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Faculty and Staff
Rev Dr Frank Rees
BA (Hons), MA, BD (Hons), TheolM, PhD, DipEd
Professor of Systematic Theology
Frank Rees studied Philosophy at the University of Melbourne and theology at Whitley. He served in a number of suburban pastorates in Melbourne, then undertook doctoral studies at Manchester. For seven years he was minister of the Hobart Baptist Church. Frank is a member of the Ashburton Baptist Church.
Frank represents the Baptist Union of Victoria on the Council of the Melbourne College of Divinity and has served as President of the MCD. Previously he has served as President of the Australian and New Zealand Association of Theological Schools.
Frank is a member of the International Commission on Doctrine and Christian Unity, within the Baptist World Alliance.
Frank's teaching and research interests include contemporary approaches to christology and ecclesiology, and contextual theologies.
Frank is married to Merilyn, and they have three adult children.
Rev Bruce Tudball
BA, DipEd, BD (Hons), BEdStuds, GradCertMgt
In his earlier career, Bruce taught Mathematics in both rural and suburban schools. He also tutored in Mathematics at Whitley College before studying theology.
Bruce has extensive experience in educational administration at both secondary and tertiary levels, including at Swinburne University and the MCD University of Divinity.
He has also served as a Baptist pastor, in a variety of situations in Australia and overseas. Together with his wife Pauline, Bruce joined Global Interaction in 2008 and served for two years in the Silk Road Area where Bruce was Interim Team Leader. After returning to Australia, they maintained an active connection with Global Interaction and in 2011 they joined the South Asia team in which they continue to serve part-time.
In addition to his passion for cross-cultural mission and pastoral care, Bruce is committed to ensure that Faculty are supported in their roles and students in their learning.
Dr Ross Langmead
MA, MEd, BD (Hons), DTheol
Professor of Missiology
Ross Langmead trained as a school teacher before doing further study in philosophy of religion (at the University of Melbourne), religious studies (at Lancaster, UK), theology (at Whitley College) and missiology (through the Melbourne College of Divinity). He researched ways churches could respond to their context, published in the Western Suburbs Conference Report (Baptist Union of Victoria, 1978). From 1980 to 1992 he was a lay pastor on the team at Westgate Baptist Community, where he is still a member.
He was appointed Whitley College’s first lecturer in mission studies in 1993 and then Professor in 1998. He was director of the School of World Mission from 2000 to 2006. He served as Dean of the Theological School 2009 to 2012.
Ross’s doctoral study was on incarnational mission and was published in The Word Made Flesh (2004). He also edited Re-imagining God and Mission (2007), on contextual mission in Australia, and has published numerous articles and reviews, particularly on mission theology, reconciliation, ecotheology and multiculturalism. He is the founding secretary of the Australian Association for Mission Studies and convenor of the Melbourne-based Mission Studies Network.
He serves on the editorial board of the Australian Journal of Mission Studies. He is a member of the International Association for Mission Studies, the Australian Society for the Study of Religion and the Anabaptist Network in Australia and New Zealand.
Ross is a composer of many congregational songs. The music for most of them (as well as the full-text of most of Ross’s published articles) can be downloaded from www.rosslangmead.com.
Dr Keith Dyer
TPTC, BA, BTheol, DTheol
Professor of New Testament
Keith was a Primary Teacher in rural and suburban Victoria, a Youth Leader at Blackburn Baptist Church, and then taught for 5 years in the Solomon Islands at Su'u Secondary School, before returning to Australia and theological studies at Whitley College.
He went on to Doctoral studies in New Testament with Rev Dr Athol Gill, and then taught for three years at the Baptist Theological Seminary, Rüschlikon, in Switzerland, before coming back to Whitley in 1994. He is the author of The Prophecy on the Mount (Mk 13) (1998) and co-editor of Resurrection and Responsibility (2009).
Through his speaking engagements and involvement in local churches, Keith is passionate about encouraging open, analytical and interactive group Bible study. He is married to Lynne, has four sons, and is a member of Box Hill Baptist Church. Keith was the Chair of the Academic Board of the Melbourne College of Divinity (2006–09) and is now Deputy Chair of the Coursework Studies Committee.
Dr Mark Brett
BA, MDiv, PhD
Professor of Old Testament
Mark grew up in Papua New Guinea, which formed the foundation for a life-long exploration of the relationship between culture and theology.
He studied philosophy and history at Queensland University (BA), but through studying at Princeton Seminary (MDiv) with many students from the Two-Thirds World, he discovered a passion for the Hebrew Bible. After completing his PhD at the University of Sheffield, he taught for several years at Lincoln Theological College in England.
He is the author of Biblical Criticism in Crisis? (Cambridge 1991), Genesis: Procreation and the Politics of Identity (Routledge 2000), Decolonizing God: The Bible in the Tides of Empire (Phoenix 2008, ATF Press 2009), and editor of Ethnicity and the Bible (E J Brill 1996).
He has been an executive editor of the interdisciplinary journal Biblical Interpretation (published in Leiden), and currently serves on the editorial boards of Pacifica (Melbourne), the Journal for the Study of the Old Testament (London) and The Bible and Critical Theory (Melbourne). He was the Policy Officer at Native Title Services Victoria, 2005-2008.
He is married to Ilsa Hampton and has three children. He is a member of Brunswick Baptist Church.
Rev Dr Anne Mallaby
BA, GradDipEd, BD, MMin, DMinStuds
Lecturer in Pastoral Studies
Anne Mallaby taught in secondary and TAFE colleges in Victoria and Western Australia before studying theology at The Baptist Theological College of WA. She worked in pastoral ministry in WA and with Services Fellowship International in West Papua, before returning to Victoria and working within Churches of Christ, both in pastoral ministry and theological education.
Anne’s doctorate explored art as theological conversation. Since 2004 she has been in ministry at Box Hill Baptist Church, which has developed an art gallery.
Anne is married to Richard, who is also in ministry at Box Hill, and they have three adult children.
Rev Dr Marita Munro
MA, BD, DipEd, TheolM, PhD
Professor of Baptist Studies
Lecturer in Church History and Greek
Marita is an ordained Baptist minister who served in inner-city churches and the House of the Gentle Bunyip for several years. A trained secondary school teacher, she has also taught in Melbourne schools.
After completing studies at the International Baptist Seminary, Rüschlikon, Switzerland, in 16th Century Anabaptists, she commenced lecturing at Whitley College in 1992. Her recently completed doctoral thesis on Victorian Baptists (1960-2000) was undertaken through The University of Melbourne’s School of Historical Studies.
Marita chairs the Victorian Baptist Union’s Pastoral Leadership Selection Committee and the Historical Society and serves on its Advisory Board.
Rev Jillian Stewart
MA, BD, TPTC
Co-ordinator of TransFormation Program
Jillian has been a student and a teacher in both Australia and India. She was a secondary school teacher and a Chaplain at Carey Baptist Grammar for 19 years. For 9 years she was pastor of the Auburn Baptist Church, a multicultural church that included three congregations of diverse people groups.
Jillian has been the Co-ordinator of the TransFormation Program since its commencement in 2003 and was recently appointed Principal’s Assistant.
She has active interests in gardening, music, football and theatre – and people. In 2006 - 2007 she served as President of The Baptist Union of Victoria.
Rev Roslyn Wright
BA, DipEd, GradDipOrgDev, MA (SpDir), MTS
Director of Field Education
Prior to theological studies, Roslyn worked in a number of different areas: primary education, adult employment training, industrial chaplaincy, and spirituality. She was a founding member of Westgate Baptist Community, then worked on the joint pastoral team at North Carlton and Church of the Pilgrim before serving as pastoral leader at Rosanna Baptist Church. Since her appointment to Whitley she has returned as a member to Westgate and co-ordinates the worship committee.
Roslyn began formal studies in spirituality at the Heart of Life Spirituality Centre in 1994 and later joined their staff working as a supervisor, spiritual director and course facilitator. She has commenced studies towards a PhD. She is President of the Victorian Association for Theological Field Education, and a member of the (international) Association for Theological Field Education. Roslyn is married to Patrick and between them they have four adult children.
Rev Dr Ken Manley, BA, DPhil
Former Principal of Whitley College (1987–2000) and lecturer in Church History at Burleigh, Morling and Whitley Colleges. Author of From Woolloomooloo to ‘Eternity’: A history of Australian Baptists.
Rev Dr Bruce Rumbold, MSc, PhD, BD(Hons), PhD
Former Professor of Pastoral Studies at Whitley College (1986-2001), now Senior Lecturer in the School of Public Health and Director for Palliative Care at Latrobe University. Author of Helplessness and hope: Pastoral care in terminal illness.
Rev Dr Terry Falla, MA, PhD and Rev Beryl Turner, BTh, PhD (cand.)
Working on a five volume Key to the Peshitta Gospels, and founders of the International Syriac Language Project.
Rev Dr Keith Clements, MA(Cantab), MA(Oxon), BD, PhD
Taught at Bristol Baptist College and Bristol University before serving with the Council of Churches for Britain and Ireland and as General Secretary of the Council of European Churches. Author of What freedom? The persistent challenge of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Learning to speak: The church’s voice in public affairs and others.
Professor Paul Dekar, AB, MDiv, AM, PhD
Emeritus Professor of Church History and Mission at Memphis Theological Seminary. Author of For the healing of the nations: Baptist peacemakers, Holy boldness: Practices of an evangelistic lifestyle and others.
Rev Dr Graeme Garrett, BSc, BD(Hons), PhD
Professorial Associate at Charles Sturt University, former Lecturer in Theology at St Mark’s National Theological College, Canberra, and former Professor of Systematic Theology at Whitley College. Author of God matters: Conversations in theology and others.
Rev Dr Thorwald Lorenzen, BA, LTh, BD, ThM, Dr.theol
Professor of Theology at Charles Sturt University and former Professor of Systematic Theology and Ethics at International Baptist Theological Seminary, Rüschlikon. Author of Resurrection and discipleship and others.
Rev Dr Francesca Nuzzolese, BD, TheolM, ThD
Associate Professor of Spiritual Formation and Pastoral Care at Palmer Theological Seminary, Philadelphia.
Dr Stuart Murray Williams, LLB(Hons), PhD
Director of Urban Expression, UK. Chair of the UK Anabaptist Network. Former Director of Church Planting and Evangelism at Spurgeon’s College, London. Author of Church planting: Laying foundations and Post-Christendom and others.
Lecturers and co-ordinators 2009-2012 are:
Beth Barnett, BMusEd, MDiv(Hons)
Julia Beaumont, BA
Val Billingham, BA, DipEd, BTh, DipMin, LTh, PhD
Steve Bradbury, MA(Hons), GradDipTeaching, MA(DevStuds)
David Chatelier, BTh(Hons), MA(Theol)
Darren Cronshaw, BA, DipEd, MLitt, AdvDipMin, BTh(Hons), TheolM, DMin, DTheol
Andrew Curtis, BD, MA, MBA, DipEd, PhD
Allan Demond, BA, MDiv, ThM, PhD
Lynne Dyer, BA, DipEd, GradDipEdPsych, BTheol, MEd(TESOL)
Carolyn Francis, BA(Hons), MDiv
David Fuller, BTh, MA(Theol)
Kevin Giles, ThD
Fiona Hill, BA, BTheol, PhD, GradDipPastCare
Simon Holt, DipBibStuds, BTheol, ThM, PhD
Janine Hunter, BA, BTheol(Hons)
Nathan Hunter, BA, BTheol(Hons), MTheol
Bill Leng, BEng(Hons), BD, MA(Hons)
James Lewis, BBSc, GradDipEd, MDiv
Peter Lewis, BA(Hons), DipEd, BTheol, MTheol, DTheol
Tim Lewis, MA(Mus), GradDipEd(Primary), BTheol, PhD(cand.)
Nathan Nettleton, BTheol(Hons), MTheol
Bruce Newnham, BTheol, DipEd, DipElecEng, MA(Theol), AdvDipMissiolStudies
David O’Brien, BSc, BEd, BD, MTheol
Albert Peck, BTheol(Hons), AdvDipMin
Joe Pinkard, BA, AssocDipMin
Graham Roberts, BAcc, GradDipEd, BTheol(Hons), MTheol
Steve Roggero, BA, BTheol, DMin(cand.)
William Stent, PhD(Economics)
Deborah Storie, BVSc, MSc, GradDipTheol, PhD(cand.)
Jude Waldron, BMus(Hons), MDiv
Anne Wilkinson-Hayes, BSc(Hons), BA(Hons), DipPastoralStuds, MTh
David Wilson, LTh, BTh, MA, DMin, DD