Gather. Encourage. Sharpen. Love. Worship. Grow.

Introducing our tapestry of contributors. Click on them to discover their article (s). 

Denise Austin

NSW

Denise Austin is Director of Accreditation and Standards and Associate Professor of History at Alphacrucis College. She has published widely in the areas of Pentecostal history, Chinese Christian history and oral history. Denise is an ordained minister with Australian Christian Churches and teaches in the areas of history and cross-cultural ministry. She is also involved with the Asia Pacific Theological Association. 

Kirsty Beilheiz

NSW

Dr. Kirsty Beilharz is a composer and Director of Music Engagement in the Dementia Centre, HammondCare. A former music professor, she is currently working on a Ph.D in Trinitarian metaphysics. 

Diana Blythe

NSW

Di is a wife, mum, primary school teacher, occasional worship leader and once lead singer in Speaking of Sarah. Christian music and godly lyrics remind her to lift her eyes beyond her circumstances to trust in God's goodness and eternal hope. Diana has a degree majoring in Sociology and Education with a focus on Theories of Social Deviance (particularly on Domestic Violence in Australia), and the Sociology of Mental Health, Family and Religion. She has a PTC from Moore Theological College.

Hannah Boland

NSW

Hannah is a comedian, writer and speaker. In 2016 she founded LOL Ministries as a way to bring the gospel message through humour. She lives in the Southern Highlands of NSW with her husband Michael and their three children. 

Belinda Burn

NSW

I have spent the last ten years working as the Ministry Worker in team leadership of an Anglican Church plant on Sydney's North Shore. I absolutely loved it. Have completed 99% of a degree in primary teaching and 40% of a degree in theology. Married to John and we have five children and a dog named Sweetie. I love helping others to understand the Bible, and learning to understand it myself. Time and time again I have been moved by God's grace and kindness, by the supernatural power of the Holy Spirit and struck by the fact that Jesus is someone I really want to follow. I like to pray. I also like coffee, preaching, surfing when no-one's watching, singing and all things music, visiting my indigenous friends in the Northern Territory, playing Soda Crush (is it OK to say that?), watching Biggest Loser (or that?!!). I care about being authentic, about justice and about taking God's word seriously. I am learning: to play cello; to embrace middle age; that God actually does love me, a lot; to trust him.

Nicolie Coleman

NSW

Nicolie lives in Sydney, has two degrees (theology, & communications), and way more shoes than her husband needs to know about. She enjoys re-reading books, eating all your lollies, and asking hipster baristas if they have decaf. 

Marley Conomy

NSW

I'm wife to my creative, inspiring man, Bradley, and mama to two little superheroes. I mostly stay at home being mama and homemaker, but am also privileged to teach Primary students in a local school Part Time.

Melinda Cousins

SA

Melinda is an ordained Baptist pastor currently working as Senior Lecturer in Biblical Studies at Tabor and Director of Ministry Accreditation for Baptist Churches South Australia. She completed her PhD on the Psalms of Ascents in 2016.

Hannah Craven

VIC

Anglican minister in a church in North Carlton - on the fringe of Melbourne city. Wife to Tom & mother to Liam & Amber.

Moyra Dale

VIC

Moyra is an ethnographer, with a focus on how women’s voices, and how they describe their own realities (her work has included adult literacy, and the women’s mosque movement, both in the Middle East).  She is currently based in Melbourne, writing, teaching and training, in cross-cultural understanding and Islam.

Tamie Davis

SA

Tamie hails from Adelaide and lives in Tanzania with her husband and two sons. In partnership with CMS Australia, they work with the Tanzanian Fellowship of Evangelical Students (TAFES).

Ruth Adams

SA

Ruth lives in Central Asia, serving the Great Healer as a psychologist and sharing about Him.

Emily Donald

NSW

Emily has worked in student ministry and is a Personal Fitness Trainer and Health Coach, who loves bringing those two passions together. She is also a wife to one of the coolest dudes around and mother to the other two coolest dudes in town.

Mary Elizabeth Fisher

VIC

I started following Jesus in 1972 while a journalist for The Courier Mail. I moved overseas in 1977 living in China, the USA, the UK for a little under 30 years. I returned to Australia in 2005. I love being among the nations. I love study. I love encouraging the coming generations. 

Jessica Frost

SA

Jess lives in Adelaide with her husband and son. She is a high-school humanities and social sciences teacher. Jess is also currently slowly working towards completing a Graduate Diploma in Divinity.

Jessica Graeig-Morrison

NSW

Jess has moved from Sydney to Vancouver to study at Regent Bible College. She gets excited about sharing all things good, true and beautiful - especially as they pertain to textiles, food and the God who made them.

Jacqueline Grey

NSW

Jacqui is the Associate Professor of Biblical Studies at Alphacrucis College, specialising in Old Testament studies. She has appeared on various national TV and radio programs in Australia, including the ABC TV's Q&A program.

Erica Hamence

NSW

Erica is an Associate Minister at St Barnabas' Broadway, Sydney. She is also part of the Domestic Violence Justice Team at Common Grace.

Fiona Harris

SA

Based in Adelaide, Fiona is married to Tim, is a mother and a grandmother, and a full-time carer for their son who has an intellectual disability. Fiona is passionate about art and theology.

Elise Heerde

VIC

Elise Heerde is a wife, mother, teacher and writer from Melbourne who loves Jesus and passionately shares about the grace, hope and love that He offers to all. She deeply desires to see the broken made whole, the captives set free and the lost brought home. You can find her instagram account here @her.anchor

Kath Henry

NSW

One of God's girls. Co-Senior Pastor of Northridge Vineyard Church in Thornleigh, Sydney with husband Phil. Mum to Beth (Mother love to Beth's husband Sean) and Sam.

Justine Holmes

NSW

Justine is married with 2 gorgeous kids (7 and 4) who are the joy of her life. She is a primary school teacher and currently has the privilege of teaching Languages which she is absolutely passionate about.

Fiona Isaacs

NSW

Fiona is a follower of Jesus by identity and by trade a teacher of Science. She studied at Fuller Theological Seminary in California.

Gayle Kent

NSW

Gayle is a Lecturer in Pastoral & Practical Studies and the Dean of Students at Morling College in Sydney. She also serves on the pastoral staff of MacChap Church in Marsfield.

Karina Kreminski

NSW

Karina is a Lecturer of Missional Studies & a part of the Tinsley Institute team at Morling College in Sydney. She has had over 15 years of experience in ministry including as a Senior Pastor for 8 years.

Tracy Lauersen

VIC

Anglican Minister at St Hilary’s Kew, Melbourne. Speaker and advocate for gender equity in the church. She is involved in the broader Anglican Church of Australia through its General Synod Standing Committee and is the Convenor of its new national working group on Domestic Violence.

Lucy Lawson

NSW

Lucy is a primary teacher from Sydney. She is passionate about social justice and loves serving her local community in practical ways. She is wife to husband Elliot, enjoys blogging and loves spending her days teaching.

Alison Leader

NSW

Alison lives in Sydney's south-west with her husband and two sons. She's a business journalist who loves to take acting classes in her spare time, and is half-way through a Bachelor of Ministry at Morling College.

Ladeane Lindsay

VIC

I’m a wife, mum, daughter, sister, aunt, friend, teacher, recent tree changer, lover of Jesus.

  

Philippa Lowe

NSW

Phil(ippa) Lowe is a writer, marketer, owner of Incredible Communications agency and operations manager at FEBC Australia. Married with two children, she blogs about her unexpected journey getting to know Jesus in her mid 40s at oneweekinaugust.com and - much to her surprise but likely not God’s - is undertaking a Grad Dip Div at SMBC in 2017. 

Louisa Macourt

NSW

Louisa lives in Carlingford, Sydney with her husband Simon. Louisa is currently studying a Masters of Divinity at SMBC. Louisa also works as a registered nurse. She has a heart to see women pursue their callings in serving God with their whole life.

Kylie Maddox Pidgeon

NSW

Kylie is a Christian Psychologist whose client demographic includes perpetrators and survivors of Family Violence. Kylie is a graduate of SMBC.

Kara Martin

NSW

Kara Martin is Project Leader with Seed, lecturer with Mary Andrews College, author of Workship: how to use your work to worship God.

Bree Mills

VIC

Bree Mills is currently the Associate Pastor at Glen Waverley Anglican Church. She is a Ridley Graduate who has been worked in youth ministry for 12 years at various churches, until moving into her current role in 2013, overseeing missional discipleship at GWAC. She is undertaking Postgraduate study at Morling College in the area of Missional Leadership, with a focus on congregational change, and is involved with various missional movements around Australia. She has worked with both large and small churches to reinvigorate youth ministries, and launch missional communities. She is passionate about equipping the church to engage with the local community, encouraging women in leadership, and building healthy and sustainable teams.

Margaret Mowczko

NSW

Margaret Mowczko has a theology degree and a MA in early Christian and Jewish studies through Macquarie University. Marg has a website, Marg Mowczko where she 'explores the biblical theology of Christian egalitarianism.'

Janelle Moxey

VIC

Janelle lives in rural Victoria with her husband and two children. As a Mum, partner in the family business and faithful member of her church she lives a full life and she wouldn't have it any other way.

Edwina Murphy

NSW

Edwina is the Lecturer in Church History at Morling College. She is married to Peter and they have two wonderful children, Joel and Lara.

Bev Murrill

NSW

Bev is back in Australia after having spent almost two decades in the UK co-founding a church planting network. She is founder of Liberti Magazine (UK), Cherish Uganda for abandoned HIV+ children, and Kyria UK, a network for women leaders. She has an MA in Global Leadership from Fuller, is an author, and speaks at churches and conferences internationally. An entrepreneur, she is most passionate about the Church and its leaders, and the cause of women, particularly women leaders. 

Julie Nixon

NSW

Julie is a former primary and middle school teacher. She is currently Senior Lecturer in Counselling at Excelsia College in Sydney and a PhD candidate at the University of Notre Dame.

Cecily Paterson

NSW

Cecily Paterson writes uplifting, warm hearted fiction for young teenage girls.

Megan Powell du Toit

NSW

In alphabetical order, Megan is a daughter, friend, mother, pastor, teacher, twin and wife. These relationships and roles are central to her sense of self, all of the relationships informed by her relationship with God. She is currently doing a PhD in theology, and is wondering why she wasn't warned off by her experience of two previous honours theses (one in literature and another in theology). She longs to live a grace filled life and asks for your grace with her in her repeated failure. You could also call her fickle and unfocused in her pursuits but she would rather you call her a renaissance woman.

Jillian Reay-Smith

ACT

Jill is one of the leaders of Redhill Church in Canberra and also works in government human resources. She likes satire, winter, writing and learning things. She occasionally blogs at jillianreaysmith.com 

  

Tanya Riches

NSW

Dr Tanya Riches has published a number of well-known songs through Hillsong Music Australia, including ‘Jesus What A Beautiful Name,’ which reached #6 on Australia’s CCLI worship charts. Her album 'Grace' is available on iTunes. 

Jane Robinson

NSW

I’m 57 and was a primary school teacher for about 25 years. I’m married to an Anglican Bishop in the diocese of Canberra and Goulburn. I have 4 adult children, two of whom are married and we have three little granddaughters aged 1, 2 and 3.

Natalie Rosner

VIC

Nat grew up in Sydney, lives in Melbourne and loves both cities! A former lawyer, she’s now an Assistant Minister and is passionate about sunshine, summer, sport, reading and local church ministry.

  

Michele Smart