They’re a great bunch…
A group of people who love God, love people and want to further the gospel through teaching it to the Christian leaders of tomorrow. They’re a great bunch, we’re sure you’ll love them!
Ben Pfahlert – MTS National Director
Ben at his heart would love people to know and follow Jesus. Married to Emma with four children, he relocated with his family from Melbourne to take the role – such is his passion for the MTS vision to raise up future gospel workers. One of seven children, Ben became a Christian aged 19 whilst studying engineering and has desired that his fellow Australians meet King Jesus ever since.
Ben believes MTS has a key role to play in evangelising Australia by partnering with churches to recruit and train people for ministry through the MTS strategy/movement. Ben got a ‘taste’ of ministry by doing an MTS apprenticeship over two years in 1992 before working as a Civil Engineer for three years. He studied theology at Moore Theological College in NSW (graduated 2000) before working in university ministry with AFES at RMIT University in Melbourne. While sharing the gospel with students and training 16 apprentices, Ben also took on coordination of the Victorian arm of MTS and pastored the evening congregation of Scots Church Melbourne. His own personal history with MTS and its proven track record makes leading the organisation a wonderful privilege for the MTS Director.
When Ben’s not racing for the train and praying for his street, his neighbourhood and the nation – he enjoys time with his family, SAS novels and physical training…
Eric Thurston – Director of Training
Rev Eric Thurston has 12 years’ experience as Director of Training for The Artizo Institute (MTS equivalent in Canada). Eric is committed to identifying, encouraging and training godly men and women as Gospel workers. Eric became a Christian at St Matthias, Centennial Park. He did a ministry apprenticeship at UNSW under Phillip Jensen and Col Marshall. Eric studied at Moore Theological College in NSW, and worked at Glenmore Park Anglican before moving to Canada.
Eric is married with three children. He enjoys cycling, bush walking, time with his family, and American sports (football and basketball).
Brett Douglas – Director of Operations & Pastoral Development
Brett joined MTS in May 2018 and was blessed to come to know the Lord Jesus through a Christian family home, and became a Christian as a teenager in Wollongong.
After serving in the Royal Australian Navy for 11 years, Brett subsequently worked in a variety of logistics, service, and business improvement roles. He first came into contact with MTS when he moved to Sydney in early 1990’s, and since then has shared the MTS vision to raise up future gospel workers.
Brett is excited to see how God will use his professional skills to help multiply gospel workers through MTS apprenticeships.
Brett is married to Cathrein with three children, and outside work he loves spending time with his family, teaching SRE, cycling with friends, and enjoying a good coffee.
Glenda Lewis – Executive Assistant to the National Director
Glenda joined MTS in July 2014 as Executive Assistant to Ben Pfahlert – MTS Director. She has had many years’ experience in administration and loves her role. She is so happy being involved in ministry and meeting those of like mind.
Glenda grew up in a strong Christian family and attends Connect Church Engadine (previously Engadine Church of Christ) where she is involved in the Creative Arts Team and loves supporting families with young children – being an ‘aunt’ to many. She is also the Support Coordinator for the Sutherland Shire Breast Cancer Support Group where she is able to give advice, encouragement and understanding to ladies going through that hard journey.
Glenda loves going for walks along the coastline at Cronulla, spending time with her dogs (Monty & Mackenzie) and cheering on the ‘Red and White Swannies’.
Murray Wale – Registrar
Murray commenced working for MTS at the end of 2011 as the registrar. He provides support to apprentices, trainers and churches in a variety of ways, including pastoral care, helping churches to begin training apprentices, guiding people through Pathways and the MTS curriculum, as well as providing advice on compliance.
When he is not at work, Murray enjoys spending time with his family, sci-fi, wi-fi and cryptic crosswords (which he never manages to finish!).
Rebecca Hilton – Support Coordinator
Rebecca started at MTS in March 2016 as the Support Coordinator for MTS and its sister organisation, GPS. Rebecca is responsible for administering the support raising plan, organising GPS events and managing and developing relationships with Patrons. In addition, Rebecca enjoys collecting articles and stories from the network for publication in MTS PartnerNews.
Rebecca grew up in a Christian home, attending the Salvation Army at Hurstville. She worked as a Personal Assistant for many years in a number of industries including media, not-for-profit, and IT. Once Rebecca became a mum, her focus shifted to raising two boys and volunteering for a number of church based community activities. Rebecca teaches SRE in primary school, a ministry she is very passionate about.
Melody Hoey – Events Coordinator
Melody joined MTS in July 2018 as the Events Coordinator. Her role involves organising MTS’ various events and making sure people know that these events are on!
Melody was born and bred in Melbourne, Australia. She worked in various administrative roles for a number of years, and recently moved from Melbourne to Sydney with her husband for theological college. She is excited to now use her administrative skills and love for God to encourage others to consider how they might live for Christ.
Outside of work, she spends her time baking, discovering good eats, and riding bikes (when convinced to by her husband).