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Andrew Brown
BA (Bible); BTh; BMin; BA (Hons); PhD
Lecturer
Old Testament

Andrew grew up on the eastern Australian coast before spending over three years completing undergraduate degree studies in both New York State and Tennessee, USA. Subsequent low-level Bible college teaching and administrative work in Australia preceded more formal theological college studies. After Andrew married, he joined a pastoral team at a Baptist church and began research studies at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia. Six years of country pastoring in northeastern NSW followed. Soon after arrival at MST, he completed his PhD, a history of Christian interpretation of the creation week in Genesis 1:1-2:3.

Andrew is married to Naomi and they have three children, Gilchrist, Timothy and Kyria. They live in Montrose in Melbourne’s outer east.

EDUCATION

• PhD (Religious Studies), University of Queensland (2011)

• BA Hons (Religious Studies), University of Queensland (2001)

• BMin/BTh, Australian College of Theology, at Queensland Baptist College of Ministries (now Malyon College) (1999)

• BA (Bible), Tennessee Temple University, Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA (1992)

• Diploma in Youth Ministries, Word of Life Bible Institute, Schroon Lake, NY, USA (1989)

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

• "The Relevance of Augustine's View of Creation Re-evaluated," Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith 57/2 (2005), 134-145.

• "Augustine's View of Creation and Its Modern Reception," in Augustine and Science (ed. Doody, John, Adam Goldstein and Kim Paffenroth; Augustine in Conversation: Tradition and Innovation; Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2013), 27-42.

• The Days of Creation: A History of Christian Interpretation of Genesis 1:1–2:3 (Blandford Forum: Deo Publishing, forthcoming).

SELECTED PRESENTATIONS

• “Can a Darwinian Be a Christian?”, Conference on Science and Christianity, Avondale, 2003.

• “In the Beginning…the History of Interpretation of Genesis 1,” In the Beginning Symposium, City Bible Forum, Melbourne, 2013.

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Bernie Power
Lecturer at the Centre for the Study of Islam and Other Faiths
Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations

Bernie’s area of expertise is in the comparative study of Islam and Christianity. He lectures on the life of Muhammad, the Qur’an, the Hadith, Apologetics, and Christian Ministry in Islamic contexts.

He frequently travels to the Middle East as well as other countries.

Bernie grew up in Sydney. He has lived and taught in Australia and the UK and various countries in Asia and the Middle East. In his spare time Bernie enjoys reading, bike riding and bushwalking.

Education

• Doctor of Theology (Early Islamic texts) - Melbourne School of Theology.

• Master of Arts in Theology (Hons), Ridley College, University of Melbourne

• Bachelor of Theology (Hons) – Bible College of Victoria

• Certificate in TEFL – Trinity College, Retford, UK

• Diploma of Education - Sydney Teachers College

• Bachelor of Science - University of Sydney

Selected Publications written by Bernie Power

a) “The Sunni Hadith and the Last Day” in Brent Neely (ed.) Islam and the Last Day (Melbourne: Melbourne School of Theology Press, 2013)

b) “The Future of the Muslim Community in Australia” in John Azumah and Peter Riddell (eds) Islam and Christianity on the Edge (Melbourne: Acorn Press, 2013)

c) “The Incarnation expressed Through a Conversion Testimony from Indonesia ” (with Peter Riddell and Ailish Eves) in David Singh (ed.) Jesus and the Incarnation: Reflections from Christians in Islamic Contexts (Wipf & Stock, 2012)

d) “The Incarnation as Apologetic” in St Francis Magazine Vol 9,No6; December 2013

e) “9/11 – Ten years on – What has happened? What have we learned?” – EA magazine – Sept 2011/ CSIOF Bulletin 4, 2011

f) Articles on “Yemen”, “United Arab Emirates” and “Tunisia” in Erwin Fahlbusch et al. (eds.) The Encyclopedia of Christianity (Grand Rapids, Michigan, 2008)

Selected Presentations by Bernie Power

a. Living with Islam, Doha, Qatar – November, 2013

b. Surviving in the Middle East, Dubai, United Arab Emirates – November, 2013

c. GAFCON (Global Anglican Futures Conference), Nairobi, Kenya – October 2013

d. The Gospel and Asian Culture, Manila, Philippines – October 2013

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Colin Kruse
ThL; BD; MPhil; PhD
Senior Lecturer
New Testament

Colin and Rosemary came to BCV after 16 years at Ridley College. In the 20 years following his ordination into the Anglican ministry, Colin gained practical experience in parishes in Australia and the USA, also five years of missionary service with CMS as a theological lecturer in Indonesia.

He is a prolific writer. Besides journal articles on the New Testament, Old Testament, and the Dead Sea Scrolls, he has authored several books including New Testament Models for Ministry: Jesus and Paul (Marshall, Morgan and Scott); The Second Epistle of Paul to the Corinthians (IVP/Eerdmans); Paul, the Law and Justification (IVP/Hendrickson), and commentaries on The Letters of John (Eerdmans/IVP) and The Gospel according to John (IVP/Eerdmans).

Colin is currently writing a commentary on Romans for the Pillar New Testament Commentary series (Eerdmans/IVP).

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Delle Matthews
Cert IV WT&A; BEd; GD Reading Ed; MA (Ling); MEd Admin
Dean of Studies
Missions

Delle has a background as a remedial reading teacher that led her into literacy work with a passion for enabling others to read God's word.

She has been a member of Wycliffe Bible Translators and SIL International for 22 years as Literacy Co-ordinator for SIL Indonesia serving in West Papua and teaching Literacy and Training Across Cultures at SPSIL.

Delle began working in educational administration while there and completed a Masters in Educational Administration in order to develop what she believes is a gift from God. She is dedicated to serving God through education, furthering His kingdom by helping to ensure others are skilled and qualified for their ministries.

Her hobbies include knitting (she belongs to the Handknitters Guild), gardening and walking.

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Doug McComiskey
B.Sc. Chemical Engineering w Honours (U. Illinois, USA),; MDiv (TEDS, USA); PhD New Testament (U.Aberdeen, Scotland)
Director of MST Postgraduate
New Testament, Postgraduate Studies

Dr Doug McComiskey is widely regarded as a gifted and passionate teacher, pastor and mentor and joined the MST Faculty as Director of MST Postgraduate Institute at the start of 2013.

Prior to joining the Faculty at MST, Doug served Ridley Melbourne, a sister ACT College, for over 13 years as Senior Lecturer in New Testament, Director of Overseas Student Affairs and Chair of Postgraduate Studies. Before Ridley, Doug also held academic roles at North American Baptist Seminary in South Dakota, USA, Edmonton Baptist Seminary in Alberta, Canada and the University of Aberdeen, Scotland.

As a scholar, Doug has published widely, including a book on the Gospel of Luke, as well as several major journal articles based on significant research topics. His research interests include Biblical theology and exegesis, the Gospels, the books of Hebrews and 1 Peter and the theology of Biblical narrative. He is currently writing a book on a Biblical theology of restoration from exile.

He completed his PhD at the University of Aberdeen in Scotland on the literary structure of Luke chapters 4 -24, under the supervision of distinguished New Testament scholar, I. Howard Marshall.

Doug grew up in the United States and initially studied and worked in Chemical Engineering before radically changing track, completing a Master of Divinity at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and moving to Western Australia, where he was ordained a Baptist Minister and served a congregation in Pingelly.

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Greg Forbes
BTh(Hons); MTh; PhD
Head Department of Biblical Studies
Greek, Hermeneutics, New Testament

Greg has had close ties with MST since he commenced undergraduate studies at the college in 1986. After completing a BTh in 1991, he has since completed an MTh on Revelation 20 and was awarded a PhD from Deakin University for a thesis on the parables in Luke.

Greg is married to Anne-Maree and they have three sons. Both Greg and Anne-Maree have considerable experience in small group ministry, and currently attend Yarra Valley Vineyard Church.

Greg’s particular study interests lie in historical Jesus research, and Greek grammar as it relates to exegesis.

He is a keen golfer, and both he and Anne-Maree are avid gardeners and enjoy relaxing at the beach.

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Peter Riddell
BA; DipEd; GradDipDiv; PhD
Vice Principal (Academic) and Dean of the Centre for the Study of Islam and Other Faiths
Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations

Peter took his PhD at the Australian National University, focusing on Islam in Southeast Asia. He studied Qur’anic Exegesis at L’Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes/Sorbonne (Paris) and held a post-doctoral fellowship at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He has previously taught at the Australian National University, the Institut Pertanian Bogor (Indonesia), the London School of Oriental and African Studies, and was appointed as Professor of Islamic Studies at the London School of Theology, where he served from 1996-2007 as the founding Director of the Centre for Islamic Studies and Muslim-Christian Relations. In addition to his present MST appointment, Peter is also a Professorial Research Associate in the Department of History, SOAS, University of London.

Peter has published widely on Southeast Asia, Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations. His books include Transferring a Tradition (Berkeley, Centers for South and Southeast Asian Studies, Univ. California, 1990); Islam and the Malay-Indonesian World: Transmission and Responses (London, Hurst, 2001); Islam in Context (with Peter Cotterell, Grand Rapids, Baker, 2003); and Christians and Muslims: pressures and potential in a post-9/11 world (Leicester, IVP, 2004). His edited volumes include Islam: Essays in Scripture, Thought and Society (with Tony Street, Leiden, Brill, 1997); Angels and Demons (with Beverly Smith Riddell, Leicester, IVP, 2007); and Islam and Christianity on the Edge: Talking Points in Christian-Muslim Relations into the 21st Century (with John Azumah, Melbourne, Acorn Press, 2013).

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Richard Coombs
Dip. Theol; GD Ministry;
Associate Lecturer
Early Church History

Richard was brought up in New Zealand and studied theology and for the ministry in the New Zealand Baptist Theological College.

He had two churches in New Zealand before crossing the Tasman and pastoring two churches in Melbourne - Beaumaris Baptist and North Balwyn Baptist.

Richard has been interested in Missions and in 2002 took up the role as Australasian Director for MECO (Middle East Christian Outreach). He has travelled extensively in the Middle East and preaches regularly in different churches about the opportunities and challenges Islam and the Middle East.

Richard is married to Margaret and they have three sons – Jon (married to Jen), Tim and Nick (married to Julie). He is an avid cricket fan (his second Bible is ‘Wisden’); supports the All Black rugby team; and plays golf.

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Rev. Dr. Scott Harrower
PhD (Systematic Theology)
Lecturer in Theology and Church History

Scott’s areas of expertise in theology include the theology of Holy Spirit and of the Trinity. In the realm of historical studies Scott specialises in research into the historical Jesus, the Roman Empire, and the Later Middle Ages.

He also leads our Reformation Study Tour, focusing on Lutheran and Reformed history in such areas as Germany, Switzerland and France.

Scott grew up in Argentina. He worked in various hospitals in Melbourne and in Argentina before working in local church ministry in Melbourne and in the USA. Scott travels to Germany every year in order to encourage Christian students at Marburg University and to participate in a mentoring group. In his spare time Scott enjoys following American Football and going for walks on the beach.

Education

• PhD (Systematic Theology) Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Chicago.

• Research Master in Historical Theology, Australian College of Theology

• Graduate Diploma (Bible and Ministry), Australian College of Theology

• Master of Divinity, Australian College of Theology

• Bachelor of Health Science, Deakin University

• Diploma of Spanish (Salamanca University, Spain)

Selected Publications

• Harrower, S (2012). Trinitarian Self and Salvation, An Evangelical Engagement with Rahner’s Rule. WIPF and Stock: Eugene.

• (with Don Carson) “Calvin as Commentator and Theologian.” Calvin, Geneva and Revival: Papers Read at the 2009 Westminster Conference. Ed. J. F. Harris. 2010, 30-44.

• “From Pride to Peace: An Augustinian Engagement with Pluralism and Post-Modernism,” Themelios, 2005, 30/3 42-58

Selected Presentations

• “Reich Gottes/The Kingdom of God” at Bibel- und Missionsschule (BMS), Karlsruhe, Germany

• “Reconciliation and Revelation: God Speaks to his Children,” Evangelical Theological Society Annual Meeting, Rhode Island, USA

• “Everyday Christianity – A Theology of Vocation,” Evangelical Theological Society Annual Meeting, San Francisco, USA

• “The Analogical Nature of Discourse about God,” Evangelical Theological Society Annual Meeting, Wisconsin, USA

Affiliations

• Scott is an ordained Anglican Minister

• Member of the Society of Biblical Literature, the Evangelical Theological Society and the T.F. Torrance Society.

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Ted Woods
LTh; DipRE; DipTheol; BA(Hons); MA(Oxon); DLitt et Phil (Biblical Studies)
Associate Lecturer
Old Testament

Ted trained at the Baptist Theological College of New South Wales, and then pursued post-graduate studies at Bristol University and Oxford University in the UK. He was then involved in the pastoral ministry in NSW and missionary service in Zambia (with ABMS), principally as a lecturer in Old Testament at the Theological College of Central Africa. In March 1990, he received his doctorate in Biblical Studies from the University of South Africa.

In his busy schedule, Ted finds time for sporting interests, reading, commentary writing, and preaching. He is currently writing a commentary on Deuteronomy for the Tyndale Old Testament commentary series.

Ted has been a moderator for the Australian College of Theology in Old Testament.

He is married to Jenny and they have three daughters.

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Tim Meyers
B.Ed (Melbourne), ThM (Dallas)
Principal

Tim Meyers is the Principal of Melbourne School of Theology.

He joined MST at the end of 2011 following 12 years in senior leadership roles with mission agency Pioneers and almost a decade in pastoral ministry with Baptist churches in Queensland. Tim also trained and worked as a professional musician and secondary school teacher and also trained as a commercial pilot with Mission Aviation Fellowship, prior to moving into ministry.

Tim completed his Masters of Theology at Dallas Theological Seminary (Texas, USA) in 1991, with majors in Systematic Theology and Bible Exposition.

He has great skills in leadership and administration, and strong gifts in teaching and preaching, cultural and organisational change, as well as entrepreneurial abilities.

In his time with Pioneers Australia and Pioneers International, Tim became known as a strong leader and innovator as well as a church preacher, teacher and conference speaker in Australia and overseas. While in leadership at Pioneers, he oversaw strong growth in the public profile of Pioneers as well as healthy numerical growth in the number of mission workers sent, support raised and countries served by Australia.

Tim grew up in a missionary family in Papua and New Guinea before moving to Melbourne during high school, where he later met and married Kathryn. They have five children.