In 2011 CMS NSW & ACT became an Incorporated Company which required it to establish a Board of Directors to replace the Executive Committee.
Below you will see profiles of the current Board members – they would all appreciate your prayerful support as they seek to steward CMS NSW & ACT for God’s glory and to see Jesus proclaimed as Lord all over the world.
Chairman of the Board – CMS NSW & ACT
BCom (Industrial Relations), MCom (Marketing) UNSW
Robert McPaul has recently semi retired after many years in senior Human Resource and Community Service Management roles with organisations such as Fairfax, Reckitt Benkiser, BaptistCare NSW and Presbyterian Social Services. He currently works part time with Presbyterian Social Services.
He has been an active member of CMS since his teenage years and served as Chairman of the NSW Branch from 1995 to 2005. Robert is presently Chair of the CMS Trust and a member of General Committee. In 2011 he became the inaugural Chair of CMS NSW & ACT Company in its new incorporated structure.
Robert and his wife Helen currently attend St Michaels Cathedral Wollongong after having attended St Mary’s at Balmain as part of the Darling St Anglican Church for the previous 9 years subsequent to moving from the Sutherland Shire after 26 years. He has been a Christian since his early childhood and like many who have had this experience has had special times in his life when his Christian life has grown in maturity.
“We have been blessed with great biblical teaching in Australia and we should take this blessing and share it with those who have not heard of God’s love for them through Jesus. CMS enables people to do this.”
Robert loves swimming, skiing, travel and reading murder mystery books when he is not spending time with his family, including his five grand children. He has also partially completed the Preliminary Theological Certificate.
REV JOHN MENEAR
Acting General Secretary, CMS NSW & ACT
Bachelor of Theology. Master of Arts (Theology)
We are pleased to announce our new Acting General Secretary for CMS NSW & ACT is John Menear! John and his wife Janelle have a long-running involvement with CMS. They were missionaries twice in Hong Kong, serving in parish ministry at St Andrew’s Kowloon from 1983-1989 and 2005-2015. In the 15 years in between, John worked on staff with CMS NSW & ACT, 13 of which as General Secretary. John and Janelle moved to Leura twelve months ago and are enjoying life in the mountains. They have three adult children.
John gives thanks to God for this opportunity to serve our Fellowship. “CMS has always been very dear to our hearts,” he says. “To be able to support missionaries, and to encourage Christians in churches to engage in gospel mission is a privilege.”
REV GREG OLLIFFE
Th. L. (MTC/ACT); Grad. Dip Asian Studies; B. Admin. Lead. (UNE); M.A. (Macq. U.)
Greg became a convinced Christian at the St Martin’s Kensington Confirmees House Party in 1961. Prior to entering Moore Theological College, he worked in Information Technology. Since his ordination in 1972, he has served in the parishes of Darling Point, Pymble and Fairfield, with CMS in Jakarta, Indonesia and in Armidale, Greenwich and Leura. He continues to minister in his home church, North Epping and in other parishes as locum tenens. He has also been a member of the Parramatta Anglican Regional Council, a member of The Bishop in Council and The Council of Triers of the Armidale Diocese and served on a number of church, school and community committees, councils and boards.
With his wife Christine, Greg has had a long association with CMS. Since the mid 1970s he has been a sometime member of General Committee and Executive (NSW/ACT Branch and Qld/Nthn NSW Branch); Branch Candidates Committee (NSW/ACT), of which he is the current Chairman and as a Missionary in Full Connection (1980-1989).
“The command of our Lord Jesus Christ to make disciples of all nations compels me to be involved. Supporting CMS in its work is one way of doing that.”
CHRISTINE (CHRIS) MCCOMB
Dip Physiotherapy, Grad Dip Bible and Missions (Moore)
Chris has been a member of the CMS NSW General Committee for 30 years and is a former deputy Chairman of the General Committee. Chris also currently serves on the Board of CMS Australia and is a Director of CMS Trust Limited.
Chris Chairs the CMS NSW Property and Maintenance Committee and for 20 years was a member of Candidates Committee.
“My involvement with CMS is in obedience to God’s commission for each of us to be His ambassadors in the world and motivated by the love and compassion He has shown me.”
Chris believes CMS reflects the Biblical mandate to take the Gospel to all people and says this motivates her involvement with CMS.
Chris attends Northside Baptist Church.
Kathryn has been a supporter of CMS since her marriage to Mark in 1991. After spending three years in Oxford in the UK, they returned in 1997 and have ever since been regular attenders at the CMS NSW Summer School.
Kathryn and Mark have four gorgeous girls – Elizabeth, Anna, Rachel and Mary. Having worked for 17 years as a chartered accountant, Kathryn has been a full time mum since Anna was born in 2001. As well as caring for her family and partnering with Mark in his work training men and women at Moore College to proclaim the gospel of Christ, Kathryn sits on a number of diocesan committees, and is an active member of St Andrew’s Cathedral, Sydney.
“It is a great privilege to be involved with CMS in taking the gospel of Jesus Christ to the world. The need is monumental and God has given us so much here in Sydney that we must not keep to ourselves.”
REV DAVID CLARKE
Director & Deputy Chair
Bth (MTC) Dip Min.
David is the Senior Minister at Hoxton Park Anglican Church in Sydney’s outer South West.
He grew up in Indonesia where his parents were CMS missionaries. He has had a long term interest in the care and support of missionaries’ children and was involved in establishing the NSW MK Network. David has served within CMS on General Committee, NSW Executive Committee and Federal Council.
David briefly worked in Mechanical Engineering building lawnmowers and electricity power stations. He now thanks God for the opportunity to work full time serving in a local church.
Maintaining a close working relationship with local churches is essential for keeping the ‘Church’ in Church Missionary Society. From local churches come missionary candidates as well as much of the financial and prayerful support that is essential for those who serve.
“Please continue your partnership with CMS in our vision for a world that knows Jesus.”
Director & Treasurer
BBus, (Hons) (UTS), CA
Alastair has had a heart for mission through his involvement at SUFM Canton Beach. While there, it is clear that we represent the best chance of people hearing the Gospel. Further, witnessing our faith through both our words and actions is equally important.
Alastair joined the board early in the year as assistant treasurer with a view to replacing John Chapman as treasurer after the next AGM.
He has experience with not for profit entities and over ten years of experience in chartered accountancy and is looking forward to be able to use his gifts in order to serve.
He currently attends Miranda Anglican.
BSc (Hons 1) (Syd) PhD (Syd)
Before retirement, Ian spent 31 years teaching and researching in the discipline of Biochemistry at the University of New South Wales, with extensive experience in undergraduate and post-graduate student supervision, academic counselling, and policy planning and implementation. He spent the final five of those years as Associate Dean of Science.
Ian became a Christian in his first year of High School and with that came his first exposure to CMS through the missionaries linked to his original church, St John’s Sutherland. Ian and his wife Lyn have been active members of St Aidan’s, Hurstville Grove for 40 years, and Ian has served the church family in a variety of roles including Bible Study leader, Warden, Parish Councillor and Synod representative.
Since retirement, he has been a member of the NSW & ACT Branch Candidates Committee and General Committee. Ian and Lyn have enjoyed their regular attendance at Summer School since the early 1990s.
“I’m involved with CMS because of its vision for taking the Gospel to the world and its commitment to the pastoral care of those who serve in the field.”
BCom/LLB (Syd) BTh (MTC)
Stephanie spent part of her childhood in Hong Kong where her parents were CMS missionaries. She has been a long-term supporter of CMS and attender of Summer School and is a member of General Committee.
Stephanie worked in parish ministry for a number of years and is now working in a legal role.
Stephanie attends Church by the Bridge in Kirribilli.