I love being part of God’s work through small groups, one-to-one discipleship and training. I’m particularly passionate about seeing young women know, love, trust and obey the Lord Jesus.Alex
Alex works 5 days at UC having joined the FOCUS Staff team at the beginning of 2018. Previously, Alex studied journalism and worked in ministry at the University of Technology Sydney. Alex is part of New Life Presbyterian Church.
As a student, FOCUS impacted me as I gained a greater understanding of the Lordship of Jesus. I am excited to serve alongside students as they understand the gospel and to see their lives shaped and transformed by the risen King.Sarah
Sarah works 5 days a week at ANU. Sarah joined the FOCUS Staff Team at the beginning of 2019. Previously, Sarah studied Arts at the ANU and worked in ministry at the University of New South Wales. Sarah is married to Wei-Li and they are part of Crossroads Christian Church.
It’s a fantastic privilege working alongside aussie and international students as we reach out to internationals with the life-changing message of Jesus.
Owen works 2 days with FOCUS, particularly ministering to international students across both UC and ANU. Previously, Owen ministered internationally in France. Owen is married to Catherine and they have four adult children. Owen is part of Crossroads Christian Church.
Richard & Jeanette Chin
Amongst our greatest joys is seeing students saved, established in the faith, and sent to the ends of the earth with the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.Richard & Jeanette
Richard serves 1 day a week & Jeanette full-time as part of the ANU staff team.
Kevin (Staff team leader ANU) & Mathea Yeung
Kevin will serve as the ANU FOCUS Staff Team Leader from 2021. Together with his wife Mathea, he’s looking forward to joining us in Canberra next year once he completes his studies at Moore College. Mathea will serve 3 days a week on the ANU staff team. “We can’t wait to help ANU students have the same training and evangelism opportunities that God gave us at uni. Please pray God will grow us in humble dependence and prayerfulness in him as we prepare to serve alongside you. Thank you!”New staff in 2021
Brendan & Gloria Nelson (Apprentices)
Brendan and Gloria became Mr and Mrs in a rushed COVID wedding earlier this year. But their decision to do MTS was not rushed. They’ve been chatting to Kevin (Yeung) since they were students at Cumberland. “By God’s grace we are both saved sinners and so are keen to serve Jesus with our lives. We both work as physiotherapists in Sydney. We are excited to serve at ANU next year and hope to see students come to trust in Jesus as their Lord. We are keen to be stretched and humbled!”New staff in 2021
Stephen, Lauren & Luke Driscoll
Stephen has been appointed to the ANU to work with the Simeon Network, which is the ministry among post-grads, academics, researchers and support personnel. “I’m the husband of Lauren and the father of Luke. We are finishing up at Bible College this year and are looking forward to coming to ANU to help out with the postgraduate group. Coming to ANU excites us because we know how many students need to hear the gospel of God’s mercy.”New staff in 2021
Chichi Soboya (Junior Staff)
Having completed a ministry internship in the Middle East, we’re excited that Chichi will be continuing ministry at ANU with us as a Junior Staff Worker. “I came to know our Lord Jesus Christ through the ministry of faithful and deliberate staff workers in the UAE. Like them, I’m so looking forward to being a part of God’s transformative work in the lives of students. I’m currently working to finish off my Masters in anticipation to do this work full time. Pray for me in this, that God would set my eyes on him as I set my heart on ANU!”New staff in 2021
16 house-moves, 3 countries, 7 jobs, 6 uni campuses and counting – I guess God packaged my life as one that is on the move … Perhaps, this is a gift so that I can walk alongside uni students who are on the move in the adulting journey. What a joy it is to take steps together as we move toward our Heavenly Home!
Jo will be serving as a staffworker to the Australian Catholic University in Canberra 2-3 days a week, and as a volunteer staffworker with the international student ministry either at the ANU or at UC 1 day a week. Previously (in reverse chronological order), Jo has had the joy to serve at Sydney Uni, a couple of local churches, overseas as a missionary, and in schoolsNew staff in 2021
I’m infatuated by Jesus’ life and the life he offers others. It is a privilege to proclaim his wondrous Lordship on campus and watch his Spirit transform students.Megan
Megan works 1 day/week with ANU FOCUS having joined the Staff team in 2016. Megan will be on maternity leave in early 2021. Megan and her family are part of St Matthew’s Anglican Church, Wanniassa.
Christine Zheng (Apprentice)
“I thank God for this great opportunity to serve and reach out to the international students with the good news of Jesus Christ. It is a great joy to witness the growth of God’s kingdom among the nations.”Christine
Christine is a ministry trainee who has recently joined the staff serving at the ANU. She herself became a Christian while studying as an international student. At the ANU she is serving amongst international students.
Paul (Staff team leader UC) & Zoe Avis
After four years in local church ministry, my wife Zoe and I along with our three children are excited to serve with UC FOCUS as Staff Team Leader. When I moved to Canberra to study at UC as an 18-year-old, God worked profoundly in my life through UC FOCUS. Through faithful bible teaching, quality training, and godly relationships with other Christians, God brought me to Jesus and grew me as one of His followers. It is wonderfully strange to have come full circle and to be returning to my old ‘stomping ground’! But I am overjoyed to partner with students and staff to proclaim Christ, and evangelise, encourage, train and send more UC students into the world to the glory of Jesus!-New staff in 2021
Julia Walter (Apprentice)
I am super excited to be joining the staff team as an apprentice next year. As a UC student myself (studying Nursing 2018-19), I saw the great need for the gospel to be heard by students. I am excited to share the good news of salvation through Jesus Christ our Lord with UC, through the work of the Holy Spirit and in prayerful dependence on God. I love to dance (around the house, yes, but I also attended classes); be outdoors exploring God’s creation; and I enjoy writing pieces for my blog, when I find the time and/or inspiration.-New staff in 2021
Samantha Begg (Apprentice)
Sami is a Public Health graduate of Wollongong Uni who loves the beach, travelling (not at the moment!), hiking, baking, sleep-ins, coffee and most of all Jesus! “I’m so excited by the opportunity to serve at ANU next year that students might come to know and grow in their love of Jesus. One of my favourite things to do at uni, and now with church, is meeting up and reading the Bible with other girls and am so excited to be able to do that more next year! I’m really keen to meet you all and to be challenged and encouraged by God’s word together.”-New staff in 2021
Cam & Winnie Mason
My name is Cameron and I’m married to Winnie. I grew up in Camden and love Christ, Cricket (or any sport really!) and coffee. My claim to fame is that I am apparently related to Sir Donald Bradman! I became a Christian at a Mid Year Conference in 2008 where I was convinced that Jesus really rose from the dead, was Lord of all, and therefore my whole life had to be lived for him. I’m excited to partner with students at UC in proclaiming Christ to university students, both local and international, and raise up the next generation of gospel workers for Canberra and beyond. Thanks for your prayers!-New staff in 2021
Our vision is that every person joining the Australian Defence Force has the opportunity to know the Lord Jesus.
The FOCUS staff also partner with the staff of FOCUS Military ministries at ADFA. Find out more about this ministry at focusmilitary.org.au
Our mission is proclaiming Jesus Christ at university to present everyone mature in Him.
The FOCUS staff are employed by the Australian Fellowship of University Students. Find out more about our employers and about student ministry across Australia at afes.org.au