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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Mark PayneHead of Operations
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Mark joined our team in 2017 and looks after our finances, operations and compliance. Mark holds a Bachelor of Economics, Bachelor of Law, Master of Law and Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance and Investment. Mark has extensive experience in the legal and commercial sectors, having practiced as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of NSW and held senior executive positions. He is also a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Mark is also involved in community activities, serving on several not-for-profit boards including Swimming NSW Limited. He and his family have been members of Cherrybrook Anglican Church for many years.
Alison CookeSydney Director
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Alison has an extensive background in the not-for-profit sector working for various church and charitable organisations including The Salvation Army, Anglican Youthworks, The Heart Foundation and the Uniting Church. Her roles have included corporate relations, brand management, marketing management and business development. Alison has worked with OCA since 2008, overseeing marketing, events management and student sponsorships. Alison also facilitates OCA’s relationship with our Sydney partners. Alison has completed a Bachelor of Theology degree and is currently undertaking post graduate studies. Alison has previously worked as a photographer and her work features in many of OCA's publications.
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 February 2011 providing invaluable assistance to our Operations Manager with internal reporting records and other projects. Philippa commutes from the sunny South Coast to our Parramatta office, generally using the time on the train to read.
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Linda PetersonSponsorship Program Coordinator
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Linda has a background in working with people with disabilities and with church and community groups.
She joined the OCA team in December 2009 with responsibility for managing OCA sponsorships, and donor and college relationships. The work and vision of OCA resonates strongly with Linda’s own interests in community, culture and mission.
Linda has completed a Bachelor of Arts Degree.
Lisa FergusonCommunications and Events Coordinator
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Lisa joined us in 2019 and assists us with 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. Working closely with Alison Cooke, 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.
Bishop Stephen HaleMelbourne Director
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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. We welcomed Stephen to the team in February 2020 and, 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.
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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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.