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Perth Church & Ministry Governance Conference
When? 21 Feb, 2019. 9.15am to 4.45pm
Where? Hillarys Yacht Club, 65 Northside Drive, Hillarys WA
Who? Board / Council members of Christian churches, schools and charities, plus Senior Pastors / Principals / CEOs
Cost? $155 for CMA Members, $195 non-members.
Group of 3 members for $400, group of 3 non-members for $500
Dinner? If you'd like to stay around for a light dinner, watch the sun go down over the ocean from the yacht club, and enjoy some finger-food with our staff, speakers and other guests, the cost is $30 for food, plus purchase your own drinks. You will be prompted to indicate this, if you wish, on the registration screen.
Presenter Details

Gary Hoag

  Gary G. Hoag received his Ph.D. in New Testament from Trinity College, Bristol, UK. He is a passionate follower of Jesus and an ordained minister. Previously, he held administrative roles at BIOLA University, Colorado Christian University, and Denver Seminary. Presently, he provides oversight or spiritual and strategic counsel for churches and nonprofits. Globally, he champions faithful governance and administration as President of the newly formed Global Trust Partners, and serves as a visiting professor at seven seminaries in four countries. He writes Daily Meditations ( and has written or contributed to ten books, including three from ECFA Press, The Council: A Biblical Perspective on Board Governance (2018), The Choice: The Christ-Centered Pursuit of Kingdom Outcomes (2014), and The Sower: Redefining the Ministry of Raising Kingdom Resources (2010). His popular book for individuals and groups is Good and Faithful: Ten Stewardship Lessons for Everyday Living (2017). His wife is Jenni and they live in Littleton, Colorado.

Steve Kerr


Steve joined as the Executive Director of the CMA Standards Council in February 2016, in a part time role. The remainder of his work week is spent in his role as a lawyer. With a career starting in commercial litigation, and then for the last 20 years in general corporate and commercial law, he was previously a Senior Partner at Freehills, before taking his current position as a Senior Partner at HWL Ebsworth. He has helped establish and advise many not-for-profit organisations and has considerable professional experience in governance and compliance matters. He, his wife Kate and three adult children are actively involved in church life at St Hilary's Anglican Church in Kew, Victoria, and he has served on a variety of church and ministry boards and committees, including his current role, of over ten years, on the board of Overseas Council Australia.

Dr Ruth Knight is a researcher and lecturer in nonprofit management and social enterprise at QUT’s Australian Centre for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies. Ruth has extensive experience in nonprofit leadership roles and gained her PhD researching workplace culture, change readiness and organisational sustainability. Her special interests are culture transformation, developing high performing leaders and teams and measuring outcomes. Ruth is on a mission to advance quality research and practice in the sector to enable organisations achieve greater social impact.


Dr Ruth Knight

Jenni Hoag


Jenni Hoag received her M.A. degree in Cross-cultural Education from BIOLA University in La Mirada, California. She also earned a graduate certificate in Christian Spiritual Formation and Soul Care from Denver Seminary in Littleton, Colorado. She has dedicated her life to helping people anchor themselves to Jesus. Previously, she served as a teacher, curriculum designer, and spiritual director for various institutions. Presently, she provides one-on-one spiritual direction, speaks and teaches on Christian spiritual formation and soul care, leads spiritual retreats, travels and ministers globally, and writes a fortnightly post called The Spigot ( She specialises in suggesting spiritual practices for individuals and ministry teams. She is married to Gary and they live in Littleton, Colorado. They enjoy twice daily walks with their German Shorthair Pointer, Joy St. Clare. They have a grown son, Sammy, who loves fly fishing, and a daughter, Sophie, who (believe it or not) is a mermaid.

Simon Kennedy is a director and research analyst at the Institute for Civil Society, where he works on the issues of freedom of religion and freedom of association. He completed his PhD in history at the University of Queensland in 2018. He is on the faculty of the Lachlan Macquarie Institute and Presbyterian Theological College, and is an elder at his local church. He is married to Hayley and has four young children.


Simon Kennedy

Mal Cooke


Mal chairs the boards of Riverview Church and Shenton College. He has over 20 years legal experience in commercial dispute resolution, including 12 years as a partner of Herbert Smith Freehills. This context fuelled Mal’s interest in organisational relational capacity. He is a graduate of the AICD, having completed the company directors course in 2018. He is married to Jen and has 2 teenage daughters.

Gary has spent his life in Christian ministry. After time at Cornerstone Community, Youth for Christ, and university, he spent eight years as Associate Pastor (Administration & Community Care) at Southport Church of Christ in QLD, where the idea for CMA took shape. In 2001 he left the church to establish CMA, and has been CMA's National Director since its inception. He has a Bachelor of Education, and a Master of Business (Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies) from QUT in Brisbane. He lives on Tamborine Mountain with his wife Debbie, and two adult children, Abby and Landon. He attends his local Presbyterian church.


Gary Williams

Lance Staer


Lance Staer began his career in management and marketing in the petroleum sector, culminating in a position of financial analysis and legal liaison for the Australian subsidiary of Esso, the largest company in the world, based in Sydney. Always entrepreneurial in his attitude, he left Esso and established his own company in the dangerous goods transport sector. Returning to his accounting and legal academic roots in the late nineties, Lance studied postgraduate business whilst also teaching accounting and finance at Curtin University in a sessional capacity.

A Chartered Accountant, Chartered Secretary and Chartered Tax Advisor, he completed financial planning and self-managed superannuation fund specialist training through the University of New South Wales. Lance joined the predecessor firm that became Thornburys Accountants & Advisors in 2001 and became Managing Partner of Thornburys in 2007. As Managing Partner, Lance provides practical advice and creative strategies on all accounting and business services at Thornburys while ensuring that all engagements are performed to the highest standard. He utilises his wide range of professional experience to ensure that clients receive practical and holistic advice in relation to tax structuring, succession planning, superannuation and taxation matters.

Lance has a strong interest in the not-for-profit sector and is the vice chair of the Australian Not For Profit Accountants Network (ANFPAN). He serves on the boards of several companies and non-profit organisations. Lance is a member of the Chartered Accountants Australia & New Zealand, the Tax Institute of Australia and the Governance Institute of Australia.

David Slinn is a chartered accountant and holds a number of other legal and regulatory qualifications including a master of laws degree from Kings College, London. David has worked for a major Chartered Accountancy practice in Sydney and London and then as an investment banker in London and Sydney as part of a global finance team. David has also been the CEO of a private multidisciplinary architectural practice and is currently CEO of Baptist Financial Services. David has served over a period of 35 years on church, denominational and ministry boards, industry associations, govt taskforces and community groups in a wide range of capacities, including as Chairperson, with extensive governance experience.


David Slinn

Peter Murphy


Peter Murphy has sought to integrate faith and finances within a Christian setting for over twenty years. He specialises in not-for-profits, education, aged care and superannuation. A former chief executive officer of an industry fund, he currently holds chair and directorship roles in a range of organisations across the Christian and secular community. He is a fellow of the Society of CPA’s, a fellow of the Australian Superannuation Funds Association and a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He holds a Masters of Arts in Christian Studies from the Australian College of Theology and a Masters of Commerce from the University of Sydney. Peter is a Partner of Roberston and Chang that provides consulting services to the not for profit, for profit and government sectors.

Baptist Financial Services
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