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Rev Dr Douglas Milne

MA, BD, ThM, ThD, MPhil

Theology and Ethics

Douglas Milne

In 2011, Douglas Milne completed 10 years as principal and 32 years of teaching at PTC. Since retiring, he continues to lecture at PTC as needed and continues to speak widely. Douglas is married to Joan and they have two adult children and four grandchildren.


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Rev Dr Allan Harman

BA (Sydney), BD, MLitt (Edinburgh), ThM, ThD (Westminster), ThD (honoris cause)(ACT)

Research Professor

Allan Harman
Allan is a former principal of the PTC. He has spent his teaching life working in the field of Hebrew and Old Testament. He has written commentaries on the Psalms and Deuteronomy, as well as numerous articles, and is currently completing a commentary on Isaiah. In 2003 he received an honorary doctorate from the ACT.


Rev Dr Tony Bird

BSc, PhD (Leeds), BTh, DipMin, MTh (ACT)

Greek and new testament studies

John Wilson
Tony is a former missionary in Indonesia, along with his wife Carole. They have four children and six grandchildren. 

Tony is active in Donvale Presbyterian Church, and he has recently completed a commentary on the Letter of James. Tony has lectured at PTC for 25 years.

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Rev Dr John P Wilson

BSc, DipEd, BTh, DMin

Presbyterian polity

John Wilson
John serves as Assembly Clerk of the Presbyterian Church of Victoria and Moderator-General of the Presbyterian Church of Australia. He was a full-time lecturer at PTC for several years, teaching Church History and Practical Theology. John pastored in three different parishes for 20 years. For several years he has undertaken preaching trips to Zambia and short term mission trips to Malawi. John is married to Paula and has three adult children.


Rev Dr Karl Hood

MBBS(Hons), GradDipRGP(Anaes), FRACGP, FACRRM, MAR (Westminster)

Pastoral care

Karl Hood
 Karl has an interest in counselling and pastoral care as an important part of the ministry of the word. After 10 years of medical practice, he trained in counselling at Westminster Seminary and CCEF (Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation) in Philadelphia. Karl has been married to Louise for over 20 years and they have four children. He is on the pastoral team at Drouin Presbyterian Church.


Mr Ben Nelson

BA(Hons), GradDipEd, MDiv


Karl Hood
Ben has been a high school teacher for many years. He is an elder at South Yarra Presbyterian Church. Ben is married to Jen and they have four children.                          


Dr Murray Adamthwaite

B.A., B.D., M.A., PhD


Dr Murray Adamthwaite
Dr Adamthwaite has studied in Melbourne, Sydney and London, has lectured in Old Testament, pastored churches and participated in three archaeological excavations in Israel and Syria. He is currently Research Fellow at Melbourne University, as well as a distance education in NSW. He is a specialist in Akkadian. He is married to Corrie and they have three children.


Rev Martin Pakula

BSc, BTh, MTh, DipMin

Old Testament

John Wilson
Martin Pakula is a Jewish Christian, married to Jennie, and father of two adult children. He has been involved in parish ministry, university ministry, Bible College lecturing, and Jewish mission. He has taught OT and Biblical Languages. 


Rev Dr Rowland Ward

BA, DipTh, Hons BTh, ThD (ACT)

Church History

Rowland has spent 40 years in pastoral ministry with the Presbyterian Church of Eastern Australia. He has written extensively on Presbyterian history, doctrine and worship and lectured in Australia and overseas. Recent publications include Scots’ Church Melbourne: A History of 175 Years and A Short History of the Church in Scotland AD300 to 2015. He is currently working on a new edition of Religious Bodies in Australia – A Comprehensive Guide.


Ms Gillian Asquith

MA (Oxen), PGCE, MDiv

Study Skills

Karl Hood
In 2012, Gillian was a College tutor at Ridley College, Melbourne, providing academic support to first-year students. She is an Adjunct Lecturer in New Testament, Old Testament and Greek at Melbourne School of Theology.

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Miss Wendy Bytheway

BA, DipArts, Cert Language & Culture


Karl Hood

Wendy is an accomplished and experienced writer and teacher of English studies in both Australia and China. She has written two books (Paternoster) under a pen name.