You’ve read enough information from us on why we think you should study at QTC, now it’s time to hear from our Graduates who can tell you about life as a student and how this has prepared them for life after college.
Jayesh & Jess Naran
Jayesh and Jess married at the start of 2015 and started studying at QTC a week later. They both finished with a Master of Divinity in 2018, with Jayesh also completing further study for Presbyterian Candidacy. They have one son, Zeke. Jayesh is the pastor of Ithaca Presbyterian in Paddington and Jess helps as much as she can while also looking after Zeke.
What’s one thing you learnt at QTC that helps you in your current ministry? QTC best prepared us for teaching the Bible, especially as Jayesh writes his sermons each week, but also as we are part of Bible study groups and catch up to read the Bible with others one-on-one.
What’s the best thing about being in ministry? Seeing people understand who Jesus is afresh is definitely the best part of ministry. We are blessed to have a beautiful historic building which seems to draw people from our community through the doors. Some have become followers of Jesus which is amazing to see and be a part of.
Lloyd graduated from QTC in 2018 completing an MDiv/GradDipDiv. He now works primarily with AFES at the James Cook University in Cairns, and has been dipping into some kids ministry at Cairns Presbyterian Church. He and Wendy have three kids, Brynley who is finishing off grade 1, and Erin and Lucy, who spend time at home together, until the joys of kindergarten begin for Erin next year.
What’s one thing you learnt at QTC that helps you in your current ministry? Honestly, I could pick any number of the things I learnt and reflect on how they have helped me in ministry, but there is a very simple and obvious thing under it all – keep preaching the gospel to yourself. Keep feeding on it; keep pausing and applying God’s word to your own heart, so that we might keep marveling at God’s glory in Christ.
What’s the best thing about being in ministry? Getting to walk alongside people as they see Jesus more clearly. They joy, or conviction rubs off and you get to share that and be encouraged through them. There is a mutual cherishing of Christ that is really beautiful.
Brad finished his studies at QTC in 2016. He completed a Bachelor of Theology. He is now the minister at Goondiwindi Presbyterian Church. He is married to Sharna and they have four kids, Mark, Aubrey, Zeke and Toby.
What’s one thing you learnt at QTC that helps you in your current ministry? My goal in heading to QTC in the first place was to learn how to teach the Bible well, and I did learn lots of skills in how to do that, but I was also schooled in how to wonder at the depth and richness of God’s Word.
What’s the best thing about being in ministry? It is an immense privilege to be able to speak to people about Jesus, the Bible and the stuff that really matters in life.
Sally graduated with a Master of Divinity mid-2018. She is engaged to be married to Pierre in 2022. She now works part-time with the Australian Fellowship of Evangelical Students with international students at UQ helping students to explore Christianity and grow in their faith. She also works one day a week as a Speech Pathologist.
What’s one thing you learnt at QTC that helps you in your current ministry? QTC helped deepen my core understanding of my faith, especially through spending so much time studying God’s word. The foundations of what we know about Christianity stands on the shoulders of so many that have come before us in Church History and that also has strengthened my foundational convictions that are essential for serving God.
What’s the best thing about being in ministry? The privilege of sharing the gospel on a weekly basis and seeing people grow in their understanding of the gospel!
Michael graduated from QTC in 2016 with an Associate Degree in Theology. He is now a minister at St. Bart’s Anglican, Toowoomba. He is engaged to Rachel.
What’s one thing you learnt at QTC that helps you in your current ministry? It helped me in understanding Biblical Theology; how the Bible fits together, as well as how we play our part in that story.
What’s the best thing about being in ministry? The thing I love the most in ministry is seeing people coming to new revelations in the Bible and understanding more just they spend time in God’s word by themselves. Also, seeing people mature in Christ, no matter their age.
Megan is a ministry worker at Providence Church, a multicultural church in Sunnybank. She also teaches Hebrew here at QTC! Megan finished up her studies in 2017 with a Master of Divinity.
What’s one thing you learnt at QTC that helps you in your current ministry? My time at QTC helped me to fill out the big picture of the bible’s message and my understanding of God. This helps me to have confidence whenever I’m teaching God’s word or speaking the gospel in pastoral conversations; to communicate the foundations of our gospel hope with clarity.
What’s the best thing about being in ministry? I get to spend my time soaking in the gospel and holding out this treasure to my brothers and sisters. In this way, I get to be more assured every day of Christ’s trustworthiness – as I see him prove faithful to his children through their joys and challenges.
Gabe graduated from QTC at the end of 2018 with a Master of Divinity. He is married to April and they have two kids under 10. They are all born, bred and based in Singapore, and have fond memories of being part of the QTC community and of Brisbane. In Singapore, he is a pastor at The Crossing Church, a growing church of slightly more than 1000 people in six congregations. His main focus is serving their 200 kids and youth, showing them Jesus and his good news every week.
What’s one thing you learnt at QTC that helps you in your current ministry? To stand firm in and never move on from the awesome gospel that we are God’s family because of our union with Christ, and the importance of teaching God’s Word faithfully to show this good news.
I really appreciate QTC’s dedication in having lecturers who keep us grounded in the gospel and help us grow in it by the faithful teaching of God’s Word.
What’s the best thing about being in ministry? Having a front row seat to seeing how God brings the most unlikely people to trust in him! It is a real delight to be a part of God’s mission to bring people to know and trust his love for them in Christ.
After graduating from QTC in 2019, Chris moved to Townsville where he is a pastor at Willows Presbyterian Church. He completed a Master of Divinity at QTC. He and Rebecca have three kids, Samantha, Madison and Alex.
What’s one thing you learnt at QTC that helps you in your current ministry? I learned how to grow in my knowledge and love of God through carefully listening to him in his Word. This is what I want for everyone in my congregation and I can’t lead them where I haven’t gone myself.
What’s the best thing about being in ministry? Seeing people come to know the Lord Jesus more intimately, discover his unbelievable grace and have him transform them by his Spirit.
Dan has taken on a pastorate in a reformed Baptist church in Suffolk, England. He finished up at QTC in 2019 with a Bachelor of Theology. He and Brooke have daughter, Rosie, as well as another baby on the way!
What’s one thing you learnt at QTC that helps you in your current ministry? There are so many things! One of the big things I learnt at QTC was the beautiful reality that the gospel isn’t just for when you first become a Christian, but permeates every aspect of the Christian life.
What’s the best thing about being in ministry? Bringing the gospel to Christ’s lambs..
Mitch is the lead pastor of a church plant in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe (Living Hope Church). He is currently completing the final units of his MDiv. He is married to Jess and they have two children.
What’s one thing you learnt at QTC that helps you in your current ministry? Doctrine that’s helped train me to keep thinking deeply on the Christian life.
What’s the best thing about being in ministry? Pointing people to Christ, the hope of glory.
Josh graduated from QTC in 2016 and is now the pastor at Hertford Street Baptist Church (Upper Mt Gravatt). At QTC he completed a Master of Divinity. He is married to Angela.
What’s one thing you learnt at QTC that helps you in your current ministry? That ministry is all about people – loving people and seeing that their greatest need is the gospel. This was modeled and taught by all our lecturers in all our subjects at QTC.
What’s the best thing about being in ministry? Being part of God’s work of sharing Jesus in the church and the community around us, and having a front-row seat in seeing His work in the world.
Andrew is the minister at the Presbyterian Church in Callide Valley in Central Queensland. He preaches at two centers there – Jambin and Biloela. He finished up at QTC in 2021 with a Master of Divinity and a Graduate Diploma of Divinity. He’s married to Kerri and they have four kids.
What’s one thing you learnt at QTC that helps you in your current ministry? QTC actually taught me plenty of things that have helped me in my current ministry, so naming just one isn’t easy!! Probably the most useful thing I picked up from college, which I use every week would be how to prepare a sermon, and how to look critically at my own sermon before I preach it in our church! (Most of the subjects I studied at college contribute to sermon preparation in one way or another).
What’s the best thing about being in ministry? Serving the Lord and helping others to do the same.