Centre for Preaching and Pastoral Ministry

Why a Centre for Preaching and Pastoral Ministry?

SMBC has a long tradition of commitment to the priority of biblical preaching, as God’s word is the means by which God's kingdom comes, churches are planted, souls are saved, and lives are transformed. For many years, SMBC has trained and developed its students to be preachers who handle God's word skilfully in order to preach Christ faithfully and connect it engagingly to people and the world they live in.

As preaching mostly occurs in a pastoral context, our goal is to prepare and develop preachers who regularly feed God's word to God's people in the local church—whether in the Australian context or overseas in cross-cultural ministry. We do that by teaching and modelling expository, Christ-centred preaching. Preaching and pastoring are inextricably linked to one another. Pastoral ministry is grounded in the preaching of God's word that proclaims Jesus is Lord, and preaching is necessarily informed by pastoring God's people to love and follow Jesus. Our goal in preparing students to be preachers of the word is that they understand the primary context in which preaching takes place week by week, and how preaching is connected to a life of prayer, personal godliness and pastoral ministry in a church community. Preaching is not an end in itself.  Its purpose is to prepare God's people for works of service so that the church may be built up to be united in Christ and to grow up into Christ (Eph 4.11-15).

What does it do?

SMBC gives priority to preaching. We require all full-time students to study 'Introduction to Preaching' and to undertake 'Expounding Scripture' classes. In these classes, lecturers run small group workshops at which students preach and receive feedback from their peers and the lecturer. Students also preach at College chapel services, where they are critiqued by a lecturer and two peers.

SMBC is committed to the ongoing training and development of occasional and regular preachers through:

  • Its popular Biennial Preaching Conference, which models expository preaching through books of the Bible by a range of experienced local and international speakers (next one on 6-9 May 2019). Integrated with the conference, a postgraduate preaching unit is usually offered in intensive mode;
  • Occasional one-day and two-day workshops focussing on preaching from particular books of the Bible and specific aspects of preaching; (next one on 13-15 March 2018)
  • Regional and country preaching workshops;
  • Ongoing post-college training for graduates.

Who is on the team?

Rev. Mark Adams leads an experienced and diverse team. Mark is Pastoral Vice-Principal and lectures in theology, spiritual formation, pastoral care and preaching. Prior to joining SMBC in 2013, Mark was senior minister at New Life Presbyterian Church, Gungahlin in Canberra for twelve years.  He previously practised as a lawyer in Sydney for ten years until 1998.

Rev Dr Malcolm Gill has taught preaching at SMBC since 2009. He also lectures in Greek and New Testament, having earned a Ph.D in New Testament. Malcolm regularly speaks at churches and Christian conventions. Prior to joining SMBC, Malcolm served as the evening minister at St Barnabas Anglican Church in Broadway, Sydney.

Jenny Salt is Dean of Students and lectures in spiritual formation, pastoral care and preaching. She has taught at SMBC since 1997. Jenny speaks regularly at women’s conferences and events both internationally (Gospel Coalition in US; South Africa) and throughout Australia (Katoomba, Brisbane, Perth, Melbourne, Tasmania), and has recently contributed to the ESV Women’s Devotional Bible (2014).

Pierre Thielemans is Dean of Single Residential Men and lectures in Greek, spiritual formation and preaching. He serves as an elder at Ashfield Presbyterian Church, where he also preaches. Pierre is an experienced TESOL teacher, who has preached in numerous cross-cultural contexts both locally and overseas.

Janet Riley is Dean of Women and lectures in Greek, pastoral care and preaching. Prior to joining SMBC, Janet worked as women’s and children’s pastor at Randwick Presbyterian Church. Janet speaks regularly at women’s events and conferences.

Want more info?

For further information regarding SMBC’s Centre for Preaching and Pastoral Ministry please contact Mark Adams on +61 2 9747 4780 or email

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