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The National Moral and Social Issues Council comprises Salvationists from a range of backgrounds. On behalf of The Salvation Army Australia, MASIC grapples with complex issues facing both the Church and the world.

Lieut-Colonel Donna Evans - Chairperson
BA (Music), DipEd (Music), MA (theology)
The Salvation Army Box Hill

Donna is a follower of Jesus who is passionate about journeying with people and communicating theology in an understandable way. Married to Stu, they have four beautiful children and seven precious grandchildren. Donna loves reading, and is currently enjoying exploring the writings of the feminist theologian, Elizabeth Johnson. She has enjoyed varied appointments including various Corps, a Divisional role and a five year term at Booth College. Donna also served in the Netherlands, Czech Republic and Slovakia Territory as the Secretary of Education and Training.

Mr Mackenzie Anderson
The Salvation Army Sydney Congress Hall

Mackenzie is a Salvationist from Sydney who loves critical thinking and seeing others grow.

Graduating as Dux of his school in 2017, and with an interest in science, Mackenzie is currently studying a Bachelor of Veterinary Biology/Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, while working as a program leader for The Salvation Army’s Collaroy Centre. He is also passionately involved in several mission expressions within his corps, particularly those which are musical. Deeply inspired by time spent doing mission work in East Africa, Mackenzie hopes to return as a veterinarian and work in the field of food security.

Mr Michael Anglin
The Salvation Army Stafford

Since 2012, Michael has been a Partner of Salvos Legal, a revolutionary law firm wholly owned by The Salvation Army. Michael manages the Queensland office of Salvos Legal Humanitarian that provides quality legal services to disadvantaged and marginalised people living primarily in the Brisbane and Ipswich regions Queensland.  Although his major practice area is Family Law, Michael also practices in other areas of law including Migration Law.

Captain Kate Baudinette
BA (Asian Studies), B.L.
The Salvation Army Camberwell

Since becoming an officer in 2008 Kate has had three corps appointments; Richmond Chinese Corps, Reservoir Corps and her current appointment as part of the Corps Officer team at Camberwell. In recent years Kate has focussed on establishing mentoring and discipleship programmes for vulnerable young people. She is passionate about people discovering and using their gifts to serve God and others. Kate is married with two adult children.

Aux-Lieut Matt Cairns
BN, MA (Biblical Studies), MA (Theology)
The Salvation Army Rockdale

Matt was appointed an Aux. Lt. as Corps Officer of Rockdale Corps in late 2018. Previously he worked part time for the Social Justice Team of The Salvation Army Australia Eastern Territory, and part time as Student Support for The Salvation Army Booth College in Sydney. Before that Matt was a Registered Nurse for 17 years working in various disciplines. He holds a degree in Nursing, and two Master of Arts degrees in biblical studies and theology respectively. Matt is married to Kristen and they have three daughters.

Mr Chris Congoo
Cert IV (Alcohol & Other Drugs)
The Salvation Army Riverside

Chris is a proud Nargo man from the Airlie Beach and Proserpine of the Whitsunday Region of the Birri Gubba Nation group on his mother's side and Kalkadoon on his father's side of North West Queensland around Mount Isa.

Over the past 4 years of Chris has been employed as the Territorial Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Engagement Officer for The Salvation Army. Chris has more than 30 year of lived experience working in the community welfare sector which encompasses: Frontline Child Protection, Home and Community Care HACC (Aged and Disabilities Services) , Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation Centre, Townsville, Palm Island and Mount Isa Recovery Services, Queensland Health Indigenous Alcohol Diversion Program, Palm Island Community Company – Program Manager and Coordinator, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Court Support Officer Townsville, Queensland Government Reparation Team - Assistance Program Officer.

Chris has worked most of his life in Aboriginal communities working for social justice for his people. Chris, hobbies are fishing and Rugby League

Major Sandra Crowden
BTheol, MTS
Territorial Faith Communities Development Secretary

Commissioned as a Salvation Army Officer in 1988, Sandra has served in Australia, Sri Lanka and New Zealand. Her service has included seven Corps appointments as well as Divisional, Territorial and Training roles. A mother and a grandmother, Sandra is committed to working to ensure that each person is recognised as having their own voice. 

Captain Mal Davies
The Salvation Army South Barwon 

Prior to being commissioned as an officer in 2004, Mal worked in Army social programs for 15 years, initially with homeless youth and then as an employment counsellor. For ten years of his officership he served in the national editorial department - the last six as national editor-in-chief - and he continues to write regularly for Army publications in Australia and internationally. He is married with two children.

Dr Jason Davies-Kildea
PhD, MSocSci (Policy and Human Services), MTheol, BTheol, DipMiss
The Salvation Army 614

Jason Davies-Kildea has more than two decades experience in Salvation Army social services, from frontline crisis work to senior management roles. He has a special interest in the connection between theology and social action, which has led to post-graduate studies in theology and social sciences. Jason's doctoral thesis explored the relationship between The Salvation Army's identity as a church and its role as a major provider of social services in Australia. Jason is currently Head of Policy and Advocacy for Beyond Blue, a national organisation working to help all Australians achieve their best possible mental health.

Captain Stuart Glover
BE Hons,BTh (Hons), M Public Admin, M Div
The Salvation Army Kingston Gardens

Stuart Glover is a disciple of Jesus and is passionate about understanding what contemporary discipleship looks like. Like a true disciple, he loves food— especially when sharing it with others. Stuart has ministered in corps and in Divisional and Territorial mission department appointments, as well as adjunct lecturing at Booth College in Biblical Studies.

He is currently the National Head of Community Engagement in the Australia Territory. Stuart loves the story of rescue and freedom found in our scriptures and has dedicated his life to telling this story. He holds degrees in Engineering, Administration and Theology.

Mrs Desley Hargreaves PSM
The Salvation Army Carindale

Desley Hargreaves PSM is a soldier at Carindale Corps and was a member of the Eastern Territory MASIC for some years. She is currently a Director on The Salvation Army Australia Territory Board of Governance.

Desley is a Consultant Social Work Practitioner, Social Work, Disasters and Professional Leadership. Desley retired from full time practice as a social worker in 2013 after 40 years of social work practice in Commonwealth, State and non-government settings. Much of that time was spent in Centrelink in both direct practice with people impacted by social disadvantage, and professional leadership positions within the Social Work Service. Since retirement Desley has maintained an active involvement in disaster research with a number of universities.

Dr Jo Lane
PhD; BSc (Psych) 
The Salvation Army Tuggeranong

Jo worked at the Oasis Bridge drug and alcohol service in Canberra for more than five years before completing a Bachelor of Science (Psychology) with first class honours. Jo is a registered psychologist and has recently completed a clinical psychology PhD at the Australian National University.

Jo is a keen runner and one of her favourite past times is training for her next triathlon or marathon. She has also participated in mission trips to South Africa, Fiji and Nauru.

Captain Manikya Mera
B.com, Dip. (Multimedia & Web design), Adv.Dip (Ministry and Theol)
The Salvation Army Intercultural Ministries Melbourne

Mera studied Masters in Business Administration and currently working as Intercultural officer of The Salvation Army Intercultural Ministries Melbourne, previously served in various Corps and Planted All Nations Fellowship for International students in Training College. Currently serving communities consisted of diverse ethnicities and various religious backgrounds. The Ministry is one of the organic church expressions of The Salvation Army. ‘Salvos catering’ is a by-product of organic church expression. Mera is married with two children. Mera is currently completing a Masters of International and community development.

Amanda Merrett
BAppSc(psych), GradCertA(Devt)
The Salvation Army Frankston North

Amanda is a Salvationist from Melbourne, who currently works for the Policy, Research and Social Justice Department of The Salvation Army. She lives in a missional community in Frankston North, where she journeys alongside teenagers. She is passionate about ensuring young women reach their potential and recognise how they can make a difference in their world. Amanda is currently completing a Masters of Development Studies specialising in Gender

Lieut-Colonel Samuel Pho
Executive Manager Indigenous and Multicultural Media and Community

Xuyen arrived in Australia as a refugee from Vietnam in October 1978. He joined The Salvation Army in Melbourne, trained to be a Salvation Army officer and was ordained and commissioned in 1983.

Xuyen pioneered Chinese ministry in Melbourne, first in Collingwood, and then for 20 years as Corps Officer of the Box Hill Chinese Corps. From 2009 to 2013 he served as Officer Commanding of The Salvation Army in Hong Kong. Xuyen has also served in The Salvation Army’s Public Relations Department and has authored two books. He was The Salvation Army’s National Secretary from December 2015 to 2016. His current appointment is the Executive Manager, Indigenous & Multicultural Media and Community. He is married to Lieut-Colonel Donni Pho. They have four adult children all currently living in Melbourne.

Ms Casey O'Brien Machado
B. SocSci(Crim), MPICT, MIntSecSt
The Salvation Army Sydney Congress Hall

Casey O’Brien Machado has worked with The Salvation Army in various communities and capacities both locally and internationally. She currently advises The Salvation Army on issues of Social Justice, both domestic and international, and her professional and academic backgrounds see her bring a social science lens to MASIC's work. Casey is passionate about bringing change to society, and is enthused by The Salvation Army's capacity to do this through its God-given mandate to bring the Kingdom of God to earth. She is also a member of the International Moral and Social Issues Council (IMASIC).

Major Clayton Spence
BSc, MA, BTh, MScCoachPsych.
The Salvation Army Campsie

Clayton has a professional background in Organisational Psychology, and Learning and Development.

Clayton is married to Major Leanne Spence, and together are the Corps Officers at Campsie Corps in Sydney. They have held a number of Corps Leadership appointments and served as Divisional Youth Secretaries, as well as Eva Burrows College and consulting on Strategic Change.

Clayton is at his best facilitating individuals, groups, or teams as they develop goals and strategies to achieve their purpose and full potential, helping people to become "all that God created us to be".

Major Cec Woodward
BSocWk (Hons), DipHR, MBA, MSWAP.
The Salvation Army Caloundra

Commissioned in January 1969, Cec has held a variety of corps, social and divisional appointments. His final two appointments were as Territorial Social Program Secretary and Assistant Chief Secretary.

Cec is married to Major Catherine Woodward.