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MORLING COLLEGE BOARD

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The Morling College Board (sometimes referred to as the Morling College Council) is the governing body for Morling College Ltd. The Board has both Higher Education Provider [HEP] and non-HEP responsibilities.

The HEP responsibilities are in regard to the Morling College Education and Counselling awards.

The non-HEP 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:

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Ass. Prof. William Pierson

    Bill Peirson is the Master & Chief Executive Officer of New College, Sydney and an Adjunct Professor in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering at UNSW Sydney. His role involves the overall management of New College and New College Postgraduate Village. He provides leadership for all aspects of college life including pastoral oversight, academic support, development of New College and the relationship of the College to the alumni, University and wider community. Bill is the Director of the Centre for Christian Apologetics, Scholarship and Education (CASE). He was also formerly the Director of the UNSW Water Research Laboratory at the Northern Beaches Campus where he continues to supervise and conduct research.

  • 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.

  • Dr Alan Rice

    Dr Alan Rice is on the Board of Norwest Christian College, Sydney and an Elder at Baulkham Hills Baptist Church, NSW with some areas of responsibility: Seniors, special visits to church members and dealing with projects like the Men’s Group.

  • Mr William Rusin

    William Rusin is semi-retired after 41 years in the teaching profession. Bill has been on numerous Boards and Advisory Committees over many years and played small roles at Windsor District Baptist Church, NSW including the Men’s’ Ministry and on the AV Team.

    Currently he assists school leadership teams in some Cambodian Christian run schools, which is a great joy.

  • 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.

  • 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 is currently the Interim Director of Ministries for Baptist Churches WA, helping to lead the denomination into a strategic appointment to the permanent position. 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.​​​​

  • 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.

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