Faculty & Staff
We are convinced the staff at QTC can hold its own with any team in the world – not only is each member highly qualified in their subject area (and in most cases, having published in that area and beyond) – but passionate about gospel ministry in the local church and throughout the world.
Gary has been the Principal of QTC since the start of 2012. After studying chemistry in his home city of Belfast, Gary moved to Aberdeen in Scotland to study theology, before completing a D.Phil at Oxford on Deuteronomy (published as Now Choose Life in the series New Studies in Biblical Theology). Gary worked as a pastor for the next 17 years in both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland and was involved in both church revitalization and church planting, before moving to Brisbane to lead the team at QTC. Gary teaches Old Testament, Biblical Theology and Preaching, and preaches most weeks in college chapel. In 2013, along with Phil Campbell (see below), Gary wrote Saving Eutychus, a highly acclaimed book on preaching. He has published various chapters and articles, such as Jesus Betrayed and Crucified in His Mission: Jesus in the Gospel of Luke (ed. D.A. Carson and K. Nielsen), the addresses from the 2013 Gospel Coalition conference in Orlando, Florida. He has also contributed to the ESV Men’s Devotional Bible and has recently completed a “Biblical Theology of Prayer’”, a forthcoming volume to be published in IVP’s NSBT series. He is currently working on a major commentary on 1 & 2 Kings. Gary travels widely throughout Australia and beyond, seeking to encourage local churches. Gary is married to Fiona, and they have three daughters, Lucy, Sophie and Rebekah. Hear what Gary has to say about his subject areas at QTC.
Not only does Andrew have an encyclopedic knowledge of Church History, but his passion for educational excellence plays a huge part in making QTC the dynamic institution that it is today. He has been with the QTC team since 2008, and our Vice-Principal since 2014. Andrew grew up in the Redlands east of Brisbane, and still loves the Bay and spending time there with family and friends whenever he gets the chance. Prior to coming to QTC, he was a pastor on the NSW Central Coast, having previously spent five years with the Queensland Government working in economic policy and project management. Andrew is particularly well-qualified to teach church history, having completed first-class honours degrees in both history and theology from UQ and Moore Theological College, as well as Masters (Cambridge University) and PhD (UQ) degrees in history. His doctoral research was on how several of the Early Church Fathers understood the crucifixion and resurrection accounts in the Gospels. Andrew also has qualifications in adult education, economics and management which help him to help QTC serve our students well, and relate to his interest in connecting theology and the real world through teaching Christian Ethics. He is married to Robyn, and they have two girls, Guinevere and Julia. Hear what Andrew has to say about his subject areas at QTC. Hear what Andrew has to say about his subject areas at QTC.
Wesley has taught New Testament and Greek at QTC since 2005. Trained at SMBC and QTC, he was a pastor for 15 years, first in country NSW and then in Ipswich. Wes grew up in Bald Hills on Brisbane’s northside, previously trained as an English teacher and worked in a local bank for five years. He is in the final stages of completing his doctorate on Galatians at UQ (he hopes to submit in mid-2014), having previously done a research masters degree on justification by faith in Paul’s letters. In all his time at QTC, no student has yet managed to catch Wes making a mistake with his Greek (which is not surprising, given he has an Honours degree in ancient Greek). Known for his passionate commitment to the weekly touch football game (during which he often looks like a man half his age), Wes throws himself into encouraging students in every year to grow more like the Lord Jesus. Wes is husband to Evelyn, and dad to Sophie, Nathan, Phoebe and Ben. Hear what Wes has to say about his subject areas at QTC.
Mark wouldn’t say so himself, but he is widely regarded as one of the most able evangelical systematic theologians in Australia today. He came to QTC straight from Oxford, where he was completing his D.Phil. on Athanasius’ Doctrine of the Atonement, having already done a masters degree in systematic theology (also at Oxford University). Prior to that, Mark had studied and then taught at Moore Theological College. Since coming back to Brisbane, the boy from Arana Hills has settled on the bayside, where he is an Elder at Redlands Presbyterian Church. Mark is responsible for a large percentage of the consumption of Coca Cola in Queensland, is married to Jenny and has two boys, Jonathan and Sam. Hear what Mark has to say about his subject areas at QTC.
Doug joined QTC in Semester 2, 2014 after more than twelve years planting and pastoring churches in the Chicago area. He previously completed studies at Wheaton College and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Doug not only adds height and a love of poetry to the QTC team, but a string of fantastic publications, including The Beginning and End of Wisdom, God’s Lyrics: Rediscovering Worship through Old Testament Songs, the Preach the Word commentaries on both Matthew and the Song of Songs, the Reformed Expository commentaries on Ecclesiastes and 1-3 John, the ESV Gospel Transformation Bible’s notes on Ecclesiastes and Song of Songs, contributions to the ESV Men’s Devotional Bible and The Pastor’s Book together with R. Kent Hughes. We are thrilled that Doug, Emily and the O’Donnell clan have come to Brisbane, where Doug will do further research on Matthew’s Gospel alongside his teaching. Hear what Doug has to say about his subject areas at QTC.
We are delighted that Prof. Douglas Green has joined us from Westminster Theological Seminary Philadelphia at the start of 2016 to teach Old Testament. Doug is a Sydneysider (who sadly supports the Sea Eagles!), who has returned home with his wife Rosemarie after teaching at WTS for 23 years, most recently as Professor of Old Testament and Biblical Theology. Doug completed his doctorate in Old Testament at Yale University. He has published articles and book chapters on the Psalter, Ezra, Nehemiah, Job and Genesis. He has also authored a book on the Semitic background to the Old Testament, and was part of the team who translated the Holy Bible , New Living Translation.
Stu brings a wealth of experience and passion for youth and children’s ministry in particular to his role at QTC. As well as leading the ‘Wordworks’ course – our pathway to effective ministry amongst young people – Stu is co-ordinating all our chaplaincy courses (aged care, schools and even hospital) as we develop these crucial areas of practical ministry. He is married to Belinda and together they have three teenage children. Hear what Stu has to say about his subject areas at QTC.
Phil has taught preaching for over 10 years at QTC, and been training and mentoring newer preachers for even longer! He has almost 25 years experience leading local churches in both the city and the country. Phil is the Senior Pastor of Mitchelton Presbyterian Church on the north side of Brisbane, a church which has planted multiple congregations across that part of the city. He is the co-author (along with Gary Millar) of Saving Eutychus, which is, according the authors, probably the best book on preaching to have come out of North Brisbane this century!
Lesleigh was a pastor for over 20 years. In his current role with the Presbyterian Church of Queensland, he works to enable church structures and systems to deliver the best possible outcomes for the gospel. Lesleigh teaches Presbyterian Polity (church government) to Presbyterian ordination candidates, and to anyone else who will listen!
Sam is ‘Mr Missions’ at QTC. Sam’s passionate Irish tones (yes, we have two of them) are heard all over NSW and Queensland, as he carries out his ‘day job’ with CMS, encouraging individuals and churches to take our responsibility for mission seriously. Here at QTC, Sam heads up our ‘MENTAC’ programme (‘mentoring across cultures’), as well as leading our foundational mission intensive, co-ordinating our overseas mission experiences and ensuring that the highest quality mission units are developed and delivered at QTC.
Richard, is a research fellow with the Centre for Public Christianity in Sydney, and has completed a PhD relating to Islam at the University of Melbourne after initial theological training at Moore College, Sydney. He is part of the Understanding and Answering Islam team at Ravi Zacharias International Ministries, and part-time Director of the Centre for the Study of Islam at MST. He teaches regularly on ministry in Muslim contexts in Australian colleges, universities, churches and schools. For ten years, Richard pastored a multi-ethnic local church. His publications include Witnessing to Western Muslims and the philosophical apologetic The Wisdom of Islam and the Foolishness of Christianity. He lives in Sydney with his wife and four sons. Richard teaches at QTC on ministry in diverse cultural contexts and on ministry in Muslim contexts.
Russell Williams is a young adults pastor at Arundel on the Gold Coast. Originally from Ferny Grove on Brisbane’s north side, he studied Engineering at UQ (including a PhD in sewerage!) and later trained at Moore Theological College. Russell is an extremely gifted classroom teacher who helps with our first year New Testament subjects. He is married to Jocelyn and they have three children.
Bruce was QTC Principal from 2007-2011, and in that time did a lot to develop QTC into the great place it is today. Originally from Toowoomba, Bruce and his wife Lyn lived in Cambridge for over 20 years, where Bruce was the Warden of Tyndale House, a leading centre for evangelical biblical scholarship. Bruce previously lectured in New Testament at Moore Theological College and in Singapore. He is a widely respected authority on the historical background to the New Testament, having published many works in this area as well as on Paul’s letters to the Corinthians. In his current role at QTC as Emeritus Professor of New Testament Context, Bruce teaches part-time at QTC, while continuing to serve the church through his writing. Also, we should warn you: Bruce’s clever sense of humour is legendary!
Robyn is married to Andrew (see above), and teaches the theological ethics course with him. Robyn is a medical doctor who also completed a theological degree at Moore College, Sydney, and is currently doing postgraduate study in bioethics. She has also worked as the women’s pastor on a church team, in student ministry with AFES in NSW, and as a speaker she is a great encouragement to women in a wide range of churches. Robyn co-leads M2W, our 12 week ministry course for women with Fiona Millar.
Fiona is married to Gary (see above), and brings over 25 years of experience to both our Children’s Ministry subjects (taught with Stu Hoadley) and M2W, our 12 week ministry course for women (co-led with Robyn Bain). Fiona trained as a teacher at Oxford, taught for 7 years in England and Ireland, whilst doing student ministry and evangelism. After the Millars moved to Dublin in 2000, Fiona led the Children’s Ministry (teaching, writing material and training both paid and volunteer leaders) and Women’s Ministry (setting up a citywide network for those involved in teaching women the Bible). As well as looking after her daughters, Lucy, Sophie and Rebekah, Fiona is now involved in writing Children’s material, training new leaders, encouraging and supporting those involved in Women’s Ministry and teaching Scripture in her local school. She regularly speaks at Christian women’s events across Queensland and beyond.
Carolyn has over thirty years experience as a GP and Christian Counsellor here in Brisbane. Carolyn co-ordinates our CCEF Biblical Counselling courses and also contributes to our units in Pastoral Skills and Methods, Aged Care Ministry, and our Ministry to Women course. When she is not busy counselling or training others she can be found at her sewing machine. Hear what Carolyn has to say about our CCEF courses.
Adjunct Lecturers – Coming Year
Peter Adam will be teaching part of our upper year systematic theology program in 2016. Peter has served as Vicar of St Jude’s Carlton and Principal of Ridley College in Melbourne, is an experienced systematic theologian and widely loved conference speaker, whose PhD from Durham University focused on the theme of the imitation of Christ in modern theology.
Peter Jensen will be teaching our first year systematic theology unit in 2016. Formerly Archbishop of Sydney and long-serving Principal of Moore College, Peter holds an Oxford DPhil in the theology of the English Reformers and has taught systematic theology over four decades.
Peter Moore will be teaching part of our upper year systematic theology program in 2016. Peter has taught systematics, New Testament and practical theology, and has served for many years as a Presbyterian minister in regional and metropolitan New South Wales. He currently mentors 30 Anglican, Baptist and Presbyterian ministers in NSW, Qld, W.A. and Japan and teaches with the Timothy Partnership. He holds a research masters in historical theology (Moore TC) and a PhD in the history of persuasion (Macquarie), focusing on strategies for personal transformation in the preaching of Chrysostom and Calvin.
Pastoral Care & Administrative Staff