Post and Rails - Autumn 2016

WELCOME

Greg Bridge commenced his role as Chief Operations Officer in the National Office in January. Greg has previously worked at Youthworks, the Sydney Anglican Schools Corporation and in a number of private sector positions.  He trained as an accountant and has extensive experience in finance and reporting, IT and human resources. Greg is married to Liz and they have three teenage children. They are active members of Jannali Anglican Church. 

Heather Joyce commenced as Executive Assistant in the New South Wales/ACT Office in later January. For the past four years she has worked at Wesley Mission as PA to the General Manager Aged Care. She was married to Don (deceased) and has two adult sons, one living in Sydney and the other in Singapore. She is grandmother to Alastair who is 20 months old. Heather currently worships at St Matthew’s Manly.

Roger and Amanda Kyngdon have moved to Bluff Point in Western Australia with their two daughters Ada and Eliza as part of a Ministry Training Agreement with BCA. Previously Roger was the Youth and Children's Minister at Windsor Anglican Church in Sydney. Roger loves teaching young people and helping them understand what the Gospel is all about. "Seeing lives changed is really exciting," he says.

Graeme and Susan Liersch have joined BCA after 30 years working for the Church in a variety of roles. Graeme is a Church Army Officer and Priest while Susan is a trained Counsellor and Occupational Therapist with experience in Child and Adolescent Mental Health and Counselling. They have taken up the role of BCA Field Staff in Longreach/Barcaldine.

 

FAREWELL

Barry and Avril Luke have concluded their time as BCA affiliates in Roxby Downs after just over two years. Following his ordination in November, Barry accepted a new position in the Parish of Cummins which he recently commenced.  

Peter and Joy Palmer concluded their time as BCA Field Staff in January. They have served with BCA since 2001 first in Wyndham-Oombulgurri and then in Coober Pedy from 2007­­­–2011. Peter finished his service as the Fly-in-fly-out Mine Chaplain in 2015.

Ran and Jenny Mitchell concluded their time as Drought Family Support Workers in January. Farmers, relationship counsellors and lay-preachers, Ran and Jenny have been ministering to people on the land in good times and bad over many years. In 2015, with BCA funding, they were able to expand their ministry.

 

VALE

Mina Whybourne (born 1922 – died 23 October 2015) chose to honour the Lord Jesus in every aspect of her life. She was passionate about her church, ministry and had a heart for mission. Mina was Sydney Diocesan Secretary of MU from 1986 to 1989 and a long-time member of the Bush Church Aid Ladies' Auxiliary. She also volunteered with the Save the Children Fund for over 35 years. Mina was married to Jack (deceased), mum to Colin and Annie and grandmother of Tim, Martin and Kathryn.

Joan Rich (born 1928 – died 21 November 2015) was the wife of former BCA National Director Bill Rich (deceased). Bill and Joan served as Field Staff in Mount Magnet from 1957–1959, and then in NSW where Bill was the NSW Deputation Secretary from 1959–1963 and served as the National Director from 1963–1969 (then known as Organising Missioner and Federal Secretary). Joan was the loving mother of Mark, Peter and Phil.

Ray Ctercteko (born 4 June 1920 – died 16 December 2015) had a passion for all he did and an intense interest in BCA and Mission Australia. Ray was first elected to the BCA Council in 1968 and served as Honorary Treasurer from 1982–1993 and Vice President from 1992–1999 (thus holding dual roles during 1992 and 1993). At the BCA Annual General Meeting in 2000, Life Membership was conferred on Ray.