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.

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.

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

Honorary Research Fellow

BA, ThL, BD(Hons), PhD

Before he became the founding Principal of Trinity Theological College at the beginning of 1998, 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 from 1998 to 2002. He was then Senior Lecturer in New Testament until his retirement in 2020. As Honorary Research Fellow he is engaged in several research-and-writing projects stimulated by the teaching he did as a faculty member. Feel free to have a look at Allan’s list of publications.

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.

Mike Webb

Part-time Lecturer in Mission

BMus, GradDipEd, MDiv, MTh

Mike is married to Fiona and they have four children. They have recently returned from serving in SE Asia for 14 years with Pioneers. During their time there, Mike worked as a church-planter to Muslims before taking on the role of Area Leader. In this role he was involved in mobilising, pastoral care, and networking to see the gospel go to the most remote places in the area.

Mike is passionate about journeying and preparing people so that they can be effective cross-cultural ambassadors for the gospel, whether that is in Australia or overseas. He teaches mission subjects which include the areas of cultural intelligence and cross-cultural communication.

Mike is currently studying a PhD through Biola University in California, where his dissertation will be focused on understanding generational challenges to ministry.

David Mitchell

Part-time Lecturer in Biblical Theology

BSc, BD(Hons), MTh

David is married to Traci and they have three kids.

After a degree in Physics, David completed a ministry apprenticeship with the Australian Fellowship of Evangelical Students at Wollongong Uni. After completing a theological degree he served in the Anglican Diocese of the North West for 7 years during which time he also completed a Masters Thesis on the Son of Man in Mark at Trinity Theological College (you can find a published version here). In 2019, David moved back into Uni ministry, this time as a team leader at Curtin Uni. Since being back in Perth, David has taught at Trinity@Night and now teaches the introduction to biblical theology.

When not working in ministry, David enjoys spending time with his family and cooking and is usually working on some kind of project around the home or garden.