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.
John worked as an industrial chemist 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.
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.
Roslyn Schnerring is a certified practising 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.
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.
Valerie has a background in finance and experience in a range of roles in personal and corporate banking. She left Westpac to care for her young family, and work as a swimming instructor; helping people not to drown in the local pool. Her favourite book is The Screwtape Letters by C S Lewis.
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.
Emma is a member of the staff team at St Andrew’s Hall, the CMS Australia missionary training college. Previously she worked at CMS Victoria and Scripture Union fostering mission engagement. She is currently completing a master degree at Ridley Theological College. Emma loves how God uses the writing of mission practitioners to grow his church. “For the gospel to be preached well, good books are needed!”
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.
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.