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Officer Formation Team

Developing the character and capacity of cadets to become empowering spiritual leaders

 

Captain Brenda Young  

Major Brenda Young

Leader of Officer Formation

After a number of years in secondary teaching, Brenda became an officer of The Salvation Army where she has served for over fourteen years. The first seven of those years were in pastoral leadership but since then Brenda has worked in Officer Formation – something she loves and is very passionate about. After five years coordinating the Personal and Spiritual Formation Program for cadets, Captain Young recently took on the leadership of the Officer Formation Team. Brenda loves to see people discovering more about themselves, what they believe and how they live as disciples of Jesus and is excited to be working with a team who feel the same way. Captain Brenda Young has undergraduate degrees in education and theology and postgraduate degrees in systematic theology and supervision. She is married with two fabulous adult children.

Captain Cathy Elkington  

Major Cathy Elkington

Personal and Spiritual Formation Co-ordinator

Cathy has a heart for drawing alongside people to encourage them to grow in their connection with God, their understanding of themselves and subsequently live out their personal mission in the world.  Captain Elkington has been in ministry as a Salvation Army Officer since 1998. Twenty of those years was as a Corps Officer, and three years in a part-time Territorial Spiritual Life Development role. Before she joined the Officer Formation Team in 2018. Cathy was trained as a Spiritual Director and has a Graduate Diploma in Spirituality. Cathy’s aim is to finish her Masters in 2020.

Elle Hofsteter  

Elle Hofsteter

Administrative Assistant, Officer Formation Stream

Elle has a background in administration with specialisation in events and project coordination. Her experience is in various industries, including IT software and non-profits. Adept at dealing with multiple projects and priorities, while maintaining a passionate commitment to providing high-level support to the team, Elle values all that the Salvation Army encompasses in bringing hope and transforming lives.

Captain Sandy MacDonald  

Major Sandy MacDonald

First Five Years of Officership & Aux-Lt Development Co-ordinator

Sandy has been a Salvation Army Officer for over 18 years serving in Queensland, NSW, the ACT and now Victoria. Major MacDonald’s previous appointments have been a mix of corps and youth and children and prior to this she worked in research, analysis and policy in various government departments. Sandy has qualifications and experience in economics and statistics, topped off with theology and ministry qualifications and experiences and is still learning! In her current role as First Five Years and Auxiliary Lieutenant Development Coordinator, Sandy enjoys coming alongside The Salvation Army Australia’s newest commissioned and non-commissioned officers to support them in their ongoing development. Also as an Individualised Training Officer she has an ongoing involvement with cadets. Sandy is passionate about seeing people connect what they learn in the classroom with practical ministry experience.

Captain Emma Moore  

Major Emma Moore

Mission and Ministry Formation Coordinator

Emma has been a Salvation Army Officer for over 14 years and has experience as a Corps Officer and Church planter in several Corps in Australia. Between 2016-2018, she was appointed to the college in Sydney where she was a Mission Leader and an Individualized Training Officer before commencing at an inner-city Corps in London, UK. Captain Emma Moore holds a Bachelor of Theology and a Certificate IV in Christian Leadership Coaching and is currently completing a Master of Theology, exploring how the motif of anxiety shaped early Salvation Army theology. Emma counts it is a privilege to be in an appointment that enables her to develop and empower leaders for future ministry.

Major Michelle Oliver  

Major Michelle Oliver

First Five Years of Officership & Aux-Lt Development Officer

Michelle identifies as a citizen of the world.  She married her South African husband in Canada and has served as a Salvation Army officer in Canada and the United States as well as Australia.  She has friends from many nations and is passionate about cultural diversity within The Salvation Army.   Michelle has served in a variety of corps appointments as well as youth work, officer recruitment and officer training.  She has a Masters in Christian leadership and is currently studying toward an MBA.

Val Parker  

Val Parker

Administration Assistant – Officer Recruitment

I have worked as a PA to Divisional Commanders in TSA for 33 years. I am now an Administrative Assistant in Officer Recruitment at Eva Burrows College. I am married to Wes and we have three adult married children and eight grandchildren.

Mark Townsend  

Mark Townsend

Officer Recruitment Secretary

Territorial Officer Recruitment Secretary, Mark Townsend, came into the role in 2021 with over two decades of experience in community services, where much of his work was in supporting individuals struggling with drug and alcohol addiction. Mark is the first to admit he is sports-obsessed and mad about all things Dragons (NRL), Stormers (Rugby); Collingwood (AFL) and Liverpool FC (EPL) and on the weekend's Mark takes that energy onto the field, where he plays rugby union for his local team. Commissioned in 2013 with his wife Tamaryn, Mark takes a no-nonsense approach in seeking justice for anyone facing hardship and is particularly passionate about the fight for justice for the First Nations peoples of Australia. 

Tamaryn Townsend  

Tamaryn Townsend

Officer Recruitment Secretary

Passionate about sharing the message of hope, grace, and love through Jesus and seeing lives transformed, Tamaryn came to faith as an adult through Alpha at a local Corps. Recognising the calling on her life Tamaryn signed up to train to become an Officer of The Salvation Army and after her Commissioning in 2013, her journey has taken her to regional NSW as Corps Officer and also to serve for two years as a Chaplain. Well qualified to take on whatever challenge comes her way, Tamaryn holds a Bachelor of Social Science, Associate Degree in Christian Thought and Practice and a Diploma of Chaplaincy. Married with two children, Tamaryn officially started in her NSW/ACT role in Officer Recruitment in 2019 and officially began her territorial role as Officer Recruitment Secretary in 2021, where she will continue to empower others to share the hope, grace, and love found in Christ. 

Chris Trodden  

Chris Trodden

Campaign Manager for Officer Recruitment

Chris is passionate about working with leaders and ministries to reach their goals in strategic and Spirit-inspired ways. He has been in ministry for over twenty years in a variety of denominations and professional-ministry roles and is an ordained minister and holds a Master of Business Administration (Marketing Management), Bachelor of Arts (Biblical Studies), and professional certificates in Brand Management and Digital Marketing. Chris frequently draws on his experience as a Senior Pastor, Itinerant Minister, and Consultant to develop new resources for The Salvation Army.

Captain Andrew Walton  

Captain Andrew Walton

 Coordinator of Education and Theological Formation

Andrew has been a Salvation Army Officer since 2007. He enjoys the one-on-one coaching his role affords, along with working towards a greater diversity of training modes. Captain Walton also co-teaches in the leadership area. His previous appointments were to the Northside Geelong Community Centre and Corps and Moe Corps. There, alongside incredible and committed teams of other Officers, Salvationists, employees and volunteers, Andrew served these faith and wider communities for over ten years.