The Morling College Board (sometimes referred to as the Morling College Council) is the governing body for Morling College Ltd. The Board has both Institute of Higher Education [IHE] and non-IHE responsibilities.
The IHE responsibilities are in regard to the Morling College Education, Counselling and Chaplaincy and Spiritual Care awards.
The non-IHE responsibilities are in regard to all other areas involved in the management of the College and in the efficient provision of Theology awards delivered at Morling College under the Australian College of Theology (ACT).
Current members of the Morling College Board:
Rev Matthew Arkapaw
Matthew Arkapaw is the current Senior Pastor at Mortdale-Oatley Baptist Church and has been a Pastor within the Baptist Association of NSW & ACT since 2003. He has also served on the Baptist Association of NSW & ACT’s Assembly Council..
Lonni attends Chatwood Baptist Church where she is involved in a wide range of church ministry. A financial and investment adviser of 18 years, Lonni has strong interpersonal and analytical skills.
Lonni has skills in investment and risk management, critical thinking and has community group board experience. Lonni has been serving on the Morling College Finance Sub-Committee since July 2021.
Dr Helen Blanch
Dr Helen Blanch currently serves as the Senior Consultant for The Excellence Centre (the Professional Learning Ministry of Pacific Hills Christian School, Sydney) and the Director of Education and Leadership for New Hope International. She is an elder at Riverstone Baptist church, Sydney.
Helen’s calling is to equip Christian teachers to be effective teachers and leaders in the context of Christ-centred learning communities both in Australia and developing countries. She is passionate about inspiring and equipping teachers to be deeply immersed in the Biblical story so they may embrace and practice a Gospel-shaped education that meaningfully engages with young people in their cultural context and reaches out into their communities. In her roles, she authors materials and articles and train teachers and leaders in Christian Education both in the context of leadership and the educational task.
Rev Frank Farag
Frank is the Senior Pastor of Crest Community Baptist Church in Bass Hill, Sydney. He currently serves in a number of capacities, which include being President of the Arabic Minister and Leaders Association, Chairman of the Australian Arabic Communication Centre and on the Baptist Union’s Cross-Cultural Committee. He has been involved as a Sub-Editor for the New Arabic Version of the Bible and published books which include Wise Saying and the Word of God, Bible Verses for Evangelism and Outreach.
Rev Angelo Gratsounas
Angelo has served as the senior pastor of Narwee Baptist Church for almost 25 years serving a growing multi staff church ministering to close to 1000 people.
Angelo rejoined the Morling College Board in 2022 after a mandatory year break from service after three terms. Angelo also serves on the board of Christian Growth Ministries and the Narwee Area School Scripture Board he was also a previous Chair of the Peakhurst Area School Scripture Board.
Rev James Kim
James is an Accredited Baptist Minister and is presently the lead pastor of HOME Church. James has been serving on the Morling College Finance Sub-Committee since July 2021. James also works co-vocationally in one of the world’s largest financial institutions.
Dr Beverley Moore
Dr Beverley Moore is an Academic appointed member; Former Head of the School of Mathematical Sciences, (University of Technology Sydney) and currently Treasurer, Ashfield Baptist Church, NSW.
Rev Paul Mosiejczuk
Paul is a current member of Liverpool Baptist Church with a wide range of ministry experience including pastoral leadership, Board membership of Sowers International Australia Inc. , and cross-cultural work.
Ms Hashini Panditharatne
Hashini Panditharatne currently works at Australian Human Rights Commission. She studied at London School of Economics and Political Science and is located in Sydney, Australia.
Rev Dr Brian Powell
Brian is currently part-time Transition Pastor at Heathcote Engadine Baptist Church, NSW. This is his fifth interim Pastor role since he finished up on the faculty of Morling College. He is a member of the interviewing panel of the Committee for the Ministry and of the Divorce Sub-Committee of the same body.
Emeritus Professor Alan Rice
Dr Alan Rice has been a senior educational administrator in the public education system, a Dean of Education at Macquarie University and a past member of the Norwest Christian College Board. He was a past President of the Baptist Union of NSW and the ACT and he is the Chair of Morling College Academic Board.
He is an Elder at Baulkham Hills Baptist Church, NSW with some areas of responsibility: Seniors, special visits to members and dealing with projects within the Church like the Men’s Group.
Rev Karen Siggins
Karen has been a primary school teacher and has just completed a 16-year role as a pastor of a local church in Western Australia. She has been on the Council of Baptist Churches of Western Australia for ten years, three of which were spent as Chair. Karen also served as the Interim Director of Ministries for Baptist Churches WA, helping to lead the denomination into the strategic appointment of Pastor Victor Owuor who took the role in 2022.
Karen’s personal and professional motivation is the conviction that God’s love transforms our relationships and shapes our actions so that we are called and equipped to work for a better everyday world, particularly for those most vulnerable.
Rev Ric Sindel
Rev Ric Sindel is a Morling graduate and has been the Lead Pastor in a number of Baptist churches. He is currently the Co-Lead Pastor at Rouse Hill Baptist Church, Sydney.