Introduction to The Red Sea Board

Please pray for the following people serving on the founding board of The Red Sea Counselling and Member Care Centre. 

Grant Dixon

Grant has served with MAF for 39 years. He spent the first 17 years of his MAF career in Papua New Guinea (PNG) as an engineer, then he was responsible for Engineering Quality Assurance, followed by a role in Recruitment. He worked along with his wife, Sharon, in Pastoral Care, which he describes as ensuring the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well-being of MAF employees in the PNG, Timor-Leste and Arnhem Land programs. Having officially retired in 2020, he now works part time assisting the engineering team at Mareeba. 

Rev Karen Newnham (Chair)

Karen is a qualified spiritual director, ordained pastor with the Baptist church, accredited Cerny Smith facilitator, accredited Myers Briggs facilitator, trained at Le Ruecher in Critical Incident debriefing and a trained pastoral ministry supervisor with the Baptist Union. Karen served with Global Interaction (10 years) in Bangladesh, Malawi, China and Kazakhstan, was the Personnel Director with Global Interaction (11 years) and Interim Personnel Director Interserve (1 year). Currently she works as Multicultural Pastor (Camberwell Baptist church), as a Member Care worker for Missions Interlink, Chaplain for Interserve staff in Australia, Member Care worker for Interserve, and South Pacific Member Care Network Coordinator.

Dr David Nicholls

David is the Associate Area Director for the Pacific, SIL International, with responsibilities that include language strategy, organisational planning and project management. David has previously served with SIL in PNG in aviation, and then in Bible translation and language development programs in New Caledonia (Yuanga language community) and Vanuatu (South Efate). David also served as Director of SIL Vanuatu, Associate Director for Wycliffe Australia, and Principal Executive Officer of SIL Australia, before joining the SIL Pacific Area team. He currently chairs the boards of SIL Australia and SIL Pacific and is a director of Wycliffe Relief and Development Foundation. He has a PhD in organisational leadership, with research interests in leadership in multicultural contexts, language program strategies, and postcolonialism and mission.

Dr Kate Pocklington

Kate oversees the multi-cultural leadership development and formation initiatives within the Oceania Region of a faith-based not-for-profit organisation. She brings with her a background in community development within the urban slums of India, training and development experience within the mobilisation hub of the same organisation, and a passion to see people authentically live out their faith for the sake of others. She holds a doctorate in Intercultural Studies, with a focus on cross-cultural formational matters.

Dr Katherine Thompson

Katherine has a BA, BAppSci(Hons), BTh, BSW, PhD, is a Clinical Researcher, an Accredited Mental Health Social Worker, and Member of the Australian College of Social Workers. She is an Honorary Associate Fellow of Melbourne School of Theology. Her current research interests include youth mental health, personality disorders, psychosis, and the well-being of people who work in mission. She has her own private practice with a focus on young people aged 12-25 years, and ministry and mission staff. In 2019, her book Christ Centred Mindfulness: Connection to Self and God won the Martin Institute for Christianity and Culture and the Dallas Willard Research Center book award.

Carol Langsford (Board Secretary)

My husband, Doug, I were married 45 years ago. We have raised three sons and been blessed with three grandsons. Doug and I were both raised in Christian homes, which shaped our lives together. Whilst we are both retired now, we love to do volunteer work when we can. I am currently the co-ordinator for a mentoring program in Beaconsfield Primary through an organisation called Crosslinks. I have held this role for five years. Previously to retiring, I worked in the publishing industry for 16 years and then at Global Interaction for nine years. We both have a strong interest in mission work, which began when we visited Doug’s sister and her husband in Arnhem Land for two months in 1974. They began the translation of the Bible into Kriol. My time in Global Interaction cemented our passion for mission and we have many friends on mission field. We have visited Cambodia, Vietnam and Thailand on short term visits to support teams in both administration and I.T.  My interests include craft, walking and travel.