Michael Raiter is a gifted, internationally recognised speaker of the Christian faith. Born in Liverpool, England and raised in New South Wales, Australia, Mike began his career as a high school teacher in Sydney and Pakistan. He studied at Moore Theological College in Sydney, becoming the head of the Department of Missions in 1997. On concluding his study at Moore, he returned to Pakistan to teach at the Zarephath Bible Institute. Subsequently, he worked with Church Missionary Society Australia and Interserve in Pakistan. From 2006–2011, Mike served as the principal of the Melbourne School of Theology, an evangelical theological college.
Mike is currently the Director of the Centre for Biblical Preaching, an organisation that seeks to train and equip churches around the globe in expository preaching. Mike is also the author of a number of books, including Stirrings of the Soul: Evangelicals and the New Spirituality which won the 2004 Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge Australian Christian Book of the Year Award.
John Sugars has a degree in Science and worked previously in medical research for a number of years before attending Moore Theological College in Sydney. From 1987–98 John ministered with the Australian Fellowship of Evangelical Students (AFES) as the Senior Staff worker at Monash University and supervised other regional campuses in Melbourne. In 1995 he was appointed AFES Director for Victoria. In 1998 John was appointed as a Senior Associate Minister at St Jude’s Anglican Church, Carlton, where amongst other things he established eQuip, a trainee program for those interested in full–time ministry. In 2006 John became Vicar of St James’ Old Cathedral West Melbourne when St James’ entered into a Parish Partnership with St Jude’s Carlton. As part of St James’, he initiated the establishment of the City on a Hill Church.
John still works with St Jude’s Carlton where he is currently the Assistant Vicar responsible for various areas of ministry such as training, global mission and prayer.
CMS - Australia
Originally a medical doctor, David Williams worked in the health service in the UK for three years before training for ordination and working in the Church of England. He then studied at All Nations Christian College prior to serving in Kenya for nine years with Crosslinks, a mission organisation based in the UK. David was Principal of Carlile College, an Anglican mission training college in Nairobi.
David has been heading up training and development for CMS–Australia at St Andrew’s Hall in Melbourne since November 2007.