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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 Daniel Gardiner

Rev Daniel Gardiner

President

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President

Daniel Gardiner

  • Board member since 2016
  • 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.

Rev Scott Cadman

Rev Scott Cadman

Vice President

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Vice President

Scott Cadman

  • Board member since 2018
  • 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.

Dr Karen Walker

Dr Karen Walker

Immediate Past President

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Immediate Past President

Karen Walker

  • Board member since 2014
  • Church: Knightsbridge Baptist Church

Committee Membership

  • Nomination and Remuneration

Qualifications

  • (Flinders University) M.Spec.Ed.(Flinders University), B.Spec.Ed., Dip. Teaching, Clinical Pastoral Education, currently completing M.Div. (Tabor College)

Biography

Karen has a significant background in education, higher education and not for profit sectors. Over 6 years the Walkers lived and worked in Cambodia as GIA team members. During this time, Karen engaged in the capacity development of Khmer academic staff and policy development for the national higher education sector.  Karen is married to John, a long-serving Baptist minister, and they share in parenting and grandparenting roles.

Elected Members

Gaynor Johnson

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Gaynor Johnson

  • Board member since 2016
  • Church: Parkside Baptist Church

Committee Membership

  • Accreditation and Ordination (Chair)
  • Nomination & Remuneration (N&R)

Qualifications

  • BSc(Hons), MDiv (Tabor)

Biography

Gaynor brings 30 years of experience in private business; has served as Treasurer, Secretary and Chair of Church Council at PBC; and served on the Board of Maranatha Health (NFP operating in Uganda) from its inception in 2008 until the end of 2014.

Over the years, Gaynor has benefited through her roles from the advice and practical help of Baptist Churches SA. Gaynor is keen to help maintain the standard of help offered to all our churches by BCSA. Through her theological studies Gaynor is interested in development of Pastors. Gaynor wants to see our churches benefit from best practice in all aspects of governance and see the outworking of the kingdom in BCSA’s area of influence.

Rev Dr Tony Ling

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Rev. Dr Tony Ling

  • Board member since 2016
  • Church: Victor Harbor Baptist

Committee Membership

  • Accreditation & Ordination

Qualifications

  • BMin, DMin (MST)

Biography

Tony has a diversity of pastoral experience in Baptist churches since 1987, serving in three churches in two States, suburban and rural. In these contexts, Tony has experience in planting a church, leading through change, conflict management and church growth. Tony’s governance experience includes three school Boards, various community consultancy groups dealing with rural communities in crisis. Tony’s Doctoral research paper was centred on Pastoral burnout in the context of church culture, and he continues this research into spirituality and mental health.

He values the opportunity to serve God in the broader context of church life outside of his local ministry, putting back into the family of Churches.

Elizabeth Moncrieff-Philp

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Elizabeth Moncrieff-Philp

  • Board member since 2015
  • 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 who is senior pastor at Mt Barker Baptist church and together they have 6 children and 8 grandchildren. 

James Whalland

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James Whalland

  • Board member since 2015
  • 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.

Linda Carrapiett

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Linda Carrapiett

  • Filling Casual Vacancy since 2020
  • 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.

I am keen to provide a valuable contribution to the board through strategic thinking, financial knowledge and governance skills. I am particularly interested in participating in strong, robust governance processes. I am grateful for the opportunities I have had and it is exciting to use my skills and experience to serve the Baptist churches of SA.

Joshua Baldwin

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Joshua Baldwin

  • Board member since Nov 2019
  • 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
  • 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.

Andrew Edelsten

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Andrew Edelsten

  • Board member since 2021
  • 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 7 years ago where he had a lengthy background in HR in both education and health sectors. He is currently the Executive Director of Human Resources at Tyndale Christian School Group, based at Salisbury East. He was a highly valued member of the DOM search panel and because of his relative newness to the Baptist church scene his perspectives were especially valuable.

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

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

Assets Management Committee

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

Audit, Risk and Compliance Committee

  • James Whalland (Chair)
  • Daniel Gardiner
  • Glenn Dixon
  • Melinda Cousins

Moderating Committee

  • Mark Sanders (Chair)
  • Mark Foley
  • Scott Cadman
  • Melinda Cousins

Nomination and Remuneration Committee

  • Karen Walker (Chair)
  • Daniel Gardiner
  • Gaynor Johnson
  • Andy Edelsten
  • Melinda Cousins