The church of Jesus Christ has clear marching orders: We are called to go into the world with His message of hope and salvation. This call does not only apply to a ‘spiritual elite’ or those with a special interest in worldwide mission. Christ’s Great Commission has implications for every believer and local church.
In this RTC online conference, we’ll be looking at what it means to be a local church with a global mission at the beginning of the 21st century. We’ll be joined by speakers from a number of different backgrounds with a wealth of missions experience. Including our own Lecturer in Missions & Church History, Phillip Scheepers as well as Bernie Power (MST), Jerry & Carolyn Moyer (World Team), Janice Reid (Reach Beyond) and Bert Kuipers.
Phillip Scheepers, Bernie Power, Jerry & Carolyn Moyer, Bert Kuipers, Janice Reid.
Phillip joined the College in 2010 bringing a wealth of experience in missions and church-based training. He is originally from South Africa where he studied for the ministry and obtained his DTh. from the University of the Free State. After initial mission work in South Africa he moved to London where he worked for Veritas College for 8 years, establishing training ministries for local church leaders in the Arab world. That work eventually led him to Australia in 2007 to help secure accreditation for the Veritas training in the Australian vocational training sector. At the RTC he serves as Principal, Lecturer in Missions and Church History and coordinator for RTC CBT, a program that interfaces campus study with church-based training. Phillip is married to Chanel and they have two boys.
Bernie’s area of expertise is in the comparative study of Islam and Christianity. He lectures at the Melbourne School of Theology on the life of Muhammad, the Qur’an, the Hadith, Apologetics, and Christian Ministry in Islamic contexts. Bernie is a prolific writer, having authored three books, and contributed to several others, as well as dozens of journal, magazine and newspaper articles. His desire is to help Christians and Muslims understand more about each other and what they believe. Bernie grew up in Sydney. He has lived and taught in Australia and the UK and various countries in Asia and the Middle East. In his spare time Bernie enjoys reading, bike riding and bushwalking.
Jerry & Carolyn Moyer
Carolyn grew up in Pennsylvania attending a church which supported missionaries in the Caribbean. Jerry grew up in the French island of Guadeloupe, the son of missionaries. They met when Jerry’s parents visited their supporting church, Carolyn’s home church. Carolyn and Jerry were individually called to missions and their marriage solidified their commitment to do that together. They completed seminary, worked in a Philadelphia suburban church, then moved to France in 1997 to serve as church planters with World Team. After planting a church in the SW Paris suburbs Jerry became World Team’s France Field Director. In 2018 they began splitting their time between Melbourne and Paris, with the purpose of building up World Team’s Australian presence. Jerry now serves as European Director and Carolyn leads World Team Australia. They have 2 children.
After graduation from the RTC in early 70’s, Bert served as a pastor for some 25 years. He then pioneered an international ministry that has been resourcing/coaching indigenous (tribal) evangelists to plant churches amongst their own people. For the last 20 years, that ministry has been growing steadily and now engages with some 70 evangelists in Central/Western India. Bert (aged 70) is married to Elisabeth. All their children are married and live in WA, TAS and NZ. There are 21 grandchildren. Bert passionately believes in the sovereignty of God, but feels that missiological studies would have enabled him to exercise more human responsibility.
Janice hails from Hamilton, New Zealand, where she has been a member of the Reformed Churches of New Zealand since 1981. She has been involved with Christian radio for Gospel outreach since 1991, first with FEBC and more recently with Reach Beyond (since 2004). Janice has trained hundreds of announcers at different Christian stations around Asia, focusing mostly on startup training for new staff. She helps them to understand the mechanics of communication, to develop program content that will connect with an unbelieving audience yet build bridges to Gospel outreach, and to be sensitive to the needs of listeners. Janice’s sending church have enabled her to remain on the field for 30 years, and now continue to support her as she transitions to life in New Zealand, while remaining in her ministry with Reach Beyond.