The Gospel Coalition Australia


Council Members

Peter Adam

Peter Adam is vicar emeritus at St. Jude's Carlton, formerly principal of Ridley College Melbourne, and vicar of St. Jude's. His publications include Speaking God's Words: A Practical Theology of Preaching, Hearing God's Words: Exploring Biblical Spirituality, Written for Us: Receiving God's Words in the Bible, The Message of Malachi, The Majestic Son: The Letter to the Hebrews, and Walking in God's Words: Ezra and Nehemiah. He speaks at training conferences for preachers. Peter Adam is a founding member of the Council and the Executive Committee of The Gospel Coalition Australia.

​Alistair Bain

Alistair Bain is senior minister of St. John's Presbyterian Church, Hobart. He is married with three children. As an Arts/Law student at the University of Tasmania he came to faith in St. John's Presbyterian Church, Hobart, before then working as a lawyer for eight years. He went on to complete his M.Div at Sydney Missionary and Bible College, undertook further studies at the Presbyterian Theological College, Melbourne, and in 2011 became senior minister at the church in which he was converted.

Murray Campbell

Murray Campbell is a child of God, husband, dad, pastor at Mentone Baptist Church in Melbourne, coffee drinker, Carlton supporter, music snob. You can follow Murray on twitter @MurrayJCampbell.

Murray is a member of the TGCA editorial panel and oversees the Evangelism and Apologetics channel.

Neil Chambers

Neil Chambers is senior pastor of Bundoora Presbyterian Church, in the north of Melbourne. Neil and his wife have three adult children, one of whom is married. Neil grew up in a Christian family and was brought to trust the Lord Jesus for forgiveness at a Crusader camp at age 11. After working as a medical practitioner he studied at Moore College and the PTC Sydney [now Christ College] before commencing as assistant minister at St. Andrew's Wagga. Following 13 years lecturing at Sydney Missionary and Bible College he was called by the congregation of Bundoora Presbyterian Church to serve as their pastor. Having commenced ministry at BPC in 2002 he continues there to the present.

Richard Chin

Richard Chin Richard Chin is the National Director of the Australian Fellowship of Evangelical Students (AFES) and is the South Pacific Regional Secretary for the International Fellowship of Evangelical Students. He also serves as a University chaplain at Wollongong University, seeking to proclaim Christ to local and international students. Richard is married to Jeanette. His first wife, Bronwyn went home to be with Jesus in 2013.

Ray Galea

Ray Galea is pastor of the Multicultural Bible Ministry (MBM) Rooty Hill and married to Sandy with three children. He came to Christ in 1980 at age 20 and went from altar boy of the Catholic Church to pastor of the Anglican Church down the road in Rooty Hill. He worked as a marriage and family therapist before entering Moore Theological College and church planted and pastored MBM since leaving college.

Paul Harrington

Paul Harrington was raised in Adelaide, studied law at the Adelaide University, and went on to do his theological degree at Moore Theological College, Sydney. He returned to Adelaide as associate minister at Holy Trinity before being appointed rector in 1993. His passion is to see people saved eternally by the gospel of Jesus Christ. Paul is married to Sue, and they have three children.

Murray Lean

Murray Lean has been the Senior Pastor of City North Baptist Church in Brisbane for the past 14 years, having previously served as a rural pastor and part-time rural GP for many years. Between his medical career and pastoral ministry he completed ordination studies at the Baptist College in Queensland.  Murray has six young-adult children and a growing number of grandchildren.  Sadly, he lost his wife and faithful ministry partner, Debbie, to cancer in 2010. He has a deep love for the local church, with a passion to see it built up through consistent Bible teaching and mobilised effectively for gospel ministry.

​Rick Lewers

Rick Lewers is bishop of the Armidale Anglican Diocese. Before becoming bishop he was an evangelist with Evangelism Ministries in Sydney and just prior to that, the rector of St. Matthew's Wanniassa in Canberra. His passions are Jesus Christ and telling people about him; his wife, Janene, and their three children; and all things sporting, especially fishing, golf, and watching those sports he no longer has the body to play.

Dave McDonald

Dave McDonald is National Director for the Fellowship of Independent Evangelical Churches in Australia. He and his wife Fiona have four children, two daughters-in-law, and two grandchildren. He has lived in Canberra for the last 26 years, where he has served as the pastor of a church called Crossroads, and more recently Stromlo Christian Church. Dave blogs at, and is the author of Hope Beyond Cure.

​Gary Millar

Gary Millar is principal of Queensland Theological College. After studying chemistry in his home city of Belfast, Gary moved to Aberdeen in Scotland to study theology, before completing a DPhil 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 is married to Fiona and has three daughters: Lucy, Sophie, and Rebekah.

Archie Poulos

Archie Poulos is an experienced cross cultural church-planter, with a passion for reaching the many micro-cultures that make up Sydney, and he is currently researching theologically appropriate ways to build clergy competency . He is Head of Ministry at Moore Theological College and Director of the Centre for Ministry Development. Archie and his wife, Ainsley, have three children.

Kanishka Raffel

Kanishka Raffel is the Dean of Sydney and pastors at St Andrew’s Cathedral. Kanishka was raised as a Buddhist by his Sri Lankan parents but became a Christian through reading John's Gospel at University. Before becoming Dean, Kanishka served as Rector of St Matthew’s in Perth. He is married to Cailey and they have two daughters. He loves curry, cricket and having gelato at the beach with his family; but knows no pleasure so great as sharing the news about Jesus with people who have no idea who Jesus is or how much he loves them.

​Bill Salier

Bill Salier is currently the Principal of Youthworks College , a college that specialises in ministry training for those involved with ministry to children and youth. Bill is married with three girls and lives in the inner city of Sydney. He became a Christian in his late teens, started working life as a primary school teacher before completing a BTh at Moore College and working as an assistant minister in an Anglican church in Sydney’s southwest. He was invited onto the faculty at Moore and taught there for 18 years before taking up his present position.

​Rory Shiner

Rory Shiner studied Arts at the University of Western Australia and theology at Moore College in Sydney. He is currently completing a PhD through Macquarie University on the life and work of Donald Robinson. He is senior pastor of Providence City Church in Perth, where he lives with his wife, Susan, and their four boys. He has written books on Union with Christ and on the relationship between Jesus' resurrection and our own.

Rory serves as a member of the TGCA Editorial Panel as Editor for the Arts and Culture Channel and for Book Reviews.

Bryson Smith

Bryson Smith is pastor of BathurstBryson Smith is Bathurst Presytberian Church Presbyterian Church in rural NSW, Australia. He has been living the faith for over 30 years and never ceases to be amazed by God's goodness and patience with him. Bryson is married to Sue and they have three children. He enjoys listening to blues music, watching good movies and dragging a camper-trailer around Australia.

​David Starling

David Starling lectures in New Testament and theology at Morling College, Sydney. He and his wife, Nicole, have four children, and belong to Macquarie Baptist Church. David grew up in a Christian family and worked as a high school English teacher in Western Sydney before studying theology at Moore College and Morling College. He served from 2000 to 2006 as the pastor of Petersham Baptist Church, and has been a lecturer at Morling College since 2005. He is the author of Not my People: Gentiles as Exiles in Pauline Hermeneutics (De Gruyter, 2011), UnCorinthian Leadership (Cascade, 2014), and Hermeneutics as Apprenticeship (Baker, forthcoming), and co-editor of Theology and the Future (T&T Clark, 2014).

David serves as a member of the TGCA Editorial Panel as Editor for the Faith, Life and Work Channel.

CS Tang

CS Tang is senior pastor of Cornerstone Presbyterian, Sydney. He is married to Lyn and father of Bethany and Brendan. He converted from Buddhism at a young age. Since completing ministry training at Moore College and the Presbyterian Theological College (now Christ College, Sydney), CS has been in church planting ministry. He is a director of City to City Australia.