Kingsley Update

A Visit from Old Friends

Robert Mattke followed Leo Cox as Kingsley College principal in 1953. While Robert, Jeanette and their daughter Sharon lived and worked at the college their second daughter Beth was born.

This week at the College headquarters Beth (Mattke) and Jeff Long called in to see what God is doing in the life of the college all of these years later.

This visit is Beth’s first return to Australia since leaving when she was 7. Both Beth and Jeff were very excited to see the old college building, old photos, the current HQ, and to hear the stories of Kingsley College training centres active around Australia and students connected via web conference from across the country.

Jeff and Beth had not seen the video on the Kingsley College website that includes an interview with her Mum and Dad- as they remembered their ministry in Australia.

(See the Kingsley College webpage

Beth was struck by the legacy her father had instilled in her family, and also his impact upon the Australian church and Kingsley College. I am encouraged as I see the legacy left by our current Kingsley College trainers- as they follow in Robert Mattke’s footsteps and invest their lives into Kingsley students and the denomination.

Take time to thank God for families like the Mattkes who invested into the college and this church, and also pray for current Kingsley College trainers as they seek to serve their Saviour and equip the saints for ministry.

Kingsley Community Training in Semester Two, 2018

Kingsley classes of lay people and ministerial candidates, of Wesleyan Methodists and people from other denominations, are gathering each week this semester as part of their study with the college. Kingsley Community classes are being held in North Lakes, Mackenzie, Goodna, Zillmere, Townsville, Perth, Dandenong, Canberra, and Broadmeadows- with students connected to these training centres via web conference from many more locations. In this way we are seeking to fulfil the vision of the college: to prepare passionate people for ministry.

Men and women just like you are learning and growing in confidence and ability. Consider joining a Kingsley Community class near you, or by web conference, and please be praying for God’s work in the lives of each Kingsley student.


Kevin Brown