My husband Jack and I hail from Adelaide (the land of milk and honey). Having benefited greatly from our time as part of the ‘Evangelical Students’ (AFES) group at Adelaide University, we were both keen to pursue further training to be better equipped to serve God’s people in our city.
While Jack completed MTS training at our local church, I worked, staffing for a federal senator. While I loved my job, working in the political sphere gave me a greater appreciation of the desperate need our community has to hear the saving news of Jesus, the one who can truly be trusted for he always fulfils his promises.
Having decided to study at a theological college, we considered a number of options around the country. Moore College emerged as the best decision for us for a number of reasons including the world-class faculty and facilities, the large student body, the calibre of graduates and the presence of additional centres of learning, in particular the Priscilla and Aquila Centre. Ultimately however, we chose Moore because of its reputation for upholding the authority of Scripture, an attribute we deeply appreciated.
It’s been a delight to study alongside men and women from many and varied backgrounds, encouraging and learning from one another as together we sit under God’s word.
We’ve loved our time so far at Moore College. A particular joy has been the community we’ve been welcomed into both in our residential satellite community, MooreWest, and in our college cohort. It’s been a delight to study alongside men and women from many and varied backgrounds, encouraging and learning from one another as together we sit under God’s word.
The faculty have been another source of encouragement for us— while we expected their academic brilliance, we’ve been encouraged perhaps even more so, by each lecturer’s genuine pastoral heart. From meeting in lecturer’s homes as part of weekly chaplaincy (pastoral support) groups, to chatting further over coffee, to watching [Moore College faculty member] Dr Peter Orr join in with after-lunch cricket, there has been a real sense of fellowship and care that we’ve really enjoyed.
We are passionate about small and under-resourced ministries, and have a particular heart for Adelaide, so it remains our hope to return there after we complete our studies at the end of 2018. We are excited to learn more about God’s plans for us and are keen to be used by Him to encourage His people, and to bring many more to know Him!
Kate Hamer is in her fourth and final year of a Bachelor of Divinity at Moore College.