The National Day/40 Days of Prayer & Fasting Team meet regularly in teleconferences because they live in 5 different locations throughout Australia and are involved in separate ministries or jobs. All serve as volunteers on the team.
WARWICK AND ALISON MARSH
Warwick and Alison have been married since 1975. They live in Wollongong, an hour’s drive south of Sydney, Australia and have five children and a growing number of grandchildren. Warwick and Alison are founders of the Dads4Kids Fatherhood Foundation and also Australian Heart Ministries.
Warwick was the national coordinator and a founding board member for the Praise Corroboree 1996-98, an Aboriginal reconciliation prayer movement. He has had a long-time supportive role in the Australian prayer movement for almost 3 decades. Their current ministry endeavors are mainly with the Dads4Kids Fatherhood Foundation, the Australian Christian Values Institute, the National Day of Prayer and Fasting and the Canberra Declaration.
Warwick and Alison’s passion is to love God and their family and to follow the words of St Francis of Assisi who said, “Preach the gospel and, if necessary, use words”.
Wesley Leake is the founder of Business Blessings. Professionally, he is an accountant and business trainer/coach/spiritual leader based in Brisbane, Australia. He has held positions with:
- Guide Dogs Queensland
- Scripture Union Queensland and Australia
- Founding Australian Director for Crown Financial Ministries
- Willow Creek Association
- New Hope Brisbane
- Serves on the board of Transformation Connections as President
Wesley’s passion is to see Kingdom businesses raised up, established and supported in Australia and worldwide. He is very conscious that a new day has dawned in terms of God’s people being equipped to serve him in the marketplace.
He is married to Pam and they have four children; Johanna, Bethany, Samuel & Elijah. He attends Bayside Christian Family Church where he serves in an eldership capacity.
Sue co-ordinates the 40 Days of Prayer and Fasting on behalf of the team. She says:
“Ideally PIPES are simple, clean, unseen channels. So what we do – through PIPES: partners in prayer & evangelism; Jesus’ Prayerhouse and our National Days of Prayer & Fasting – is about the source and the fruit not the vessel!
I long for people to be deeply connected with our Father:
- so we know how wonderful he is and who we are in his eyes.
- so we are like him – full of hope, faith, love, joy, peace, gentleness, kindness, patience and self control.
- so we are channels of his grace – blessing our families and all the people, systems and land in our spheres of influence.
- so we see Jesus’ Kingdom restoring the earth.
The loving support of my husband, David, and our family and my partners in prayer makes this possible.”
DAVID AND MARILYN ROWSOME
Born in Toronto, David graduated from the Royal Military College of Canada in 1976 as a chemical engineer. Sensing God was calling him to leave Canada, he went to work as a government engineer in Papua New Guinea (PNG) where he met and married Marilyn in 1983. Marilyn had been in PNG since 1979 serving as a missionary Bible teacher at the Christian Leaders’ Training College (CLTC), an interdenominational Bible College serving the churches of the South Pacific Islands. In 1988, they went to Brisbane, where Marilyn grew up, so that David could do a year of Bible training.
During this time of study, David was called to become the Dean of Distance Theological Education at CLTC. David and Marilyn served there together until 2004, sharing a passion for prayer, revival and missions supported by sound Biblical teaching. Their mission statement – “use us to reach others with your love” – is the last sentence of a prayer they wrote for their wedding day at CLTC. They have three daughters Anna, Naomi and Esther, all born in PNG, and four grandchildren born in Brisbane. David became an Australian citizen in 2007 and began to work as a volunteer prayer coordinator for the Canberra Declaration in 2010. In 2013, David and Marilyn were commissioned by their home church as full-time workers with the Canberra Declaration.
PASTOR PETER WALKER
Peter is from the Bunjulung tribe from the Northern Rivers district of NSW and now resides in Rooty Hill, NSW.
Peter is head of the Australian Indigenous Christian Ministries. He and his wife Maria have ministered throughout Australia and around the world.
Peter was the President of the Praise Corroboree, a major prayer and reconciliation event that took place in Parliament House and the Canberra surrounds from 1996 to 2001.
He has successfully organised and led a ‘Joel 2 Solemn Assembly’ in Alice Springs in October 2016 and is working towards a successive one for 2017.
PASTORS MELISSA AND PETER HAIGH
Peter and Melissa have been married since 1979 in the outback town of Mount Isa where their ministry days started. They then traveled in an Indigenous Gospel Band with Ps Peter Morgan around the western half of Australia for 6 months.
They have lived in the Tropics for 35 years including Darwin and Cairns. During this time they have ministered overseas (mainly Asia), Australia and many indigenous communities with leadership conferences, youth workshops and worship. In September 2014 they were ordained under Victory Life Church Inc with Pastor Margaret Court.
Pastor Peter is known as the person with a Heart of Worship in the church and uses the saxophone for prophetic declaration around much of Australia. Pastor Melissa has been involved with Business Training, International Education and Youth Projects for the last 20 years. Both have heard the call to Prayer since the beginning of 2015 and have set up a daily place of prayer for all the churches. This prayer focus has opened up opportunities of praying across many places of Australia and into the mountains of Israel.
Pastor Melissa is on the Cairns Ministers Network Executive as the Prayer Coordinator and assisted in the launching of the successful Cairns Street Chaplains.
They use every opportunity to build unity across the whole Body of Christ not only in their own city of Cairns but also the surrounding regions.
They have two adult married children and two wonderful grandsons.
COMMISSIONER JAMES AND JAN CONDON
Commissioner James and Jan Condon have been Officers of The Salvation Army for more than 45 years, retiring from active service on 31st May 2016. They have served in a variety of leadership roles in three countries: Australia, Papua New Guinea and the United Kingdom.
James has served as an Officer (ordained minister) of The Salvation Army at Corps (local churches) and at the Headquarters of The Salvation Army in various responsibilities including Public Relations, Fundraising and administrative and spiritual leadership.
He held the position of Church Growth Consultant for The Salvation Army and also served on the staff of The Salvation Army College for Officer Training.
He had been Divisional Commander of the Newcastle and Central NSW Division followed by the same responsibility for the South Queensland Division of The Salvation Army.
At the International Headquarters of The Salvation Army based in London, he held the position of International Secretary for the South Pacific and East Asia Zone.
On 2nd April, 2011, James was appointed Commissioner and Jan as the Territorial President of Women’s Ministries for the Australia Eastern Territory which covers the States of New South Wales and Queensland as well as the ACT. This involved some 400 centres of The Salvation Army, with 1,000 Officers of The Salvation Army (ministers of religion) and 4,000 employees.
James is an active member of Rotary International, having joined in 1972. They have two daughters and have four grandchildren and love spending time with their family.
PS REBEKAH MILNE
Rebekah is the Victorian Coordinator for the National Day of Prayer & Fasting and an assistant to Melissa Haigh who is the events coordinator for the National Day of Prayer & Fasting. She is passionate for prayer both in her region and all across the nation. Rebekah is a pastor and family therapist and founding member of Red Cliffs Christian Fellowship. She has 8 children with her husband Glenn who is the Mayor of Mildura. Her father Ps Cliff Beard was a pioneer Christian leader in Australia and third world missions.