Helen Caterer (MBE) received a Medal Of The Order Of Australia (OAM) for service to the community, particularly through church and social welfare groups in the 2016 Queens Birthday Honours List. Helen, now 102 years old, is a former travel writer and journalist from Adelaide who compiled the book 60 Years of BCA in 1981. Helen has been a BCA supporter since the 1950s and continues to attend all BCA functions in South Australia.
Joel and Hannah Hill welcomed Albert Simon Hill into the world on Monday 4 July 2016. Albert is a little brother to Amy, Finnegan and John.
Kristan and Kathryn Slack were commissioned at St Paul’s Anglican Church in Katherine in early June. They come to BCA after working as short-term missionaries in Mauritius and serving in the Anglican Parish of Moorebank in south-west Sydney. Kristan aims to shepherd God’s people and make Christ known to the community.
Anthony Andreazza is being supported by BCA in his theological studies at Ridley College. Born and raised in Griffith New South Wales, and born-again through university ministry, Anthony has a desire to minister and share the gospel in rural and regional Australia.
The Reverend June Armstrong (20 July 1925 – 18 April 2016) served as a nurse at the BCA Mission Hostel in Ceduna from 1949–1951 and 1953–1955. June not only served in South Australia, but also the Northern Territory and Papua New Guinea. She will be dearly missed by her brothers, sisters, nieces and nephews.
The Revd Ron Keynes (23 October 1934 – 11 May 2016) served with BCA at Leigh Creek from 1963–1966 and Ceduna from 1966–1969. He was also a much loved minister in the Canberra & Goulburn and Willochra Dioceses. Ron is survived by his wife Robyn, children Roger, Penny, Susie and Josie and seven grandchildren.
Stan Drew (19 June 1927 – 28 May 2016) together with his wife Elaine served as houseparents at the BCA Children’s Hostel in Broken Hill during the 1980s. He was instrumental in establishing SOMA in Australia (Sharing of Ministries Abroad) in the mid-1980s and served on its board for many years. Stan is survived by Elaine, children Robert, Louise and Carolyn as well as four grandchildren and three great grandchildren.
The Revd Ian Robertson (19 February 1931 – 1 July 2016) together with his wife Robin served with BCA for four and a half years at Coober Pedy in the late 1980s and early 1990s. He and Robin remained lifelong supporters of BCA. Ian is survived by Robin, children David, Stephen, John and their families.
The Revd Owen Thomas (24 February 1934 – 12 July 2016) was the South Australian State Secretary from September 1995 until August 1999. During his time as State Secretary Owen provided pastoral care for South Australian Field Staff and broadened BCA’s support base. Owen is survived by his wife Hilary, son Robert, daughter-in-law Narelle and two grandchildren.