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Leadership

Meet the SparkLit leadership team

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Michael Collie

National Director

Michael Collie and his wife Elspeth worked for sixteen years with Christian book publisher Certeza Argentina. Both their daughters were born in Buenos Aires. As National Director of SparkLit, Michael is currently doing globally what he was doing locally in Latin America: nurturing emerging indigenous Christian publishers in difficult places. Michael trained as a graphic designer and was a founding director of Wild magazine. Michael loves books, mountaineering and birdwatching.

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Bishop John Harrower

Council Chair

John worked as a petroleum engineer and director of the Industries Assistance Commission in Melbourne prior to missionary training. With his family he experienced Argentina’s ‘Dirty War’ while serving for nine years as a university chaplain, publisher, church planter and priest. While vicar of Glen Waverley Anglican Church he engaged with youth and interfaith issues—in particular Islam. In 2000 John was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia for service to the community through the Anglican Church and as a missionary. John was Bishop of Tasmania from 2000 to 2015, Bishop Assisting the Primate of the Anglican Church of Australia from 2015 to 2020 and is now enjoying a variety of interests.

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Roslyn Schnerring

Treasurer

Roslyn Schnerring is a certified practicing accountant (CPA). She currently works for a local accounting firm where she specialises in personal financial planning advice. Prior to this she worked in corporate reporting, treasury management and auditing. Roslyn is married to Dirk. They have three children and have attended St Alfred’s Anglican Church in Blackburn North, Victoria, since 1991.

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Simon Woodley

Secretary

Simon Woodley has worked in the book industry for over twenty years and is currently the Managing Director of ALS Library Services, an Adelaide-based business supplying public libraries throughout Australia. He has a Bachelor of Theology degree and serves in the leadership of a local Vineyard fellowship. Simon is married to Melinda. They have four school-aged children.

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Paul Barker

Council Deputy Chair

Paul Barker is an Assistant Bishop in the Diocese of Melbourne. He worked in South and South-East Asia for seven years as visiting lecturer in Old Testament, Biblical Theology and Homiletics, and as the regional coordinator for Langham Preaching and Langham Scholars.

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Emma Payne

Emma is the Mission Engagement Manager at CMS Victoria where she oversees events and trains people for local cross-cultural mission. Previously she worked for Scripture Union Victoria as the Assistant Missions Coordinator. Emma completed an A29 Internship in Sheffield, England, and currently studies at Ridley Theological College. She sees mission practitioners writing up their experiences as a strategic way that God grows his church. “For the gospel to be preached well, books are needed!”

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Paul Douglas

Paul Douglas is a GP at the Suncoast Christian Health Centre on the Sunshine Coast. After graduating from Moore Theological College, Paul and his wife Helen served for six years in the interior of China. Paul worked as a doctor and together they trained and discipled local believers. They saw the importance of literature to a rapidly growing church and since returning to Australia continue to sponsor Christian publishing in China. Together with their five vibrant young children they attend the Goodlife Baptist Church.

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Chris Porter

Chris Porter is a theologian and pastor. He was ordained as a priest in the Anglican Church and is currently a post-doctoral research fellow at Trinity College, University of Divinity, Melbourne. Chris trained in psychology at ANU and brings social science to the consideration of the biblical text and Christian identity. Chris and his wife Gillian have a long-term interest in education and mission in the majority world.

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Elspeth Kernebone

Elspeth currently works as a journalist for the Bendigo Advertiser. Previously she worked for weekly paper, the Braidwood Times, in small-town NSW. Elspeth studied history at Monash Univeristy, where she was involved with the Christian Union. She co-directed Balnarring SUFM for three summers and has also been involved in Children’s Ministry at St Thomas’ Anglican Church in Melbourne and Braidwood Uniting Church.