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About Us 

Sparrows College is an interdenominational ministry training college, primarily serving the evangelical, charismatic, and pentecostal Christian traditions, for the purpose of equipping ready-to-serve national and international ministry practitioners.

We seek not simply to inform people but to see lives transformed through a commitment to academic excellence, Christ-centred thinking, spiritual reflection, kingdom mission, and the outworking of God’s grace in people’s lives. Our faculty teach, model, and embody the knowledge, skills, beliefs, and values essential for fruitful lives and meaningful vocations.·

We cultivate a supportive learning and ministry community through face-2-face delivery, communal events and activities, and personalised academic support and mentoring. Through God’s provision, we remove economic barriers to people pursuing God’s call on their lives by providing fully funded academic study options.

Registration & Accreditation

Sparrows College is a member institution of the Sydney College Divinity (SCD), a nationally registered University College with self-accreditation status. The national regulator of higher education in Australia is the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA).

TEQSA registers higher education providers and monitors quality and standards, to ensure that students receive a quality education. TEQSA evaluates the performance of higher education providers against the Higher Education Standards Framework (Threshold Standards) 2021. SCD’s registration as an Australian University College with self-accreditation status appears on TEQSA’s National Register of Higher Education.

Academic Board

The Academic Board (AB) governs the College’s academic life, advocating for and guiding the pursuit of academic excellence and ensuring the maintenance of high standards in quality assurance and compliance that align with all stipulations of the accrediting body, Sydney College of Divinity (SCD) and ultimately the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA).


Warren Ison (MMin), Administrator @ Sparrows College

Chris Johnstone (PhD), Principal @ Sparrows College

Mathilda Joubert (PhD cand.) Director of Excellence and Innovation @ Sheridan Institute of Higher Education

Nigel Pegram (DMin), Senior Lecturer in Practical Theology @ Alphacrucis University College

Mick Stringer (PhD), Senior Pastor @ Thornlie Church of Christ

Academic Staff & Faculty 

Our faculty teach, model, and embody the knowledge, skills, beliefs, and values essential for fruitful lives and meaningful vocations.

Chris Johnstone (PhD), Principal & Academic Dean; Lecturer: biblical studies

Warren Ison (MMin), Administrator; Lecturer: pastoral ministry and cultural studies

Terri Burton (PhD), Student Academic Support; Lecturer: chaplaincy, pastoral counselling studies, research methodology and supervision

Sandra Basham (PhD), Supervised Ministry Coordinator; Lecturer: pastoral counselling studies and practice)

Jenny Cox (PhD), Librarian; Lecturer: theological studies, research methodology and supervision

Mick Stringer (PhD), Adjunct Lecturer: theological studies

Peter Elliott (PhD), Adjunct Lecturer: church history

John Finkelde (MA Lead) Mentor: pastoral practice

June Stankowski (MCoun), Student Personal Support, Lecturer: pastoral counselling studies

Administration and Support Staff

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Dana Dicey:
Hospitality, Events & Communications

Laini Dicey: Hospitality Services

Ali Parmenter: Administration & Library Services