Alice Springs

Diocese of Northern Territory



Alice Springs is the third-largest town in the Northern Territory of Australia. Known as Stuart until 1933 it is now colloquially known as The Alice or simply Alice, and is situated roughly in Australia's geographic centre. It is nearly equidistant from Adelaide (1,532km) and Darwin (1,499km).

Topher & Chica Hallyburton

Children: Daniel (2011), Laura (2015)

Serving with BCA since February 2017 (Alice Springs since mid-2021)


Christopher and Maria Loreto, or Topher and Chica, moved to Alice Springs from Darwin in January 2021 where Topher has taken up a post as trainee minister alongside former BCA Field Staff Kristan Slack.

Both grew up in Chile where they were actively involved in youth ministry in their local churches. Topher is a teacher, who in Chile taught Christian Studies and music to upper primary and middle school students, before returning to Australia.

After relocating from Chile the Hallyburtons lived in Sydney where Topher completed a Bachelor of Divinity at Moore College. From January 2017 until December 2020 Topher served as the BCA-supported Schools Ministry Coordinator with SU in Darwin.


The Hallyburtons' August Prayer Points
Thank God for His church family in Alice Springs. Pray that we will be united in Jesus. Thank God for Daniel and Laura. Ask that the fruit of the Spirit will continue to grow in their lives. Pray for good friendships at school and church.