Public Engagement Group Members

The primary role of the Public Engagement Group (PEG) is to enable, mobilise, guide, resource and coordinate the Association for public engagement.  Members of the PEG come from a variety of organisations and roles.

John Beckett- John is chair of the Public Engagement Group and a consultant in public engagement to the Baptist Association.  John is the Founder and CEO of Seed. His passion is helping individuals and organisations to develop and articulate a clear sense of identity and purpose, and to find the places where their own stories fit with God’s story and God’s purposes. Too often people feel like living a life aligned with God’s purposes is too difficult to grasp, so John developed Seed as a vehicle to help give people the agency, support, resources, networks and confidence to create a new chapter to their stories.  Prior to founding Seed John was engaged in working for social change as National Director of Micah Challenge Australia for almost 6 years. John led and developed a growing coalition of Christian development agencies, churches and individuals to campaign on multiple issues affecting the global poor. He has a Masters in Theology from Regent College in Canada.  John lives in Sydney with his beautiful wife Allie and three daughters.

Kelly Crawford-Kelly is the Public Engagement Coordinator for the Baptist Association.  She has a background in Nutrition and Public Health and has worked in community development, program planning, education and evaluation roles both in the United States and Australia.  She has run nutrition education programs in urban neighbourhoods in Pittsburgh, PA, helped refugees and immigrants foster development in their children within a new culture, and assisted NSW schools with navigating guidelines for food sold in canteens.  She loves equipping people to engage with their local communities and seeing people in marginalised communities feel empowered to advocate for their needs.  Kelly lives in Sydney with her husband Mike and her two young children.

Glen Powell-Glen is a dad, husband, community organiser, trainer and consultant.  He holds a PhD in building leadership capacity in not-for-profits and has qualifications in theology, economics and business.  For the last fifteen years he has worked with churches, community organisations, businesses and unions, building relationships between unlikely allies around common goals.  Glen is committed to helping people and churches organise for themselves around God’s purposes and become more effective in the public square.  He is also a musician and can often be found behind the piano at Ashfield Baptist Church. 

Scott Higgins- Scott is Director of A Just Cause, a ministry of the Australian Baptist churches that equips and mobilises churches in the Baptist movement for advocacy on justice issues in Australia. He also works as a consultant to Baptist World Aid Australia in education, advocacy and theological formation. He previously worked for Baptist World Aid in a range of leadership roles. He established the Catalyst advocacy program, which is recognised by many as one of the most effective grassroots advocacy platforms in Australia. Prior to Baptist World Aid Scott pastored churches in Sydney and Newcastle. Scott is the author of a number of books, including The End of Greed: Consuming as If God, People and the Planet Matter and Boundless Plains to Share? Australia, Jesus and Refugees. He lives in Newcastle with his wife Sandy and their children.

Christine Redwood- Christine is the lead pastor for Seaforth Baptist Church. She was previously an Associate Pastor at Hornsby Baptist for six years where she led children’s ministry and was a key preacher at the church.  She is also involved in her local community through scripture teaching in the primary school, and feeding the homeless with ‘The Dish’.  Christine is also passionate about deepening her understanding of the Bible. She holds a Bachelor of Communication, Master of Divinity, Graduate Diploma of Divinity, Master of Arts in Theology and is a currently a post-graduate research student at Morling. She was Morling College’s preaching intern in 2011, and currently serves as an adjunct lecturer for the New Testament foundational subject in their distance department as well as serving on the Postgraduate Studies Committee.  She occasionally preaches at other churches across NSW and has served on several committees for the Baptist Association including the Social Issues committee (2009-2014), Baptist Community Services Ethics committee (2009- 2011), Young Adult Taskforce (2012-2013) and the new Public Engagement taskforce. She has also been recognised as a leader at a global level, selected to attend Lausanne’s Younger Leaders Gathering this year in Indonesia. Christine is passionate about communicating the gospel of Jesus Christ at both a local, state and global level.

Rev. Danelle McLeay-Danelle is a Baptist Pastor with a diverse background in strategic leadership. Her experience has been both local and international including corporate, community, education, church and NGO environments.  Since September 2016 Danelle has been the Pastor (Team Leader) at Ashfield Baptist Church and is passionate about seeing churches respond with the love of Christ in the context of the world in which they live, both locally and globally.  Danelle served as State Director for Global Interaction (1998-2003) and following studies at Morling College was in Church Pastoral roles in Sydney and Adelaide until taking up the role of National Director for International Teams (2013-2016), a mission agency focusing on refugees and end slavery ministries. She has also worked briefly in Cambodia and helped to establish Micah Challenge in Australia.  In addition to theological training, her qualifications are in business, education and cultural studies.

Rob Ellis- Rob is the general manager of community services at BaptistCare.  Rob has 20 years of experience in faith-based not for profit management, including community services, cross cultural mission, denominational governance and Baptist ministry. He experiences great satisfaction in working with passionate and skilled people who are committed to making a difference in communities of entrenched disadvantage. In facing the challenges of complex social issues such as domestic violence and homelessness, Rob is encouraged by the breakthroughs that happen in the lives of clients, sustained by hope and committed to courageous leadership. Rob is a 2015 Alumni of Sydney Leadership, a Social Leadership Australia program that takes a new approach in tackling tough cross sector issues, based on the Harvard Adaptive Leadership Model.

Gershon Nimbalker- Gershon is the Advocacy Manager at Baptist World Aid Australia, a member of Micah Challenge’s campaign strategy group and chair of Stop the Traffik’s Australian working group. He is the project coordinator and one of the lead authors of the Australian Fashion Report and Electronics Industry Trends reports, world leading research that examines the practices of corporations around the world to mitigate the risk of slavery and exploitation. He has degrees in Business and Commerce and a Masters in Social Change and Development with merit from Newcastle University. Gershon is passionate about working with the Church to live out its call to Justice.