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Matthew Maury is TEAR Australia's National Director. Previously serving as head of the Africa and Middle East programs of Habitat for Humanity, over the past 18 years he has served in a variety of roles and organizations involved in supporting wholistic community development with the poor and marginalized in Africa, Asia and Latin America.
Steve Bradbury is the Director of the Micah 6.8 Centre, a Tabor/TEAR/Eastern University collaboration, and Chairman of the International Board of Micah Challenge, a global advocacy campaign mobilizing Christians against poverty. Steve served for 25 years as the National Director of TEAR Australia (1984-2009) and 10 years as the Chairman of the Micah Network, an international alliance of over 300 Christian relief, development and advocacy organisations. He has taught graduate and undergraduate courses on poverty, mission and development at the Bible College of Victoria, Whitley Baptist Theological College, and Tabor Victoria.
Rachel is TEAR’s National Advocacy Coordinator. She brings her experience of working in various countries in Africa doing community development work as well as her human rights work at the grassroots level in Haiti and high level lobbying at the United Nations Human Rights Council. Rachel came back home to Australia passionate to change the systems in her own country that impact the poor everywhere. She is passionate about seeing the Australian community embody Jesus' teachings by acting in love towards our global neighbours. This will mean changing our own lives and the politics of our country.
She is now living in Melbourne with her husband Joel. Rachel has a BA in International Studies focusing on community development and is currently working on her Juris Doctorate Law degree focusing in Human Rights.
NSW & Territories Coordinator
Sue is an experienced speaker and author. She has been a senior pastor, with her husband for many years, planting and pastoring churches in Australia. In this capacity, they have worked in restoration of community on many different levels.
Currently, Sue is completing a PhD at Sydney University on "Ezekiel, a People in Exile." She is researching the Hebrew form of the prophetic texts to gain a closer interpretation to the original intent. The exile was a time of collapse of a society through injustice that oppressed others, failure to care for God's land as a gift, and failure to worship God alone.
Sue's passion is to see community restored through God's justice that brings life to all, the message of the prophets. She will bring a message that impacts and brings life to all who hear it.
National Young Adults Coordinator
Before joining TEAR in 2010 Matt was a Churches of Christ pastor and music tutor. He and his wife Ashlee currently live in Sydney's East and are exploring sustainable living in the context of high density urban areas. Matt is also an experienced Bible teacher and communicator and is particularly passionate about issues of justice for the poor and marginalised, social inclusion, peace and nonviolence, and creation care. Matt has lectured at a number of theological institutions on New Testament and pastoral theology. He is progressing through a PhD at Charles Sturt University on Jesus' prophetic vocation in the Gospel of Matthew. He blogs occasionally at http://liferemixed.net
NSW & Territories Assistant Coordinator
Steve has been involved with TEAR Australia for 20 years and presently oversights the Western Sydney TEAR group, with his wife, Diana. They have three children. Steve organises events and works with TEAR groups and volunteers.
National Educator (based in QLD)
Dave Andrews is TEAR's Community Empowerment, Exposure and Training Officer. Dave conducts workshops and courses based around Biblical approaches to community development. He works with our partner organisations, Christian institutions around Australia, and with Christian and corporate groups. He oversees TEAR’s involvement with Community Development training in Papua New Guinea. Dave also works with Ross as a member of the Queensland education team. Dave has lived and worked with marginalised groups of people in Australia and overseas for more than thirty years. Dave is particularly interested in radical spirituality, incarnational community, and personal and social transformation. He is an author, a lecturer and a powerful speaker
QLD State Coordinator
Ross Farley commenced full time Christian ministry by serving six years with Brisbane Youth for Christ. He worked for eight years as a youth pastor for a local church followed by ten years with the Scripture Union of Queensland where he founded and developed the SU Qld Training Department. Ross has also been a part time chaplain for a private school.
Currently Ross is the Queensland State Coordinator for TEAR Australia and role includes education and Bible teaching. He is a part-time youth worker with young people at risk and a sessional lecturer for Christian Heritage College, teaching Youth Work and Community Development subjects in Social Science degrees. He is also a visiting lecturer at Crossway College (formerly BCQ) in Aid and Development. Ross is author of Strategy for Youth Leaders, Following Jesus and Leading People and Strategy for Youth Leaders for the 21st Century. He is co-author of Incite, Making a World of Difference.
Ross is a graduate of the Bible College of Queensland (now called Crossway College). His post-graduate degrees include a Graduate Diploma in Religious Education and a Master of Arts majoring in leadership studies. Ross is married to Lyn and has three married children and ten grandchildren. He enjoys reading, movies, walking, running, swimming, surfing, kayaking and playing with the family dog.
TEAR volunteer and former Board member, chair.
Deborah Storie is a TEAR volunteer and former Board member, chair. A former TEAR fieldworker in Afghanistan, Deb travels occasionally to TEAR projects in a monitoring and advisory capacity. Back in Australia, Deborah is a PhD Candidate at Melbourne College of Divinity/Whitley College and teaches theology and development. As a speaker, she combines Biblical insights with personal experiences and stories that bridge cultural and socio-economic divides. She has a special concern for promoting fair trade practices, and raising awareness about climate change and its impact on poor communities. Deb is committed to helping Australian Christians develop a Biblically-grounded understanding of God’s concern for people whose lives are marred by poverty, oppression and marginalisation. Her preaching, teaching and writing are much-valued contributions to this process.
Keith is TEAR’s South Eastern States Coordinator, an ordained minister with Churches of Christ in Australia. Motivated by a deep sense of compassion and justice for all of Gods creation, he has served in pastoral ministry for seven years and journeyed with some of the world’s most vulnerable people. His ministry has taken him to the Middle East, Asia, Africa, Europe, America's and the Pacific with a particular interest in asylum and refugee issues. Keith is passionate about empowering and supporting Christians to participate in God’s Kingdom and looks forward to journeying with you
Go west young man… and so they did. Greg and partner Elvira have taken the call seriously, moving progressively further from their Eastern suburbs upbringing, firstly to the city with Urban Seed, then to Footscray, and now to Cudgee in South West Victoria, where together with a number of other families they are exploring a permaculture, sustainability, faith and community thing. They are also involved in the work of Manna Gum with their good friends Jon and Kim Cornford. They have two young kids, and life is a rich compost of people, food, laughter and adventure. Greg Hewson is the State Team Co-ordinator for TEAR Australia.
Assistant State Coordinator, VIC
With a heart for women and children at risk, Naomi is passionate about echoing God's heartbeat of love for the most vulnerable on the margins.
She is excited about the possibilities we have as Australians to have a transformative impact on people's lives living on the margins across the globe.
With A Bachelor of Arts degree and Graduate diploma in Theology, Naomi worked for 6 years for St Judes Anglican church amongst refugee/immigrant and marginalised populations on the Carlton Housing Estates before serving Horn of African refugee women in the slums of Nairobi, Kenya.
For the past four years she has been based in South Africa, as a Pioneers missionary, working with the Institute for the Healing of Memories around issues of healing and reconciliation, and then more particularly amongst women at risk, specifically women and children who had been trafficked into prostitution.
WA State Coordinator
A former schoolteacher and chaplain, Andrew is excited about exploring the question of what it means to respond to issues of poverty and injustice as contemporary followers of Jesus. He is enjoying studying for a Masters in Theology and relating learning to life.
Assistant State Coordinator
A Baptist pastor and youth worker, Steve has a passion for Biblical mercy and justice, both locally and globally. Currently undertaking a Masters in Development Studies, Steve lives what he believes, and his integrity comes through in his inspiring messages.
Ben Clarke lives and works in Adelaide. He has worked as a pastor, church planter, Community development officer and teacher. His passions include justice and a biblical understanding of our place in the Kingdom of God. Ben has a passion for growing things, the people who do grow things and for food justice. He is also an advocate for all of the lovely expressions of community that are popping up around the place. He worries about violence in our committees and the globe. As a father of seven he also worries, theorises and acts on issues that affect our planet and the inheritance of his children. Ben speaks from the Bible, informed with his experience of the lives of the poor and marginalised, in a way that encourages and challenges us all to live for the "kingdom come".
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