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FACULTY AND ACADEMIC STAFF
Don West

Principal

Don served in church leadership for 14 years before pivoting to equip others for this and related roles. He started at Trinity as a lecturer and was appointed Principal in 2003—a role which continues to make him depend upon and praise God for his immeasurable mercies in Christ. He counts time with students and graduates a great privilege.

He currently teaches the book of Psalms, expository preaching, pastoral care, and Christian leadership, and his ongoing research interests include the nature of biblical prayer and biblical theology for preaching.

Don is married to Athena, and they have three married children and nine grandchildren. As well as enjoying their family, Athena and Don love getting out of Perth on camping holidays and bushwalking.

 

Thom Bull

Lecturer in Theology

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

Dan served as a youth pastor and assistant minister for six years in Anglican churches before completing a PhD at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois. At Trinity (in Perth!) he teaches New Testament Greek and the books of Romans, 1 Corinthians, Hebrews, 1 Peter.

His research interests include the New Testament Use of the Old Testament, Paul’s mission, New Testament ethics, and Greek grammar. He has recently published Isaiah’s Servant in Paul in the WUNT2 series and is currently working on a book on Greek grammar.

Dan is married to Emily, and they have three teenage kids who love board games. Dan is passionate about helping people grow in their trust in Christ by seeing him in the Scriptures.

David Kummerow

Senior Lecturer in Old Testament

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.

David 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

Grant joined Trinity in 2019. Before that he spent several years at Beeson Divinity School in Birmingham, Alabama, as Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Assistant Professor of Divinity, after completing his PhD in Isaiah’s influence on John’s Gospel, at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He served as part-time youth pastor and pastor at Dogwood Baptist Church, Alabama, 2006-2009.

He has ongoing research interests in John’s Gospel, biblical theology, and theological education and is writing a commentary on John’s Gospel in the Kregel Exegetical Library series. He loves teaching the Bible to students and in churches, and enjoys serving others in ministry. Grant is married to Rebecca, and they have two children, Karah and Elias. The family love time in parks, at the beach, and around the BBQ with friends.

Mike Webb

Part-time Lecturer in Mission

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 with 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.

Alexia Horton

Women’s Ministry Advisor

Alexia is married to Ashley and they have two primary school age children. They were part of the team in 2018 that planted Southern Christian Church, an FIEC church in the City of Cockburn. Ashley is the Pastor there and Alexia has served alongside him in a variety of ministry roles as the church has grown.

Alexia formerly worked as a solicitor in Perth city before completing ministry training with the Australian Fellowship of Evangelical Students. She has completed studies at Trinity Theological College and is currently undertaking further study in the field of Christian mentoring.

Alexia provides support to the female students at Trinity and is keen to see women working and thriving in ministry in Perth and beyond.

Clare Deeves

Sessional Lecturer in Church History

Before joining the faculty at Trinity full-time in 2010, Clare worked with the Australian Fellowship of Evangelical Students for six years, mostly in Perth. Since 2019 she has worked at Kallaroo Anglican Church as an Assistant Minister, where she particularly focuses on ministry among women and coordinating training.

Academically, Clare has wide interests. She completed her ThM (Church History) at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Chicago, writing her thesis on contested understandings of Pentecostal identity, while her PhD focussed on pastoral ministry, particularly focussing on mixed-gendered ministry teams in churches. Clare lectures in Church History and is involved in the Trinity Equip course.

Ashley Horton

Sessional Lecturer in Biblical Hebrew

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.

David Mitchell

Adjunct Lecturer

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 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.

Tom Richards

Adjunct Lecturer

Tom is married to Margaret and they have four wonderful kids. They lived in Vanuatu for nine years and have now settled in Perth. Tom is currently developing curriculum for Talua Theological Training Institute in Vanuatu, where he is also an adjunct lecturer in Theology. At Trinity, Tom is teaching Foundations in Systematic Theology. Tom says it’s a privilege to introduce students to the contours of Christian faith, providing a foundation they can later build upon, whether in further study or their own reading. He is interested in the Gospel of John, modalism, repentance in biblical and reformation thought, hermeneutics in oral cultures, orality in theological education, the prosperity gospel and the Melanesian worldview, and the unseen realm.

Allan Chapple

Honorary Research Fellow

After serving as the founding Principal of Trinity (1998–2002), Allan remained on the faculty as Senior Lecturer in New Testament until his retirement in 2020. As an Honorary Research Fellow of the College, he makes occasional contributions to the College’s work of equipping people for and encouraging people in Christian service, and also continues to publish research material in academic journals. Allan is married to Allison and they have three adult children and four grandsons.

FACULTY AND ACADEMIC STAFF
Don West

Principal

Don served in church leadership for 14 years before pivoting to equip others for this and related roles. He started at Trinity as a lecturer and was appointed Principal in 2003—a role which continues to make him depend upon and praise God for his immeasurable mercies in Christ. He counts time with students and graduates a great privilege.

He currently teaches the book of Psalms, expository preaching, pastoral care, and Christian leadership, and his ongoing research interests include the nature of biblical prayer and biblical theology for preaching.

Don is married to Athena, and they have three married children and nine grandchildren. As well as enjoying their family, Athena and Don love getting out of Perth on camping holidays and bushwalking.

 

Thom Bull

Lecturer in Theology

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

Dan served as a youth pastor and assistant minister for six years in Anglican churches before completing a PhD at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois. At Trinity (in Perth!) he teaches New Testament Greek and the books of Romans, 1 Corinthians, Hebrews, 1 Peter.

His research interests include the New Testament Use of the Old Testament, Paul’s mission, New Testament ethics, and Greek grammar. He has recently published Isaiah’s Servant in Paul in the WUNT2 series and is currently working on a book on Greek grammar.

Dan is married to Emily, and they have three teenage kids who love board games. Dan is passionate about helping people grow in their trust in Christ by seeing him in the Scriptures.

David Kummerow

Senior Lecturer in Old Testament

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.

David 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

Grant joined Trinity in 2019. Before that he spent several years at Beeson Divinity School in Birmingham, Alabama, as Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Assistant Professor of Divinity, after completing his PhD in Isaiah’s influence on John’s Gospel, at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He served as part-time youth pastor and pastor at Dogwood Baptist Church, Alabama, 2006-2009.

He has ongoing research interests in John’s Gospel, biblical theology, and theological education and is writing a commentary on John’s Gospel in the Kregel Exegetical Library series. He loves teaching the Bible to students and in churches, and enjoys serving others in ministry. Grant is married to Rebecca, and they have two children, Karah and Elias. The family love time in parks, at the beach, and around the BBQ with friends.

Mike Webb

Part-time Lecturer in Mission

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 with 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.

Alexia Horton

Women’s Ministry Advisor

Alexia is married to Ashley and they have two primary school age children. They were part of the team in 2018 that planted Southern Christian Church, an FIEC church in the City of Cockburn. Ashley is the Pastor there and Alexia has served alongside him in a variety of ministry roles as the church has grown.

Alexia formerly worked as a solicitor in Perth city before completing ministry training with the Australian Fellowship of Evangelical Students. She has completed studies at Trinity Theological College and is currently undertaking further study in the field of Christian mentoring.

Alexia provides support to the female students at Trinity and is keen to see women working and thriving in ministry in Perth and beyond.

Clare Deeves

Sessional Lecturer in Church History

Before joining the faculty at Trinity full-time in 2010, Clare worked with the Australian Fellowship of Evangelical Students for six years, mostly in Perth. Since 2019 she has worked at Kallaroo Anglican Church as an Assistant Minister, where she particularly focuses on ministry among women and coordinating training.

Academically, Clare has wide interests. She completed her ThM (Church History) at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Chicago, writing her thesis on contested understandings of Pentecostal identity, while her PhD focussed on pastoral ministry, particularly focussing on mixed-gendered ministry teams in churches. Clare lectures in Church History and is involved in the Trinity Equip course.

Ashley Horton

Sessional Lecturer in Biblical Hebrew

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.

David Mitchell

Adjunct Lecturer

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 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.

Tom Richards

Adjunct Lecturer

Tom is married to Margaret and they have four wonderful kids. They lived in Vanuatu for nine years and have now settled in Perth. Tom is currently developing curriculum for Talua Theological Training Institute in Vanuatu, where he is also an adjunct lecturer in Theology. At Trinity, Tom is teaching Foundations in Systematic Theology. Tom says it’s a privilege to introduce students to the contours of Christian faith, providing a foundation they can later build upon, whether in further study or their own reading. He is interested in the Gospel of John, modalism, repentance in biblical and reformation thought, hermeneutics in oral cultures, orality in theological education, the prosperity gospel and the Melanesian worldview, and the unseen realm.

Allan Chapple

Honorary Research Fellow

After serving as the founding Principal of Trinity (1998–2002), Allan remained on the faculty as Senior Lecturer in New Testament until his retirement in 2020. As an Honorary Research Fellow of the College, he makes occasional contributions to the College’s work of equipping people for and encouraging people in Christian service, and also continues to publish research material in academic journals. Allan is married to Allison and they have three adult children and four grandsons.

Equipped for Mission

“After a 6-month mission trip to Burkina Faso, West Africa, I became convinced that the best way I could serve God with my life was in overseas mission work, particularly teaching God’s word in less-reached areas of the world. I chose to study at Trinity as they not only grow knowledge and godliness in their students, but equip them to carry and pass on the ability to understand and apply God’s word to the ends of the earth. After gaining some experience in church ministry, my husband and I plan to serve God overseas in translation work of some kind.”

– Jess Hortin (MDIV)

Equipped for Mission

“After a 6-month mission trip to Burkina Faso, West Africa, I became convinced that the best way I could serve God with my life was in overseas mission work, particularly teaching God’s word in less-reached areas of the world. I chose to study at Trinity as they not only grow knowledge and godliness in their students, but equip them to carry and pass on the ability to understand and apply God’s word to the ends of the earth. After gaining some experience in church ministry, my husband and I plan to serve God overseas in translation work of some kind.”

– Jess Hortin (MDIV)

SUPPORT STAFF
Joe Triglone

Business Manager

Joe came to Trinity in July 2014 after working for 12 years as an Accountant, in public practice and then commerce. His role now is the general (non-academic) management of the College. Joe is married to Emma, and they have one son (Zacchaeus). They attend All Nations Presbyterian Church.

Janette Joubert

Finance Assistant

Janette has been working as the Finance Assistant at Trinity since July 2014 and enjoys being part of the team. She and her family emigrated from South Africa in July 2008 and are part of the community at Lake Joondalup Baptist Church.

Gillian Kirkness

Personal Assistant to the Principal

Gillian has been part of the Trinity staff since 2005, serving 10 years as Registrar and now as Personal Assistant to the Principal and Secretary to the College Council and Trustees. Gillian attends St Matthew’s Anglican Church in Shenton Park.

Kelly Penhale

Certificate Studies Coordinator

Kelly has lived her whole life in Perth and started at Trinity in February 2017 as the Coordinator of the Certificate of Christian Studies. She loves worshipping at Kallaroo Anglican Church where she is involved in women’s bible study and service leading.

Eleanor Lyons

Registrar

Eleanor started at Trinity in 2015 and has been in the role of Registrar since 2016. Eleanor is always keen to assist students with administrative issues. She is currently attending Vic Park Presbyterian Church.

Sheri Johnston

Admissions Officer

Sheri joined Trinity in 2016. She is the first point of contact for prospective students, and she also processes student applications and enrolments and assists with student enquiries. She and her husband Ben moved to Perth from the USA in 2012. She has enjoyed serving in children’s ministry for over 25 years.

Colleen Mugridge

Development Assistant

Colleen commenced working at Trinity in the Development Office in 2015. She enjoys working in the Trinity community and feels privileged to be a part of equipping people for Word ministry locally and further afield. Colleen serves at Mt Hawthorn Baptist.

Chris Roberts

Events Coordinator

Chris graduated from Trinity in 2012 after completing his MDiv and has returned in 2023 in the capacity of Events Coordinator. Chris is passionate about youth ministry, and he and his family love being part of North Coast Church.

Elizabeth (Liz) Staer

Senior Librarian

Liz joined Trinity in 2021 after working in academic and public libraries and completing a ministry apprenticeship. Her role is to oversee the Library and ensure library users have access to the information they need when they need it. Liz currently attends WPC Bull Creek.

Joanne McGill

Library Assistant

After helping in the Trinity library for over a year, in February 2022 Joanne took on the role of Library Assistant, where she supports the Senior Librarian and assists students. Joanne and her family are part of the 9am congregation at St Matthew’s Shenton Park.

Joseph (Joe) Hewitt

Library Assistant

Joe came to Trinity in 2021 as an MDiv student. Though he has finished we haven’t let him go yet. Joe will be part of the library team in semester one while Liz is on leave. You’ll find Joe on any kind of bike, running, climbing a wall at Portside Bouldering or ministering to the people of St Barnabas’ Anglican as Associate Pastor.

Trisha Moore

Office Assistant

Trisha joined Trinity in January 2024 and is a South African-Australian, having lived in Perth from the age of 9. She currently attends Kings Cross Church in Subiaco with her husband, Daniel, where she serves on the worship team. Trish loves spending her time creating, playing guitar, with her pets and family, and doing projects at home. She is passionate about organisation, problem solving and working with people.

SUPPORT STAFF
Joe Triglone

Business Manager

Joe came to Trinity in July 2014 after working for 12 years as an Accountant, in public practice and then commerce. His role now is the general (non-academic) management of the College. Joe is married to Emma, and they have one son (Zacchaeus). They attend All Nations Presbyterian Church.

Janette Joubert

Finance Assistant

Janette has been working as the Finance Assistant at Trinity since July 2014 and enjoys being part of the team. She and her family emigrated from South Africa in July 2008 and are part of the community at Lake Joondalup Baptist Church.

Gillian Kirkness

Personal Assistant to the Principal

Gillian has been part of the Trinity staff since 2005, serving 10 years as Registrar and now as Personal Assistant to the Principal and Secretary to the College Council and Trustees. Gillian attends St Matthew’s Anglican Church in Shenton Park.

Kelly Penhale

Certificate Studies Coordinator

Kelly has lived her whole life in Perth and started at Trinity in February 2017 as the Coordinator of the Certificate of Christian Studies. She loves worshipping at Kallaroo Anglican Church where she is involved in women’s bible study and service leading.

Eleanor Lyons

Registrar

Eleanor started at Trinity in 2015 and has been in the role of Registrar since 2016. Eleanor is always keen to assist students with administrative issues. She is currently attending Vic Park Presbyterian Church.

Sheri Johnston

Admissions Officer

Sheri joined Trinity in 2016. She is the first point of contact for prospective students, and she also processes student applications and enrolments and assists with student enquiries. She and her husband Ben moved to Perth from the USA in 2012. She has enjoyed serving in children’s ministry for over 25 years.

Colleen Mugridge

Development Assistant

Colleen commenced working at Trinity in the Development Office in 2015. She enjoys working in the Trinity community and feels privileged to be a part of equipping people for Word ministry locally and further afield. Colleen serves at Mt Hawthorn Baptist.

Chris Roberts

Events Coordinator

Chris graduated from Trinity in 2012 after completing his MDiv and has returned in 2023 in the capacity of Events Coordinator. Chris is passionate about youth ministry, and he and his family love being part of North Coast Church.

Elizabeth (Liz) Staer

Senior Librarian

Liz joined Trinity in 2021 after working in academic and public libraries and completing a ministry apprenticeship. Her role is to oversee the Library and ensure library users have access to the information they need when they need it. Liz currently attends WPC Bull Creek.

Joanne McGill

Library Assistant

After helping in the Trinity library for over a year, in February 2022 Joanne took on the role of Library Assistant, where she supports the Senior Librarian and assists students. Joanne and her family are part of the 9am congregation at St Matthew’s Shenton Park.

Joseph (Joe) Hewitt

Library Assistant

Joe came to Trinity in 2021 as an MDiv student. Though he has finished we haven’t let him go yet. Joe will be part of the library team in semester one while Liz is on leave. You’ll find Joe on any kind of bike, running, climbing a wall at Portside Bouldering or ministering to the people of St Barnabas’ Anglican as Associate Pastor.

Trisha Moore

Office Assistant

Trisha joined Trinity in January 2024 and is a South African-Australian, having lived in Perth from the age of 9. She currently attends Kings Cross Church in Subiaco with her husband, Daniel, where she serves on the worship team. Trish loves spending her time creating, playing guitar, with her pets and family, and doing projects at home. She is passionate about organisation, problem solving and working with people.

WORK WITH US

Creche Assistant

Trinity seeks a Crèche Assistant to help with running a safe, healthy and welcoming Crèche, one morning per week, for our students with young children (nursery to kindergarten age). For details see the ad here.

Crèche Volunteers

Trinity seeks expressions of interest for Crèche Volunteers, to help with running a safe, healthy and welcoming Crèche, one morning per week, for our students with young children (nursery to kindergarten age). Volunteers need to be committed Christians who possess the ability to relate warmly with others (especially children). For details contact the Business Manager here.

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