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Meet the team


Rev Dr Stuart BrookingExecutive Director

Stuart has worked in Anglican parish ministry in Sydney and Geraldton, WA. He has been a director of various church-based companies. He was National Director of the Church Army in Australia and joined OCA in 2003 as Executive Director. He holds the part-time role of Head of the Department of Ministry and Practice at the Australian College of Theology, and does occasional lecturing in Australian Bible colleges. He has broad academic and mission interests and travels extensively visiting the OCA partner colleges. Stuart has degrees in five disciplines and his PhD is from the University of Sydney looking at Western influences on theological education in the developing world. Stuart and Marion have three adult children and two grandchildren.

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Rick TimberlakeHead of Operations

Rick looks after our finances, operations and compliance. He has a wealth of experience in senior roles within the finance and information technology sectors. He has previously specialised in the management of business and technology change projects; notably leading a large scale business case, sourcing and risk assessment for Queensland Rail’s travel reservation system. Originally from South Africa, Rick now resides in Brisbane with his family.

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Rev Dennis ParkSydney Director

Dennis is a graduate of Morling College and pastor of Sydney Grace Community Church at Wentworth Point. He joined the OCA team after working at Morling overseeing Vose's VET Ministry and Leadership & Management courses. Having spent several years making regular visits to mission fields and Bible colleges in Northeast India, Dennis understands the importance of quality theological education for developing capable indigenous leaders. As OCA's Sydney Director, Dennis interacts with donors in the Sydney area and enjoys talking to people about our mission.

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Kathy MildenhallSponsorship Program Manager

Before joining the OCA team, Kathy built up a wealth of experience in ministry roles alongside her husband Tim (and their four children). Living in Canberra, Sydney, Perth, Broome and Malaysia, she has regularly worked with people from across the globe in ministries such as Fellowship of Overseas Christian University Students (FOCUS) and English for Life. After six years with African Enterprise she is convicted of the strategic importance of equipping and resourcing the Majority World church. Now based in Sydney, Kathy oversees our Student Sponsorship Program.

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Philippa BlomfieldAccounts Assistant

Philippa has an Associate Diploma in Accounting and has worked in a number of bookkeeping roles. In more recent years she has contributed her skills to various charitable organisations. In 2010 Philippa, together with her husband Bill and the younger of their two children, lived in Hong Kong where she worked in the accounts department of Crossroads Foundation Ltd. Philippa joined the OCA team in 2011, providing invaluable assistance to our Head of Operations with internal reporting records and other accounting projects. 

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Lisa FergusonCommunications and Events Manager

Lisa manages our national events program, communications and marketing. She has a background in administration and events coordination, having honed her skills working for marketing agencies and in the not-for-profit sector. Lisa enjoys coordinating our communications material, such as our quarterly Prayer Alert publication and derives great satisfaction from a well planned event. Lisa has enjoyed serving Jesus in a variety of ministry roles at her church and loves spending time with her family in the Blue Mountains.

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Isha DodanduwaOperations Assistant

Isha has a Bachelor of Business Administration and an extensive background in accounting roles. Having been born in Sri Lanka and lived in the USA, UK and New Zealand, she is now based in Sydney with her husband and two children. Isha assists our Head of Operations with administration and accounting support. She loves to see people coming to know Jesus as their Lord and Saviour and enjoying the freedom and fullness that comes from following Christ.

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Bishop Stephen HaleMelbourne Director

Stephen is a graduate of Moore College but has spent most of his ministry years in Melbourne. He headed the diocesan youth ministry, was a regional bishop, and for the past 10 years was vicar of St Hilary’s church, a large evangelical ministry in Melbourne’s east. Stephen has encouraged links with OCA for many years, valuing the strategic nature of our work. As well as his primary role of promoting the ministry of OCA in Victoria, Stephen will also have a part in extending our Africa Mile Deep Strategy. Since that strategy focusses on the 105 Anglican colleges in that continent, it is a natural fit for him.

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Robyn CoopesPerth Director

Robyn is a born and bred West Australian, and loves living in Perth with her husband Marty and 2 high school age children. Before having children, she worked for 15 years as a Chartered Accountant within the corporate tax field, then took a year out to study at Trinity Theological College in Perth, completing a Diploma of Theology. Robyn’s past opportunities to serve Jesus and His church include serving with the Australian Fellowship of Evangelical Students (AFES), Perth Women’s Convention, Trinity Theological College, various ministries at her church, St Matthew’s Anglican Church, Shenton Park and, of course, as a mother and wife. Marty and Robyn have loved being part of the globally strategic ministry of OCA and Robyn considers it a great privilege to introduce people in WA to OCA’s ministry so they too can be part of God’s work of training up leaders for His church around the world. 

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Dr David TurnbullDirector, Local Online: A Global Strategy

David joined the team in 2021 as OCA's International Program Director for Local Online: A Global Strategy. He has been the head of the Department of Intercultural Studies at Tabor College Adelaide and the head of the Baptist mission agency, Global Interaction for South Australia and Northern Territory. Directing Local Online provides David with an opportunity to build on his passion for contextual, culturally intelligent theological education. The global strategy will serve, support, empower and resource Bible colleges around the world.

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Elise HeerdeProgram Manager, Local Online: A Global Strategy

Based in Melbourne, Elise works with David Turnbull to manage Local Online: A Global Strategy. With experience in online theological training, administration and project management, she supports the strategy with a high level of administrative competence. Elise enjoys making sure that the back-end details are well organised, so that the regional directors can concentrate on the broader aspects of the strategy. Having been involved in a variety of ministries, she delights in the Word of God and loves walking side-by-side with people through all the twists and turns of life. Elise derives great joy from spending time with her husband and teenage daughter.

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Nancy NjagiAfrica Director

Based in Nairobi, Kenya, Nancy works with our partners in Africa. She monitors and reports on projects, conducts training in urban mission, coordinates resource mobilisation projects, and supports the running of pedagogy training within colleges. She also acts as a liaison between the OCA staff and supporters in Australia, and partner organisations in Africa. Nancy wants to be the feet and hands of Jesus Christ in her community and her prayer is that society may experience the presence of Jesus. OCA’s mission resonates with Nancy’s passion towards the development of vulnerable communities and families.

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Dr Pauline GolderFrancophone Africa Director and Faculty Study Grant Manager

After experiencing the hardships (as well as the joys) of growing up on the mission field, Pauline had no intention of being a missionary – until God intervened! Pauline has lived in more than 30 homes in multiple countries and has over 25 years experience working with African theological and missiological training centres. Now based in Sydney, she is overseeing OCA’s Faculty Study Grant Program. The program seeks to assist Majority World theological colleges improve the academic level of their faculties. Pauline is also seconded by mission agency SIM to the role of OCA's Francophone Africa Director. This role exists to support theological education in Africa's French-speaking countries.

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We are grateful to all our staff for their commitment to the strategic ministry of OCA. Some of our staff are able to work voluntarily.
They give their time as part of their contribution to the Bible colleges of the developing world.