NSW & ACT Branch


Below you will find 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 throughout the world.

The Rev Canon John Lovell

Executive Director, CMS NSW & ACT
Bachelor of Divinity (Hons), Bachelor of Economics

John has had a long association with CMS, including 10 years serving as a CMS missionary in Spain. John was the senior minister of a local Anglican church in Valencia where he developed a pattern of expository preaching and established several new ministries including Sunday school, a holiday children’s program, midweek Bible study groups and ongoing leadership training. God blessed these ministries and the church grew from a handful of people into a vibrant church community. John also enjoyed many opportunities to work with university students in Valencia, introducing them to Jesus and training them in leadership.

In his last few years in Valencia, John had an instrumental role in establishing MOCLAM Spain as a provider of accessible high quality theological education throughout Spain. As Regional Director, John helped this ministry to grow significantly and become a focus for future gospel ministry in Spain through CMS.

John is married to Jodi and they have six children, two of whom were born during their time in Spain.

“It is a tremendous privilege to serve as Executive Director of CMS NSW & ACT, supporting and encouraging missionaries, churches, and individuals in their different roles as together we actively participate in God’s mission and work towards the vision of a world that knows Jesus.”

Kathryn Thompson

Company Secretary, CMS NSW & ACT
Bachelor of Economics, Chartered Accountant

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 & ACT 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 of 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.”

The Rev David Clarke

Chairman of the Board, CMS NSW & ACT
Bachelor of Theology, Diploma of Ministry

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 missionary children and was involved in establishing the NSW Missionary Kids Network. David has served with 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 serve full time in a local church.

David believes that 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.”

Ian McFarlane

Deputy Chairman of the Board, CMS NSW & ACT
Bachelor of Science (Hons), Doctor of Philosophy

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, Ian 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.”

Alastair Christie

Director & Treasurer, CMS NSW & ACT
Bachelor of Business (Hons), Chartered Accountant

Alastair has had a heart for mission since his involvement at Scripture Union Family Mission (SUFM) in Canton Beach. It became clear to Alastair that Christians are able to provide the best chance of people hearing the gospel. Further, witnessing our faith through both our words and actions is important.

Alastair has experience with not-for-profit entities and over ten years of experience in chartered accountancy. He enjoys being able to use his gifts in order to serve God.

He currently attends Miranda Anglican Church.

“I feel privileged to serve as the Treasurer of CMS NSW & ACT, as the CMS Fellowship acts towards the vision of a world that knows Jesus.”

The Rev Paul Sampson

Director, CMS NSW & ACT
Bachelor of Divinity, Diploma of Ministry, Bachelor of Commerce (International Relations), Graduate Diploma of Management

Paul and his family served as missionaries in Nairobi, Kenya from 2010–2016. During that time Paul immersed himself in various cross-cultural ministries including lecturing at a multi-national Bible college, planting and pastoring an international church, and itinerant preaching, Bible teaching and evangelism. Paul also served as Director of Academic Affairs/Vice Principal of Carlile [Bible and Business] College, was Chairman of a missionaries conference, taught PTC courses across Kenya and East Africa, had governance roles on various boards, assisted in the establishment and coordination of the GAFCON Bishops Training Institute, and established income generation businesses to provide sustainability for Kenyan orphanages and churches.

Since being back in Australia, Paul has served as Rector of All Saints North Epping and Senior Assistant Minister of St Swithun’s Pymble and sought to encourage cross-cultural gospel mission through their ministries.

“CMS is a gospel-focused, gospel-driven mission organisation that facilitates people in many different cultures coming to know Jesus as Lord and Saviour. It is a privilege to serve with a fellowship committed to Jesus’ mandate.”

Tony Pieris

Director, CMS NSW & ACT
Bachelor of Engineering, Master of Engineering Science

Tony grew up in Sri Lanka and West Africa, moving to Australia in 1972. He came to a saving knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ whilst at university in the 1970s. He has been married to Amanda for over 40 years, with three adult children and four granddaughters.

Tony is an active member at Naremburn Cammeray Anglican Church and has been a passionate supporter of CMS and a regular attendee at CMS Summer School for many years. He serves on the CMS NSW & ACT General Committee and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, with a Certificate in Corporate Governance of Not-for-Profit Organisations. His background is in civil engineering.

“I thank the Lord for the opportunity and privilege of serving CMS by seeking to provide good governance to the organisation, to management and to those serving in the field to ensure that Jesus Christ is glorified through the extension of his gospel throughout the world”.

Dr Kester Lee

Director, CMS NSW & ACT
Bachelor of Science, Master of Teaching (Hons 1), Doctor of Philosophy

Kester is the Director of Studies and Mathematics Teacher at Barker College. He attends Gordon Baptist Church, an international church which is 75% Chinese, where he serves as Chair of the Diaconate. He has experience in governance, finance and risk management, as well as expertise in leadership, management, compliance, child protection and strategy.

Kester is passionate about global mission through CMS and is a product of CMS mission work in Sabah, Malaysia which began 50 years ago. He is a member of the CMS NSW & ACT General Committee and has served on the CMS Summer School evening music team from 2011 to the present.

“I’m looking forward to joining in the work of CMS as a Board Director. Under God, the Fellowship’s long-term, Bible-based mission work helps us see the vision of a great multitude from every tribe and nation calling Jesus as Lord.”

Brett Wheldon

Director, CMS NSW & ACT
Bachelor of Business, Master of Commerce, Graduate Diploma in Education
Preliminary Theological Certificate, Chartered Accountant, Fellow CPA Australia

After working in various accounting and finance roles in industry and the profession, Brett had an academic career teaching in TAFE and University for almost 30 years. He retired as Senior Lecturer in Accounting at Western Sydney University in 2016.

Brett answered Christ’s call of salvation at the Billy Graham Crusade in Sydney in 1979. He has past experience serving on boards of Christian organisations and in various leadership roles in parish administration and discipleship. He has been married to Alison for over 40 years and has two daughters and five grandchildren. He attends Rouse Hill Anglican Church.

“It’s a privilege to be able to support the fellowship of CMS as a board member. I’m thankful to God for the opportunities provided to continue to use my gifts to help make Christ known throughout the world.”

Mandy Curley

Director, CMS NSW & ACT
Bachelor of Business, Bachelor of Law, Bachelor of Divinity (Hons 2A), Masters of Arts (Theology)

Mandy is the Director of Membership at Christ Church Gladesville, where she has been part of the staff team since January 2019. Prior to studying at Moore Theological College, she worked as an Associate Tax Counsel at the ATO in Canberra, and was also involved in legislative design and development.

Mandy came to know Jesus through the SUFM team at Easts Beach Kiama. She has been involved with CMS since her time as a young adult at St Matt’s Wanniassa, attending local ACT missionary sessions and becoming a prayer supporter. She had often heard of “Summer School at Katoomba” but been unable to attend as it clashed with serving on Beach Mission. After her first CMS Summer School in January 2007 she has been a regular attender, having caught the vision for a world that knows Jesus.

“The work of CMS in training, equipping and sending missionaries, and supporting and caring for them is something I’m passionate about. I’ve been privileged to be able to prayerfully and financially support friends, and new friends, who have headed out to serve our gracious God. I love being a part of this fellowship and I’m keen to use the gifts I’ve been given for the benefit of CMS.”

Dr Lynnette Kay PhD

Director, CMS NSW & ACT
Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Hons), Doctor of Philosophy

Lynn and her husband, Roger, served as missionaries in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from 2010-2019. During that time, Lynn was the Country Director of Hope for Justice (formerly Retrak), an international, anti-slavery non-government organization. Under Lynn’s leadership the work with vulnerable children increased significantly with a focus on strategies to prevent children being trafficked from their families to the capital city and beyond. Lynn oversaw the organisational and financial growth, quality service delivery, staff engagement and support and governance. Lynn was also involved in ministry at St Matthew’s Anglican Church in Addis Ababa, where Roger served as pastor.

Since returning to Australia, Lynn established Hope for Justice in Australia including registration with the ACNC and application for DGR status. She is now working with Anglicare in the Foster Care team. Lynn is an active member of St Anne’s Strathfield, a diverse, multi-cultural church.

“Having experienced the outstanding way CMS raises up and supports missionaries, I am honoured to serve as a Board Director, so that others can serve to help the world know Jesus.”