Staff 2018

Our Staff

Adam Smyth

Sydney Metro Regional Worker Sydney North / Resources Specialist

Adam has a heart for seeing all people come to know the immeasurable love that God has for them and for people of all ages to passionately live their lives for Jesus! After fully committing to Jesus at age 25, Adam loves pursuing God's presence and His heart, wanting everyone to have incredible encounters with God for themselves and to know Him personally. Adam has worked for many years as a guitar teacher and has studied music at the Australian Institute of Music and Macquarie University and theology at Morling College. Adam has also served in worship music ministry and preaching. He loves to see people honestly seek God and discover how much God loves them and how good He is!

Adam also loves surfing, AFL, ice hockey, coffee, music, and spending time with family and friends.

Alex Gartner

Design & Communications Coordinator

Amy Ziade

Sydney Metro Regional Worker Sydney South West and Southern Highlands

Amy is passionate about ministry and serving children and young people. Amy believes the future relies heavily on how we interact and treat the children of today, reminding them that they can do all things through Christ! Amy has previously worked in childcare, children's ministry and children's entertainment. It is safe to say that her world and workplace often revolve around children and that her role at Scripture Union NSW is a natural progression of this.

Amy is married to Nick, and they have a daughter, Alessia. She loves long catch-ups over coffee, hanging with her family, and having an all-round good time, enjoying all that life has to offer.

Andrew McLachlan

State Director (CEO)

Andrew has been connected with SU for over forty years, attending ISCF group at school, using SU Bible reading notes and participating on SUFMs at Huskisson, Tuncurry, Budgewoi and Old Bar. Andrew is married to Gillian, and with their two sons, are active at Dundas Anglican Church. The family are currently on the Lake Tabourie SUFM team. Andrew has previously served as an SUFM Team Director, Regional Advisor and Missions Committee Chair. Andrew also served as the governance co-chair of the SU NSW Board.

Most of Andrew’s work-life has been spent helping organisations align their people and processes to achieve missional and strategic outcomes. Andrew commenced as CEO in 2018 and is passionate to see SU become all it can be, under God and for His glory, to see children, young people and families reached with the good news of Jesus Christ.

Andrew Parkinson

Central West Regional Coordinator

Andrew was born in “The Shire” but has migrated progressively west, first to the Hill District and then to the Hawkesbury and now he lives in chilly Blayney in Central West NSW with his wife Jo and two beautiful girls Caitlyn and Philippa. He came to faith at Billy Graham Crusade in 1979 and in 1989 he felt God’s calling to ministry and entered theological college. He is an ordained Baptist Minister with over 25 years of youth ministry experience in churches, schools, camps, and even ran Sydney’s first and only Christian Night Club, featuring live Christian Bands every Friday and Saturday night.

Andrew is a gifted speaker and communicator and has a passion for teaching and growing kids and young people for Christ. He can also make a mean coffee.

Bryce Steep

Mid North Coast Regional Coordinator

Bryce hails from the Mid North Coast of NSW and has a desire to see the ministry of SU grow in the region. His background is in electronics, IT hardware/software, and the funeral industry. A Salvationist of 35 years Bryce has more recently spent 13 of those years in full time ministry as a Salvation Army Officer with appointments including corps officer (church minister/pastor), chaplaincy, PR and RSDS (providing Christian based practical support to members of our defence force). Bryce holds formal qualifications in chaplaincy, community services and mental health, and has completed a Bachelor of Ministry degree. He has a passion for sharing the Gospel with young people and has a long history of working closely with local schools and their staff, both at primary and secondary levels, through SRE teaching, volunteer recruitment, and coordination and participation in Christmas events and ministries.

Bryce has 4 children and 7 grandchildren with another on the way. He is a musician and vocalist, having helped develop a music appreciation program for preschool children. Bryce is a licenced amateur radio operator, a member of Rotary Club and also enjoys fishing, camping and travelling to beautiful places.

Bronwyn Jackson

Donor Support Officer

Bronwyn is married to Stephen and together they have two teens and a tween. In the year 2000, Bronwyn became a Christian through a Christianity Explored course, where she accepted the salvation given to her through Jesus' death and resurrection. Since then, the Holy Spirit has been guiding and changing her life for his great purposes!

Cheryl Burton

South Coast Regional Coordinator

Cheryl loves living in Batemans Bay, is happily married to Rob, has two lovely daughters and a sweet lab named Louis. She committed her life to Christ as a teenager and was strengthened in her faith through a vibrant ISCF, youth group, camps, Beach Mission and Bible College. Cheryl loves to support and empower volunteers to make disciples in schools, camps and mission contexts. She is an experienced teacher of middle and high school and was previously a support manager for volunteers of an international aid organisation. Cheryl enjoys supporting her husband in his role as pastor of Batemans Bay Baptist Church, relaxing with family and friends and exploring new beaches in the beautiful Far South Coast.

Dave Tankard

North West Regional Coordinator

Dave is married to Jude, they have four children - two young adults, and two in school. His work is mostly connected to public schools. He is always looking for chances to start a new SUPA Club or ISCF! If you have connections with your local school, start praying for it, and when God shows you a leader, tell Dave! You’ll be amazed how simple & rewarding these groups are!

Dave is the SRE teacher at Tamworth HS, gardens, kicks a footy with his son, studies theology & loves meeting new people & learning new stuff. He can talk underwater about the Bible, preaching, cricket or politics. He is thrilled whenever people trust Jesus - not 'just' with their eternity - but for His power to live a really awesome life!

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Deborah Kemper

Finance & Payroll Officer

Deborah is married to Nathan and has 3 children. They have recently relocated from the outer suburbs of Melbourne to Penrith where Nathan has joined the Pastoral team at Nepean Baptist Church, leaving behind their eldest son to complete his cabinet making apprenticeship. Deborah has been actively involved in her local church since accepting Christ as her Saviour at a Christian camp, at the age of 17. She has used her accounting skills for many years as a church treasurer and in various Christian Evangelical organisations.

Deborah is very pleased to have the opportunity to continue using her skills to the glory of God, here at Scripture Union.

Ella Peachey

Sydney Metro Team Leader

Ella previously worked as the Children’s Worker at her church Dural Baptist for four years. She loved having the opportunity to share the good news with the kids in her local community. Ella also worked for ANGLICARE as a Youth Worker in the Inner West, running programs for marginalised teens. She has a strong passion for seeing kids and young peoples’ lives transformed by the good news, and is excited to be a part of the ministry SU has in schools across NSW.

Ella loves spending time with people, especially her husband Caleb, extended family and friends. Ella enjoys exploring new coffee shops around Sydney and long dinner parties!

Glenn Coombs

Associate Director - Regional Development

Glenn has been involved with the ministry of Scripture Union NSW since 1986. From Directing Norah Head SUFM & The Entrance SUFM, to full time staff in 1998 and more recently Camps Director. Anyone who has met Glenn knows he is passionate about sharing the Good News of Jesus and the transformational ministries of Scripture Union. Glenn’s role currently involves the development and support of SU camps along with nurturing the faithful army of Scripture Union supporters to assist the ongoing health and vitality of the movement. Glenn is also seconded as a SUSTAIN partnership consultant with Scripture Union International, which takes him far and wide in his quest to connect opportunities with resources for the extension of God's kingdom.

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Karen William

Salesforce IT Administrator

Lucy Mayer

Missions Administrator + Events Coordinator

Lucy has amazing parents and three wonderful sisters that have continually pointed her to Jesus. Lucy became a Christian in high school, however, it was her time at the Youthworks Year 13 Gap year program that allowed her to truly grasp the importance of living a life in service to God, in all aspects of her life.

Lucy studied a Bachelor of Management in Events and Leisure and has been seeking a role in which she can continue to serve at church, and use her organisational skills to further God's kingdom. Lucy has been a part of Tuggerah SUFM for three years and is excited to be a part of the SU movement in a larger capacity.

Mark Alcorn

Partnership Director / Fundraising Programs Manager

Mark grew up in a Christian family in Ireland with 3 brothers. He has been involved with Scripture Union since attending SU Camps in Ireland as a child, and then later as a leader, which was instrumental in developing his Christian faith.

He studied business management at the University of Hull in the UK before travelling the world in 2010. Upon arriving in Australia as a backpacker he spent seven years in Brisbane working in fundraising and digital marketing, and set up his own business in 2014.

He co-led a connect group in his church and has been a part of Evans Head SUFM for several years. In 2017 Mark became an Australian citizen and moved to Sydney to begin working as Partnership Director.

Much like the old reformers, Mark enjoys nothing more than gathering in a cosy pub to drink craft beer and discuss theology. He also loves cats, single malt scotch and rugby.

Meg McCloud

Sydney Metro Regional Worker Sydney South East

Meg was nurtured in a Christian home and as a teenager was baptized but hit the ground running with Jesus at 19. She is a Morling Theological College graduate with a degree in ministry. It was her time at college that ignited her fervour for the scriptures and avid attention to God’s hand in history. She is eager to disciple young people in a profound way that is relevant to them and demonstrably biblical.

Meg is an advocate for young people in helping them engage with the Bible to understand it’s impact and the character of God in His world. She has particular interest in assisting young people to engage with Old Testament theology and narrative and the invitation to the kingdom of God with Jesus as the king. She strives to model Jesus to young people, who will be the next witnesses to the future hope God has promised His children in King Jesus. She is an active church leader along with her barista husband. Meg has been a faithful Christian leader in many church and school contexts, including Soul Survivor NSW, SU Girls Ag Camp, scripture teaching, an assistant chaplain with Wesley Mission and a youth pastor.

Meg comes from a long line of farming families. She is a proud country woman from the North West slopes and plains region of NSW and is not afraid of a bit of dirt and hard labour. Meg is also a competitive athlete, competing nationwide for Athletics NSW. She is a specialist in the 100m and 200m sprints. She prides herself in distinguishing between a good and bad coffee and enjoys visiting trendy cafes with her husband and close friends.

Merrin Telfer

Business Support Coordinator

Merrin is married to Scott with four grown up children and four grandchildren. Growing up in a Christian family, she has been involved in church all her life and is currently worshipping at Chatswood Presbyterian Church where she enjoys being part of a weekly Bible study group. Prior to joining Scripture Union, she and Scott ran their own printing business, which they have just sold. Merrin is pleased to be able to use the skills learned there in her new role with Scripture Union.

Merrin loves a good road trip, camping, playing with her grandchildren, knitting and other crafts, drinking tea and eating cake.

Rachel Bemmer

Sydney Metro Regional Worker Sydney West

Rachel grew up in a Christian family but gave her life to Jesus when she was 17 years old.

Rachel's heart and zealousness are with the next generation coming to know Jesus Christ as their saviour. She has an extensive history of working with children including: out of school hours care, Scripture teaching, and children's ministry. She also has a heart for God's mission field here and abroad. Through this passion for mission, Rachel has been able to be a part of Scripture Union Family Missions for the last seven years at Kioloa SUFM.

Her other passions include anything outdoors, but she doesn't mind a good movie or two.

Sebastian Mayer

SU Activities Coordinator (ChildSafe Risk Officer)

Sebastian (Aka Bas) is extremely fortunate to have grown up in a family where Jesus and His mission has been central to everything. Bas is super thankful for his parents involving him and his siblings to SU and growing up on beach mission. Bas can contribute so much of his growth and faith to Scripture Union, and was one of the driving factors of him going to Sydney Missionary and Bible College.

Bas is blessed to call Lucy his wife, and together they are living on mission as local missionaries who are making disciples.
Bas has a deep conviction for multiplying disciples and servant leadership. Bas is committed to helping SU and it’s volunteers keep prayer, Bible, discipleship and multiplication at their centre.

Bas also loves food, dad jokes, coffee and his friends and family.

Sally Trethewy

Camps Administrator

Sally works part time as Camps Administrator, supporting volunteers on SU Camps to spread the good news of Jesus.

Sally's introduction to Scripture Union was as a new Christian in year 12, attending an ISCF group at her high school. During her four years at university, Sally was a leader on Budgewoi SUFM, where she met her husband, Chris.

In recent years, Sally and her family have been serving as leaders on Cricket Camp & Rugby Union Camp. Sally has delighted in seeing her children grow from campers to serving as leaders. She enjoys having cups of tea with friends, reading, walking, and spending time with her family.

(This page was last updated 08/01/2019)