults with Asperger syndrome: Five phenomenological case studies’. Her research utilised neuroscience and autism research to interpret findings from in-depth interviews with gifted adults with Asperger syndrome. Nola’s research led to the development of a conceptual framework for professional development of pre-service and practising teachers to transform understanding of the unique learning needs and strengths of gifted students who have Asperger syndrome.

Prior to working full-time on her doctoral research, Nola was ICT Integration Coordinator at a K-12 independent co-educational school on the outskirts of Sydney, where her role was to work in professional development of teachers across the curriculum in the sound, innovative use of information technologies in the classroom.

Recent Publications

(2011, November 18, 2011 - November 20, 2011). From neuroscience to Multiple Intelligences: Making sense of Asperger syndrome for teachers of mainstream students Preparing 21st Century Minds: Using Brain Research to Enhance Cognitive Skills for the Future: Learning and the Brain, Westin Boston Waterfront Hotel, Boston, MA.

(2012a, October). Learning and memory in gifted young people and adults with Asperger syndrome. Higher Degree Research Conference, University of Wollongong, NSW.

(2012b). Neuroscience, Aspergers and twice-exceptionality: Teacher professional development needed. Proceedings 2011-2012: A bi-annual publication by The Teachers' Guild of New South Wales, 42-44. http://www.teachersguild.nsw.edu.au/proceedings

(2014a, July). The cognitive profile of gifted learners with ASD: Pedagogical implications Aspect Autism in Education Conference, Redfern, Sydney.

(2014b). A new perspective on thinking, memory and learning in gifted adults with Asperger syndrome: Five phenomenological case studies [Thesis, University of Wollongong]. Wollongong, NSW. http://ro.uow.edu.au/theses/4242

(2017a, 18-20 September). Cognitive characteristic of learners with high-functioning autism: Translating neuroscience research for teacher professional learning. Science of Learning Conference, Brisbane.

(2017b, 19 August). Learner characteristics and cognitive profile of students with autism (ASD): A framework of thinking, memory and learning. ACHEA Conference, Alphacrucis College, Parramatta, NSW.

(2018a, 20 April 2018). A new perspective on neurodiversity: Characteristics of people with and without autism within a framework of thinking, memory and learning International Conference for Christian Educators, Mt Maunganui, New Zealand. https://www.bti.ac.nz/uploads/1/1/8/2/118285067/2018_icce_conference_e-book_of_peer_reviewed_papers.pdf

(2018b, 10 August). Personal identity and Asperger syndrome Christian Identity in the Public Arena Conference, Excelsia College, Macquarie Park, NSW.

Norris, N. G., & Dixon, R. (2011). Twice exceptional: Gifted students with Asperger syndrome. Australasian Journal of Gifted Education, 20(2), 34-45. https://search.informit.org/documentSummary;res=IELHSS;dn=063844801735603

Pamela Harvey
Adjunct Lecturer

Adjunct Lecturer, Education

BSC (HONS), CERT ED, MED, PHD MACEL

Pam is passionate about Christian education and over the years has had great satisfaction in helping numerous teachers and pre-service teachers develop a sound philosophy and practice of Christian education. She has been involved in Christian education for over thirty years, working in Australia and Indonesia where she was Head of Curriculum and Primary Education at a Christian university near Jakarta. Since July 2011, when she returned to Australia, Pam has been a valued member of the Faculty of Education at Morling College, firstly, as the Dean, then as Senior Lecturer and now as an Adjunct Lecturer as she transitions to retirement.

Paul Kang
Lecturer in Pastoral and Practical Studies

Lecturer in Pastoral and Practical Studies
Director of Korean Program

PhD, M.Div, M.A., B.A

Paul began to serve Morling College from 2019 as a lecturer in Pastoral and Practical Studies and overseeing the Korean program. Paul was born in South Korea but he grew up in Australia where he finished most of his schooling.

Paul has a diverse ministry and academic experiences having done studies and ministry in Australia, South Korea, and the United States. His doctorate study (Christian Education emphasis) was completed in Talbot School of Theology, in California, United States. Prior to teaching at Morling, Paul was involved with pastoral ministry for over 18 years serving in areas of multicultural ministries (Sri Lanka, Korea) youth ministry, and both young and old adults ministry, and taught Christian education and leadership courses in Torch Trinity Graduate University in Korea (2013 to 2018).

Recent Publications

“Integration of Faith and Learning: Reflections in Christian Education Context”, Theology and Praxis,54, 425-448, 2017.

“Teaching in a world that cries out for authenticity: Reflections on teacher authenticity in Christian education”, Korea Society for Christian Education & Information Technology, 30, 121-141, 2016.

“Teaching for transformation: Exploring potential domains of transformative learning”, Korea Society for Christian Education & Information Technology, 28, 99-125, 2015.

“Perception and Experience of Transformative Learning and Faculty Authenticity among North American Professors of Christian Education”, Christian Education Journal, 10(Fall), 339-359. 2013.

Paul Pickering
Lecturer in Chaplaincy and Spiritual Care

Lecturer in Chaplaincy and Spiritual Care

Master Counselling, Graduate Diploma Individual Psychotherapy and Relationship Therapy, Graduate Certificate Professional Supervision, Bachelor Nursing, Diploma Ministry

Paul is a graduate of Morling college. He has extensive experience in Chaplaincy with a particular interest in Dementia. In 2018 he commenced teaching Palliative and Dementia Care, a unit which he had written. In addition to this, Paul now teaches Biblical and Theological Dimensions of Chaplaincy and Spiritual Care, Human Development and assists in Professional Supervision Intensives. He maintains a private practice in Pastoral Supervision. 

Paul Mosiejczuk
Member of Morling College Board

Paul is a current member of Liverpool Baptist Church with a wide range of ministry experience including pastoral leadership, Board membership of Sowers International Australia Inc. , and cross-cultural work.

Penny Bell
Adjunct Lecturer

Penny Bell
Adjunct Lecturer

Adjunct Lecturer

M. Couns, Ad. Dip. Couns. & Family Therapy, Cert. Supervision (CCAA), Cert IV TAE.

Penny joined Morling College at the beginning of 2019 as a supervisor of students who are in placement.

Penny has been a counsellor in private practice since 2006 and a supervisor since 2013. She trained counsellors at Diploma level with St Mark’s RTO for 6 years and currently teaches Developmental Issues in Counselling at Avondale University College. Penny has also worked at Catholic Care as a counsellor for women experiencing domestic violence.

Penny is a Clinical member and Registered Supervisor with CCAA, and a member of the ACA College of Supervisors.

How do you see the Morling values reflected in your role at Morling?

role is clinical supervisor of students who have received most of their counsellor training already and are now at the very beginning of their professional counselling career. Student counsellor supervision involves support and encouragement as the budding new therapists practice their skills in the community for the first time and, over the year, grow in confidence as they put the benefits of their training into practice. Because I work with the students at the culmination of their study journey I have the priviledge of seeing how well grounded they are in the counselling discipline as a result of Morling’s very balanced integrative approach to navigating the world of counselling as a Christian practitioner. I find it an honour and a joy to be invited into the worlds of these students and travel with them through their practicum year, at the end of which they are fully fledged fellow counsellors. I feel very much as if I am part of a wonderful team of Christian educators who all desire the same thing for the students – to be equipped and ready for their role in the community as very much needed counsellors.

Perry Shaw
Researcher in Residence

Researcher in Residence

BA, BTh, DipEd, MEd, ThM, EdD, FIA

Perry joined the Morling team in 2020. From 1990 to 2019 Perry and his family served as missionaries in the Middle East. During the 1990s Perry was involved in helping in the establishment of extension centres in Syria for the Program for Theological Education by Extension. He then taught at the Near East School of Theology and the Arab Baptist Theological Seminary in Lebanon. At ABTS Perry led the development of a highly innovative curriculum, which has led to a significant role as a faculty development consultant for theological schools across the globe.

Perry has written Transforming Theological Education (translated to French and Spanish) and co-edited Challenging Tradition: Innovation in Advanced Theological Education, and Teaching across Cultures: A Global Christian Perspective, and authored the TEE texts The Art of Teaching (translated to Arabic, Farsi, Armenian, and Urdu) and The Acts of the Apostles (translated to Arabic and Hindi). Perry has published widely in the areas of theological education, higher education, curriculum, teaching methodology, intercultural leadership, and research methodology. For relaxation he likes to drink coffee, play squash, and watch movies – but not at the same time.

Peter Friend
Lecturer in Biblical Languages

Lecturer in Biblical Languages

B.A.Hons (Sydney Uni.), Dip.Ed. (Sydney Uni.), Grad.Dip.Christ.Stud. (Morling College), M.Div (Morling College)

Peter studied his M.Div at Morling, finishing in 2016, with a particular interest in both Old and New Testament studies (including Hebrew and Greek). His background before College was in writing and editing, having worked on a range of book and commercial projects, and as a children's poet and writer. As a writer, Peter is especially inspired by nature, by history, by literature, by the world of the imagination and by biblical theology. He enjoy the outdoors and reading. Peter is also a regular preacher in church.

Recent Publications

What's the Matter, Aunty May?, illustrated by Andrew Joyner (Little Hare Books, 2012), Shortlisted for the Prime Minister's Literary Awards, 2013.

The Cliff Runner (Blake Education, 2013), a children's novel.

Plus seventy or more children's poems and short stories published by the NSW Department of Education in The School Magazine, in various issues 2001 - 2020.

http://facebook.com/peterfriendwriting

Rachel Stuhr
Adjunct Lecturer

Rachel Stuhr
Adjunct Lecturer

Adjunct Lecturer

Master of Divinity

Rachel joined the Morling team as an Adjunct Lecturer in 2023. She has many years of experience in youth ministry, and currently serves as the Youth and Young Adults Pastor in her local church. She is also part of the Baptist Youth Ministries team, where she offers support, training, and resources, particularly to regional youth ministries.

Rebecca Hall
Adjunct Lecturer

Adjunct Lecturer

B.A., Grad Dip Ed., M.A., Certificate of Theology with First class honours, MEd (Leadership)

Rebecca is a passionate and professional Christian educator of over 27 years teaching and leadership experience in a variety of schools in both Australia and the UK. Rebecca currently serves as Principal of Tyndale Christian School in Sydney and believes that through Biblically shaped teaching students learn that life has order, meaning, and purpose. It is her desire that graduating students will apply the peace of Christ to a broken world, redeem that which is right and true in accordance with Philippians 4:8, be transformed into the likeness of Christ and equipped to lead a life of service to others.

Rebecca Brown
Senior Future Student Officer

BTeach(Primary), DipMin

Rebecca started her journey as a full time Morling student in 2019. She now loves to help new students find the right course, navigate the admissions process and get started on their own journey.

Rob Corner
National IT Manager

National IT Manager

Rob has managed IT in the education sector for more than 20 years. He has managed Morling College's amazing IT team since July 2019, overseeing everything technology related across all campuses.

Rob Ferguson
Adjunct Lecturer

Rob Ferguson
Adjunct Lecturer

Adjunct Lecturer

Master of Social Science (Human Services Counselling); Graduate Diploma of Social Science (Couple Counselling); Bachelor of Theology (Honours); Diploma in Ministry; Diploma in Youth Ministry; Graduate Diploma in Education (Secondary)

Rob has spent most of his 30 ordained years as a chaplain in hospital, university, school, and prison settings. Currently he is the Anglican Senior Chaplain for prisons in Victoria, leading a team of chaplains in 20 secure locations including adult prisons, youth detention centres, and deportation centres.

He is a PACFA registered counsellor, specialising in working with couples utilising both Emotion-Focussed Couple Therapy and Gottman Therapy.

Rob also pastors a small congregation in rural Victoria, where he lives on a small acreage with horses, dogs, cows, and a stable of guitars.

Rob’s primary joy is seeing people grow in their faith as they discover their vocation as image-bearers of God. He believes theological education is an important element of many people’s journey in becoming the disciples God has called them to be.

Ross Clifford (AM)
Principal

Ross Clifford (AM)
Principal

Ross Clifford (AM)

Diploma of Law, Diploma of Ministry, Bachelor of Theology (First class Hons.), Master of Arts: Law/Theology, Master of Theology, Doctor of Theology.

Ross Clifford has been Principal of Morling College since 1997. He joined the College faculty as a lecturer in Theology in 1992 after twelve years of pastoral work at South Windsor and Gymea Baptist Churches. Before he entered the ministry he practised law in New South Wales and the Northern Territory. Ross’ focus areas include apologetics, ethics and Theology.

Recent Publications

Taboo or To Do? Is Christianity complementary with yoga, martial arts, Hallowe’en, mindfulness and other alternative practices? (London: Darton, Longman & Todd Ltd, 2017) (Minneapolis: Augsburg Fortress, 2020), Clifford & Johnson

The Cross Is Not Enough (Grand Rapids: Baker Books, 2012), Clifford & Johnson

Apologetic Preaching and Teaching for the Church and the Marketplace (Macquarie Park, NSW: Morling Press, 2011)

“Apologetics, Persuasion, and Pastoral Care” in Tough-Minded Christianity: Honoring the Legacy of John Warwick Montgomery (eds. William Dembski and Thomas Schirrmacher (Nashville: B & H Academic), 2008)

Do-it-yourself: New Age Spirituality” in A Spectator’s guide to World Views: Ten ways of understanding life (Sydney: Blue Bottle Books, 2007)

John Warwick Montgomery’s Legal Apologetic: An Apologetic for all Seasons (Verlag für Kultur und Wissenschaft/Culture and Science Publishers, Bonn, Germany, 2004)

“Reframing a Traditional Apologetic to Reach ‘New Spirituality’ Seekers,” in Encountering New Religious Movements: A Holistic Evangelical Approach (Irving Hexham, Stephen Rost and John Morehead, eds. (Grand Rapids: Kregel, 2004))

Beyond Prediction: The Tarot and Your Spirituality (Oxford: Lion, 2001)

The International Gods of Sport (Sydney: Strand, 1999)

Leading Lawyer's Look at the Resurrection (Sutherland: Albatross Books, 1991)

View Ross Clifford's blog posts here.

Shelley Fairgrieve
Counselling & Chaplaincy Administrator

Counselling & Chaplaincy Administrator

Sophia Suleiman
Content Creator

Sophia Suleiman
Content Creator

Content Creator

Bachelor of Ministry, Diploma in Social and Digital Media Marketing

Sophia creates content to engage our audience and grow our online presence. She has a passion for ministry, theology and learning along with a love for creating clean & polished graphics.

Stephanie Jap
Assistant Accountant

Assistant Accountant

Bachelor of Applied Finance, Bachelor of Professional Accounting

Stephanie joined the finance department at Morling College in April 2016. She completed her degree in Accounting and Finance at Macquarie University in 2012, and has been working in accounting field since then. Having been encouraged by her former CFO, she is currently on her way to finishing the CPA program.

Stephen Fyson
Adjunct Lecturer

Adjunct Lecturer

BA(HONS), MHPED, DIPCS (POST GRAD), PHD, MACE, MCAPS

Stephen has worked in the helping and teaching professions for over 35 years. He has had the privilege of combining his research into how people relate interpersonally, and what that looks like within community, with his work throughout this time. For the last 30 years, Stephen’s focus has been in Christian schooling. In his roles as a Principal, Counsellor and Teacher, Stephen has pursued the themes of belonging, engagement, respect, and the balance of justice and mercy as worship in this context. This has been done with an eye to consider the impact that these relational dynamics have on teaching, learning and serving from a Biblical understanding.

Stephen Bray
Educational Designer

Educational Designer

PhD [Candidate], BEd(AdultEd), BTh, GradCertTheology, GradCertHigherEd, CertIVTAE, MACE

Stephen works alongside academic faculty, designing, developing and delivering online and on campus courses, providing educational and technical expertise, including administering the Morling Online learning management system. In addition, he teaches church history units online and occasionally on campus.

Stephen has academic interests in the history and practice of theological education, ministry formation, and technologically integrated learning. His PhD thesis looks at the study of Christian history as a part of the theological education curriculum, and its capacity to shape Christians for kingdom ministry.

Stephen Walsh
Member of Morling College Board

Steve Sherriff
Property and Maintenance Officer Sydney

Property and Maintenance Officer Sydney

Steve is in charge of general day to day maintenance of buildings and grounds of Macquarie Park campus.

Steve Dixon
Coordinator of Youth Ministry Studies

Coordinator of Youth Ministry Studies

MA(Ministry); MDiv; BIT

Steve commenced on staff at Morling in 2013 and oversees our youth ministry offerings. Steve has a passion to see the local church be effective in its ministry for and with the next generation. Steve also works with the Baptist Association of Churches in NSW and ACT to support and equip churches in their youth adult ministries.

Sylvia Collinson
Member of Morling College Board

Dr Sylvia Collinson (BA Hons, MEd, PhD) came to Morling College in 2003 as Dean of Students and part-time Lecturer in New Testament & Christian Education. Previously she was Vice-Principal at BCSA (Adelaide) and later a P/T lecturer at Vose Seminary (Perth). After retiring in 2013 she commenced the ESL program at Carlingford Baptist where she is currently an elder. Long association with Scripture Union’s ministry in 3 states, and as part of the international team of writers for Bible Reading Guides, she has been strongly influenced in her enduring passion for disciplining others in the faith.

Tracey White
Adjunct Lecturer

Adjunct Lecturer

Master of Narrative Therapy and Community Work, Graduate Diploma of Applied Psychology, Graduate Certificate of Counselling, Bachelor of Arts (Hons Psych)

Tracey joined the faculty of Counselling, Chaplaincy and Spiritual Care at Morling College in 2021 as adjunct lecturer for the Social Research Unit. She brought with her 6 years of prior experience lecturing in a post-graduate, Christian, counselling context having worked as a casual lecturer at Excelsia College. In this role she taught research methods, narrative therapy and acceptance and commitment therapy to counselling students, as well as being involved in course unit development.

Tracey is a professionally registered psychologist with over 20 years’ experience in the field. She spent the first 10 years of her career doing part-time research and part-time counselling. In her research capacity, Tracey was involved in the design and/or conduct of multiple research projects in the areas of peri-natal mental health and women’s health and has published research on the topics of post-traumatic stress after childbirth and routine antenatal psycho-social screening. Clinically, over the course of her career, Tracey has provided psychological assessment and counselling to adults, couples, children and families dealing with issues such as anxiety, depression, trauma, grief, domestic violence, workplace stress and relationship problems in Community Health and Private Practice settings.

Tracey’s work is heavily guided by the Christian principles of caring for, and valuing, people, relationship and community. She has a passion for providing people with opportunities to grow, learn and develop, moving closer to God and becoming the best versions of themselves.

Trevor Wight
Adjunct Lecturer

Adjunct Lecturer (Chaplaincy)

BSocStud; MM; GradDip(ChrStud)

Trevor worked as a social worker/Manager/Director in child, youth and family services for close to 20 years prior to spending 10 years on the pastoral team at Dural Baptist heading up their community services and pastoral care. Trevor started working with BaptistCare NSW & ACT as a Chaplain in November 2011 and spent almost 5 of those years as BaptistCare’s Senior Chaplain.

In January 2018, Trevor was seconded to the role of inaugural Associate Dean for Chaplaincy & Spiritual Care (part time), for a two-year period, while still working for BaptistCare as the Manager, Church Relationships (part time). After successfully leading the establishment of this Graduate award, Trevor has returned to his BaptistCare role, while continuing as an adjunct lecturer.

Viren Singham
Casual IT Assistant

Casual IT Assistant

Completing Mechatronic Engineering and Computer Science Degree at UNSW

Viren joined the Morling IT team in 2022. He currently attends church at Pennant Hills Baptist Church and loves learning about how machines and software work, in order to have the know-how to fix it. With this knowledge, he is sure that he can use it to help you with your IT problems!

Vivian Grice
Adjunct Lecturer

Adjunct Lecturer in Professional Supervision

Bachelor of Arts (Hons), Diploma of Education, Bachelor of Theology (Hons), Diploma of Ministry, Master of Theology, Graduate Certificate Professional Supervision (Pastoral)

Originally trained and working as a secondary teacher in the NSW State system before being called by God into pastoral ministry, Vivian has taught in the professional supervision course at Morling since 2022.

Following ministry training at Morling College, he served in local Baptist churches in NSW for 22 years, before a working in a leadership role with the Baptist Association, focusing on pastoral well-being, resilience and development, from 2006 - 2019. While in that role he helped develop a now growing focus upon the importance of professional supervision for pastoral leadership.

Since concluding the denominational role in Feb 2019, he has been involved in the professional supervision and mentoring of ministers, chaplains and those in denominational leadership from across Australia. He is a member of the Australasian Association of Supervisors (AAOS), and an accredited supervisor with Chaplaincy Australia (CA).

Welina Wei
HR Officer

HR Officer

Bachelor of Commerce (Major: Financial Accounting & Corporate Finance), Master of Human Resources & Employment Relations

Welina is enthusiastic about developing innovative processes that are aligned with the needs of the organization and its people. With a heart for understanding and helping people, along with a background in finance and client management, Welina is looking forward to continuing the development of Morling as an engaging workplace that is both productive and sustainable. 

Wendy Noble
Academic Tutor

Academic Tutor

BA, GradDip TESOL, GradDip Christian Studies (ongoing), PhD Applied Linguistics

Wendy started at Morling in 2020 as our Academic Tutor. Her role is providing academic writing support for Morling students on campus and online. She has the delightful task of helping students to ‘find their voice’ in a sea of other voices they will encounter on their Morling journey.

William Peirson
Member of Morling College Board

Bill Peirson is the Master & Chief Executive Officer of New College, Sydney and an Adjunct Professor in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering at UNSW Sydney. His role involves the overall management of New College and New College Postgraduate Village. He provides leadership for all aspects of college life including pastoral oversight, academic support, development of New College and the relationship of the College to the alumni, University and wider community. Adj Prof Peirson is the Director of the Centre for Christian Apologetics, Scholarship and Education (CASE). He was also formerly the Director of the UNSW Water Research Laboratory at the Northern Beaches Campus where he continues to supervise and conduct research.