Meet our team


Faculty & Lecturers

peter hastie ptc principal

Rev Peter Hastie


Theology & Practical Theology

BJuris |  BTh(Hons)  |  MA(Th)  |  GradCertTh | LTCL

Peter has spent 32 years in pastoral ministry, as well as 14 years in Christian publishing as the editor of Australian Presbyterian. For over two decades he has been involved in Christian education, serving on the Councils of the Scots College, Bellevue Hill and PLC Sydney and Armidale, where he has been chairman.

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Rev Dr Jared Hood


Old Testament & Historical Theology

DipTh | BTh(Hons) | GradDipIS | GradCertTh | MA(Th) | MTh | MTh(1st hons) | PhD

Jared has spent thirteen years in pastoral ministry, and has lectured and studied in various fields. He has a PhD in Jewish Studies from the University of Melbourne, and a ThM from Westminster Seminary in historical theology. Jared is married to Cassie, who has homeschooled their five children. He is also editor of the Reformed Theological Review.

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Rev Dr Felix Chung


Evangelism & missiology

DipSocWork | MME | MTh | PhD

Felix, a Hong Kong born Chinese Australian, has been serving as pastor, missionary, and Bible College lecturer in different cultural settings for almost 20 years. He is also involved in different missionary ministries, publishing articles in mission magazines and visiting overseas Bible colleges and churches to lecture on mission-related courses. He is married to Mei, who has also been serving with him as a missionary and church worker for over 15 years. They have one child named Joseph.

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Rev Ben Nelson

New Testament & GREEK

BA(Hons) | GradDipEd | MDiv | PhD candidate

Ben was a high school teacher for many years, and is an elder at South Yarra Presbyterian Church. Following on from his MDiv research work, Ben is undertaking a PhD which focuses on the translation and analysis of the works of Oecolampadius, an early Reformer. Ben is married to Jen, and they have four children.

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Rev Dr Douglas Milne

New Testament & Theology

BDiv | MA | MTh(cum laude) | ThD | MPhil

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

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Rev Dr Tony Bird

Greek & New Testament

BSc | DipMin | BTh | MTh | PhD

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 the PTC for 25 years.

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Rev Dr Rowland Ward

CHURCH HISTORY & Research Lecturer

BA | DipTh | BTh(Hons) | ThD

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 Presbyterians in Australia: Conflicts and Progress 1803-2018. He is currently working on a new edition of Religious Bodies in Australia – A Comprehensive Guide.

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Rev Dr Karl Hood


MBBS(Hons) | GradDipRGP(anaes) | FRACGP | FACRRM | MAR(1st Hons)

Karl has a longstanding involvement in pastoral counselling, which he sees as an important part of ministry. After a decade of medical practice, he undertook further training in counselling and theology at Westminster Theological Seminary and CCEF in Philadelphia, then completed his studies for ordination through PTC. He has been on the pastoral staff of the Drouin congregation since 2010. Karl is married to Louise and they have four children.

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Dr Murray Adamthwaite


BA | BD | MA | PhD

Murray has studied in Melbourne, Sydney and London, and 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, and a specialist in Akkadian. He is married to Corrie and they have three children.

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Rev Martin Pakula

Hebrew & Old Testament

BSc | DipMin | BTh | MTh

Martin 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. 

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Dr Noel Weeks

Research Lecturer

BSc | BD | ThM

Noel is a well-known speaker and writer with an interest in Ancient Near East, particularly Mesopotamia and Israel, and the Akkadian language. He was a senior lecturer in Ancient History at the University of Sydney until 2012, and remains an associate in the Department of Classics and Ancient History.

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Rev Dr Allan Harman

Research professor

BA | BD | MLitt | ThM | ThD | ThD(honoris causa)

Allan is a former principal of the PTC, and has spent his teaching career working in the field of Hebrew and Old Testament. He has written commentaries on the Psalms, Deuteronomy, Isaiah and Daniel, as well as numerous articles, and has recently enlarged and republished his commentary on the Psalms. In 2003 he received an honorary doctorate from the Australian College of Theology.

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Dr Simon Kennedy

Political Thought

BA (Hons) I PhD

Simon completed his PhD at the University of Queensland, where he focused on early modern intellectual history. He has taught church history, public theology, Christian worldview, and political thought at various institutions. He is married to Hayley, has four young children, and attends North Geelong Presbyterian Church.

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Miss Wendy Bytheway


BA | DipArts | Cert Language & Culture

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.


Administration Staff

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Mrs Rachel Viljoen

Administration Officer

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Dr Mei Chung


PhD, MDiv, MME, BTh, DipEd

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Ms Heather Fiedler



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Mr Walter Bruining

Media manager