Meet the Staff
Executive Leadership Team
The Executive Leadership Team assist the Principal in the efficient day to day operations of the Seminary and helps to set its long-term direction.
Dr Brian Harris
Dr Brian Harris, is a highly regarded author, internationally renowned theologian, pastor and teacher. Brian has served as the Principal of Vose, as well as the Head of the Department of Ministry and Practice since 2004.
South-African born Brian has enjoyed a ministry and career that has included serving as a Senior Pastor in Auckland, New Zealand while lecturing at both Carey Theological and Laidlaw College. He serves on the Board of Directors at Australian College of Theology, (ACT) Vose’s accrediting body and is also a Director of Christian Schools Australia. Currently, Brian is the Pastor at Large for the Carey group of churches and schools, Principal and Head of Ministry and Practice at Vose.
Principal; Head of Department of Ministry and Practice
BSoc Sc, BTh (Hons), MTh, PhD (University of Auckland) Cert IV TAE
Monica O’Neil is an experienced minister, facilitator, and strategy consultant, with a demonstrated history of working in professional training & coaching. She is the Director at Vose Leadership.
Director Vose Leadership and Lecturer in Field Education
MA (Ministry), Cert IV TAE
Lloyd Porter served as a missionary in Russia for 15 years and continues to visit Siberia regularly teaching and training in OM Russia’s discipleship training school.
Lloyd is working towards a PhD that explores the dynamics in leadership transitions from Western founders to emerging national leaders.
Academic Dean, Director Vose Mission, Lecturer in Mission
PhD (Cand.), B.App Sc, Dip Theology, MA (Leadership), Cert IV TA CA
Kerry Puzey re-joined the team at Vose at the end of 2018. Kerry brings a wealth of expertise from the corporate sector, business and administration to the team at Vose. She is passionate about fostering healthy and aspirational teams to meet targets and bring about flourishing organisations.
Director of Corporate Services
MBA (in progress), B.App Sc, Cert IV TAE
Jon Bergmann is the Director of Vose Training. Since joining Vose in early 2017 he has been part of upgrading the online learning program, initiating an upgrade of all the VET courses and finding new and exciting ways to bring life to theological, ministry and leadership training.
Director of Vose Training
MTh, BA, Biblical Studies, Cert IV TAE
Andre Kurniawan is the Director of Student Services. With over 6 years of experience in the higher education sector across student services, admissions and student recruitment, Andre is passionate in improving the operational structures and data management as well as the student life cycle and educational experience.
Director of Student Services
Grad Cert Business, BA, DipB
Vose appoints faculty members who are highly regarded scholars, leaders in their field and who have a credible track record in ministry. Most of our lecturers publish regularly and present papers at conferences both locally and internationally. Our faculty are also student-focused, embracing the Vose Mission of offering exceptional learning experiences.
Dr Michael O'Neil
Michael is the director of Vose Research and head of the Christian Thought Department. He has studied at, and been an active member of, Vose since the late 1990s. Before commencing at Vose Michael served in various churches large and small for twenty years, in team pastor, sole pastor, and senior minister roles.”
Director Vose Research; Head of Department of Christian Thought and History, Graduate Studies Course Pathway Advisor
BTh, MTh (Hons), PhD (Murdoch University), Cert IV TAE
Dr David Cohen
Dr David Cohen has been head of biblical studies at Vose since 2004. He is an internationally renowned author, theologian and pastor who specialises in the Hebrew Bible.
Head of Department of Biblical Studies; Lecturer in Hebrew Bible and Language
DipT, BEd, BDiv(Hons), GradDipTheol, MA(Theol), PhD (Murdoch University), Cert IV TAE
Dr Michael Kok
Michael Kok came to Australia in January 2018 to take up the position of New Testament Lecturer and Dean of Student Life at Vose Seminary. He is a New Testament expert, and has published extensively on the early reception of Mark. He has a background in serving on teams in pastoral roles, and brings his previous experience in youth ministries to the student life at Vose.
New Testament Lecturer and Dean of Student Life
PhD (University of Sheffield), M.A. (Religious Studies), B.A. (Religion and Theology with a specialization in Biblical Studies)
Aaron joined the team at Vose in 2019 bringing a wealth of expertise to the Vose Training team with a background as an adjunct trainer, and over eight years of theological study. With a background in pastoral ministry, and a PhD recently submitted, Aaron brings both practical experience and academic clout to both the unit development and teaching aspects of his role. Aaron enjoys playing basketball, reading, creative pursuits including graphic design and music and gardening.
Vose Training Unit Development Coordinator and Trainer and Director of Online Learning
Cert IV TAE, B.Th (Hons), PhD. (Cand.)
Vose has an exceptional team of Adjunct Lecturers who serve in various capacities through the year. From time to time we also welcome guest Adjuncts who come to us from all over the world to teach in their areas of expertise.
Dr Carolyn Tan
Dr Carolyn Tan lectures in New Testament and Greek. Her first career was as a Paediatric Surgeon in Singapore.
Adjunct Lecturer in New Testament Greek
ThD., (Australian College of Theology), MDiv, MBA, MBBS, D Med (Singapore),
Scott lives in Newcastle, NSW, Australia, and works as a consultant, educator and writer, with a particular focus upon social justice and ethics from a Christian faith-based perspective. Scott worked for Baptist World Aid Australia for 10 years. Prior to this he served as Pastor of Edgeworth Baptist Church.
Scott has an undergraduate degree in theology from Moore Theological College, Sydney; a Masters in Theology through Morling Theological College, Sydney; and a Graduate Certificate in Social Change and Development from Newcastle University, Newcastle Australia.
Dr Graeme Cross
Dr Graeme Cross is a former school principal and Director here at Vose. His research in to the role of Christian Schools has been awarded for excellence by Edith Cowan University. Graeme brings rigour to all Vose’s teaching and learning approaches.
PhD (ECU), MEd(Admin), BEd
Dr Evelyn Ashley
Evelyn Ashley is a Western Australian who has lived, not only in the Perth metropolitan area, but also in the Kimberley, the Goldfields, the Wheatbelt, the Pilbara, and the Peel regions, and currently resides in Canberra. She is a graduate of Vose Seminary and Murdoch University, with her doctoral thesis being on “Paul’s Paradigm for Ministry in 2 Corinthians”. She has more than a decade of experience in lecturing in New Testament and Koine Greek, as well as has many years’ experience in church life, both as a pastor and as a lay leader. As a person who lives with a disability, she feels strongly about access and opportunity being available to people with disabilities. In addition to lecturing she enjoys, patchwork and quilting, reading science fiction and fantasy, and playing with her two Bernese Mountain Dogs.
BTh (Hons), Grad Dip Min, PhD (Theol)
Vose Research Fellows
Dr. John Olley
Dr John Olley joined the faculty in 1978 and served as principal from 1991 to 2003. He oversaw the transition from Murdoch University to affiliation with the Australian College of Theology. In retirement, he continues as a research fellow and chair of the Vose College Academic Board.
Old Testament Research Fellow
BSc, PhD (University of Sydney), BD, TheolM
Dr Richard Moore
Dr Richard Moore has been involved in Vose in different capacities since 1974. In retirement, he continues as a research fellow with Vose Seminary, publishing in the fields of New Testament and church history.
New Testament Research Fellow
BA, MA, DipEd, BD, PhD (University of Queensland)
Dr. Tim Finney
A New Testament lecturer, Dr Tim Finney pursues research in his field of the history of the New Testament text. You can find out more about his work at www.tfinney.net
PhD., Murdoch, BDiv (Hons), BSc. (Physics)
Bridget Barry represents Vose at Theological Library Association conferences. She also manages Voses’s epic annual second-hand book-sale, calling on a small army of volunteers through the year.
BAppSc (Info&Lib Studies) Curtin, AALIA
GradDipTheol Notre Dame Aust
Nathan Hobby has worked at Vose since 2008 and is currently part-time librarian responsible for collection development, ebooks, and special collections. He is the co-editor of Vose Seminary at Fifty: From ‘Preach the Word’ to ‘Come Grow’ (2013) and the author of the T.A.G. Hungerford Award winning novel, The Fur (2004). He is writing a biography of the Australian novelist Katharine Susannah Prichard for his PhD thesis in English and Cultural Studies at UWA.
Collection Development Librarian
BA Murdoch, GradDipInfoServ/s ECowan, MA W.Aust, Candidate PhD W.Aust
Jillian MacLachlan started as part-time Assistant Librarian in early 2019, and runs the Vose Library on Saturdays. Jillian is also a student at Vose, studying toward her Master of Ministry.
Our Student Services team are here to ensure each student gets the support they need to truly flourish while they study.
Amanda joined our Student Services Team in April 2019. A qualified primary teacher she completed her Master of Education specialising in leadership at Edith Cowan University in 2018.
As a leadership and teaching mentor with Edith Cowan and Curtin University’s Alumni program, experience in the VET sector and writing curriculum for courses in Film and Design, Amanda brings a wealth of valuable knowledge and experience to her role.
Amanda and her husband lead the worship team at Red Door Community Church. She loves travelling and is partial to a good mud cake.
BA (Mass Communications), DipEd (Primary), MEd (Leadership), Cert IV TAE, Double Dip TAE
Bernadette has more than 10 years’ experience working with various RTO’s and Education providers across a number of areas including Course Accreditation, Contracts Management, CRICOS, VET Student Loans and General Compliance. She has also recently completed her CHC40213 Certificate IV in Education Support.
With a vast amount of compliance knowledge, multiple highly successful audits and an amazing ability to work with high pace and accuracy, Bernadette is a valuable member of the Vose team.
In retirement Chris Ellery makes himself available to students for conversation, prayer and encouragement. New students can contact Chris through the office.
Our Corporate Services team provide support to the ongoing running of the Seminary.
Hannah joined the team at Vose in early 2019. A New Zealander with serious administration skills and a sense of humour to match, Hannah brings warmth and a strong presence to our office. She holds a Diploma of Fashion Design.
Dip (Fashion Design)
Rowan du Boulay
Rowan ensures the day to day maintenance and upkeep of our beautiful grounds and buildings. He also assists with the many events and activities that happen at Vose throughout the year. Rowan has experience and qualifications in conservation and lands management and he works on Mondays and Fridays.
Grounds and Maintenance.