My name is Melissa Lipsett and I am the Chief Operating Officer of Bible Society Australia. I love serving in a mission organisation with the international and domestic reach and history of BSA! I’m excited about the future too, as helping people know the love of Jesus is something I’m passionate about. Before Bible Society I served in the local church for 20 years – a large evangelical church on the Gold Coast so I’m a Queenslander through and through. And before that,
Tell us a little about you I was ordained in 2017 as a deacon in the Sydney Anglican Diocese, but it was quite a journey to get to that point. Originally, I trained and worked as a high school English and Drama teacher, which was a terrific vocation. But then I felt compelled to do theological study while the children were small, and eventually I went into parish ministry. Now I have been called back to the school environment where I work as a chaplain across K-12. This is a
"Sorry God, it’s been a while.” This is how I feel like most of my prayers should start. I have structured my life to include prayer - grace at meals, for example, and each evening our family does Teaspoon (TSP) prayers where each person has a go at a 3 sentence prayer, “Thank you God for… Sorry God that I… Please God… Amen.” And when I say I’ll pray for someone I generally stop what I’m doing and do it straight away because otherwise I know I’ll forget. But that’s about it f
I am astonished by God's generosity to me: grew up in a loving Christian family, have a wonderful marriage to Neil and 4 adult children, all Christians. & beautiful grand children. Always wanted to write a book and now am onto my 7th. Opportunities for Christian service in my local church, including preaching regularly. Favourite bible passage: Psalm 73:23-26. God's love and presence with me forever. Loving him first is pre-eminent. Sometimes my gazes wanders: I need daily re
I have been working in Churches for over 12 years in operations and administration. I love the work and the people I come in contact with day to day. I have a background in Marketing and PR and use those skills where I can. I’m married with two boys, a step daughter and two grandsons. I have lived in Sydney most of my life (apart from a stint in London), and love this city!
My favourite bible passage Romans 8:17 “Now if we are children, then we are heirs - heirs of God and
Tell us a little about you
I'm a late 20s federal public servant, currently enjoying Sydney's inner west lifestyle. I love tea, Jane Austen and spending time with friends.
What's your favourite bible passage & why?
In countless hard times, I keep coming back to Isaiah 40:28-31. I think it's a beautiful picture of God's protection, strength and care that I can cling to in our weakest moments.
Do you not know?
Have you not heard?
The Lord is the everlasting God, the Cre
Tell us a little about you My name is Gillian, I live on the coal coast north of Wollongong, married to Brett with 3 delightful adult children and a wacky dog. My husband and I founded the Christian surfers movement in Cronulla in the late 70’s and there began God’s passion in us for the church to engage our communities in the language and stories of each generation (or surfing tribe in our case). Now CS is an International movement and I serve as a board member and am like a
Tell us a little about you. I’ve lived in Brisbane for nearly 19 years, but I grew up, went to school, and got married in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa during the turbulent apartheid era. After graduating from university, I was employed as a laboratory analyst and worked in an oil blending plant. There I was one of 3 women among a staff of 15, and the only white, so it was quite a change to what I had experienced growing up. I learned a lot about ethnic and religious diversi
What's your favourite bible passage & why?
It's hard to choose just one and I'm very tempted to go with the tried and tested Philippians 4:6-7. But instead maybe I'll highlight a lesser known one that has been very important for me. As someone who can get a bit overly conscientious and risk burning myself out, John 6:28-29 has been a great source of comfort to me: "Then they asked him, “What must we do to do the works God requires?” Jesus answered, “The work of God is this:
What's your favourite bible passage & why? This has changed over the years depending on what ministry God has called me into. I believe for the next season of life and ministry, Prov 31:8,9 are quite defining: Proverbs 31:8-9 New Living Translation (NLT) Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves; ensure justice for those being crushed. Yes, speak up for the poor and helpless, and see that they get justice. I am at a point in life where God is asking me to use wh