Category Archives: Eastern Life

Principal Cheryl McCallum Resigns

Sweet Sorrow

“Parting is such sweet sorrow” wrote Shakespeare and he obviously understood some of the conflicting emotions we feel when a season of our life is coming to an end and a parting is taking place from what we hold dear. Tabor/Eastern has been part of my life for so long it is hard for me to comprehend that in a few months I will no longer be part of the learning community that has meant so much to me.

I will miss the students, the staff, the camaraderie, the challenges, the triumphs, the joy, the laughter, the discovery of learning, the classroom and the teaching. I will sorrow to not be there when the new students arrive, to greet the continuing students and to celebrate at graduation with those who have completed their awards. To be honest, the only thing I will not miss is the marking. 😉

As someone who always likes to know what lies ahead and to plan accordingly, I am always disconcerted when God does not act in harmony with my need for control. So, it is unsettling to not know where I will be in 2018 and what I will be doing. I think God delights in always bringing me back to a position of faith and vulnerability to remind me that He is the one who holds my future in His hands.

My prayer will always be for the growth and flourishing of Eastern College. I am satisfied with the contribution I have made to the college and I believe its best years are still to come.
I leave knowing this is the right timing but nonetheless it will be a parting of “sweet sorrow”.

Dr Cheryl McCallum
Principal of Eastern College Australia

Art Wouters Farewell

After over a decade teaching in the counselling field at Eastern (and Tabor Vic) our beloved ex-South African colleague Dr Art Wouters has taken on another position in postgraduate counselling at nearby Stirling College. At Eastern we are always pleased to see our faculty move onto the next phase of their development and specialisation. While we are sad to see a colleague move on we are blessed that Art is on the same campus this year and will still be involved in future adjunct teaching from time to time for Eastern. You will know the Dr is in the house when you see his Harley motor bike sitting at front!

Eastern will continue to deliver quality Counselling studies both at undergraduate and now at postgraduate level with our new Masters in Community Counselling directed by Dr Julie Morsillo. We are also currently looking for a replacement lecturer for our undergraduate teaching position.

We thank Art for his significant contribution to developing Eastern’s counselling specialisations and we wish Art well and God’s blessings in his new endeavour. We look forward to hearing about his progress in the future.

Rev Dr Angelo Cettolin
Dean of Faculty and Senior Lecturer in Theology & Ministry

Student Life: Malathy Fuller

“First of all, I have to mention the kind of person I am today compared to 2 years ago, when I landed in Australia. I was apprehensive about how I would be accepted into a society where my looks, culture and general attitude differs massively.

It is with a lot of trepidation that I joined Eastern College, just a couple of months of migrating to Australia from Singapore. The approachable, warm, understanding and helpful lecturers stood up as a role model for my fellow students to replicate the same behavior. It was always an atmosphere of congeniality and intellectualism combined with humour and caring.

Though I come from a different religion, I was educated about Christianity, world views and spirituality without being forced to practice, which was a pleasant and welcoming surprise for me. Studying in Eastern has opened a wide window of knowledge, confidence and a realistic plan about my future.

I am glad and thankful to God for having made me choose Eastern College, amongst the dozen universities that I enquired prior admission. Because, with bigger universities, the individual attention, help and flexibility to students would have been absent.”

Malathy Fuller
Graduate Diploma in Education (Primary)

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Field Trip to Headspace!

A couple of weeks ago Aaron’s Youth Work class visited Headspace in Narre Warren. They spoke with Anne and Mark about their experience working with young people facing mental health issues.


Headspace is an innovative youth mental health service that brings partner organisations together from across communities to work with young people and their families who are experiencing early onset and continuing mental health concerns.

Student Life: Kylie Inglis

“Initially I chose to study at Eastern because of its reputation to produce students who not only studied the word but actually lived it. I continued to study at Eastern because I valued their particular method of teaching, one which primarily equipped students to think and discern by presenting the spectrum of theology within the Body, rather than prescribing a particular denominational stream. This method of teaching disciplined a return to Scripture through the guidance of the Holy Spirit as I wrestled with theological ideas. Furthermore, I am thankful that Eastern has equipped me to discern theology through humility and the fruit of the Spirit.  

Highlights of my time at Eastern were often found in classes that sought to practically engage spiritual gifts. This application meant that theology was never just a dry form of study, but always rightly partnered with an experimental life – without dichotomy.

I personally loved the college life at Eastern. It is a community that values intimacy, discussion and practicality. Both students and lecturers were friendly and easy to get to know. Lecturers always took the time to assist me in my studies. I leave knowing them not just as great teachers, but also friends.

I have just accepted a role with Youth for Christ as the Discipleship Coordinator and Regional Team Leader for the Northern Suburbs. I am also currently completing my Masters in Practical Theology and hope to go on to do a Doctorate. My future plans include starting a Discipleship Training School, where I plan to teach theology and empower and equip the saints and leaders, to make disciples and live out the Great Commission in Spirit-led power, integrity and humility. ”

– Kylie Inglis

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Eastern Class of 2016

On the 17 March 2017, we celebrated the Eastern College Australia Class of 2016 Graduation Day!

89 graduates (73 Higher Education, 16 VET) were honoured.

It was a great afternoon and evening reflecting on the past and looking forward to the future. The ceremony was enjoyed by family and friends with talks from Principal Cheryl McCallum, alumni Dr Kirk Franklin and graduating student Chris MacCleod.

Dr. Kirk Franklin, Executive Director of the Wycliffe Global Alliance, and a graduate of the college, was the guest speaker and spoke on Creating Third Spaces in a Post-Truth World.

Four Master of Transformational Development graduates were recognized at celebration held in Kuala Lumpur two weeks after the Ceremony.

Congratulations, Class of 2016!

Get to know Tom Edwards: Director of Research

Tell us a little about yourself…
– I am married to Laura, one cat.
– Director of Research at Eastern and work at Crossway Lifecare as a counsellor.
– BSc(Hons), MCounselling, PhD, Grad Cert Higher Ed.  Honours in developmental genetics (i.e. embryology of the central nervous system) and PhD in Behavioural Neuroscience looking at the biochemistry of memory.
– Director of Research at Eastern College Australia.

What’s your church background and involvement?
Anglican.  I have served terms on Parish Council.

What are your hobbies?
Fencing, exercising generally, bushwalking, landscape photography, woodwork, reading.

What are you passionate about in today’s Christian context?
Seeing people develop a personal relationship with God.

What is your hope for Eastern College Students?
To grow into whom God would have them be.

Tom Edwards is the Director of Research at Eastern College Australia and a great asset to the lecturers and educational life of the college. 

Get to know Sarah Michael: Lecturer in Education

Tell us a little about yourself…
I’m married to a wonderful man and have two lovely children. After graduating with a Bachelor of Education from university in England I taught in England, India and Bangladesh before moving to Australia. I continued primary teaching alongside other roles until my first child was born. I studied for my Master in Educational Leadership and began as an adjunct lecturer with Tabor (now Eastern) while home with our two young children, and then began my current role as Professional Experience Coordinator with some lecturing in Education.

What’s your church background and involvement?
I have grown up with the church being prominent in my life and have attended a range of churches due to numerous moves. The one constant has been finding a Christian ‘home and family’ in which to participate, and have enjoyed being involved in worship groups, children’s, youth and adult group leadership. I have attended Bridge Church for as long as I have been in Australia.

What are your hobbies?
I enjoy being outdoors enjoying the country, driving, walking and camping with family and friends. I love cooking and creating opportunities for people to spend time together, preferably with something yummy to indulge in (chocolate brownie anyone?).

What are you passionate about in today’s Christian context?
That Christians have and take the opportunity to add their voice and bring a Christian perspective across all aspects of society, from the Federal level to the local community level, in order to bring God’s kingdom values into people’s daily experience. I am specifically passionate about this in relation to the schooling experiences that children and young people receive.

What is your hope for Eastern College Students?
That they will find their place to contribute to their community, taking with them a knowledge and love of God, a love of people and a love of learning.

Sarah is a Lecturer and the Professional Experience Coordinator in Education
Discover her courses here: 

Bachelor of Education (Primary)
Bachelor of Education (Secondary)