Chris & Wendy Thiele have returned to the BCA family accepting the role of Field Staff on King Island. They previously served with BCA in the Anglican Parish of West Tamar in Tasmania (2006–2010) and reached out into the area of Beaconsfield following the industrial accident. They were commissioned in Tasmania on 15 April and commenced on King Island on 7 May.
Ayumi Tamsett has joined BCA as a Chaplain at Gilgandra High School. Prior to her appointment, Ayumi worked with Generate teaching Scripture in the school. She continues to teach Scripture classes each week alongside her tasks as chaplain. Ayumi is married to Peter who is the Minister at Gilgandra Presbyterian Church. They have four children – Luka, Micah, Liam and Hannah.
Debbie Edwards has commenced work in the BCA SA/NT office as the new administration assistant. She has a special love for the Northern Territory having moved there with her family as a teenager so her parents could undertake missionary service. She has called Adelaide home for the past 20 years having moved back to South Australia for study.
Sue Rice has re-joined the National Office team after an absence of nine years. She previously worked as an Accounts Assistant but is now organising our biennial Field Staff Conference as well as updating our supporter database. Sue and her husband Ray worship at St Alban’s Anglican Church Lindfield.
Geoff & Tracey Piggott became first time grandparents in January this year. Their son James and daughter-in-law Sarah welcomed baby Elizabeth ‘Betty’ Myra on 26 January at RPA in Sydney. James is in his second year at Moore College.
After six years in Coober Pedy, Geoff & Tracey Piggott have commenced in a pastoral position at Kiama Anglican in New South Wales. In this job share role Geoff will look after Seniors/Pastoral care and Tracey will look after Children’s/Family ministry.
Andy & Liz Goodacre who started a pioneering ministry in Launceston in 2010 no longer require the support of BCA as their ministry at Barney’s in Launceston is now self-funding. Together with their children Olivia and Caitlin they will continue serving their community by being God’s missionary people to their local area.
After 25 years of serving BCA in North West Australia, Les & Jenny Gaulton concluded their time as Field Staff at Easter. They served in Leinster, Leonora and Laverton for 10 years before spending the last 15 in Karratha. Les and Jenny have retired to Perth and ask for God’s help as they adjust to retirement.
Rich & Julie Lanham have concluded their time as BCA Field Staff after 12 years. They first served in Gilgandra where Rich was BCA’s first youth officer. Today they serve in Sale and will continue their roles with the 123 Café and as Chaplain for Gippsland Grammar.
The NSW/ACT Regional Office bid farewell to Heather Joyce in late April. Heather accepted a position at the Wesley Mission in the Sydney CBD.
Tom Williams (25 April 1941 – 3 February 2018) and his wife Carol served with BCA in Paraburdoo (1979–1980), Wickham (1980–1981), Kununurra (1981–1982) and Tennant Creek (1993–1999). Tom went the distance to reach people for the gospel. He even completed a course in stock and station skills so he could have the opportunity to help and chat when he visited stations. Tom is survived by his wife Carol, children Jo, Alice, Elizabeth, Graham, Martin and their families.
Betty Tierney (3 January 1925 – 7 February 2018) served as a nurse with BCA in Ceduna, South Australia from 1948–1964. Betty trained at St George District Hospital and upon hearing the need in the bush and after prayer to God felt called to go. She was supposed to be there as a relief nurse for a three month stint but stayed for 16 years. She is survived by her sister Coral and much loved nieces and nephews.
Joyce Arabella Hayman OAM (12 January 1923 – 5 April 2018) together with husband Theo (deceased) were first called to serve God with BCA in 1947. They served in Streaky Bay (1947–1950) and Ceduna (1950–1957) before Theo took on the role of BCA Adelaide/SA representative from 1957–1966. In 1971 Joyce and Theo moved back to Sydney when he took on the role of Federal Secretary of BCA. Throughout her life Joyce was involved in Mother’s Union (MU) and in 2011 received an OAM for service to the community. She initiated and coordinated the MU Courts Program, supported the adult migrant service of non-English speaking migrants and the Camperdown Family Crisis Centre. Joyce is survived by her children Rosemary, John, David and Julianne, their spouses,