Jesus came to save all people in the world. At St Peter’s we are convinced that the good news about Jesus matters for everyone. So we send everyone to serve in word and action. This includes supporting others who have gone out to proclaim Jesus’ love, teaching, life, death and resurrection to those who don’t trust Jesus as their Lord and Saviour. St Peter’s also partners with a variety of ministry organisations in Australia and around the world. We support our ministry partners financially, through our prayers and other practical means.
Below are some details about our ministry partners.
Australian Fellowship of Evangelical Students (AFES)
The Jenner Family
CDU Christians at Charles Darwin University
part of the AFES – Australian Fellowship of Evangelical Students
Tony and Rachel came to Darwin seven years ago to begin a full time ministry at Charles Darwin University with the Australian Fellowship of Evangelical Students. CDU has around 3000 full time students that primarily come from the Northern Territory. CDU also has 680 international students from over 55 countries. It is a great opportunity to proclaim Christ to local Territorians and the world at our door step. Tony is chaplain at the Uni and sees his role as working alongside the churches to train, encourage and build up a generation of students to love, honour and serve the Lord Jesus. In God’s grace we pray that many students will submit to Jesus as Lord during their time at CDU and go on to serve him with their lives in Darwin, NT, Australia and beyond. They have three active and delightful boys, Jadon, Tobias and Brandon, and a daughter Althea (not pictured).
AUSIL – Australian Society for Indigenous Languages
The Australian Society for Indigenous Languages (AuSIL) is committed to serving indigenous language communities in Australia and the Timor region by means of linguistic research and documentation, translation, training, and the development of language resources. Our work began in Australia in 1961 and expanded to include languages communities in the Timor region in 2002. We are a not-for-profit organisation registered under the Associations Act in the Northern Territory, Australia.
Bush Church Aid (BCA)
The Chapman Family
Bush Church Aid Society of Australia
Bruce Chapman is the Northern Territory Anglican Diocese Youth Minister. His role involves youth ministry at St Peter’s Nightcliff as well as supporting and building youth ministry throughout the Northern Territory. St Peter’s first became a separate parish under BCA support. Bruce seeks to link up with youth ministry that is already established. He also works with the organisation Youthsurge who have been developing youth ministry and training leaders throughout Australia. Jodi is involved in playgroup and a women’s bible study group. They have four children, Matthew, Laura, Felicity and Oliver.
Church Missionary Society (CMS)
Andy and Jenny are demonstrating the love of Jesus through development and caring ministries in Tanzania. Andy has worked in development projects for the diocese, providing management advice, preparing grant applications and establishing new projects while training local staff to take over as project leaders. (See www.kageradiocese.info and look up Poverty Alleviation – Kagera Solar Enterprise – Background.) He was ordained in September 2015 to teach Bible Knowledge in 30 of the local secondary schools in the diocese! Jenny is chaplain at the diocesan hospital. She encourages patients and staff, reads God’s word with them and prays with them. Jenny also helps some of the poorest families with the essentials they need while in hospital. She also shows the Jesus film and sells affordable Swahili Bibles.
Mark & Rosemary Dickens
in Singapore, at St George’s Anglican Church
Mark and Rosemary will be working with St George’s Church in Singapore. The church is an international evangelical Anglican church in Tanglin. Mark will be following Philip Sinden as Vicar of St George’s church and the Dean of Laos. Mark & Rosemary aim to work alongside local leaders in discipleship, evangelism and mission within South East Asia. Mark & Rosemary’s youngest son Chad is with them at high school in Singapore. Their other two sons Gareth and Jethro are studying at university back in Australia.
Nungalinya College is a Combined Churches Training College for Indigenous Australians. The College is situated in Casuarina, a northern suburb of Darwin, Australia’s gateway city of the North.
‘Nungalinya’ is an Aboriginal word used by the local Larrakia people, whose land includes the Darwin area. The word refers to Old Man Rock, a reef lying off Casuarina Beach, which can be seen at low tide, that was a place of learning for the young men. The Larrakia people themselves suggested that the College use that name reflecting its identity as a place of learning and also the biblical idea of the “rock” of Christ as the foundation for our lives.
We acknowledge the traditional ownership of the Larrakia people over the land on which our campus is built.
At Nungalinya College we train men and women for leadership roles in churches and communities, and in exploring the Bible and Christian faith contextually. We train family members to make sense of the wider community and to learn its ways, so as to participate healthily in holistic community life while celebrating and strengthening Indigenous identity.
Overseas Mission Fellowship (OMF)
Wilfred and Sally serve at Faith Academy, a K-12 school for missionaries’ children. For over 55 years Faith Academy has been strategic in reaching Asia for Christ. Their students’ parents work in a wide range of ministries such as evangelism, church planting, Bible translation and urban poor outreach. Wilfred teaches P.E. and coaches rugby. He is also oversees the Audio-Visual department and the Aquatics facility. Sally teaches English, coordinates that department and organises the external exams. Their girls, Anita (15) and Julie (13) enjoy the academic, social and spiritual life of the school.
Scripture Union Northern Territory (SUNT)
The Simpkins Family
SUNT – Scripture Union Northern Territory
Glen and Annette Simpkins moved to Darwin in February 2008 for Glen to take on the role of Director of Scripture Union NT. Beginning in 1867 in England, today Scripture Union is an interdenominational organisation operating in over 135 countries, and has been present in the Northern Territory for over 60 years. Being the only paid staff member of the SUNT movement, Glen also fills the role of field worker, whose gifts strongly lie in children’s ministry. Annette is busy teaching 6 regular RE classes, involved in women’s Bible study group as well as supporting St Peter’s children’s ministry and SU ministry.