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Introducing the Faculty
Rev Assoc Prof Frank Rees served in a number of suburban pastorates in Melbourne, and was minister of the Hobart Baptist Church for seven years, before moving to Whitley. He taught systematic theology from 1991 and became Principal of the College in 2005. From the beginning of his teaching career, he promoted contextual theology and developed partnerships with a number of colleges in the Asia-Pacific region for the purposes of faculty development. The TransFormation (ESL) program was also established at Whitley under his leadership. Since 2001 he has been a member of the International Commission on Baptist Doctrine and Christian Unity (Baptist World Alliance), serving as the Chair of that Commission since 2015. In 2010, he became a member of the planning committee of the Theological Education Group within the Asia-Pacific Baptist Federation, participating in a number of programs in Korea, Malaysia and Burma.
Rev Dr Ian Dicks has lived in Malawi for 20 years, during which time he worked as a gospel planter - building relationships, sharing hope in Jesus, teaching the Word of God, and nurturing Communities of Faith in Yawo villages. He also facilitated a community based afforestation project that saw 250,000 seedlings planted in 32 village woodlots in 3 years. Ian currently works part-time for Whitley College, teaching and equipping people for cross-cultural engagement in Australia and internationally, as well as part-time for Global Interaction where he continues to be engaged in cross-cultural ministry, helping teams in Malawi and Mozambique to think strategically and missiologically about their work, as well as the senior editor of the Ciyawo-English Dictionary Project, which is constructing a bilingual learners' dictionary that will help Yawo children further their education and cross-cultural workers gain further language capacity.
Rev Dr Oh-Yong Kwon was born and grew up in South Korea and studied Theology at the Korea Baptist Theological University/Seminary (KBTUS). He then went to Israel and lived in a Kibbutz. He completed his MDiv at the Asian Theological Seminary in Philippines, then undertook his MTheol and Doctoral studies (PhD) in New Testament at Whitley College. He is an ordained Baptist pastor and served Oakleigh Baptist Church for four years to help the church become a multicultural church, and now serve Mordialloc Baptist Church. He taught New Testament and served as Director of Academic Administration, Korean Programs, at the Alphacrucis College in Sydney for three years. He is a columnist for the Christian Herald Australia (Korean) and is passionately involved in local (Anglo and migrant) church ministries as pastor and bible teacher. In addition to his passion for the cross-cultural and intercultural dialogue between Bible and culture, Oh-Young is interested in interpreting the Bible from a migrant perspective, particularly for the next generations of migrant churches in Australia.
Rev Dr Anne Mallaby has served as a pastor and theological educator is Western Australia, Victoria and West Papua (Irian Jaya). She was a foundation pastor of Lake Joondalup Baptist Church and board member and chaplain of Lake Joondalup Baptist School, WA, before serving men and women church leaders in West Papua with SFI (the Community development arm of ABMS). Together with Richard they were involved in community development for over 6 years, before returning to Victoria in ministry at The Patch Church of Christ. She became director of Supervised Theological Field Education at the Churches of Christ Theological College (Now Stirling College). She had a number of roles in leading the associations of Field Education, and has been instrumental in conversations around inter-cultural models of supervision. As a minister at Box Hill Baptist church, her interest in the Arts as a mediator of meaning developed, and prompted the development of Chapel on Station Gallery and further doctoral research. Ministry in Box Hill involves a firm commitment to inter-cultural ministries, encouraging the voices of diverse cultural groups to deep involvement in the formation of the ongoing church presence. This ministry informs and enlivens her passion for ministry formation, particularly in the area of spiritual and pastoral care for practitioners in various settings, including churches, hospitals and schools.
Rev Dr Jason Goroncy has served as pastor, theological educator, and community development worker in Australia, the United Kingdom, New Zealand, and on the Thai-Burma border. He chairs the Church and Society Working Group for the Theology Network of the World Communion of Reformed Churches. His current research interests lie chiefly in the interface between Christian doctrine, theological aesthetics, church and society, and theological anthropology.
Assoc Prof Keith Dyer grew up in the Eastern suburbs of Melbourne, became a Primary and Secondary teacher and then taught in the Solomon Islands for five years at Su’u, the South Sea Evangelical Church National Secondary School on Malaita Island. Challenged by the diverse cultural manifestations of Christianity in the Solomons, he studied Theology at Whitley College and taught at the International Baptist Seminary in Rüschlikon, Switzerland, before returning to his present position teaching New Testament at Whitley. There he continues his obsession with the significance of diverse cultural contexts for forming and interpreting the New Testament texts. He is a member of the inter-cultural community at Box Hill Baptist Church.
Dr Siu Fung Wu grew up in low socioeconomic area in East Asia, spending much of his childhood and teenage years working in a factory. He came to Melbourne over 25 years ago, and worked in IT for several years. He was an active member of Richmond AOG (now Bridge Church) in the 1990s, and became an ordained minister through his ministry there. His main focus was pastoral care and small group ministry. He also pioneered an intercultural ministry, overseeing five fellowships of people from different cultural backgrounds. After that he was a member of New Hope Baptist Church, and preached at their Vietnamese congregation. Siu Fung worked at World Vision as a Global Education Officer for almost seven years, with the responsibility of assisting churches to understand global poverty. During that time he taught and spoke at several theological colleges on poverty and social justice issues. He became an adjunct lecturer at Whitley in 2014. Siu Fung has preached at Vietnamese, Cambodian, Chinese, Spanish, and Anglo churches. His research interests include Paul’s letters, cross-cultural and urban mission. His passion is the Bible and how Christians can embody the love of Christ in the ever-changing world today.
Prof Mark Brett grew up in Papua New Guinea, and has a lifelong interest in the relationship between theology and culture, in recent years focusing on the themes of ethnicity, native title and postcolonial studies. Between 2005 and 2008 he worked for the Victorian Traditional Owner Land Justice Group, and he has subsequently worked on submissions to the United Nations on racial discrimination and the legal Doctrine of Discovery. He has been a deacon and active member at the Brunswick Baptist Church, which has a strong emphasis on intercultural ministry and asylum seekers.
Rev Prof Darren Cronshaw has served as a Baptist pastor in Melbourne and regional Victoria. He currently serves as pastor of AuburnLife Baptist Church, an inner-suburban community seeking to grow as a multi-cultural mission-shaped community focused around a student and migrant hospitality Hub. He is also Mission Catalyst Researcher with Baptist Union of Victoria and researching models of leadership development and culturally diverse ministry. Darren is an Honorary Research Fellow with Whitley College (University of Divinity), and as adjunct at Whitley teaches missional paradigms, missional spirituality and missional leadership. He is also Head of Research and Professor of Missional Leadership with Australian College of Ministries (Sydney College of Divinity), and Adjunct Professor at Swinburne Leadership Institute.