The life of a student is a busy one. Along with attending lectures and completing assignments, many MST and Eastern students have jobs, many have ministry responsibilities in local churches, and some have spouses and children. Even with those ongoing time commitments, though, the 2019 Student Leadership Team carves out time and energy to serve the MSTEastern community in a variety of ways, all with the goal of strengthening the spiritual and relational lives of students.
Serving in the capacity of co-presidents are third-year Bachelor of Ministry student Mairéad Green and Josiah Hilbig, who is in his second year of working toward his Bachelor of Theology.
Mairéad is a local girl, calling Ferntree Gully her home, and she attends Christ Church in Dingley, where she is involved in youth ministry and was recently commissioned as children’s pastor. Riding her horse, painting and drawing, and reading are Mairéad’s choices for relaxation, and she says that Proverbs 3:5-6 is a scriptural encouragement that is particularly meaningful to her.
Josiah’s passions run toward the arts, and he enjoys writing, acting, and directing stage plays, as well as playing the piano and singing. Josiah is from Upwey, attends Upwey Community Baptist Church, and his hope for the future is to be a full-time minister.
Chris Groszek provides oversight in music and worship. He’s a fourth-year Master of Divinity student who is married to Jess and has three children: Sam, Hannah, and new bubby Daniel born in June. The Groszek family attends NewHope Baptist, usually attending either the Blackburn or Croydon congregation, while Jess also serves as campus pastor for the Surrey Hills branch.
Serving in the area of hospitality is Hannah Stanley, who is currently in her second year of studying for her Bachelor in Primary Education with Eastern College Australia. Hannah enjoys creative writing and devotes some of her leisure time to story writing. She’s also a Dr. Who aficionado. Hannah comes from Clayton, attends St Andrews Presbyterian Church, and hopes to be involved in some aspect of disability justice activism in the future.
Isaac Chen is heading up events this year. Isaac comes from Glen Waverley and is in his first year of the Graduate Diploma in Divinity course. His interests are widely diverse, ranging from record collecting to road tripping to sea shantying (singing songs that were once sung to accompany labor on board large merchant ships). Romans 8:6 is one of Isaac’s favorite verses of Scripture.
Rounding out the team in the area of mission is a Master of Christian Studies student who cannot be named, since his future plans include mission service in a creative access country.
We’re grateful for the strong leadership that the team provides!