Christians for Biblical Equality

Conference 2019 Electives

Elective session 1

1A "Instituting organisational change: lessons learned."   Host: Chris Appleby   The Salvation Army  

1B "In the shadows? Living alongside a leader." Host: Denise Cooper-Clarke   Andrew Newmarch 

1C "Biblical egalitarian parenting and household relationships."  Host: Janet Woodlock     Beth Barnett       

Elective session 2

          2A Women in leadership: barriers and opportunities." Host: Jill McCoy  Janet Woodlock      

2B "Redeeming masculinity."  Host: Julie Campbell   Panel Discussion

2C "At Jacob’s Well: re-grounding the Samaritan woman." Host: Andrew Newmarch     Deborah Storie             

2D  "Grounding our discussion of abortion." Host: Jenny Davis     Denise Cooper-Clarke 

Elective Speakers.


Adam Couchman

Major Adam Couchman was commissioned as an Officer, along with his wife Megan, in November, 2003 and since then he has been Corps Officer at Armidale Corps (NSW), Gosford Corps (NSW) and is currently a Corps Officer at The Salvation Army Box Hill and Lecturer, Eva Burrows College.

Adam is both a lecturer and alumni of Eva Burrows College; having completed his undergraduate degree through the college in 2005. His honours studies, through Charles Sturt University, saw him research the sacramental theology of The Salvation Army. His Masters studies in Christian Holiness were completed with distinction through the Nazarene Theological College in Manchester, UK. Adam is currently working towards his Doctor of Theology through the University of Divinity where his research is engaged in theological interpretation of Scripture; specifically the worship of Jesus Christ himself.

Julie Campbell

Colonel Julie Campbell is the Territorial Secretary for Women's Ministries and Gender Equity Advocate.  She is responsible for creating policies and processes to ensure that all women officers and employees have equal opportunities in leadership, service and development.

Along with her husband, Colonel Mark Campbell, who is currently serving as the Territorial Chief Secretary, she entered the Officer Training College in Sydney from the Wollongong Corps in NSW and they were both commissioned and ordained as officers in January 1986. 

"Julie has completed courses in Leadership and Management, Pastoral Care, Coaching and Spiritual Formation; and was a delegate to the International College for Officers in London, United Kingdom.

Mark and Julie have been married for 35 years and have three adult children as well as an additional daughter now that their eldest son is married. Julie’s greatest desire is to show the love and compassion of Jesus together through leadership and service to the community and to assist others to become all they can be in Christ. She also loves shopping, reading, spending time at the beach and having coffee with family and friends.

1A "Instituting Organisational Change: Lessons learned."

The Salvation Army has a proud history of ordaining women as ministers of religion. Its founders were William and Catherine Booth – a married couple who believed in shared ministry; and women have led the movement throughout its history. Yet in 2017 The Salvation Army Australia established a Gender Equity Committee in order to address the lack of opportunities for senior leadership opportunities. Join The Salvation Army as they share lessons learned from instituting organisational change. 




Andrew Newmarch  

1B "In the shadows? Living alongside a leader"
"This session will explore the pressures faced by men and women who have spouses who are leaders or have significant responsible positions. Male clergy spouses are a relatively new phenomenon although there have been many leading women in professions whose spouses have not had the same profile. Women have traditionally been in the shadows of their husbands. The session will look for tips and highlight issues that will help men and women be alert to pressures and strategies that may assist the mitigation of those pressures..



Beth Barnett is a Melbourne Biblical scholar with a special interest in theologies of child and practices of intergenerational faith. With a background in Children and Families pastoral ministry and mission, education and the performing arts. Beth is a prolific creator of biblical materials for intergenerational faith formation. She currently teaches at Stirling College in the Graduate Certificate of Children and Families ministry. She is connected internationally as a speaker and writer in the Child Theology movement.

1C "Biblical egalitarian parenting and household relationships."



Janet Woodlock is an ordained Churches of Christ minister who works for Christian Coaching Institute as a coach and trainer. She has also worked for the National Council of Churches, as Federal Coordinator for Churches of Christ in Australia, and for Churches of Christ in Victoria and Tasmania.

2A Women in Leadership: Barriers and Opportunities." 
This interactive workshop will brainstorm the challenges women face in leadership, and explore strategies for developing women in leadership. 



Panel - including Colin Reynolds and Tim Gordon (a Uniting Church youth worker/minister).


Lieutenant Colin Reynolds is 47 years old and was born in Melbourne. As a child of Salvation Army officers Colin was raised within The Salvation Army faith tradition. After working as a social worker for ten years and completing both undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in theology, Colin went travelling across Asia, met his wife Phuong in Vietnam in 1996 and they married there in 1997. Following that Colin served as a pastor at the Vietnamese Evangelical Church in Melbourne for eight years. In 2011 Colin returned to The Salvation Army.  Alongside Phuong, he currently serves as the officer at The Salvation Army Sunshine, is a committee member of BMIN (Brimbank & Maribyrnong Interfaith Network) and sits on The Salvation Army’s South Pacific Theological Forum and Gender Equity Committee. Colin and Phuong have two sons, Kim, 18 years-old and Luc, 16 years-old.

2B "Redeeming Masculinity" Panel Discussion

Australian culture reinforces that men must behave in a certain way in order to be accepted: “Don’t cry, don’t show emotion, be tough, be the leader”. Yet the mental health of men in Australia is concerning. Is masculinity in Australia in crisis? Can the church offer an alternative narrative for men in our society? What does it look like to redeem masculinity? Join this elective to hear a panel discussion on the church and its role in promoting healthy masculinity.



Deborah Storie: lectures in Biblical Studies at Whitley College and is Senior Pastor (Interim) at Canterbury Baptist Church and Honorary Postdoctoral Associate at University of Divinity. She previously worked in community development in Afghanistan, served on the Board of TEAR Australia, and evaluated development projects in Africa and Asia.

2C "At Jacob’s Well: Re-grounding the Samaritan Woman"
This paper offers a ‘discipleship reading’ of Jesus’ encounter with the Samaritan Woman (John 4). Until recently, dominant traditions of interpretation focused on the woman’s dubious reputation, shady past, and alleged immorality. More recent interpretive traditions valorise the woman. Missiologists claim her as “the first evangelist” or “missionary.” Few interpreters seem to appreciate how profoundly power, privilege and life experience, as well as time, geography, culture and language, estrange us from the worlds of and behind the text. What happens if we re-ground the encounter at Jacob’s well in time and place, in community, and in Scripture?




Dr Denise Cooper-Clarke is a graduate of medicine and theology with a PhD in medical ethics. She is an occasional adjunct lecturer in Ethics at Ridley College Melbourne and voluntary researcher with Ethos Centre for Christianity and Society.

2D  "Grounding Our Discussion of Abortion"
Much of the discussion of abortion in evangelical circles is focussed almost exclusively on the moral status of the unborn child. It is also often claimed that the scriptures are clear in relation to this. In the broader secular debate, the ‘pro-life’ and ‘pro-choice’ positions are usually framed in terms of the competing rights of the unborn child and of the woman. Both approaches are reductionistic and tend to abstract the discussion from the concrete realities of life for women and children. An alternative evangelical approach that grounds the discussion in the Bible, but also in the lived experience of women, the unique bodily relationship between a mother and her unborn child and the nature of Christian community is explored.