Eastern College Australia's Board

Eastern College Australia is governed by a Board of Directors:

Dr Rosemary Wong - Chairperson

MBBS (Melb), MD (Melb), FRACP, MDiv (ACT), GAICD
Rosemary is Senior Staff Specialist in Endocrinology, Eastern Health, and she is also involved in private specialist practice, teaching medical students and trainee physicians. Having worked for 5 years in clinical and scientific research at the National Institutes of Health, Maryland, USA, she obtained her Doctor of Medicine, MD (Melb) in the area of thyroid diseases. She is also Chair of the Victorian branch, Christian Medical and Dental Fellowship of Australia and Chair of the Board, Melbourne School of Theology. She is passionate about seeing men and women of God trained and equipped for Gospel ministry in all of life.

Prof Greg Restall

Is the Deputy Head of School, School of Historical and Philosophical Studies at the University of Melbourne. Greg joined the board in December 2013.

Mr Geoff Cox

BA, LLB
Geoff is a partner with the firm McCracken & McCracken, having been a solicitor there since graduating from the University of Melbourne in 2002. He has been involved as a mission volunteer and currently chairs the missions development working group with Scripture Union Victoria. He is presently interim Law Agent of the Presbyterian Church of Victoria and a member of its Trusts Corporation & Board of Investment and Finance. Geoff and his family are members of Bundoora Presbyterian Church where, among other things, he co-ordinates the music ministry and plays the cello.

Rev Timothy Meyers - Executive Principal

BEd, MTh
Tim completed his Masters of Theology at Dallas Theological Seminary (Texas, USA) in 1991, with majors in Systematic Theology and Bible Exposition. He became Executive Principal of Eastern College on the 1st January 2018 and Principal of MST at the end of 2011 following 12 years in senior leadership and entrepreneurial roles with mission agency Pioneers and almost a decade in pastoral ministry with Baptist churches in Queensland. During his time with Pioneers Australia and Pioneers International, Tim oversaw significant growth in Pioneers and was sought after as a church preacher, teacher and conference speaker in Australia and overseas. Tim is multi-skilled, having worked as a professional musician and secondary school teacher and he also trained as a commercial pilot with Mission Aviation Fellowship, prior to moving into ministry.

Rev David Rietveld

BA, MTh
David is Senior Pastor, New Peninsula Baptist Church. He was previously Senior Minister at Wellspring Anglican, Hobart, and the Youth and Young Adults Minister at Figtree Anglican, NSW. David is currently undertaking a research Ph.D. in listening to preaching. He is married and has four teenage children. When not busy in ministry, you might find David on the soccer field, on a yacht twilight racing, or cycling.

Mr Glenn Ward

BSc (Hons), Dip Ed
Glenn is a CEO of a manufacturing company and was previously a senior manager with a multinational based both overseas and in Australia. He has been involved with different ministries in his local church over many years. He currently serves in a leadership role with Hills Bible Church as well as being a Director of a not for profit charity.

Mr Leigh Adcock

CA, BBus (Acctg), GradDipTheol, MA (Ministry)
Leigh is the Business Manager at Northside Christian College (www.ncc.vic.edu.au). He is a Chartered Accountant, with a decade of audit experience at KPMG, with past roles as Financial Controller at Honda Australia, and Countrywide Australia and Acting Finance Manager at Peters Ice-cream, and John Holland Aviation Services. He is a former Board member of Harvest Bible College. This followed the completion of his Master of Arts (Ministry) and Graduate Diploma in Theology qualifications. Leigh was appointed to the Boards of Eastern College Australia and Melbourne School of Theology in May 2018.

Rev Rick Cheung

B.Pharm. (Monash), Dip. Bible & Mission (Ridley), B.Th.(Hons)(ACT)., Grad. Dip. Health Ed. (Deakin), Grad. Dip. Adult Ed & Training (Melbourne)
Rick came to Melbourne from Hong Kong as a teenager in the mid-70s. He studied and registered as a pharmacist in 1979. After working as a relief worker for World Vision in a refugee camp in Thailand, he returned to study missions and theology at Ridley College, and was subsequently ordained in the Anglican Diocese of Melbourne in 1987. Rick has been instrumental in the development of the BCV (now MST) training program for Chinese-speaking pastors in Melbourne. This program held its first classes in 1995 at St Michael’s Anglican Church, Burwood when Rick was then the incumbent there. Having previously served as a Consultant in Chinese ministry to the former Archbishop of Melbourne, Rick was also a past Chairman of the Chinese Theological Education Foundation of Australia. He currently chairs MST’s Advisory Committee on Chinese ministries. Rick with his wife Jessica, also an ordained Anglican minister, established St Paul's Cathedral's first ever weekly worship service in Mandarin in 2015. He is currently pioneering a Mandarin-speaking ministry at Holy Trinity Anglican Church, Kew, where he serves part-time as an associate minister. As an adult educator, and fluent in both Mandarin & Cantonese, Rick is passionate about undertaking research into how to communicate the Gospel better to people from honour/shame cultural backgrounds. He is also committed to teaching biblical theology in a non-technical way to people from all walks of life, especially those from the Chinese-speaking communities.

Mr Patrick Lok

MDiv
Patrick and Catherine used their business experience in development work as part of a church-planting endeavour in Indonesia. Upon completion of this missions work, Patrick undertook theological studies at BCV where he was challenged to work cross-culturally amongst children of migrants in ethnic churches in Melbourne. He has been a Pastor at LifeSpring, Nunawading CCCV since 2000. Catherine and Patrick are currently involved in developing a new ministry mobilising diaspora churches into missions and training Global South missionaries. Patrick is a board member of the Melbourne School of Theology.

Mrs Catriona Wansbrough

MEd (Policy International) (Melb), DipMusEd (NSW Conservatorium of Music), MACE
Catriona has been the Principal of St Andrews Christian College in Wantirna South since 2011. Before coming to Melbourne, Catriona and her husband Paul were serving with New Hope International in Tanzania, where she was assisting the writing of a Teacher Training Course for Joshua Teachers Training College. Prior to this placement, Catriona was Principal of Snowy Mountains Christian School for 8 years. With a background of being a high school music teacher, Catriona’s work has also included: a variety of teaching and training positions (from kindergarten to adults); aid development work in Botswana and Solomon Islands; choir conducting and radio journalism. Her passion for Christian Education has led her to train and inspire educators throughout Africa, Asia and the Pacific. Currently a Director with New Hope International and Community Education Development Alliance.

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