Power to Change’s speaker team is made up of Australians just like you. They are husbands, wives, mums and dads from all walks of life and varying work professions but united by a common passion; to encourage and equip you to build a strong, purpose-filled marriage; ultimately helping you find a ‘love that lasts’.

 

Each ‘A Day Together’ conference is typically presented by a combination of speaker couples with the husband and wife speaking together; an attractive dynamic to observe. Their presentations are biblically and professionally sound coupled with a great sense of humour. However, they are also imperfect just like you and they will illustrate their imperfections on the day. They look forward to meeting you soon……

 

A Day Together Speakers

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Kirk and Karen Barrett were married in 1990 and live with their 3 school age children in the Illawarra region of NSW. They have been active in the family ministry at their church doing pre-marriage mentoring and leading HomeBuilders studies. Kirk has a Masters Degree in IT and has worked for ANSTO, the University of Wollongong and currently with CSC Australia (formerly BHP IT). Karen has worked at the University of Technology, Sydney and the University of Wollongong and raising 3 busy children. Kirk has a serious love of cycling and Karen is into crafts.

boer 150x150 Andy and Caz Boer were married in 2001 and are raising a girl and two boys in the Eastern suburbs of Melbourne.  Andy & Caz first met and bonded playing cards in a young adults group. (There are rumours that they cheated at cards … a lot!)  Caz likes to divide her time between looking after the family, obsessing over her veggie patch, cooking for a crowd and dreaming about the next creative project.  When he's not holidaying or riding around on the mower, Andy is a partner at a law firm in Melbourne.  Andy loves going on camping trips and has a real passion for bacon – He has even enjoyed a savoury bacon cake to celebrate his 40th birthday.  Together Andy & Caz love helping young couples build solid foundations that will help them develop good relationship habits for the future.
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Rex and Suan Lee Campbell were married in 1981 and have 2 adult children. They live on the Mornington Peninsula in Victoria and are the founders of FamilyLife here in Australia. Rex and Suan Lee met at university in Perth, WA where they also gained a Bachelors Degree in Environmental Science and later on in Sydney they gained Diplomas in Bible Studies from Moore College. Rex has a PhD in Environmental Science and has worked with business, government and non-profit organisations. Suan Lee has a Bachelors degree in Environmental Science and post-graduate qualifications in Adult Education and is a skilled writer. Rex oversees the broader direction of other ministries within Campus Crusade for Christ and Suan Lee oversees women's ministry initiatives. Rex loves surfing and Suan Lee reads and sips mochas in her free time.

Freyer 150x150 Tim and Liz Freyer were married in 2007 and are raising 2 boys and a little girl in Melbourne. Tim has bachelor degrees in theoretical mathematics and statistics as well as having done post-graduate work in statistics, theology and counselling. Liz grew up in Zimbabwe and earned a bachelors of education and a masters of theology from Morling College. She taught for 13 years in the Middle East where she met Tim. Together they continued working in the Middle East amongst those living in poverty. Currently, Liz is at home with the kids and is involved in children's ministry. Tim serves as the National Strategy Director for Families with Power to Change. Together, Tim and Liz love watching as many sunsets as possible with a chai latte in hand.
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John and Heather Gale were married in 1987 and live in Bundanoon, NSW. They have 3 adult children who live in Melbourne VIC. John is currently the Manager of a hospital in Goulburn NSW. Heather is working part time as a General Practice Nurse/Lactation Consultant in Bowral NSW, and as a Sessional Academic (School of Nursing) at the University of Wollongong, NSW. Both have led Home Builders groups with couples and have been a part of this Marriage Ministry since 2002. Heather enjoys gardening and being with her family, power walking, and is working towards higher degree research studies. John likes to garden, play cricket, go to the football (all codes), be with his family and read. Heather and John’s favourite date consists of good coffee, conversation and a blank paper table cloth and crayons (it generally is covered with ideas by the time they leave).

Harvey 150x150 David and Sue Harvey were married in 1989 and have 3 adult children. They live at the foot of the Dandenong’s in Victoria. David and Sue met at church bush dances where they would regularly partner with each other. David has a Bachelor’s degree of business in Accounting and a diploma in Accounting. David was chief financial officer for the Australia, New Zealand and Singapore divisions for a NAZDAQ listed company for 14 years. He now serves as the chief financial officer for Power to Change and is enjoying the opportunity of using his skills to serve others. Sue Works as a Business Development Manager for a Multinational Medical Company where she deals with the heads of many of the larger hospitals in Victoria. Sue has a real love for people which she demonstrates in every facet of her life.
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Graham and Gai Irvine were married in 1979 and with 1 adult and 2 teenage children are living in Perth, WA. Graham has a Master of Education and was the Principal of Regent College from 1993 to 2006. Gai has a Diploma of Teaching from Avondale College and has been a teacher for 25 years. Graham and Gai both left their positions in education to do family ministry and are currently the Family Pastors at Riverview Church, one of the largest churches in Perth. Graham enjoys surfing and Gai spends time reading books on the beach and photographing her husband’s stylish technique on the waves.

Menhennitt 150x150 Peter and Lynn Menhennitt were married in 1968 and have 3 married children and 9 grandchildren. They live in Montrose, Victoria and have been active in marriage ministry for over 30 years, both in their local church and with Power to Change (formerly FamilyLife Australia.) Peter attended the Australian Institute of Management and has worked as a program manager, a private contractor and trained as a trainer at Boeing Aerospace Product Support in the USA. Lynn has worked in recent years in the Aged Care industry as a Physio Aide and Lifestyle Therapist and both of them dedicated 12 years as full time missionaries with Power to Change.   Both have been trained in Small Group Facilitation at Careforce Church and been involved in marriage preparation and education. Peter’s hobbies are grandchildren, gourmet cooking, reading and travel. Lynn’s hobbies are grandchildren, eating Peter’s gourmet cooking, gardening and playing piano (and also travelling with Peter). They are passionate about helping couples develop great marriages after almost failing in their own after 13 years of marriage.
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Tom and Jacqueline Quinlivan were married in 2003 and live in Perth, WA and have 5 children from their prior marriages, plus one granddaughter. Tom's background is in teaching and ministry as a Senior Pastor. Tom has a Graduate Diploma of Counselling and is currently a teacher for the Swan Christian Education Association. Jacqueline has been a teacher at Regent College since 1988. Both have been involved in pre-marital counselling within their church. Tom is currently studying his Masters in Educational Leadership. They also enjoy going to the gym together and playing golf.

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Leigh and Merrilyn Roberts were married in 1983 and reside in the Illawarra region of NSW. They have 3 amazing adult children, all married, and 2 adorable grandchildren. Leigh has a Bachelor of Theology and Diploma in Ministry and is currently Senior Pastor at Bulli Anglican Church. Merrilyn is a trained primary school teacher and is studying a Diploma in Ministry and works with Leigh in the pastoral work. They both enjoy the seaside lifestyle in Bulli, coffee dates and playing with the grandkids.

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Warren and Janet Thyer were married in 1983 and have 4 adult sons - 3 married and 1 single, living with them in the hills of Darlington WA. Warren was a Flying doctor for several years based in remote Derby in the Kimberleys of WA. In 1993 the family relocated back to Darlington where Warren commenced private general practise, as an associate owner, with a medical group in Kalamunda and Forrestfield. In 2004 Warren achieved the Australian Doctor of the Year from the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners. Janet manages the home and had been involved in voluntary work with their church youth group and children's ministry, though now in later years has worked in the pastoral care team at Mundaring Church of Christ. Her gifts include hospitality and discipleship with young women and mothers in their church. Warren and Janet were together pioneers in bringing Power to Change marriage conferences to WA in 1997, and have been involved in promoting and running Homebuilders and the 'Together' studies in the hills area. They have been speaking at, promoting and helping run 'A Day Together' conferences since 2008.

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