TEAR staff are available to speak at your church or small group. TEAR speakers speak from a Bible based perspective, and personal experience of issues affecting the lives of our poorer neighbours. Whether you're organising a conference, looking for a speaker for a youth event, or would just like to expand your roster of speakers, TEAR's education staff are happy to work with you to create a presentation that suits your needs, while inspiring and challenging your audience. Contact your local TEAR office to arrange a TEAR speaker.
Matthew Maury has been the CEO of TEAR Australia since 2009. He has extensive international development experience having served in a variety of roles within the sector for over twenty-four years; from village-level rural development projects, complex humanitarian emergency responses, advocacy and public policy development, disability empowerment, and regional management roles for global INGOs.
In addition to his 15 years living and working in Africa, Matthew has been directly involved with integrated development projects in Latin America, Asia, and the Middle East. As well as his role with TEAR Australia, Matthew is on the governing bodies of ACFID; Make Poverty History; Micah International and, the Integral Alliance, a global alliance of relief and development agencies. Passionate about ensuring development systems work for the poor and marginalised, Matthew has published work on developing bottom-up accountability systems for NGOs. His weekends are filled with efforts to get out biking, hiking or on the beach with his wife and two boys.
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.
After 10 years of speaking in churches and at major events across the U.K, and more recently as a local church pastor in Melbourne, Paul is passionate about the central role that the local church plays in God's redemptive plan for our world. With a Masters degree in 'Church Practice' Paul is committed to inspiring the church to make creative and biblically shaped responses to poverty and injustice.
An experienced communicator to all ages, Paul seeks to engage the bible and culture as he explores what it means for us to be disciples of Christ in this increasingly complex world.
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.
NSW and ACT Church Engagement Coordinator
Compelled by Jesus’ love, Becky has always had an infectious passion for people and social justice. Originally from rural NSW and a country girl at heart, she has enjoyed living in Sydney for the past ten years, especially its beaches.
Becky has degrees in International Development and Education. These studies and her background working in ministry, community development and her role teaching disadvantaged young people have deepened her desire to see all people experience fullness of life in the transformative love of God.
She is blown away by the good news of the gospel, in wonder at the beauty and mess of life and is eager and excited to see the church in Australia embody the love of Jesus and envision a hope filled future.
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.
Victoria & Tasmania Engagement Coordinator
Tim Johnson is TEAR Australia's Victoria/Tasmania Engagement Coordinator. Tim, together with his wife Cath, baby son Theodore and their friends, live life as part of a community development project on the Mornington Peninsula in southern Victoria. Tim has worked as a Pastor and Youth Worker and is currently studying his masters in international development.
Assistant Church Engagement Coordinator in Victoria
Ashlee Planck is the Assistant Church Engagement Coordinator in Victoria. Ashlee is deeply concerned about justice and peace and is committed to learning how to live more nonviolently. She is passionate about serving people on the margins both locally and globally, as well as seeing people from diverse backgrounds and traditions come together to experience gracious hospitality and worship the risen Jesus. She loves to share stories of encounters with Jesus in unexpected places and sow seeds of hope in God’s restoring work. Ashlee has a background in community work, and has degrees in International Development, Peace and Conflict Studies and Theology.
QLD State Co-ordinator
Michael comes to TEAR from Gladstone Baptist with a wealth of experience. Michael is a follower of Christ, a husband and a father. Michael is known in his community as a social activist and for his work with youth.
Speaker and Educator
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 a Speaker and Educator for TEAR Australia and his role includes education and Bible teaching. He is a visiting lecturer at the Brisbane School of Theology (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 also the co-author of Incite, Making a World of Difference.
Ross is a graduate of the Brisbane School of Theology (formerly called the Bible College of Queensland). 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 eleven grandchildren. He enjoys reading, movies, walking, running, swimming, surfing, kayaking and playing with the family dog.
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 communities 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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