Mark Matthews is the National Training and Technical Manager for the COACH Community Mentoring program. Mark has worked in the social welfare sector of Melbourne for 30 years. Mark’s work has involved providing direct casework to clients, leading teams of Social Work and Health professionals in service provision, and being instrumental in designing, developing and managing major crisis accommodation centres and housing programs across Melbourne. Mark currently leads a community church in Rosebud (Victoria) that is offered to people who don’t feel they could easily fit within a mainstream church. Listen in to his story!Read More
Month: September 2020
Paul Brittenden was addicted to illicit drugs for a quarter of a century before he made contact with The Salvation Army. Paul is now employed by the Salvo’s as a community engagement worker. He advocates for clients with the courts and government departments like Centrelink. He also provides counselling to people in addiction and pastoral care through God’s Sports Arena (corps) in Brisbane, where he works alongside for Bronco’s Chaplain Bill Hunter.
Paul’s early life was not pleasant. He was adopted as a baby, had an abusive childhood, started on drugs at 14, left home at 16 and spent the next 24 or so years heavily into the drug trade. He had a good paying job, but spent it all on drugs. In 2013, he voluntarily entered the Moonyah rehab program. The “religious stuff” at Moonyah didn’t interest him. He had been raised by a religious family, but abuse within the family and church turned him away. After coming to Christ, he appeared in court on drugs trafficking charges and was sent to prison. Salvation Army people went to court with him and visited him in jail. They had an effect. Paul started “a church” in prison. Listen in to his story this week on Historymakers!Read More
Meredith Scott is the CEO of Opportunity International Australia. In early 2018 following a 32-year career at Ernst and Young, including 19 years as an audit partner, she took on the role of CEO. Opportunity International helps lift people out of the poverty cycle, in 4 key areas: microfinance, health, education, and safety. Listen in to her faith journey and about the impact of this amazing charity!Read More
Ross Nancarrow is the executive director of International Mission Ministries. IMM brings hope and opportunities to the people of Nepal, providing protection for at-risk children, standing against human trafficking and empowering women, and bringing hope and grace to disempowered peoples. He’s also worked extensively with New Tribes Mission and works as a Life Coach. Listen in to his story!Read More