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The Assembly Board

The Assembly Board’s role is to ensure that Baptist Churches of South Australia’s ministry is done in accordance with its values, mission, purpose, and strategic goals. They establish and oversee our governing policies and seek to do so with strategic vision, a future perspective, and an appreciation for diverse viewpoints.

Members of the Assembly Board

Officers of the Association

Rev Dr Melinda Cousins

Rev Dr Melinda Cousins

Director of Ministries

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Director of Ministries

Melinda Cousins

  • Director of Ministries since 2021
  • Church: Richmond Baptist Church

Committee Membership

  • As DoM Melinda participates in all the current committees

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Laws (Honours)
  • Bachelor of Theology (Honours)
  • Advanced Diploma of Theology (Pastoral Ministry)
  • Master of Arts (Theology)
  • Doctor of Philosophy
  • Graduate Certificate in Professional Supervision (Pastoral)

Biography

Melinda had been a pastor with Baptist Churches SA since 2002, serving at Blackwood Hills Baptist and Richmond Baptist. She has also served as State Director for Global Interaction, Lecturer at Burleigh Theological College and Bible College SA, as Senior Lecturer at Tabor College before being appointed Director of Ministry Accreditation in 2016 and then Director of Ministries in 2021. Melinda has a deep love for God’s word and God’s world and is committed to seeing our biblical and theological values shape our actions as we participate in God’s mission together as a movement of local churches thriving in Jesus transforming the world.

 

Rev Scott Cadman

Rev Scott Cadman

President

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President

Scott Cadman

  • Board member since 2018
  • Current term ends November 2024
  • Church: Flinders Street Baptist Church

Committee Membership

  • Moderating
  • Assets Management

Qualifications

  • BA (Hons) and BD

Biography

Scott has served in churches in England, New Zealand and for the last 12 years at Flinders St Baptist. He has spent most of his ministry in inner and central city churches. He served on the Assembly Council of the Baptist Churches in New Zealand for a period and has recently joined this board. He has a deep love and commitment to the local church and more than a passing interest in how long held Baptist principles fashions and shape our lives as Baptist Christian churches.

Elizabeth Moncrieff-Philp

Elizabeth Moncrieff-Philp

Vice President

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Vice President

Elizabeth Moncrieff-Philp

  • Board member since 2015
  • Current term ends November 2024
  • Church: Mt Barker Baptist Church

Committee Membership

  • None currently

Qualifications

  • BA BTh MSW Grad Dip Mental Health Science

Biography

Elizabeth has been actively involved in not for profit governance for the past 20 years. She has served on the executive of Interserve Australia as vice chair for three years. She joined the board of TEAR Australia in 2006 and served for 8 years, the last two years as National Chairperson. She also chaired the board of West Coast Youth and Community Support (an independent homelessness service) for four years through a period of constitutional review and structural change.

Elizabeth spent 6 years in Nepal as a partner of Interserve in the 1980s. On return to Australia she completed a Bachelor of Theology and Master of Social Work and currently works in the field of mental health.  She is married to Leigh and together they have 6 children and 8 grandchildren.

Rev Daniel Gardiner

Rev Daniel Gardiner

Immediate Past President

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Immediate Past President

Daniel Gardiner

  • Board member since 2016
  • Current term ends November 2024
  • Church: Christies Beach Baptist Church

Committee Membership

  • Assets Management
  • Audit, Risk & Compliance
  • Nomination & remuneration

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Ministry, Tabor completed Nov 16

Biography

Daniel has served on a variety of church, church denominational and not-for-profit boards in the UK and as a founding Director of ‘Cherish Uganda’ (a major NGO providing care for orphans with HIV). Concurrently with Pastoral leadership in churches, including church planting in Scotland, Daniel developed a multi-branch real estate business.  This experience in property and church development means he understands pastoral, business and financial leadership.  Being a strategic thinker Daniel can see value in providing a perspective to the Baptist movement informed by his experience from different fields and other regions around the world.

Elected Members

Linda Carrapiett

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Linda Carrapiett

  • Filling Casual Vacancy since 2020
  • Current term ends November 2026
  • Church: Unley Park Baptist

Committee Membership

  • Asset Management Committee

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Economics
  • Graduate Diploma in Accounting
  • Fellow of Chartered Accountants of Australia & New Zealand

Biography

Over 30 years experience in finance and business in a range of senior leadership roles including public practice, large corporates and not for profit organisations. Currently working as the Chief Financial Officer of the Julia Farr group in the disability sector.

Linda provides a valuable contribution to the board through strategic thinking, financial knowledge and governance skills. She is particularly interested in participating in strong, robust governance processes, and is grateful for the opportunities she has to use her skills and experience to serve the Baptist churches of SA & NT.

James Whalland

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James Whalland

  • Board member since 2015
  • Current term ends November 2025
  • Church: Unley Park Baptist Church

Committee Membership

  • Audit & Risk (Chair)

Biography

James commercial experience includes areas of risk and insurance. In addition to this he has not for profit board experience with the State Youth Exec for Churches of Christ. James values to opportunity to put his professional experience and qualifications into use for a faith and church context.

Andrew Edelsten

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Andrew Edelsten

  • Board member since 2021
  • Current term ends November 2026
  • Church: Unley Park Baptist Church

Committee Membership

  • Nomination & Remuneration Committee

Qualifications

  • Masters of Human Resources
  • Fellow of Australian Human Resources Institute (FAHRI) & Certified Practitioner of HR (FCPHR)

Biography

Andrew (Andy) is an active member at Unley Park Baptist and is Chair of the church Council where he also serves as a deacon.  Andy moved to Australia with his family from the UK 8 years ago where he had a lengthy background in HR in telecommunication, education and health sectors.  He is currently the Director of Human Resources at Tyndale Group of Christian Schools, based in Salisbury East.  He was a highly valued member of the DOM Search and because of his relative newness to the Baptist church scene his perspectives were especially valuable.   Andy is married to Angela, and they have a daughter, April. 

Joshua Baldwin

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Joshua Baldwin

  • Board member since 2019
  • Current term ends November 2025
  • Church: Clovercrest Baptist Church

Committee Membership

  • Asset Management

Biography

Currently the Director for the Munro Group, Joshua has been in the real estate industry since 2011 and specialised in the formation and consulting of community plans in South Australia. A member of Clovercrest Baptist since 2015 and previously a member of the Uniting church, he has served in local church roles as well as state based leadership roles. He is thankful for the opportunities he has had to be involved with faith-based organisations and is passionate about moving them more deeply into the mission that God has called them to.

Rev Dan Beasy

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Dan Beasy

  • Board Member since 2021
  • Current term ends November 2024
  • Church: Rostrevor Baptist Church

Committee Membership

  • Accreditation and Ordination

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Ministry

Biography

Rev Dan Beasy completed his Bachelor of Ministry at Tabor College Adelaide majoring in Biblical Studies. He is passionate about seeing leaders identified and discipled and seeing people move from places of brokenness to wholeness in Jesus Christ. In 1997 he founded Lifewell Conference to empower individuals and equip churches to respond holistically in restoring lives to Jesus Christ. Lifewell Conference continues to help people live well as Jesus intends today.

Dan married his wife Ellen under the Moreton Bay figs in Adelaide’s Botanic Park in 2010 and they enjoy being parents to their young son, Tommy.

Dan is a Graduate of the Arrow Leadership Program and an Accredited & Ordained Pastor with Baptist Churches SA. He currently serves as Lead Pastor at Rostrevor Baptist Church. Prior to becoming Lead Pastor at Rostrevor in 2016, Dan served as an Associate Pastor there for 5 years and for over 10 years in various ministry roles at Enfield Baptist Church.

Dan served on the Baptist Care SA Board for 8 years from April 2013 to July 2021.

Nathan Walker

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Nathan Walker

  • Board member since February 2023
  • Current term ends November 2026
  • Church: Richmond Baptist Church

Committee Membership

  • Accreditation and Ordination (Chair)

Biography

Nathan has over 20 years of recruitment and HR experience, currently working in a senior national role with a large recruitment and labour hire firm. His particular focus is on people engagement and management, training, development and compliance. Nathan values the opportunity to to bring his personal and corporate experience to the Baptist Churches of SA.

Rev Kerry Davies

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Rev Kerry Davies

  • Board member since June 2022
  • Current term ends November 2024
  • Church: Enfield Baptist Church

Committee Membership

  • None currently.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Ministry
  • Accredited Spiritual Director

Biography

Kerry has been Lead Pastor at Norton Summit Baptist Church and also at Westcare Baptist Church. Previously she worked at Alice Springs Baptist Church.

She is excited about what happens when local churches discover their unique gospel calling and work collaboratively with others in their community setting. A deep desire for justice and healing has shaped her life choices and ministry.

Kerry has a long connection with First Nations people having lived on remote communities across Central Australia so she is excited about being on the Assembly Board as we move towards amalgamation with the Baptist Union of the Northern Territory.

Jasmine Berry

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Jasmine Berry

  • Board member since Nov 2023
  • Current term ends November 2025
  • Church: Trinity Baptist Church

Committee Membership

  • None currently.

Biography

Jasmine is a member of Trinity Baptist Church and has been attending for over 7 years. By profession, she is an occupational therapist with over 20 years experience. Jasmine, and her husband Scott, spent four years fostering children through the department of Child Protection. Jasmine was also a Councillor for Mitcham Council from 2018 – July 2020. Other community services committees include;

– Governing Council and ‘Grounds’ subcommittee coordinator for CLG primary 2018

– FUSE volunteer mentor for refugees 2015

– Co-coordinator of the first White Ribbon March, Adelaide 2014

– Board member for Enfield Baptist Church ‘Lifewell’ Centre 2007 & 2008

– Volunteer Coordinator of Play ‘n’ Chat Group, Enfield Baptist Church 2008

– Group Facilitator, CBT group Enfield Church 2005-2009

– Volunteer Advocate, Compassion Australia 2001 & 2003 – 07

Casual Vacancy Available

The Assembly Board role offers a wonderful opportunity to bring skills, passion and experience together to serve our Baptist family. We are always looking for gender balance, cultural diversity and members whose strengths will enhance current board composition.  Please see below for a skills matrix.

Assembly Board Skills Matrix

Board Skills

General Board Capacities

Skill
Overview
Importance
Status
       

Audit, Risk and Compliance

Capacity to identify key risks, monitor risk and compliance and knowledge of legal and regulatory requirements.

High

Opportunity

Assets Management

Experience in business, economics, accounting and finance to analyse statements, assess business and financial viability, contribute to financial planning, oversee budgets, oversee funding arrangements.

High

Opportunity

Strategy

Identify and critically assess strategic opportunities and threats to an organization.  Capacity to develop and implement strategies in context to our policies and objectives.

High

Strong

Policy Development

Ability to identify key issues for an organisation and develop appropriate policy parameters within which the organization should operate.

Medium

Satisfactory

Human Relations Management

Experience in evaluating performance of senior management, overseeing strategic staff management. Experience in industrial relations, human relations and organizational change management programmes.

Medium

Opportunity

Governance & Board Experience

Level of Board experience and completed formal training in governance and risk.

Medium

Satisfactory

 

Baptist Churches of SA Skills

Skills aligning with the purpose and strategic plan of Baptist Churches of SA

 

Skill
Overview
Importance
Status
       

Theology and Ministry

Experience and qualifications in Theology and Ministry. Experience as a Pastor, Church or mission parachurch leader.

High

Strong

Mission

Experience as an evangelist, a mission parachurch leader, cross cultural missionary. Qualifications in Mission studies, cultural anthropology, evangelism

High

Strong

Formation

Experience in education, training, development of people. Experience in theological and discipleship formation within Church

Medium

Strong

Community Development

Experience or qualifications in community development, church development, social services

Medium

Strong

Public Relations

Experience in Public Relations, Marketing, Advocacy.  Experience in public engagement to positively influence public discourse

Medium

Opportunity

Movement Connection

Degree to which the member has connections to our churches and people across our Movement

Medium

Strong

 

Diversity and Other

 Diversity leads to better board outcomes

Skill
Overview
Importance
Status
       

Board Term

Length of Board experience can carry institutional memory and experience

Low

1 members with > 5 years experience

Aligned Organisations

Aligned organisations relevant to Baptist Churches SA purpose to which members hold a strong connection

Medium

Satisfactory

Church participation

Level of Church Participation as ministry volunteer, leader, accredited Pastoral Leader or Chaplain

High

Strong

Gender Diversity

Equal gender representation is a priority

High

Opportunity

Female 36%, Male 64%

Age Diversity

Age diversity brings different perspectives to board discussions.

Medium

Opportunity

Cultural Diversity

Member cultural heritage with a focus on inclusion for Aboriginal/Torres Strait Islander and CALD

High

Opportunity

Aboriginal-Torres Strait 0, CALD 1, Other 10

Qualifications

Board breadth of qualification experience

Low

Satisfactory

Board Committees

Committees members are part of

 

Opportunity

 

Assembly Board Committees

Accreditation and Ordination Committee

  • Nathan Walker (Chair)
  • Colin Rolfs 
  • Cung Hnin 
  • Dan Beasy 
  • Gaynor Johnson 
  • Julie Gardiner 
  • Melinda Cousins 
  • Mike Bartlett 
  • Tony Ling 

Assets Management Committee

  • Linda Carrapiett (Chair) 
  • Bridget Townsend 
  • Daniel Gardiner 
  • Joshua Baldwin 
  • Melinda Cousins 
  • Scott Cadman 

Audit, Risk and Compliance Committee

  • James Whalland (Chair)

  • Daniel Gardiner 

  • Glenn Dixon 

  • Melinda Cousins 

Moderating Committee

  • Mark Sanders (Chair) 

  • Mark Foley 

  • Melinda Cousins 

  • Scott Cadman 

Nomination and Remuneration Committee

  • Scott Cadman (Chair) 

  • Andy Edelsten 

  • Liz Moncrieff-Philp 

  • Melinda Cousins