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Past Hub Cohorts


Past Hub Cohorts


 From 2016 – 2018 The Hub was delivered in partnership with Seed


Penny Attwells

Penny has a bachelor’s degree in Community Development and a Juris Doctor law degree. She has 15 years’ experience working with marginalised and disadvantaged people, with the majority of the work focussing on child protection, children and families. Penny has specialised casework experience with women fleeing domestic violence. For as long as Penny can remember, she has been personally affronted by the oppression experienced by trafficked women. Her work to support these women is based on her Christian values, that all women are inherently valuable and worthy of honour and respect.

Iysha Inc

Penny’s initiative, Iysha Inc, won first place in the Mission & Ministry category at the 2017 Annual Funding Event. By taking part in The Hub, Penny wants to continue her work to bring awareness and support to women who have been trafficked in Australia.

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Krystyna Kidson

Krystyna was a clinical psychologist who helped people struggling with different stressors in their lives, such as mental health issues, major transitions, parenting, interpersonal problems and chronic pain. After having children, Krystyna discovered coaching – the art of coming alongside others, drawing out what God has given them, and empowering them to transform themselves or the world around them. For Krystyna, it was the perfect professional fit. Krystyna now focuses on stress mastery coaching and training (rather than therapy) for individuals, groups and workplaces.

The Paraclete Initiative

Through The Hub, Krystyna wants to develop The Paraclete Initiative, which will give God’s people the opportunity to develop stress mastery, so that when feeling overwhelmed by extreme workloads, psychological pressures, health and other concerns, they are still able to thrive and do God’s work by building up their families, ministries and communities.


 Mignonne Murray

Mignonne was born in Sri Lanka, where she grew up among the sprawling tea plantations until migrating to Sydney in 1971. Mignonne became a Christian in 1983, while searching for life’s answers and direction, and soon commenced study at Sydney Missionary and Bible College (SMBC). While at SMBC, Mignonne met her husband. After college, Mignonne lived and worked in Redfern. After getting married, she and her husband served as missionaries in Tanzania until 2003. Seeing poverty firsthand in Sri Lanka, Redfern and Tanzania led Mignonne on a path of understanding about what it means to truly love our neighbours.

Tribes and Nations

In 2005, Mignonne and her husband started a fair-trade business called Tribes and Nations. Their aim is to sell products made under fair-trade principles, and to increase people’s understanding of how our everyday choices affect the global poor. Through The Hub, Mignonne hopes to grow the advocacy and education arm of Tribes and Nations.


Wendy Noble

Wendy is an applied linguist, currently helping researchers publish scholarly articles and compete for national research grants though her business Noble Academic Writing. She has designed academic writing programs for undergraduate, post-graduate and higher degree research students at Macquarie University, the Australian National University and the University of British Columbia, Canada. Wendy has enjoyed teaching local and international students from across the globe, and has recently joined the MENTAC program as a means of equipping her to teach ESL with Christian care to Muslim women in Sydney.

English for Bible & Theology Program

Through the Hub, Wendy will develop the English for Bible & Theology Program – a semester-long course enabling Bible college students whose first language is not English to engage with scholarly English materials, in order to deepen their understanding of, and their ability to share, the gospel of Jesus Christ.


Megan Presbury

Megan is an ESL and cross-cultural teaching trainer. She has a background in theatre and drama, and a Graduate Diploma in Counselling. Through the Hub, Megan aims to develop oral-based training and resources for churches who want to communicate the love of Jesus in effective and engaging ways to people from non-English speaking backgrounds. Megan will seek to provide training to church-based ESL teachers, develop Bible story lessons suitable for use in ESL classes and Easy English Bible classes, and provide interested Christians with tools to share the Gospel with anyone from non-English backgrounds. Megan hopes that being a part of The Hub will help her equip the Church to understand how orality can improve communication and gospel engagement in any cross-cultural context, including local churches, global mission and theological education.


Deborah Vickers

Deborah is a Christian mother of two children, who has experienced the trauma postnatal psychosis. In 2016, Deborah became a volunteer Community Champion for PANDA (Perinatal Anxiety and Depression Australia) to assist in raising awareness of postnatal psychosis. As a volunteer co-researcher, Deborah is assisting Dr Diana Jefferies and a team at Western Sydney University with a study exploring the lived experience of women diagnosed with postnatal psychosis.

Beyond PP in Aus/NZ

During her time in The Hub, Deborah will develop the online community she has created, called ‘Beyond PP in Aus/NZ’ (an idea she was selected to pitch at ADM’s 2017 Annual Funding Event). Through this community, Deborah aims to support women who have experienced PP to share their achievements, struggles, advice, resources and understanding.


Maryann Webb

After completing a Bachelor in Creative Arts at Wesley Institute (now Excelsia College), Maryann completed her Masters in Teaching at Charles Sturt University. While working as a primary school teacher, she founded Project KIN (Kids In Need), a community-centred charity with a mission to help kids play and learn. As Managing Director, Maryann feels honoured to lead a team of passionate women who together ‘sew’ seeds of love and kindness into children’s lives and share a vision to see a world where every child feels loved and is given the chance to play and learn.

Project KIN

In 2016, Project KIN was awarded first place in the ‘Mission & Ministry’ category at the ADM Annual Funding Event. Maryann hopes that during The Hub she will be able to take Project KIN into the next phase of growth, in order to provide even more children with the love and opportunities they need.




Raised in a Christian family in the USA, I was the eldest of three children in a stable and loving home. After school, I attended St Olaf College in Minnesota, a Lutheran liberal arts education where I earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a Bachelor of Arts in Religion (Ethics concentration). One semester I spent in Vellore, India, exploring health care in the developing world; there I met the Australian man who became first my pen pal and has now been my husband for 28 years. I have a love for learning, writing and study, so over the years, I've done a neuro nursing speciality certificate, a Master of Health Administration, a certificate of theology through Moore College, and a graduate diploma in Ageing and Pastoral Studies. For 20 + years, I've done practice management for my husband's ophthalmology practice, which I have combined with family responsibilities and church involvement. Drawn to ministry to older people, I spent 2.5 years in Aged Care chaplaincy. Now I have left that paid employment and am busy as a warden and as a mentor to a couple of young women. This project combines my love for Jesus, older people and writing.

Jesus Loves Me

Jesus Loves Me is a resource for gospel outreach to people with dementia: “People with dementia need to hear the Good News of Jesus in a way that meets their unique needs--- simple but not childlike; clear, concrete, building on familiar words.”

Follow this link to learn more about Dana's vision for her project. 



Currently, I am working with Wendy Simpson in Marketplace ministry, as we pioneer the integration of Faith and Work in Australia.

I have worked as a Chaplain and in the Pastoral Care team at C3 Church.

I have a Graduate Diploma of Divinity from Sydney Missionary and Bible College and an Advanced Diploma of Christian Ministry and Theology from C3 Bible College.

I started a Portrait Photography business in 2009 and have managed the business and photographed people for the last 7 years. I have photographed people in natural surroundings and have a skill of effectively engaging people of all ages (newborn babies to grandparents) and cultural backgrounds to making them feel comfortable so I can capture natural emotions.

I have an Electrical Engineering degree (B.Eng. (Hons)) from the University of New South Wales. I have worked as a Presales Network Engineer at Cisco Systems and a Data Network Engineer and Project Manager at Macquarie Bank. 

Stories Worth Telling

Stories Worth Telling is a project of photography and interviews of believers shared on social media. “The purpose of this initiative is to encourage others by sharing stories of everyday believers from different denominations, cultural backgrounds and generations with an honest portrayal of how their faith is integral to their lives.” 



Ruth Lewis-Jones is the inspiring founder and Managing Director of the internationally acclaimed ChooseREAL Campaign and Nationally implemented Esteem Designz Program, creating interactive platforms and resources to equip and empower girls and women in our communities.

Based in Sydney, Ruth also works as a school chaplain, youth developer, social entrepreneur, designer and is sought after to work alongside many community and welfare organisations to invest in the potential of their girls.

Ruth is a beloved motivational speaker, workshop facilitator and mentor for schools, churches, events and conferences. She is a thought leader and pioneer, creating a global movement empowering others to make lasting impacts with her. She loves to celebrate and support other in this journey.

In March, Ruth was named finalist for the NSW/ACT Young Achiever Awards 2016. In October, Ruth was also named finalist for the prestigious Telstra Business Woman's Award 2016.

Ruth – “I am passionate about helping girls and women not feel the need to hustle for their approval and acceptance, but claim their intrinsic worth, and be unashamedly authentic and REAL, not moulded by other’s expectations, but free... Free to confidently be all that God has called and created them to be.” 

Esteem Designz Program

Esteem Designz Program, is about creating interactive platforms and resources to equip and empower girls and women in our communities. “Through creative, engaging resources we are equipping schools, churches and community/welfare organisations to empower self-worth, confidence and life-skills in girls”.

Follow this link to read more about Ruth's inspiring initiative. 



Sarah is married to Robin (a resident Australian Anglican Minister of the Parish of Christ Church Northern Beaches) and they have two children, who are a great delight to them. Sarah and Robin are originally from the UK but have made Australia their home.

Sarah loves to see people grow in their understanding of Jesus and does this by teaching Scripture in her local schools, as well as leading ladies bible study and children’s ministries in her church. She is an evangelist at heart and seeks ways to engage with the community at both micro and macro levels whenever she can.

Sarah works as a Pastoral Supervisor teaching and training others in pastoral care, and lectures at Mary Andrews College (a new course which she has written herself to bring her two big loves together called Pastoral Evangelism). 


Soulcare is about the development of a regional pastoral care partnership - “To transform the pastoral care,  education and research offered on the northern beaches of Sydney in view of the new hospital opening in 2018 as a case study for future public/private hospital ventures.



Since the age of seventeen, when I saw poverty first hand on a World Vision study tour, I have dedicated my life to serving the poor. I spent my twenties serving some of the world ́s poorest on mission trips and raised more than $20, 000 for World Vision. I completed my nursing degree in 2000 and as a Registered Nurse, I spent two years working with disabled children in Romania. It was there that my heart grew for the poor in Europe. In 2004 I was awarded NSW Young Australian of the Year. I spent two years working at the International Teams Australia office as a short term missions mobiliser and trainer. I then returned to work as a cancer nurse and educator. I married an Anglican minister in 2008, and in 2010, followed the call of God together to Spain to research human trafficking and to find our place in intervention strategies. I have been working in a safe house for trafficked and vulnerable women while Stephen has been completing his doctorate on this subject. We are currently on home assignment in Australia to raise the funds needed to return to run our project full time.

The Madrid Project

The Madrid Project is an initiative of International Teams Spain.  “Training and equipping the Spanish church to be a voice for mercy and justice, especially in regards to human trafficking intervention in Spain, and empowering women coming out of the sex industry."



Lisa Bateup, Director, CultureConnect (within Interserve Australia)

CultureConnect mobilises Australian Christians to reach out with love and the good news of Jesus to their neighbours from Asia and the Arab world.


Dr Mel Fung, Founder and Ministry Planter, Jesus Club

Jesus Club is a ministry that aims to make Christ known to adults with intellectual disabilities by teaching the good news about Jesus and genuine friendship.



Mel Hanger, Founder, Hope Junction

Hope Junction hosts creative events and collaborative processes to transform the lives of young people.


The founding cohort 2015

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Helen Kim, Executive Director of Ministry, Hope for Sydney

Hope for Sydney mobilises gospel-influenced hearts for neighbours in need.

Helen is part of Church Hill Anglican, Sydney.

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Jessica Smith, Operations Director, Common Grace

Common Grace is a new online movement of people passionate about Jesus and justice seeking to overflow in generous words and action in the world.

Jessica is the Executive Pastor at St George's Anglican Church Paddington.

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Jen Barker, Founder, Fixing Her Eyes

Fixing Her Eyes is a site for Australian women who want to learn more about Jesus.

Jen is part of St Paul's Anglican Church, Castle Hill.

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Dr Mel Fung, Founder and Ministry Planter, Jesus Club

Jesus Club is a ministry that aims to make Christ known to adults with intellectual disabilities by teaching the good news about Jesus and genuine friendship.

Mel is part of Naremburn Asian Australian Church (Naremburn-Cammeray Anglican Church).