This 5-part mini-series follows the life of nine Ridley College students as they embark on a study tour of a lifetime in Turkey. Guided by Dr Tim Foster, the students will be retracing the Apostle Paul’s missionary journey - walking the roads he walked, and sailing the seas he sailed.
The journey continues for our budding students as they continue to retrace Paul’s missionary journey. This week, the students take their sailing skills to the next level and explore the ancient ruins of Patara.
The students embark on the ultimate leadership challenge – one which sends them over the edge and threatens to put the boats on the rocks. Will they be able to conquer the task set out before them? Or will the sea get the better of them? All hands are on deck as each team goes neck to neck in search of the finish line.
The race to the finish line continues for our students who we saw last week engage in the ultimate leadership challenge – navigating the sea on their own. Skippers Tim Foster and Phil Meulman reflect on the students’ response to the challenge and discussed the parallels between sailing and church-based or mission-based ministry.
In this final installment, the students arrive at one of the best preserved and most fascinating ancient ports— the port city of Andriake. Here, the students gain an appreciation for the challenging living circumstances that Paul would have endured on his journey.
Mdiv student, Ridley College
Hailing for the beautiful state of Tasmania, David worked as a PE teacher in Melbourne until God called him into ministry. Currently a staff member at City On A Hill Melbourne, David is passionate about the gospel and is training to be an Anglican pastor. He also intends to plant a church in his home state of Tasmania some time in the near future.
BTh student, Ridley College
Based out of rural western Australia, Carli-ann King is an ordination candidate with a desire to church plant. A mother of two, Carli is married to Paul who runs his own psychology clinic.
Senior Anglican Minister, St Stephen's Greythorn
Rod Morris has served as Senior Minister at St Stephen’s since 2009. He is married to Karen, and they have two children. Rod trained for ministry at Moore Theological College in Sydney, and was ordained in Melbourne. He has served as the Dean of Ridley University College, and as a CMS missionary with the International Fellowship of Evangelical Students in Spain and Belgium. Rod serves the wider church through CMS, the Ridley Preachers’ Conference, committees of the Bush Church Aid Society, and through various diocesan roles, including Area Dean of Whitehorse.
Melbourne born and bred, Sarah works as a doctor in oncology with research interests in cancer survivorship, communication in health-care, ethics and supportive care. Sarah is also a regular writer for ‘Salt and Light’, a week-day devotional publication that seeks to combine the Christian faith with secular work. Sarah completed the Graduate Diploma of Divinity in 2018 but keeps getting tempted back by all the interesting subjects on offer at Ridley!
She is also a tea aficionado and CS Lewis fanatic.
Vice Principal, Ridley College
Tim is married to Alison, and they have three children (Caitlyn, Harry and Lucy). He became a Christian in 1985 while at Sydney University.
After completing an Arts degree he served as a Youth Minister in multicultural Earlwood. He studied at Moore Theological College (1990-93), before being ordained and working in monocultural Gymea in Sydney’s south.
While at Gymea Tim began his Doctor of Ministry through Fuller Seminary, focussing on mission and church in the post-Christendom context. He also developed the People of God evangelism resource. Tim then headed up the Training Division at Anglican Youthworks where he founded Youthworks College.
In 2002 he returned to parish ministry as Vicar of All Souls’ Leichhardt. He has also completed a Master of Management in non-profit management.
Senior Minister, Glenn Waverley Anglican Church Melbourne Australia
Phil Meulman is senior minister at Glenn Waverley Anglican church, a former Ridley graduate, a leadership coach and trainer with years of experience leading, training, growing and developing teams of paid and volunteer workers.
He grew up sailing on Sydney’s Broken Bay beginning his working career selling a large range of sailing vessels from sailboards, catamarans, trailer Sailers and Yachts. He competed in offshore racing including the famous Sydney to Hobart yacht race. Apart from sailing he loves helping people navigate their own learning potential by asking great questions that arise from current situations.