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Rev. Tim Meyers
Rev. Tim MeyersPrincipal

MA Law - University of Queensland
MATh  - Dallas Theological Seminary

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.

Prior to moving into ministry roles, Tim trained and worked as a professional musician, then as a secondary school teacher and also trained as a commercial pilot with Mission Aviation Fellowship.

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.

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.

    Dr. Peter Riddell
    Dr. Peter RiddellVice Principal (Academic)

    BA, DipEd  - Sydney
    GradDipDiv  - Sydney College Divinity
    PhD  - Australian National University

    Teaches: Islamic Studies, Christian-Muslim Relations, Aid & Development

    Peter completed 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 next book will be a historical study of the Qur'an in Southeast Asia, to be published by Brill Publishers in 2017.

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    Peter Tyrrell
    Peter TyrrellVice Principal (Community and Operations)

    B.Ed (Deakin); Dip Primary Teaching (Deakin); Grad.Cert Div (ACT)

    Peter Tyrrell is the Vice Principal (Community & Operations) at the Melbourne School of Theology. Peter has extensive experience as a teacher in schools throughout Victoria. Prior to joining the MST team, Peter was the CEO of Chuck Swindoll’s radio-Bible teaching ministry, Insight for Living Australia, and host of his daily radio program that broadcast on over 80 stations across Australia, in New Zealand and the South Pacific.

    Peter’s ministry experience includes six years with Focus on the Family Australia, where he was a co-developer of such programs as How to Drug Proof Your Kids, Heritage Builders and No Apologies, for which he directed and produced a self-paced, instructional DVD series for international release. Peter has held senior positions in the telecommunications industry as a business analyst, and in the areas of quality management, support services and IT.

    Peter is married to Cornelia and they have four daughters. Peter enjoys camping, carpentry, photography, bass guitar and cycling. He will be leading a group of cycling enthusiasts in the up and coming Bay in a Day event to raise money for missions.

    Dr. Richard Shumack
    Dr. Richard ShumackDirector of The Arthur Jeffery Centre for the Study of Islam

    B Surv. (UNSW)
    BTh (Moore)
    PhD (University of Melbourne)

    Richard is the Director of The Arthur Jeffery Centre for the Study of Islam. Richard is based in Sydney with his wife and four sons. He has studied extensively on the Islamic faith and has worked as a fellow specialising in philosophy of religion with the Centre for Public Christianity. He is also involved with the Understanding and Answering Islam team at Ravi Zacharias International Ministries. Richard teaches regularly on ministry in Muslim contexts in Australian colleges, universities, churches and schools. His publications include Witnessing to Western Muslims and the philosophical apologetic The Wisdom of Islam and the Foolishness of Christianity.

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      Rev. Dr. Doug McComiskey
      Rev. Dr. Doug McComiskeyDirector of Postgraduate Studies

      B.Sc. Chemical Engineering w Honours (U. Illinois, USA)
      MDiv (TEDS, USA)
      PhD New Testament (U.Aberdeen, Scotland)

      Director of MST Postgraduate
      Teaches: New Testament, Postgraduate Studies

      Doug 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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      Dr. Greg Forbes
      Dr. Greg ForbesGreek, Hermeneutics and New Testament Lecturer

      BTh - Australian College of Theology (ACT)
      MTh - ACT
      PhD - Deakin University

      Teaches: New Testament, Greek, and Hermeneutics

      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.

      Research interests include Synoptic Gospels, General Epistles, and Greek grammar as it relates to exegesis.

      Greg is married to Anne-Maree and they have three sons.

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      Delle Matthews
      Delle MatthewsDean of Studies

      DMin (Cand.)
      MEd. Admin - University of New England
      MA (Applied Linguistics) - University of Texas, New Arlington
      GDip in Educational Studies, Literacy - Kuring-gai College of Advanced Education
      B.Ed. (Primary) - University of Sydney

      Delle 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 at SIL, Kangaroo Ground.

      Delle began working in educational administration while there and completed a Masters in Educational Administration. She is dedicated to serving God through education, furthering His kingdom by helping to ensure others are skilled and qualified for their ministries. Her current research interest is in retention of theological students and how faith impacts decisions of students.

      Dr. Andrew Brown
      Dr. Andrew BrownOld Testament Lecturer

      BA (Bible) - Tennessee Temple University, Chattanooga, Tennessee, 1992
      BMin/BTh - Queensland Baptist College of Ministries (QBCM), now Malyon College, Brisbane (1999)
      BA Hons – University of Queensland, Brisbane (2001)
      PhD – University of Queensland (2011)

      Teaches: Biblical Hebrew (LA003A-B), Old Testament Foundations (OT301/501), Old Testament Prophets & Writings (OT302/502), Reading & Believing: Hermeneutics & Genesis 1-3 (OT758) and Psalter (OT426/626).

      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.

      Following a short stint of Bible college teaching and administrative work, he completed 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.

      Soon after arrival at MST, Andrew 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.

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      Gillian Asquith
      Gillian AsquithGreek and New Testament Lecturer

      Gillian grew up in the UK and completed her first degree, a Master of Arts in Oriental Studies (Mandarin Chinese), at the University of Oxford. After gaining a Post-Graduate Certificate in Education from Bristol University, Gillian pursued a career in teaching in both the public and private sectors.

      Gillian graduated from Melbourne School of Theology with a Master of Divinity. She has lectured in Early Christianity at the Australian Catholic University, and is an adjunct faculty member of the Presbyterian Theological College. She held the position of College Tutor at Ridley College and currently tutors in the Faculty of Theology and Philosophy at the Australian Catholic University. She is a Trustee of the Centre for Biblical Preaching and a Director of Summer Institute of Linguistics Australia.

      Gillian lectures in Koine Greek, New Testament at MST and she is MST's First Year Co-ordinator. Her areas of interest include the transmission of the text of the New Testament and biblical archaeology.

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      Dr. Michael Bräutigam
      Dr. Michael BräutigamTheology Lecturer

      Michael and his wife, Jenni, are originally from Germany. They lived for several years in Scotland, where Michael tutored in theology and completed his PhD. His doctoral dissertation focuses on the Christology of Swiss theologian Adolf Schlatter (1852–1938), and he has also published on Jonathan Edwards, Dutch Neo-Calvinism, and the relation between theology and culture. Michael has worked as a pastor in Germany (Free Evangelical Church), and he served as an elder in a local Edinburgh congregation of the Free Church of Scotland.

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      Dr. Thomas Kimber
      Dr. Thomas KimberSenior Lecturer in Missional & Pastoral Theology

      Dr Thomas Kimber has recently been appointed as a lecturer in Missional and Pastoral Theology at MST. Tom and his wife, Sue, have moved all the way from the USA to call Australia home. The couple has served in ministry together for more than 30 years, in teaching, pastoring, writing and mentoring capacities.

      Tom and Sue served as missionaries in Asia for many years before returning to the U. S. in 2006, where they both served at Biola University. They have been married for more than 30 years and have a son, Thomas.

      Tom holds both M. Div. and PhD degrees from Talbot School of Theology. Tom's areas of research interest include the integration of spiritual formation in missiology and pastoral theology.

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      Dr. Matthew Jacoby
      Dr. Matthew JacobyLecturer in Philosophy, Preaching and the Arts

      B.Th (ACT)
      B.Lit Hons (Deakin)
      Ph.D (Philosophy) (University of Melbourne)

      Matthew is the teaching pastor at Moolap and Barrabool Hills Baptist Church in Geelong. At MST he teaches philosophy, apologetics, preaching, worship and the arts. Matthew is also the lead member of the internationally acclaimed Psalms project band, Sons of Korah, who continue to record and tour around the world. Matthew is married to Kate and together they have three children, Sophia, Jeremiah and Ivy. Matthew is passionate about the arts and also enjoys running, surfing and watching football (soccer).

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      Dr. Bernie Power
      Dr. Bernie PowerIslam and Christian-Muslim Relations Lecturer

      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

      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.

      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.

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      Dr. Colin Kruse
      Dr. Colin KruseSenior Lecturer

      ThL (Australian College of Theology)
      BDiv (University of London)
      MPhil (University of London)
      PhD (Fuller Theological Seminary)

      Teaches: Various New Testament subjects at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

      Colin and Rosemary came to Melbourne School of Theology (then called Bible College of Victoria) after 16 years at Ridley College. In the 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, before taking up his positions at Ridley College and the Melbourne School of theology.

      Colin 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 (IVP/Eerdmans) and The Gospel according to John (IVP/Eerdmans).

      Colin recently released a commentary on Romans for the Pillar New Testament Commentary series (Eerdmans/IVP).

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      Dr. Ted Woods
      Dr. Ted WoodsOld Testament Lecturer

      LTh
      DipRE
      DipTheol
      BA(Hons)
      MA(Oxon)
      DLitt et Phil (Biblical Studies)

      Associate Lecturer
      Teaches: 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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      Rev. Richard Coombs
      Rev. Richard CoombsChurch History Lecturer

      M.Th. (Hons) - South Africa Theological Seminary, South Africa
      GD. Min.- Melbourne College of Divinity (MCD)
      Dip. Th. - MCD
      Teaches: Early Church History

      Richard grew up in New Zealand but has lived in Australia for more than 20 years. He is married to Margaret and together they have three married sons and one grand-daughter.

      Richard underwent his theological training for the Baptist ministry at the New Zealand Baptist Theological College (now Carey Baptist College in Auckland).

      Richard pastored two Baptist churches in New Zealand before arriving in Melbourne where he pastored the Beaumaris Baptist and North Balwyn Baptist churches.

      In 2002 Richard became Australian Director for MECO Australia (Middle East Christian Outreach) with additional oversight of promoting needs and opportunities in churches in Asia.

      In this role Richard has travelled extensively through the Middle East. He preaches regularly in churches and at Mission Conferences about the opportunities and challenges of Islam and the Middle East.
      Outside work, Richard enjoys cricket (his second Bible is “Wisden”!); supports the All Black rugby team; plays golf; reads and writes.

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      Ben Chenoweth
      Ben ChenowethEducational Designer/eLearning Coordinator

      BSc, DipEd – University of Melbourne
      BTh – Australian College of Theology (ACT)
      MTh – ACT

      Ben completed a Bachelor of Theology and a Masters of Theology (looking at the parable of the Talents) at the Bible College of Victoria. He then joined Wycliffe Australia and worked in St. Petersburg, Russia, for nearly 10 years providing computer support for language teams scattered across the former Soviet Union. During that time he also taught at the International Academy of St. Petersburg.

      Ben is married to Kylie (also a BTh graduate of BCV) and they have two daughters, Kate and Eleanor. Ben has a particular interest in the intersection between theology and the arts. To this end he has written The Ephesus Scroll, an exciting historical novel with interlocking timelines that simultaneously explore the questions ‘What did the book of Revelation mean for those who first received it?’ and ‘What does it mean for us today?’, and The Corinth Letters, another exciting historical novel that describes the context that gave rise to 1 and 2 Corinthians while also adding in romance, document forgery, archaeology, and descriptions of delicious Greek food. He has also written a play based on the life of King Saul and a musical based on the book of Esther.

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