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

Our faculty and staff are represented by several different nationalities and many different denominations, yet the team is united by a shared desire to help students be shaped by God’s word to serve His 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 fulfill God’s calling on your life.

Rev Dr Richard Gibson

PRINCIPAL, HEAD OF BIBLICAL STUDIES, NT LECTURER

Mr John Coulson

DEPUTY PRINCIPAL, ACADEMIC DEAN, LECTURER IN BIBLE

Rev Dr Andrew Prince

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

Rev Dr Bruce Pass

DIRECTOR OF POSTGRADUATE STUDIES, LECTURER IN CHRISTIAN THOUGHT AND HISTORY

Dr Wally Wang

DIRECTOR OF CHINESE PROGRAM, LECTURER IN CHRISTIAN THOUGHT

Rev Dr Samuel Goh

LECTURER OLD TESTAMENT

Rev Dr Michael Tan

SESSIONAL LECTURER (CHINESE PROGRAM)

Karen Nivala

LECTURER/MENTOR

Rev Bob Rogers

DIRECTOR OF FIELD EDUCATION

Emily Ansell

SECRETARY & PA TO THE PRINCIPAL

Walter Yeung

REGISTRAR/IT MANAGER

Terry Wong

FINANCE OFFICER

Jonny Lush

RESIDENTIAL CHAPLAIN & FACILITIES MANAGER

Phil Peterson

DEVELOPMENT OFFICER

Jules Martel

COMMUNICATIONS AND PROMOTIONS OFFICER

Our Board

Ian Case

CHAIR OF THE BOARD

Betsy Stoltz

DEPUTY CHAIR

Leon Ghavalas

TREASURER

Terry Leister

COMPANY SECRETARY

Rev Dr Richard Gibson
BSocWk, DipATh, BTh, MTh, PhD
PRINCIPAL, HEAD OF BIBLICAL STUDIES, NT LECTURER

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. He then took up a position as Lecturer at Moore Theological College for 20 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. Richard has more than 25 years’ experience teaching Greek, New Testament, church history and preaching. He recently published Reading Biblical Greek for first-year Greek students. His greatest passions are his family, teaching the Bible, and caring for students. Richard and his wife Kim attend Moorooka Presbyterian Church. 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 40 years of experience in church ministry and leadership in the Brisbane area. His passion is teaching the Bible and encouraging God’s people in Christian discipleship and ministry. John has been on the faculty of BST since July 2004. His post-graduate research has been mainly in the letters of Paul: Jesus and the Spirit; and God’s judgment (published as The Righteous Judgment of God: Aspects of Judgment in Paul’s Letters [Wipf and Stock, 2016]).

John and his wife Rowena are both originally from Queensland and have four adult children. John loves camping with his family, walking (without or without the dog), gardening, and having coffee with Rowena and friends. John has been involved for over 25 years at Hillsong Brisbane (formerly Garden City Christian Church), where he has served in various ministries. Prior to doing theological studies and Bible college ministry, John worked for many years in IT with the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

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, originally training as a veterinarian. After working in rural and urban practices in NSW and QLD, Andrew studied theology at Moore Theological College in Sydney. In 2003 he returned to Brisbane and pastored two Baptist churches before joining the faculty at BST in 2009. Andrew’s doctorate was is on the subject of contextual communication of the gospel across cultures and was subsequently published as Contextualization of the Gospel: Towards an Evangelical Approach in the Light of Scripture and the Church Fathers (2017). Andrew’s research interests include missiology, Asian Christianity, contextualisation, homiletics, spiritual formation, and pastoral health and practice.

Andrew teaches subjects in the areas of missiology and practical theology. Andrew also is the Director for BST’s Centre for Asian Christianity, which seeks to train, equip, facilitate research, and resource Asian-focused Christians, churches and organisations so that the gospel advances in Asian contexts.

Andrew is married to Susan and they have three sons – Nathan, Matthew and Joshua. 

Rev Dr Bruce Pass
BMus, Diplom Musiker (HfM Weimar), MMus, BDiv (hon 1), PhD (Edin)
DIRECTOR OF POSTGRADUATE STUDIES, LECTURER IN CHRISTIAN THOUGHT AND HISTORY

Bruce holds a doctorate in systematic theology from the University of Edinburgh and is the author of The Heart of Dogmatics (Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht) and the editor of On Theology (Leiden: Brill). Bruce has published articles in the International Journal of Systematic Theology, Calvin Theological Journal, Stellenbosch Theological Journal, Westminster Theological Journal, and Reformed Theological Review. Bruce’s scholarly interests lie chiefly in classical dogmatics, theological ethics, and continental philosophy.  Bruce was the founding pastor of Warrawee Anglican Church in the Diocese of Sydney, Australia and has studied piano at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and Hochschule für Musik ‘Franz Liszt’, Weimar. 

 

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 watching the Parramatta Eels. 

Rev Dr Samuel Goh
BTh, MDiv, ThM, PhD
OLD TESTAMENT LECTURER 

Samuel joined us in 2019 as Lecturer in Old Testament for both our English and Chinese programs. He comes to us with many years teaching experience from Singapore Bible College, School of Theology and speaks English, Mandarin, Indonesian and Cantonese. He completed his PhD in Old Testament Studies at Queens’s University of Belfast in 2008. He has also authored six books (two English and four Chinese), along with many journals. Before lecturing Sam was a pastor of a church in Singapore for 10 years. 

Sam was born in Indonesia and moved to Singapore at the age of 27 and is now Singaporean. He is married to Joyce and they have two grown children.  In his spare time Sam enjoys traveling, fishing, classical movies and jazz music.

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 Sherwood 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!)

 

Karen Nivala
BSpPath (Honours), GradDipDiv, MDiv
LECTURER/MENTOR

Karen is our Greek lecturer, tutor and mentor. She completed her Masters of Divinity at BST in 2017. She worked as a speech pathologist for 10 years both in Queensland and in the UK. She gained experience in training and mentoring. Her interests lie in New Testament studies. She completed her research on the portrayal of the communicative functions of the heart in Matthew’s gospel. She is currently pursuing PhD studies and is passionate about building God’s kingdom.

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 Baptists. 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.

Jason Bryan-Brown
B.Min, BTh (Hons) (BST)
TUTOR, LECTURER

Jason finished his Bachelor of Theology (Honours) at BST in 2017, and he has now joined us as a part-time tutor and lecturer. He is currently working on his PhD focusing on Ethics in the Catholic Epistles.

Jason is married to Courtney, also a BST graduate, and they have two children, Ezekiel and Abigail and live on campus. In his spare time, Jason loves bushwalking and playing volleyball.

Kylie Brown
BOccThy, MDiv
MENTOR

Kylie mentors some of the women studying at BST and also teaches in the Mentoring Course, which starts in 2020.

She has experience in a variety of ministry contexts both in volunteer and paid capacities and has mentored women in the context of university ministry (AFES), church ministry and theological study.

As a former paediatric Occupational Therapist, current business owner, wife to Andrew (who is in full-time ministry) and Mum of school aged children, she brings rich life and ministry experience to BST.

Emily Ansell
BSc, GradDipEd, GradDipDiv
SECRETARY & PA TO THE PRINCIPAL

Emily grew up in Brisbane and then went to university in the United States on a tennis scholarship, she has a GradDip in Education, she’s worked as a school chaplain, she’s completed a GradDip in Divinity here with us at BST and she’s now the Secretary & PA to the Princiapl for our college! Emily is married to Damien and they attend Bridgeman Baptist Church. Emily enjoys watching tennis and the Brisbane Broncos.

Walter Yeung
BSc, GDipDiv, MDiv
REGISTRAR/IT MANAGER

Walter joined the team here at BST in 2019 after graduating with his MDiv. Walter was an IT executive in a major bank in Hong Kong before migrating to Australia in 1994. His last job, before studying at BST, was the ICT manager in a primary industry and food processing business, so he comes to us with much experience. Walter is married to Karen and they have three grown daughters. He is an elder at CCCB Southside church and enjoys cycling, swimming, walking and hiking.

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 Terry likes relaxing with an indoor lifestyle of good reading books and an outdoor lifestyle of parasailing and exotic travels.

Jonny Lush
DipTh, AssocDipAppSc (Aeronautics), Cert III (Carpentary and General Construction)
RESIDENTIAL CHAPLAIN & FACILITIES 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 providing pastoral care to the residents and students of BST, while also being handy with renovating and looking after the college facilities. 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.

Elizabeth Greentree
BA (Hons), MDiv, GCertBusMgt, GradDipInfoMgt

LIBRARIAN

In 2016, Elizabeth, better known as Buffy, finally found a calling that could combine her love of God, books, and helping people grow in wisdom – running the BST library.

Buffy’s first degree in Classics and Archaeology from the University of Melbourne saw her well and truly established as a library inmate, though it never occurred to her she could become a warden. Her love of study was then infused with her love of God as she completed an M.Div at what is now Melbourne School of Theology. A subsequent testing of the PhD waters led her to work as a tutor for the University of Melbourne: one step closer but still not there yet. Finally, while working as a tutor at BST, a chance offer in the library brought it all together; Buffy finally discovered the delight of being responsible for 4,000 years’ worth of accumulated wisdom about God, neatly bound in 30,000 books.

Now, with a Graduate Diploma in Information Management complete, her life-goal is to create a space open to students and the general public that instils a sense of God’s peace and a love of His word.

Phil Peterson
BFA in Creative Writing Production, Dip Graph Des, Dip Digital Marketing
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 Queensland 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 various 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 two energetic young boys who run them both ragged. In his free time Phil loves to watch movies, read books, and catch up on all the sleep his two children have stolen from him.

Jules Martel
AssDipMin
COMMUNICATIONS AND PROMOTIONS OFFICER

Jules has worked in a variety of Christian organisations and ministries including Christian Heritage College, Red Frogs and SU Qld.  She loves working with people, organising events and is passionate about using her skills to serve God in the workplace. Jules is married to Robert and together they have five fabulous teenagers. When they’re not out on family adventures, Jules enjoys shopping, coffee with friends and occasionally blogging about relationships and family life.

Ian Case
BE, MEngSc
CHAIR OF THE BOARD

Ian joined BST’s board in 2003. He and his wife, Christine, have been members of WEC International since 1984. They have worked in mission research and IT training and support in the UK, as well as church planting and lay training in Ghana. Ian continues to work with WEC in IT. Ian and Christine are members of Mitchelton Presbyterian Church.

Betsy Stoltz
MA, MEd
DEPUTY CHAIR

Betsy joined BST’s board in 2011. She has a background in applied linguistics, strategic planning and HR. She worships at Toowong Uniting Church and has a special interest in spiritual formation. She supports Hope Behind Bars –an organisation supporting prisoners in Thailand. She has three adult children.

Leon Ghavalas
Chartered Accountant
TREASURER

Leon was appointed to the BST board in December 2015 as a Director and Treasurer. His expertise includes financial and strategic management, business development, and has been involved in the not-for-profit sector for more than 35 years. Prior to his retirement in November 2015, Leon was the Chief Financial Officer at Scripture Union Queensland, where he worked for more than seven years. Originally from South Africa, Leon was the CEO of Rand Aid Association in Johannesburg, where he successfully transitioned the charity from being 50 percent reliant on Government funding to be 80 percent self-funded. Leon and his wife, Jenny attend Eastside Community Church. 

Terry Leister
MAICD (Retired), FCEOI
COMPANY SECRETARY

Terry was appointed to the BST board in May 2015. After an extensive career in Business Management at Senior Levels in Australia, Canada and the USA he retired in 2017. An innovative leader with a record of disrupting established markets, Terry brings over 30 years of experience in Enterprise Management Systems. He has served as a non-executive director of the Sydney Anglican Schools Corporation, St Andrew’s Cathedral School, Sydney and St Lucia Bible Church where he and his wife, Julie, currently attend.

Megan Verhoef
B Urb Reg Plan, Grad Dip Nat Res, Grad Dip App Sc, MPIA CPP
DIRECTOR

Megan has worked in local government for 22 years in the areas of development assessment and strategic planning. She was appointed to the BST board in May 2015.  Megan and her husband, Peter, attend Wavell Heights Presbyterian Church, where she is involved in the children’s ministry and also serves on the Committee of Management.

 

John Postlethwaite
Dip Civ Eng, B Eng, MBA (in progress)
DIRECTOR

John is an engineer with more than 30 years of diverse experience in environmental and civil engineering. He was appointed to the BST board in April 2016 and brings a wealth of management, business development and project planning experience. John and his wife, Bronwyn, attend Mitchelton Presbyterian Church. They have a keen interest in supporting church mission work and hope to one day serve in remote and rural Australia. John loves playing the drums and is actively involved in music ministry. In addition to his full-time role as Service Group Manager for GHD, John is completing a Master of Business Administration part-time.

 

Carolyn Devries
LLB, BCom, GradDipLegalPrac, MHSer, AICD, MQLS
DIRECTOR

Carolyn is a lawyer with more than 15 years experience in family and estate law and specialises in the management of non-profit organisations. She was appointed to the BST Board in October 2017. Carolyn is co-founder and CEO of New Way Lawyers, the first non-profit law firm in Australia serving clients in the areas of domestic and family violence, estate law and family law. Carolyn and her husband, Ben and young children, attend 17 Mile Church.

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