I am married to Peter and we have two grown sons, a daughter-in-law, and two adorable grandchildren. (I love being a Nana!) We all live on the Central Coast of New South Wales, 60 kms north of Sydney, Australia.
I first learned about what it means to be a Christian at a camp approximately 40 years ago, when I was about 10 years old. A speaker at the camp told me that being a Christian wasn’t primarily about believing in a certain set of values or beliefs; it was about having a real relationship with God himself, which Jesus made possible by dealing with the problem of sin with his sacrificial death on the cross. It was also in that meeting that I heard about the Holy Spirit for the first time. This message of Christianity made perfect sense to me.
While the speaker was still giving her message, I slipped out of the meeting and prayed a simple prayer asking Jesus to be the Lord of my life. I also invited the Holy Spirit into my “heart”. At that very moment, and ever since, I have experienced the new life that Jesus offers to every person on the planet who entrusts their life to him and makes the decision to follow him.
The Good News of Jesus still makes sense to me as I keep learning and as my relationship with God deepens. It continues to resonate with every fibre of my being.
I am also interested and involved in discussions about women in ministry. My story of how I became convinced of the equality and mutuality of men and women in Christian marriage and ministry is here. (This article also contains some of my views on topics related to equality.)
I have a theology degree and have completed an MA in early Christian and Jewish studies with Macquarie University. I spend a lot of my time on my computer, studying, writing, and replying to people who contact me through the internet. When I’m not on the computer I’m usually teaching religious education or teaching piano, or I’m out in the garden getting my hands dirty.
My personal vision statement is: “to be conformed to the image of Christ” (Romans 8:29), which unfortunately won’t happen in this lifetime, but it will happen (1 John 3:2).
My personal mission statements are: (1) “to be as close to God as I possibly can be, to be filled with the Holy Spirit as much as I can be, and encourage others to do the same,” and (2) “To be a Kingdom agent wherever I am.”
I hope you will take the time to look through some of my articles, maybe listen to a song, or use my Bible study notes. Please contact me through the Contact page or Facebook if you would like me to speak at your event. You can find me on social media on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Linkedin.
My hope is that this website will help Jesus’ followers thrive in the new life he offers us.
Several of my articles have been published on the websites of The Junia Project and Christians for Biblical Equality, and on Scot McKnight’s Jesus Creed. The following articles (and chapter) have been published as hard copies.
“The Elder and the Lady: A look at the language of 2 John”, Mutuality Vol. 23 Issue 4 (2016) 12-13.
“Is a Gender Hierarchy Implicit in the Creation Narrative of Genesis 2:4-25”, The Gender Conversation: Evangelical Perspectives on Gender, Scripture, and the Christian Life, eds Edwina Murphy and David Starling (Morling Press and Wipf and Stock, 2016) 29-40.
“The ‘Shame’ of Unnamed Women of the Old Testament: Honorable Women in a Patriarchal World”, Mutuality Vol. 20 Issue 2 (2013) 7-9.