Mission, Vision & Values.

Youthworks College is part of the ministry of Anglican Youthworks, and shares their mission, vision and values: 

Values.

Word Ministry – we know that as the Bible is taught the Holy Spirit gathers and raises disciples of Jesus Christ.

Authenticity – we are being transformed to be like Christ who is trustworthy, prayerful and gracious.

Effectiveness – we strive for excellence in what we do to make a significant impact in our Diocese and beyond.

Service – we bless others as we are innovative, flexible and responsive to our customers' needs.

Sustainability – we build and grow ministries which are conducted in an efficient and financially viable manner.

Collaboration – we work well together with colleagues and stakeholders to achieve our shared vision.

Beliefs.

We are committed to a reformed evangelical theology affirming:

The unity of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit as one God in three persons.

The divine inspiration of Scripture and its supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct.

The creation of all things by God including all human beings, male and female, created in God’s own image.

The universal sinfulness and guilt of humanity since the fall, leaving all men and women subject to God's wrath and condemnation.

The incarnation of Jesus Christ by the Holy Spirit as one person who is both fully human and fully divine.

The bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.

The necessity of the personal indwelling and work of the Holy Spirit for the beginning, continuation and completion of the Christian life.

The heavenly gathering of all believers in Christ and the gift of gathering on earth as an anticipation of the Kingdom of God.

The imminent personal return of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Our History.

With 76% of evangelical Christians coming to faith by the age of 20, children’s and youth ministry has always been the engine room of our churches. But that doesn’t mean it has always been recognised and valued for the significant role it plays. In the latter half of last century, there were very few children’s workers, and many ministries worked with the understanding that children are not necessarily able to make a faith decision.

By the mid-1990’s, however, there was a growing desire for a children’s and youth ministry college; a place  that could provide specialised and rigorous theological training with a discipleship focus, and lift the profile of this important ministry. Tim Foster, then an Assistant Minister at Gymea Anglican church, submitted a proposal to the Anglican Youth Department (AYD). Meanwhile, the Anglican Education Commission (AEC) and Archbishop Harry Goodhew were also having discussions about a training college for children’s and youth ministry.

The idea finally came to fruition with the creation of ‘Youthworks’ as an organisation in 1997.  Tim Foster was appointed Director of the Church Resource Unit, and immediately set to work securing a site for the College, obtaining funding and accreditation, and finding somebody to run it. CEBS generously donated use of ‘Camp Wanawong’, and by the close of 1999, Graham Stanton had signed on as Dean. Youthworks College was underway.

The very first intake consisted of 26 brave souls, willing to commit themselves to a brand new college with an untried and untested faculty and curriculum. It was a humble beginning – their very first day consisted of rolling out the carpet and unpacking the furniture! But it proved to be a deeply bonding experience, and set the culture of the College community for years to come.

Since those early days, the College has grown to become a highly regarded and proven educational institution. It has overseen the creation of Year 13 in 2006, now Australia’s leading Christian gap year program, and the Timothy Partnership in 2009, an online training program offered in conjunction with Presbyterian Youth. The College has also worked to create a pathway to Moore College, which allows students to articulate into 2nd-year MTC programs; and in 2014, it announced a strategic partnership with MTS, enabling students to gain a double diploma whilst completing their ministry apprenticeship. 

Although only part way into its second decade, the College has already had a significant impact on the Diocese and beyond. It has produced over 270 graduates, dramatically increasing the number of specially trained children and youth ministers and raising awareness of the power of this ministry. The announcement of Bill Salier as Principal in 2015 has also given the College fresh energy and drive to continue to shape the philosophies and strategies for church growth, and to see the young people of our nation won for Christ.

Faculty & Staff.

Bill Salier

Bill Salier

Principal

B.Ed, M.Ed (with Merit), B.Th (Honours 1), Dip. A. (Honours 1), M.Th., Ph.D, Grad Cert in Education Studies

Bill grew up on the Northern Beaches, and worked as a primary school teacher before studying at Moore College and working at Liverpool Anglican. Bill returned to Moore in 1996 as a lecturer, and became Vice Principal in 2007. He joined Youthworks College as Principal in 2015, and lectures in Biblical Studies and Greek.

Bill and Sue have three girls and attend St Barnabas Church Broadway.

Jim French

Jim French

Vice-Principal

B.Th, Dip.Min, MA.Th (with Merit)

Jim joined the College faculty in 2007. An electrician by trade, Jim spent a number of years in youth ministry, including eight years as the Youth Minister at Orange Evangelical. As Vice Principal, Jim lectures in Youth & Young Adults Ministry, New Testament and Old Testament Exegesis, and has oversight of the pastoral and ministry formation aspects of the College program.

Jim and Tanja attend Bulli Anglican Church along with their two children.

Ruth Lukabyo

Ruth Lukabyo

Lecturer

B.A (Hons), B.Th, Dip. Min.

Ruth joined the faculty in 2006 and lectures in Church History and Evangelism. She studied history at USYD and theology at Moore College, and has extensive experience in pastoral ministry among tertiary students and the local church. Ruth is currently working on a PhD on the history of youth ministry in Australia. 

Ruth and Alan have three teenage children and are members of St James Anglican Church in Croydon. 

Ross Ryan

Ross Ryan

Dean of Distance Learning

B.Th

Ross had an extensive finance career before studying at Moore College, and spent the next decade focused on children and youth ministry in parish settings. Ross joined Youthworks College in 2015 with a specific responsibility for the Timothy Partnership – our online learning program. 

Ross is married to Shelley and they have four children. They are currently members of Blakehurst Anglican.

Guest Lecturers.

Peter Jensen

Peter Jensen

Peter Jensen has been both Principal of Moore College (1985-2001) and Archbishop of Sydney (2001-2013). He has studied at Oxford University, written books on Christian Doctrine and lectures and preaches. He began guest lecturing at Youthworks in 2014.

He is married to Christine and they have 5 children. 

Andrew Spalding

Andrew Spalding

BTh, MA (Theol)

Andrew grew up in Sydney’s Inner West. After studying at Youthworks College and completing his Bachelor of Theology at SMBC in 2008, Andrew served as Youth/Assistant Minister at Narellan Anglican Church. In 2015 he completed his Master of Arts (Theology) at Moore College and is now working on a PhD on Ecclesiastes.

Andrew attends St Stephen’s Newtown with his family, and enjoys running in the bush and drinking above average coffee.

Ministry Support Team.

Youthworks exists to work with churches and schools in Word ministry to children, youth and families to raise missional disciples for the glory of God

Support Staff.