Phil Brown - 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.
His love of learning has led him to study theology, history, psychology and sociology. In 2012 Phil completed a Doctorate of Ministry with a focus on Discipleship and Evangelism in Missional Groups and Churches. 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. He enjoys leading in seminars throughout Australia and internationally.
Ailsa Matesic - New South Wales
Aila 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.
Peter Fowler - Western Australia
Peter and his wife ,Cheryl, are both West Aussies although they have spent a considerable amount of time on the East Coast. In mid 1995 Peter was fighting for his life having contracted a very virulent form of malaria. God gave him a dream of a new church and told him he would live to see this happen.
Since that time they have been on a very exciting journey and now believe that the house church movement is where God wants them to be.
Phillip Walters - Queensland
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
Edwin Bishop - Victoria
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
Karl Musch - North Queensland
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.
OIKOS Australia also has contacts in most States who are involved in Simple Church Communities and who are happy to be contacted.