Post & Rails – Summer 2016  


David and Joanne Piper welcomed Matthew into the world on Tuesday 16 August 2016. Matthew is a little brother to Daniel and Luke.

Derek and Amanda McArtney recently welcomed their first two grandchildren. Eli Atticus McArtney was born Friday 16 September to their youngest son Hamish and his wife Rachel. Eden Isabel McArtney was born on Monday 3 October to their eldest son Ashley and wife Hilary.

Brad and Joh Henley are now a family of three with the arrival of Evangeline Sophia Henley on Wednesday 21 September 2016. Evangeline is a little sister to Jemima and Gabriella.

The National Office Media and Communications team and our graphic designer Bruce Nicholson were delighted to receive a Bronze Award from the Australasian Religious Press Association (ARPA) in September for The Real Australian in the category of Most Improved Hard Copy Publication.



Jordan Gallagher is NSW/ACT’s new Youth Promotions Officer. Jordan worships at All Saints Anglican Church in Balgowlah where she leads the Sunday evening service. She is currently undertaking a Bachelor of Arts (Philosophy and Literature) at the University of Sydney. Jordan is involved in Soul Survivor and has been a Youth Ambassador for World Vision where she was their volunteer of the year in 2014.



Hazel Fuhrmeister (2 March 1922 – 8 August 2016) together with her husband George (deceased) served with BCA in Minnipa, South Australia (1950–1956), Quorn, South Australia (1956–1962) and Wilcannia, New South Wales (1978–1983). During their ministry in Minnipa they travelled an area of over one million square kilometres to many isolated places reaching people for Christ. In Quorn their work spread right across Hawker and Leigh Creek to the Northern Territory border. After a break of some 16 years, the call to outback ministry for the Fuhrmeisters was still strong and they headed with BCA to Wilcannia. Hazel is survived by her four sons Roger, Ian, Ken, Trevor, their wives, 11 children and five great grandchildren.

The Revd Peter George (5 November 1933 – 15 September 2016) was ordained a Deacon in the Diocese of Sydney in 1961 and Priest that same year. He served in the role of curate in Baulkham Hills, Essendon and the Priest in Charge in North Dandenong before taking up a position with BCA. Together with wife Fay and children Philip and Lynette, Peter became the first BCA Missioner (Field Staff) in Townview one of the suburbs of Mount Isa. Serving there for three years from 1970– 1973, Peter’s ministry took him from mining country around Mt Isa to cattle country to the north. Peter is survived by his wife Fay, children Philip, Lynette and their families.

Mavis Skinner – nee Bell (26 December 1921 – 19 September 2016) travelled to Ceduna in 1955 to serve as a nurse in the BCA hospital. She intended to stay for one year, but ended up being there for ten. Mavis met widower, Ern Skinner in Ceduna and they married in 1966. She became stepmother to Ern’s two adult sons, Bill and Bob. After Ern passed away in 1971, Mavis returned to nursing in Ceduna and became Matron of the Far West Senior Citizens Village for a time. In 1975 she left Ceduna and took up a nursing position in Merino, Victoria before being appointed Matron at Willochra Home for the Aged at Crystal Brook. Mavis is survived by her two stepsons and their families.