Don West


BCom, ThL, DipTh, BD(Hons), MA, PhD

Don is married to Athena with three married daughters and five grandchildren.

He was a pastor for 14 years following four years at theological college before he was appointed as a teacher at the Perth Centre for Applied Christian Studies in 1996. He was appointed Principal of Trinity in 2003. He was a director of the Australian College of Theology 2012-2017.

He currently teaches our units on biblical theology and the book of Psalms and co-teaches the book of Isaiah. He also teaches Christian leadership in our Certificate of Ministry and the books of Psalms and John in our Trinity@Night and Trinity in Town programs. Don’s research focusses on the nature of biblical prayer and its implications (see his publications here).

Don regularly preaches in churches in Perth and regional Western Australia and enjoys catching up with graduates of the College and encouraging pastors. When time permits, Don enjoys time with Athena and their family, cooking, a swim at the beach, a round of golf, and going for walks on holidays.

Thom Bull

Lecturer in Theology

BMus, GradDipEd, MDiv

Thom spent several years serving as a pastor and chaplain in Anglican churches and schools before commencing at Trinity, where he teaches systematic theology. Every aspect of Christian truth gets him excited, but he has a particular interest in the doctrine of God, and is currently undertaking research into the doctrine of the Church at the time of the Reformation.

Thom is married to Mary Jane and they have four children. On days together they enjoy working in the garden, going bush, and making music of varying levels of tunefulness.

Dan Cole

Lecturer in New Testament

BE (Hons), BD (Hons), PhD

Since 2004, Dan has had the privilege of serving in vocational ministry—both as a student and as a pastor at two churches. Immediately before coming to Trinity, Dan spent four years at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Chicago where he researched the New Testament use of the Old Testament, particularly Paul’s use of Isaiah and its implications for mission and ethics.

Dan teaches New Testament and Greek. He loves helping people grow in knowledge and love of God through seeing the riches and wisdom of Christ in the Scriptures.

Dan is married to Emily and they have three kids with slight American accents.

David Kummerow

Lecturer in Old Testament

DipD&M, BTh(Hons), ThD

After David completed his ThD in Hebrew linguistics in Sydney, he was involved in pastoral ministry in rural Presbyterian churches in Queensland for a number of years. At Trinity, his teaching areas are Biblical Hebrew and Old Testament. David is interested in Hebrew language, Biblical Theology, and the books of the Old Testament.  Feel free to have a look at David’s list of publications.

He enjoys helping people to understand and be equipped to teach God’s word to others. David is married to Megan, and they have three children.

Grant Taylor

Academic Dean and Lecturer in New Testament

BA, MDiv, PhD

Grant spent several years at Beeson Divinity School in Birmingham, Alabama, as Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Assistant Professor of Divinity. He served at Beeson after completing his PhD in biblical theology, specifically Isaiah’s influence on John’s Gospel, at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is a recognized minister in the Southern Baptist Convention (USA), having served as part-time youth pastor and pastor at Dogwood Baptist Church, Alabama, 2006-2009, as well as a small group leader and Bible teacher in churches in North Carolina and Alabama.

He has ongoing research interests in John’s Gospel, biblical theology and theological education and hopes to produce a commentary on John’s Gospel for pastors and preachers in the future. He loves teaching the Scriptures and serving others who teach the Scriptures. Grant is married to Rebecca and they have two children, Karah and Elias. They are pleased to join Trinity and enjoy exploring the beautiful parks and beaches in Perth!

Allan Chapple

Part-time Senior Lecturer in New Testament

BA, ThL, BD(Hons), PhD

Before he became the founding Principal of Trinity Theological College in 1997, Allan had pastored churches in WA and England, taught in an inter-denominational theological college in Malaysia, and served as Perth staff worker for the Australian Fellowship of Evangelical Students (AFES). He was the founding director of the Perth Centre for Applied Christian Studies (PCACS), before serving as the Principal of Trinity Theological College between 1997 – 2002. He continues as the Senior Lecturer in New Testament on a part-time basis and teaches several New Testament units, including John’s Gospel and Romans. He also teaches the Introduction to Christian Ministry and the Preaching unit. From time to time he also teaches courses in our Trinity@Night and Trinity in Town programs.

In order to serve our students as well as possible, Allan keeps working away at a better grasp of the New Testament in general and of the Greek in which it was written, at a deeper understanding of John’s Gospel and Romans in particular, and a clearer grasp of what the Bible teaches us about serving the Lord Jesus. On the sidelines, he is trying to find out as much as possible about Roman Crete as the background for Paul’s letter to Titus, and about what it meant for Paul to be an urban evangelist in the cities of the Roman Empire. Feel free to have a look at Allan’s list of publications.

Outside the College, he is involved in his local church. He preaches at various churches and speaks at church camps. He is married to Allison, and they have three adult children and three grandchildren.

Clare Deeves

Part-time Lecturer in Church History 

BSc/BA(Hons), Dip Div/Miss, MDiv, ThM

After completing her Master in Divinity, Clare worked with the Australian Fellowship of Evangelical Students. In that role she spent six years, mostly in Perth, sharing the Gospel with university students and seeking to encourage Christians on campus. She started work at Trinity in 2010, spending 2011 at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Chicago where she completed her ThM (Church History).

Clare currently teaches Church History and lectures in the Certificate of Ministry. Her particular areas of interest are in the history of Pentecostalism and Australian Church history. She is also beginning research into women’s ministry in Australia. She has taken up a role in women’s ministry at her local church and preaches from time to time at various women’s events including Perth Women’s Convention.

Ashley Horton

Part-time Lecturer in Biblical Hebrew

BSc(Hons), PhD, MDiv

Ashley is married to Alexia and has two children, Nadia and Kevin. He spends most of his week serving as a pastor in his local church where he wants to see all sorts of people encouraged and equipped to be living for Jesus and bringing people to him.

Ashley has been teaching Biblical Hebrew at Trinity since 2016. He enjoys walking with students through the struggle of the challenging language while they also come to terms with the cultural distance between ourselves and the people through whom God first revealed himself and his salvation plan. He wants his students to be set up for a lifetime of coming to know Jesus better.

Duane Olivier

Part-time Lecturer in Preaching

B.Soc.Sc, LLB, B.Th

I am married to Naomi who is a very gifted clinical social worker and brilliant at choosing men. I have three children, Calvin, Kayleigh and Charis who by God’s grace are more like their mum than me.

I am a qualified lawyer with several years’ experience but exchanged law for grace about 16 years ago. I learnt both to do and to love gospel ministry in London during an apprenticeship under Richard Coekin. For a living I am the Lead Pastor at North Coast Church.

Other than Jesus Christ and everything to do with Him, my favourite past time is the ocean where I have spent a full half of my waking life either surfing, diving, boating, kite surfing, spearfishing, open water swimming, paddling or sailing. My favourite verse is ‘This poor man cried out and the Lord heard him and delivered him from all his troubles.’

Jill McAlpine

Part-time Lecturer in Pastoral Care

BA GradDipEd BPsych MPsych MAPS FCCLP

With more than 20 years’ experience as a clinical psychologist following a career in education, Jill loves engaging people from all walks of life. Her interests have taken her into diverse settings from schools to prisons, within government, not-for-profit and private sectors. Jill runs a clinical psychology practice in the eastern foothills of Perth. She also enjoys supervising counsellors and chaplains, and conducts assessments for Christian organisations whose candidates are considering local and cross-cultural mission in Australia and overseas.

As someone involved in church-based ministry, including several church plants, Jill has an intimate knowledge of the pastoral care needs of congregations and those who lead them. She is often asked to facilitate workshops for churches and faith-based schools on the changing dynamics of pastoral care in our increasingly secular culture.

Jill is married to Steve and they have two children, Sophie and Declan.

Tim Thorburn

Part-time Lecturer in Evangelism

BE(Hons), ThL, BD(Hons), MTh

Tim is married to Rosemary with two grown children.

He was a the associate pastor at St Matthew’s, Shenton Park then Rector of Wyalkatchem/Koorda/Dowerin before taking on the position of Senior Staffworker and Regional Director of AFES in 1991.

Tim has held casual lecturing positions at Perth Centre for Applied Christian Studies in the area of New Testament, then at Trinity in the areas of Old Testament, New Testament, Theology and Ministry before taking on the current area of Evangelism.