James Snare is the convener of the committee and has worked in the Presbyterian Church in NSW for 9 years, 3 years at Chatswood Presbyterian Church and the last 6 years at Gosford Presbyterian Church. He graduated from Moore Theological College (B Div.) before graduating from Christ College (MA(Th)) where he continues his post-graduate studies.
James is married to Fiona and has four awesome kids. His focus at Gosford Presbyterian Church is on ministry to Kids and Youth of all ages. He loves watching movies and TV with Fiona and reading classic stories to his kids. He’s thankful for all the men and women that he has the privilege to call his brothers and sisters in Christ and for the journey God has brought him on in thinking about how men and women can do ministry well together.
Bronwyn Lea is an author, speaker, mom of three hilarious kids, and wild fan of Jesus, my friends, and good quality ice-cream. South Africa will always be the home of her heart: it’s where she learned to love the sky and the sea and the richness of diverse cultural heritage. It’s also where she went to law school and seminary, and then met and married her husband, whom she calls, ‘the kindest and most patient of men.
Bronwyn calls Northern California home, now, where most of her days are spent in very domestic ways: hustling kids to school and staying deeply invested in the life of our local church. Her book Beyond Awkward Side Hugs is about relationships, friendships, and community among men and women in the family of God."
Bronwyn has been asked to speak on the topic ‘the church as family, what it means for men and women as brothers and sisters in Christ to work well together’. Bronwyn has been informed that our committee upholds complementarianism and that our audience is primarily complementarian. She has studied and worked in conservative complementarian spaces herself and understands how to be respectful of that as a guest amongst us.
Devi Abraham is a freelance writer, thinker and podcaster. Her writing has been featured in Fathom, the ABC, and the CSB (in)courage Devotional Bible. She co-hosts Where Do We Go From Here? a weekly podcast that untangles sexual ethics for a new generation of Christians. She lives with her family in Melbourne, Australia and attends St Alfred’s Anglican Church.
Devi has been asked to speak about the topic of how purity culture has impacted men and women in churches today and what some of the lessons we need to learn and unlearn are. Bronwyn has been informed that our committee upholds complementarianism and that our audience is primarily complementarian. She has studied and worked in conservative complementarian spaces herself and understands how to be respectful of that as a guest amongst us.
John McClean is Vice Principal of Christ College and teaches in the areas of Christian Thought focussing on Systematic Theology and Ethics. Within this he also teaches Westminster Confession and the Church and Ministry unity.
John was the Minister of Cowra Presbyterian Church (1995-2002), a visiting lecturer at PTC in 1994 and completed the Ministry Training Scheme at St Matthias Anglican Church (1988-1991). He is married to Elizabeth and they have two teenage children. John is the convenor of the Gospel, Society and Culture Committee of the Presbyterian Church of NSW and he writes a regular ethics column in the Pulse, the PCNSW magazine.
Rebekah Earnshaw has a PhD from St Mary's College, University of St Andrews, Scotland, UK focusing on the doctrines of Creation, Providence, and God in the thought of John Calvin. She has taught at Dordt University on biblical foundations, history of Christian confessions, contemporary theology, theology of the Reformation, Pentateuch, and current issues in mission and evangelism. She has many years’ experience working in kids and women’s ministry at Chatswood Presbyterian Church before she begun her academic teaching career. She is currently awaiting commissioning for missionary work in the near future.
Robyn Bain is incredibly grateful that God called her into His family at the age of 17. She loves spending time with her husband Andrew and her two girls. She also loves being comforted and challenged by the gospel in the company of other women. She has studied at Moore College and the Queensland Theological College (QTC) where Andrew is Vice Principal. Robyn helps teach bioethics at QTC and is part of the GROW Women’s Conference committee as well as the GiST (Gospel in Society Today) team for the Presbyterian Church of Queensland. She also loves teaching RI, running slowly, playing the piano and a bit of crocheting.
Kylie Evans is a practicing Counsellor, Supervisor and Mentor. Married to Peter (Stanthorpe Presbyterian) she has four children aged 16-23. Kylie enjoys listening to people's stories and life in the beautiful country and cool climate of Stanthorpe.