Our staff

We’re blessed to have a wonderful range of godly and gifted people teaching at and serving the college.

Ten different nationalities and seven different denominations are represented by our faculty and staff, yet the team is united by a shared desire to help students better know God’s word and take it to the world. You can read more about them below, but they’re better in 3D—so come along to an open night or call and arrange a visit so you can meet them in person and talk more about how BST can help you fulfil God’s calling on your life.

Rev Dr Richard Gibson

BSocWk, DipATh, BTh, MTh, PhD

PRINCIPAL, HEAD OF CHRISTIAN THOUGHT, NT & GREEK LECTURER

Richard has more than 20 years’ experience teaching Greek, New Testament, church history and preaching. He recently published Reading Biblical Greek for first-year Greek students. Raised in a Christian family, it was at university that Richard realised the importance of Jesus and his gospel. After studying theology and being ordained as an Anglican minister, he pastored a congregation in Sydney’s west for four years. Seeing the value of continued learning, he completed a Master’s degree on 1 Timothy and a doctorate on the emotions in early Christian thought. Subsequent published articles have addressed issues in the New Testament, church history and ministry. Richard’s love of effective preaching led him to serve on Sydney Diocese’s College of Preachers which he chaired for seven years. His greatest passions are his family, teaching the Bible, and caring for students. Richard and his wife Kim attend St Andrew’s Anglican Church in South Brisbane, where Richard sometimes preaches. Kim is involved in ministry to university students with AFES and volunteers with the GROW women’s conference committee. In his spare time, Richard enjoys playing golf or tennis.

Mr John Coulson

BSc (Hons), DipMin, BTh (Hons), MTh

DEPUTY PRINCIPAL, ACADEMIC DEAN, LECTURER IN BIBLE

John has more than 35 years of experience in church leadership and ministry in the Brisbane area. He has worn many different hats in his life, including working for the government in IT and statistics, but is happy that his current job allows him to live his passion – teaching the Bible – which he has been doing at BST since 2004. John’s DipMin was gained at Garden City College of Ministries and he did his BTh and MTh here at BST, focusing his MTh on Jesus and the Spirit in Paul’s letters. His most recent accomplishment is publishing The Righteous Judgment of God: Aspects of Judgment in Paul’s Letters. John has been involved for over 20 years at Hillsong Brisbane, part of the Australian Christian Churches (formerly AOG), and his main ministry there is teaching and mentoring new Christians.

John and his wife Rowena are both originally from Queensland and have four children. John loves camping with his family, going running with his dog in the park and having friends over for a barbecue. He also enjoys working in his garden but finds that the busyness of life often comes between him and his beloved plants.

Rev Dr Andrew Prince

BVSc, DipMin, BTh, MAMin, PhD

DIRECTOR OF CENTRE FOR ASIAN CHRISTIANITY, HEAD OF MINISTRY AND PRACTICE, LECTURER IN MINISTRY & MISSION

Andrew grew up in Sydney and originally trained as a veterinarian. Then God took him on an exciting journey from caring for animals to caring for people, and he spent six and a half years pastoring two different Baptist churches in Brisbane following his theological training at Moore Theological College in Sydney. Andrew joined the faculty of BST in 2009, lecturing in the areas of Ministry and Mission. His PhD is on contextual communication of the gospel across cultures and was published into a book called Contextualization of the Gospel: Towards an Evangelical Approach in the Light of Scripture and the Church FathersAndrew loves seeing people so excited about their relationship with the Lord that they can’t help sharing with others from around the globe.

Andrew is married to Sue and they have three energetic sons. As a family they are actively involved at City North Baptist church, and have a particular heart for people from other cultures. Andrew enjoys following rugby league, but laments the slide of the once-mighty Parramatta Eels.

Dr Alan Stanley

BAg, DipAgSc, ThM, PhD

DIRECTOR OF POSTGRADUATE STUDIES, LECTURER IN BIBLE & THEOLOGY

Originally from New Zealand, Alan grew up on a farm and worked as a Farm Management Consultant before moving to the United States where he gained his ThM and then his PhD at Dallas Theological Seminary. His doctoral study was on the relationship between works and salvation in the Synoptic Gospels which was later published. In 2003 he and his family moved to Australia. For eight years he pastored on the Sunshine Coast and has been lecturing in Bible colleges since 2003. In 2010 he was a visiting scholar to Singapore Bible College and in 2013 he joined the faculty of BST. He has taught Old and New Testament, Greek, and Theology. He is a published author and editor, and is passionate about seeing the message of the Bible shape people’s lives. Alan is also involved with goEast, a ministry which is focused on providing theological education to pastors and Bible colleges in Asia. Alan has taught in Sri Lanka and Nepal, and is an adjunct faculty member at Himalaya Graduate School of Theology in Kathmandu. He and his wife Kathleen, along with their three sons, attend LifePoint Church.  When he’s not lecturing, Alan loves playing sport with his boys, running, and supporting the All Blacks.

Dr Wally Wang

BSc, MSc, PhD, MDiv, ThM

DIRECTOR OF CHINESE PROGRAM, LECTURER IN CHRISTIAN THOUGHT

Before delving into the theological world, Wally worked as a theoretical physicist while also pastoring a Chinese church in Sydney. He then began studying and teaching Theology in Hong Kong. Fluent in English, Mandarin and Cantonese, Wally has been lecturing in both our English and Chinese programs since 2013.

Wally’s MDiv and ThM were both gained through the China Graduate School of Theology in Hong Kong, where his final thesis addressed the topic of the Holy Spirit’s role in God’s self-revelation. He’s a regular member of Centenary Uniting Church, but also commits many Sundays to preaching at two Chinese churches.

Wally and his wife Ling have one son and two grandchildren and are originally from Hong Kong. Wally’s hobbies include photography and eating sugary snacks and he shares colleague Andrew Prince’s fondness for the Parramatta Eels – they’re often found commiserating after particularly disastrous games (i.e. nearly all games!)

Dr J Atkinson

BAppSc (Psychology), MASoc, MDiv, PhD

LECTURER IN OLD TESTAMENT AND HEBREW

Jason was trained as a counsellor and worked in drug and alcohol rehabilitation. His desire to follow Christ and to serve cross-culturally was initially sparked after going on a short-term mission trip to Asia. Jason left his job in Australia and travelled to China were he immersed himself in the cutlure, learning the language and even studying his Master of Arts in Sociology (Rural Development) in Mandarin. He met his lovely wife Rebecca in Nanjing. They initially remained good friends until the pair found themselves studying their Master of Divinity at the same time, at the same Bible college (Trinity Evangelical Divinity School) in the United States. Jason majored in Old Testament and Rebecca in New Testament. With a passion for teaching quality theological education, the couple decided to do further studies and moved to Scotland where they completed their Doctorate of Philosophy at University of Edinburgh, with Jason’s focus on Biblical Studies (Old Testament). After living in Scotland for six years Jason and Rebecca, along with their two delightful boys, are enjoying life in Queensland.

Rev Dr Michael Tan

BTh, MTh, DMin

SESSIONAL LECTURER (CHINESE PROGRAM)

Michael has more than forty years of church ministry and leadership experience, having served in churches throughout Malaysia, Singapore, the United States and Australia. He has written books and commentaries on the Old Testament, and has been lecturing in both our English and Chinese programs since 2005, where he also served as the Director of the Chinese Program for a time. Michael retired from full-time teaching in December 2015 and will continue as a visiting lecturer to teach intensives at BST from time to time.

Most of Michael’s theological qualifications were gained in south-east Asia, however he also studied at the Claremont School of Theology in California and was a visiting scholar at Andover Newton Theological Seminary in Boston. Michael usually attends Eight Mile Plains Methodist Church, although he also spends a lot of time preaching, teaching and encouraging congregations in many of Brisbane’s Chinese churches.

Originally from Malaysia, Michael is married to Ping and they have two adult children. He likes sport and stays fit by playing badminton and table-tennis, and his favourite food is Yum Cha (a Chinese dish involving chicken feet!)

Dr R Atkinson

BA, LLM, MDiv, PhD

NEW TESTAMENT LECTURER

Rebecca is a Langham Scholar with a professional background that spans from China, Finland, Denmark, the USA and the UK.  Rebecca was originally trained as a lawyer in China. After she completed her Master of Law at the University of Helsinki, Finland, she did her international legal training in Copenhagen, Denmark. But her love for learning and teaching led her to pursue further studies in the USA where she spent time as a teaching and research assistant at the University of Missouri, while studying a PhD in political science. Rebecca also spent time as a supply teacher for the Nanjing international school. She met her husband Jason in Nanjing and the pair developed a friendship over a long period of time before they found themselves studying the same degree at the same Bible college. Rebecca completed her Master of Divinity (NT major) at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (Chicago) and more recently, a Doctorate of Philosophy (Biblical Studies NT) at the University of Edinburgh. In between her busy schedule as a mum of two young boys, she is a sessional lecturer at BST. Rebecca delights in spending time with family and enjoys reading, the arts and a solid game of table tennis or volleyball.

Dr Vivian Soesilo

BEd, BA, MDiv, MA, DMin

LECTURER (CHINESE PROGRAM)

Vivian has spent more than forty years working in a Christian context whether it be in church-related ministries, teaching in theological colleges, and contributing to Christian books and Bible translation. She gained her theological qualifications from Asbury Theological Seminary and Union Theological Seminary in USA. Since 2010 BST students have benefited from Vivian’s many years of experience in pastoral care. She was also mentoring female students. Vivian currently teaches pastoral care and counselling classes in the Chinese program.

She is married to Daud and they have two adult children. Alongside her role as pastor at the Indonesian and Multi-Cultural Church, and co-pastor of a church in Indonesia, Vivian is also a part-time lecturer at Southeast Asia Bible Seminary in Indonesia. She is also involved in children, individual and marriage counselling. It’s hard to believe Vivian has any spare time, but when she does she loves to go for a walk or a swim, and to travel the world.

Rev Bob Rogers

AdDipTheol, BMin, MA(Th)

DIRECTOR OF FIELD EDUCATION

Bob joined BST in 2017 as a part-time lecturer and has extensive pastoral and teaching ministry experience. He completed his Bachelor of Ministry and Master of Arts in Theology at Malyon College and is a registered minister with the Queensland Baptist Union. Bob served as the senior minister at Stafford Heights Baptist Church prior to taking on the part-time role as Qld State Director for Global Interaction. He’s also served as the Executive Director of Everyman’s Welfare Service between 1997 to 2006, managing a national team of welfare representatives on military bases across Australia.

In addition to his teaching and pastoral skills, Bob is an AFL enthusiast having umpired more than 300 AFL games from juniors through to A Grade games.

Emily Arkell

BSc, GradDipEd, GradDipDiv

SECRETARY & PA TO THE PRINCIPAL

Emily is a woman of many talents: she went to university in the United States on a tennis scholarship, she has a GradDip in teaching from Griffith Uni, she’s worked as a school chaplain, she’s done a GradDip in Divinity here with us at BST and she’s now the front-woman for our college office! Whew.

Her favourite sports are tennis and soccer, her favourite food is cheesecake and her favourite place to go shopping is Melbourne. It’s also really important to be nice to Emily as she’s the keeper of the college lolly jar.

Witali Klein

VKfm, BKfm, DKfm (German qualifications)

REGISTRAR/IT MANAGER

Witali first came to Australia in 2008 when he was working for WEC and he brought with him a stereotypically German precision that means he is meticulous with managing BST’s IT infrastructure, while wearing the dual hat as Registrar. His background is in business and consultancy and he hopes his future is in mission work overseas. Both he and his wife Coralie are studying at BST in preparation for that.

A German born in Kazakhstan, now a resident of Australia, Witali (pronounced like Italy with a ‘V’ in front of it!) loves to travel and enjoys experimenting with accents, which adds a humorous and unpredictable edge to “the hub” (our nickname for the office). He and Coralie are also active members of Rosalie Baptist Church where they help to lead a young-adult Bible study. Witali is also the church secretary. They have an energetic and bubbly young toddler and newborn baby girl.

Jonny Lush

DipTh, AssocDipAppSc (Aeronautics), Cert III (Carpentary and General Construction)

PROPERTY AND CONSTRUCTION MANAGER

Before working at BST, Jonny pursued his love of flying and qualified as a commercial pilot. Then he spent ten years getting up outrageously early to work in the construction industry. Now he spends his days managing and renovating the college campus, looking after health and safety issues, solving all manner of miscellaneous problems and introducing the office to hilarious YouTube videos. During his time at BST, Jonny has also managed to squeeze in a Diploma of Theology.

Jonny and his wife Liz, together with their four children, live on campus and they go to Rosalie Baptist Church. If you come and join us here you’re bound to be invited for dinner at Ville de Lush at least once, and the great food you’ll get is almost as much of a blessing as the hospitality and encouragement you’ll receive from their whole family. In fact, Jonny’s love of people is really only rivalled by his love for his four-legged friend, Rooka.

Mechile Bavas

BBus(PR), LLB, GradDipLegalPrac

COMMUNICATIONS AND PROMOTIONS OFFICER

After working in the charity sector for five years, Mechile joined BST in 2013. Her broad range of experiences and qualifications include a Bachelor of Business (majoring in Public Relations with a specialisation in Banking and Finance), being a qualified lawyer, and more than ten years of professional experience in public relations, fundraising, marketing, communications and events.

Mechile and her husband attend church near the Brisbane CBD.  They enjoy coffee, going to the movies and travelling.

Terry Wong

ACMA, CGMA, MBA , MDiv

FINANCE OFFICER

After 30 years of working in Asia in mergers and acquisitions, Terry stopped blessing the corporate world with his beaming smile and infectious laugh and now blesses the BST office instead. He knows that it takes all kinds of people in different roles to make ministry happen and he considers administration to be his spiritual gift; and with a background in accountancy, number crunching is second nature to Terry.

Terry and his wife Michelle are originally from Singapore and both enjoy travelling and trying new types of food. They attend Brisbane Chinese Alliance Church in Rochedale. Terry likes to relax with a good book or interesting movies, but also loves sky-diving and wishes it was less expensive so he could do it every weekend.

Graham and Ellie Scott

BA, GradDip, MDiv (both Graham and Ellie)

TUTORS

Graham and Ellie both worked as teachers in a prison before they moved into Bible translation and also began pastoring a local Australian/Chinese church, so they’ve got great experience with people from a whole range of backgrounds and cultures. Ellie and Graham have strong missional hearts and are currently doing their doctoral studies at BST. Graham is working with Greek and Hebrew texts of 1 Samuel to explore discourse. Ellie is exploring the missional texture of Isaiah.

They’ve been supporting BST students in their studies since 2001, so if you have questions about an assignment, want someone to give you feedback on an essay or need help preparing for an exam, then these are your guys.

Ellie loves to sing and explore God’s creation, eat really good steak and read anything by Alexander McCall Smith. Graham enjoys photography, running and gardening, adventurous eating, and reading just about anything.

Kylie Brown

BOccThy, MDiv

MENTOR

Originally trained as an occupational therapist, Kylie has worked with children with disabilities. She has a passion for ministry to university students and gained her practical training experience with the Australian Fellowship of Evangelical Students (Kylie’s husband Andrew is the campus director for AFES at the University of Queensland). Kylie has also served as the Student Minister at Randwick Presbyterian Church in Sydney. She began studying her Master of Divinity at Sydney Missionary and Bible College in 2005 and recently completed her final project on women in ministry. It was a prolonged journey to complete her MDiv as Kylie gave birth to her two beautiful children in between studies.

Kylie and her family have been attending Kenmore Presbyterian Church since 2008, where she currently serves in the music team as well as the children’s ministry. The family love to go to the beach and enjoy pottering around in the garden, catching up with neighbours in the local park, reading and playing board games

Elizabeth Greentree

BA (Hons), MDiv, GCertBusMgt

Library Assistant

Elizabeth, also known as Buffy, has been working as part of our tutoring support team since March 2016. She was later appointed Library Assistant. Buffy is more than happy to help students avoid some of the mistakes she made with research and essay writing during her degrees: a BA (1st Class Hons) in Classics and Archaeology from the University of Melbourne, an MDiv from Melbourne School of Theology, and a GradCert in Business Management from University of Melbourne. Along with this, Elizabeth is a trained and experienced university tutor and ESL teacher. She is currently undertaking information management studies part-time to better support the library.

Phil Peterson

BFA (CreativeWritingProduction), DipGraphDes

Development Officer

Phil grew up in the highlands of Papua New Guinea where his parents were serving as missionaries before returning to Australia in 1995. He loves to read and has a passion for  writing which prompted him to complete a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Creative Writing Production at QUT. He then went on to work for Scripture Union Qld as their Media & Communications Manager. Phil has since branched out further into the not-for-profit world, taking on several roles in the fundraising and communications space, as well as pursuing his own freelance endeavours, working on behalf of Christian charities to help create successful appeals and fundraising campaigns. Phil loves to help equip and resource organisations for ministry, and is excited to help raise awareness and support (both prayerful and financial) for BST.

He and his wife, Monique, have an energetic young who runs them both ragged and a newborn baby boy. Now that Phil has finished his Diploma of Graphic Design, he is rediscovering the concept of ‘free time’, which he mostly spends with family and friends, watching movies, playing board games or dancing to ‘The Wiggles’ with his little boy.