Victoria (Oikos Director)
| Phil has been involved in ministry for over 30 years in Australia in pastoring, planting churches, community development organisations, training pastors and lay members in spirituality and outreach. Whilst living in Western Australia for 4 years, Phil enjoyed mentoring leaders while supporting the planting of some 40 new churches and missional groups in Western Australia. Since 2013 Phil took up the challenge as National Director of Oikos and along with his wife Kate & four children has enjoyed pursuing what God is doing across the nation in simple churches and missional networks. He believes that fresh expressions of Church and Faith Communities are needed to reach average people in Australia and other countries. His heart is to see Movements develop which advance the Kingdom of God. His passion involves teaching in spirituality, prayer ministry and desires to see people connect with God in deeper and more intimate ways.
New South Wales
Ailsa lives in Albion Park - situated on the beautiful South Coast of NSW - with husband Cris and their three teenagers Aaron, Jaad and Destiny (and some bonus sons and daughters who live with us full time and casually!) They manage and operate their own Catering Business called Me-n-u Event Catering.
Her passion is to simply walk with the Holy Spirit and in healthy devoted relatinships that express the Father’s Heart, just like Jesus did!
Ailsa serves on the National Team as the Chair of our meetings.
George Funk never grew up with any Bible teaching and so started life after school on the wrong foot and really struggled. At age 30 one of his clients invited him to a home group. Really needing God and direction, he gave his life to the Lord.
He has 4 children and 6 grandchildren and a wonderful and supportive wife, Ria. He only has one hobby and that is doing Ironman triathlons twice a year. I have also run the Comrades Marathon 13 times. To put it plainly, It's God, my family, and exercise. He recently started a cycling group called Soul Riders where they reach out through cycling and have a monthly prayer ride inviting non-Christians and just connecting to disconnected people. He also a group that helps our greater community wherever we can.
Phil is married to Esther and lives in the Central Qld coastal town of Yeppoon, where, after returning from a number of years in the UK, they planted a new church.
In 2005 the church transitioned into simple church. For 10 years Phil was a prison chaplain with Prison Fellowship and he and Esther ran their home as a half-way house for ex-prisoners. Phil enjoys being involved in local Community Radio and running the local Salvos Family Store.
Phil edits the Oikos Magazine
Ed grew up in a traditional church but found that it was not meeting the mark especially as he and his wife had young children.
They joined the group they are with now because of the emphases on the priesthood of all believers, the importance of the Communion and the centrality of Jesus Christ as Lord.
Ed is the OIKOS Treasurer
Carl and Gail Musch founded Indigenous Ministry Links Australia (IMLA), a non-denominational networking of aboriginal ministries that is supported by a multi-cultural core team. Carl, himself of English Convict, Austrian and Apache ( Native American) decent, has since 1987 been committed to evangelism, discipleship, ministry development, and church planting, among Australian Aboriginal people, with proven fruit in what is recognised as a difficult field. Their ministry is distinguished by a commitment to those in the greatest need and isolation, a respect for both the dignity and capability of indigenous people, and faith in "The God of the Breakthrough." Gail, previously ministering with "Students for Christ" in Japan, joined Carl in January 1994.
With their two children, Hope, and Joy — they have partnered with local Indigenous believers across both remote and more urban Aboriginal communities — though primarily in the Cape York and Arnhem Land regions of Northern Australia.
Ken and Beryl Seely
Ken and Beryl have spent many years on a journey of discovering that ‘church in the home’ was much closer to what they found in the book of Acts.
They feel that Oikos plays an important role in connecting, encouraging and resourcing people across the country as they discover ways to grow simple churches – missional communities, making disciples of Jesus who make disciples!
OIKOS Australia also has contacts in most States who are involved in Simple Church Communities and who are happy to be contacted.