ACMN Committee Members

Rick Lewis

Dr Rick Lewis is primarily a practitioner of mentoring, serving around 70 senior Christian leaders in Australia, the UK, Europe and South-east Asia.

Rick is the convenor of the ACMN leadership committee, founder of Anamcara Consulting in Australia, Director of Mentoring for ForMission in the UK and a member of the European Mentoring and Coaching Council. He holds a Doctor of Ministry degree from Fuller Theological Seminary, having conducted action research into mentoring processes for pastors. His first book, Mentoring Matters, published in 2009, deals especially with formal, structured mentoring for Christian leaders.


Tim Dyer

Tim Dyer is a trainer of church consultants, mentors and leaders.  He is linked to the Australian John Mark Ministries network which focuses on care, development and support for clergy and the health of congregations. Tim is a regular speaker at Pastors’ and Clergy Conferences in areas of leadership, church systems, professional ethics, mentoring, conflict management and the impact of clergy sexual abuse. He contributes to in-service training programs for clergy and leaders across several denominations and states.

Besides mentoring pastors and leaders himself, Tim trains Christian leaders in the skills required to equip others to become leaders through intentional one to one mentoring. Tim has an interest in healthy congregational and parish life and consults with churches and denominations on processes which create and support parish health.


Monica O’Neil

Monica O’Neil is an experienced minister, facilitator, and strategy consultant, with a demonstrated history of working in professional training, supervision & coaching.  She is the Director at Vose Leadership and lectures in Ministry and Practice at Vose Seminary. Monica pastors Living Grace Dianella in Western Australia.


Dave Thurston

Dave Thurston has served in a variety of Presbyterian parish contexts; country NSW, and church planting in the Sydney suburbs and inner-city Sydney. Over thirty-three years of gospel ministry Dave has been privileged to mentor over eighty persons in ministry throughout Australia.

Dave is committed to being used by the Lord to growing people who are spiritually, emotionally, relationally and theologically healthy in ministry so they in turn can be used by God to grow healthy ministry teams and churches.


Brian Birkett

Brian has extensive experience in ministry, education and global missions (specialising in Asia), with over 16 years pastoral experience, 14 years as a secondary teacher and over 15 years global missions experience. His most recent appointment was Dean of Faculty with Harvest Bible College.  Brian’s pastoral experience was majorly formed through key leadership in City Life Church, one of Melbourne’s largest churches. He served in leadership there for 23 years, the latter 12 full time. In these roles, Brian led hundreds of leaders, coaching and empowering them tremendously.

Brian began global mission in 2000 with a visit to India. His passion is loving God and loving people through global mission and ministry training, empowerment and strategic coaching, both locally and globally. Brian is currently a Director on 3 global Missions Boards covering work in over a dozen Asian nations. 
D Min (Fuller), MA (Church Ldrshp – SCD), B Sc (Monash) Dip Th (SCD), Dip Ed (Monash), Cert IV TAE (Unity), Cert IV TAA (Unity).


Carmen Wagenaar

Carmen Wagenaar is the part-time Administrator for the ACMN. She has completed a three year mentor equipping training program with MEQ Sydney, and works in a pastoral and administrative role at her church.