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FACULTY
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
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

Dan teaches how to read and teach New Testament books at Trinity. This means that he teaches Greek to the first-year students, and the books of Romans, 1 Corinthians, Hebrews, 1 Peter, and occasionally John—all in both Greek and English. His research interests are in 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. Dan loves to help people grow in their trust in Christ by seeing him in all the Scriptures.

Before coming to Trinity, Dan served as a youth pastor and assistant minister for 6 years in Anglican churches over east.

Dan is married to Emily, and they have three teenage 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. 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

Honorary Research Fellow
BA, ThL, BD(Hons), PhD

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. A list of his publications is available here. Allison and he have three adult children and four grandsons.

 

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.

Alexia Horton

Women’s Ministry Advisor
LLB/BSc GradDipDiv GradCertDiv

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.

Rory Shiner

Adjunct Lecturer
PhD

Rory studied Arts UWA, theology at Moore College, and completed a PhD in Australian Church History at Macquarie University. He is the senior pastor of  Providence City Church  in Perth, where he lives with his wife, Susan, and their four boys. He has the joy of teaching Worldview: Mission and Ministry in Secular Australia. His most recent book, The World Next Door: A Short Guide to the Christian Faith, is out now.

Tim Thorburn

Adjunct Lecturer
MTh, BDiv, BScEng, ThL

Tim Thorburn is married to Rosemary, with 2 adult children. He serves with the AFES as WA Regional Director, mainly working at UWA. He is also the Executive Officer of the Perth Gospel Partnership.

He has taught Evangelism at TTC and has done research in the area of rewards in the Age to Come.

FACULTY
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
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

Dan teaches how to read and teach New Testament books at Trinity. This means that he teaches Greek to the first-year students, and the books of Romans, 1 Corinthians, Hebrews, 1 Peter, and occasionally John—all in both Greek and English. His research interests are in 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. Dan loves to help people grow in their trust in Christ by seeing him in all the Scriptures.

Before coming to Trinity, Dan served as a youth pastor and assistant minister for 6 years in Anglican churches over east.

Dan is married to Emily, and they have three teenage 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. 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

Honorary Research Fellow
BA, ThL, BD(Hons), PhD

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. A list of his publications is available here. Allison and he have three adult children and four grandsons.

 

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.

Alexia Horton

Women’s Ministry Advisor
LLB/BSc GradDipDiv GradCertDiv

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.

Rory Shiner

Adjunct Lecturer
PhD

Rory studied Arts UWA, theology at Moore College, and completed a PhD in Australian Church History at Macquarie University. He is the senior pastor of  Providence City Church  in Perth, where he lives with his wife, Susan, and their four boys. He has the joy of teaching Worldview: Mission and Ministry in Secular Australia. His most recent book, The World Next Door: A Short Guide to the Christian Faith, is out now.

Tim Thorburn

Adjunct Lecturer
MTh, BDiv, BScEng, ThL

Tim Thorburn is married to Rosemary, with 2 adult children. He serves with the AFES as WA Regional Director, mainly working at UWA. He is also the Executive Officer of the Perth Gospel Partnership.

He has taught Evangelism at TTC and has done research in the area of rewards in the Age to Come.

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
B Comm, CA

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 to oversee the support staff, as well as the general (non-academic) management of the College. Joe has been attending All Nations Presbyterian Church since 2012.

Janette Joubert

Finance Assistant
Cert IV Acc

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
DipTeach

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.

Eleanor Lyons

Registrar
BBus (Acctg), CPA

Eleanor started at Trinity in 2015 and has been in the role of Registrar since 2016. Eleanor is the first point of contact for prospective students and is always keen to assist students with administrative issues. She is currently attending Subiaco Church of Christ.

Sheri Johnston

Assistant Registrar
BBA Finance

Sheri joined Trinity in 2016 and her role involves processing student applications and enrolments and assisting with student enquiries. She and her husband Ben moved to Perth from the USA in 2012. Ben is currently the Senior Pastor at Subiaco Church of Christ. She has enjoyed working in children’s ministry for over 25 years.

Kelly Penhale

Certificate Studies Coordinator
BAppSci(Psych), PGradDipPsych

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.

Nathaniel Brown

Development and Communications Coordinator
BA(FilmTV)

Nat commenced working at Trinity in the Development Office in 2018 after having worked for more than 15 years as a filmmaker and storyteller. He is honored to serve God and share the story of what he is doing in and through Trinity. Nat currently attends Riverview Church.

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.

Alchenny (Chen) Agyputri

Administration Assistant

Chen joined Trinity in June 2022 as an Administration Assistant. Her role involves being the first point of contact for students and visitors, keeping the flow of communication with the staff team, and planning event logistics. Chen currently attends Unichurch Bentley.

Selam Berhanu

Administration Assistant

Selam has grown up in Perth and lived here her whole life. She joined Trinity in 2022 doing reception and administrative work. Her role mainly involves assisting students, communication between staff and students and assisting with events organising. Selam loves engaging with the staff and students as their faithful diligence in teaching and studying God’s word is so encouraging. She is a member of the Vic Park Presbyterian Church and loves serving in the children’s ministry.

Elizabeth (Liz) Staer

Senior Librarian
BA(Libsh), GDip(ISys)

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
BCom

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 assist students. Joanne and her family are part of the 9am congregation at St Matthew’s Shenton Park.

SUPPORT STAFF
Joe Triglone

Business Manager
B Comm, CA

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 to oversee the support staff, as well as the general (non-academic) management of the College. Joe has been attending All Nations Presbyterian Church since 2012.

Janette Joubert

Finance Assistant
Cert IV Acc

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
DipTeach

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.

Eleanor Lyons

Registrar
BBus (Acctg), CPA

Eleanor started at Trinity in 2015 and has been in the role of Registrar since 2016. Eleanor is the first point of contact for prospective students and is always keen to assist students with administrative issues. She is currently attending Subiaco Church of Christ.

Sheri Johnston

Assistant Registrar
BBA Finance

Sheri joined Trinity in 2016 and her role involves processing student applications and enrolments and assisting with student enquiries. She and her husband Ben moved to Perth from the USA in 2012. Ben is currently the Senior Pastor at Subiaco Church of Christ. She has enjoyed working in children’s ministry for over 25 years.

Kelly Penhale

Certificate Studies Coordinator
BAppSci(Psych), PGradDipPsych

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.

Nathaniel Brown

Development and Communications Coordinator
BA(FilmTV)

Nat commenced working at Trinity in the Development Office in 2018 after having worked for more than 15 years as a filmmaker and storyteller. He is honored to serve God and share the story of what he is doing in and through Trinity. Nat currently attends Riverview Church.

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.

Alchenny (Chen) Agyputri

Administration Assistant

Chen joined Trinity in June 2022 as an Administration Assistant. Her role involves being the first point of contact for students and visitors, keeping the flow of communication with the staff team, and planning event logistics. Chen currently attends Unichurch Bentley.

Selam Berhanu

Administration Assistant

Selam has grown up in Perth and lived here her whole life. She joined Trinity in 2022 doing reception and administrative work. Her role mainly involves assisting students, communication between staff and students and assisting with events organising. Selam loves engaging with the staff and students as their faithful diligence in teaching and studying God’s word is so encouraging. She is a member of the Vic Park Presbyterian Church and loves serving in the children’s ministry.

Elizabeth (Liz) Staer

Senior Librarian
BA(Libsh), GDip(ISys)

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
BCom

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 assist students. Joanne and her family are part of the 9am congregation at St Matthew’s Shenton Park.

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