What we do

Klesis helps you to think more deeply and live more biblically as a Christian in our contemporary world. We offer publications like our quarterly magazine, InterSections, publications like short tracts and longer books & booklets, as well as seminars, workshops and other occasional events. We're also working on a new modular Bible study program which we plan to roll out when it's ready.

Spiritually nurtured among non-denominational Churches of Christ, we maintain a special ministry emphasis to this fellowship, especially in Australia. We help connect and equip individual Christians and churches while simultaneously encouraging and respecting the growth, leadership and autonomy of local churches. At the same time, we’re happy to dialogue with any person who seeks to know God better. 

In our activities, we point everyone to Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit and God the Father as the source of all life. We accept the Holy Bible as God’s inspired and authoritative message for humanity. We’re also convinced that Scripture is useful for training Christians in right living so that we can be equipped for every good work (II Timothy 3:15-16). So if you find our resources help you to live a more authentic Christian life which reflects biblical teachings, then you’ve helped us achieve our key goal.

Klesis Institute was established in 2004 by Benny & Pauline Tabalujan. Keen to integrate Christian faith and daily life, Klesis became the ministry division of their Melbourne-based consulting company, CommAsia Australia Pty Ltd (ACN 097 136 171, ABN 53 702 023 602).

Our People

Jenny Ancell is managing editor of InterSections and a social worker by profession. Passionate about her faith, Jenny has been a Christian since her early years in Brisbane and Sydney.  She combines extensive knowledge of Churches of Christ in Australia with a deep desire to see Christians communicating more frequently with one another. Jenny is married to Marvin Ancell and they have ministered to churches in Victoria and NSW. They are members of the Coffs Coast Church of Christ in Coffs Harbour, NSW.

Michael Bargholz is an economist and finance executive who started his career at Treasury in Canberra where he met his wife Norainie who's also an economist.  Michael has lived and worked in Melbourne, Wellington and Sydney. A former CEO of Alliance Bernstein Australia and New Zealand, he brings strategic and management perspectives to Klesis. Michael and Norainie have two adult children. Michael has an economics degree (with honours) from Monash University and is a chartered financial analyst. The Bargholz family is part of the Eastside Church of Christ in Sydney. At Klesis, Michael's a member of our Board of Accountability.

Brett Christensen is a municipal prosecutor with the Greater Dandenong Council in Victoria.  Married to Lesley, they have three children and the family is part of the South East Church which meets in Endeavour Hills in suburban Melbourne.  Brett graduated from Macquarie School of Biblical Studies in Sydney and has experience with fulltime ministry in Victoria.  A gifted writer, at Klesis he contributes as an author of several tracts and is a member of our Board of Accountability.

Heather Cox is manager/designer at Gekko Graphics, Coffs Harbour. A talented graphics designer, Heather worked in both Melbourne and Sydney with many advertising agencies and audio Visual companies as an art director/designer. She is part of the Coffs Coast church of Christ in Coffs Harbour and is a passionate Bible school teacher. She has created several church websites in Australia.

Dale Hartman is a minister and an elder at the Eastside Church of Christ, Midwest City, Oklahoma. A former missionary for 12 years in Sydney, Dale and his wife, Sheila, continue to visit Australia regularly, teaching and exhorting Christians across the country. Dale's a graduate of Oklahoma Christian College and obtained his MTh and MAR from Harding Graduate School of Religion. He also has an MA in ancient history from Macquarie University. At Klesis, Dale's a member of the advisory boards of our InterSections magazine and Vocatio program.

Nathan Holyoak is an associate editor of InterSections. He is a member of The Point Church in Brisbane, and enjoys writing and reflecting about God's Word. Nathan works as an architectural draughtsman specialising in education and healthcare projects.

Andrew Johnson is the Queensland State Executive Officer for Christian Schools Australia, working with an association of 25 Christian schools. Andrew has 13 years experience in Christian schooling, both as a teacher and Principal. Andrew is married to Danielle and they have three children. Their family fellowship with Holland Park church of Christ in Brisbane and Andrew is a member of the Church leadership team. Andrew is currently studying a Doctor of Ministry through Lipscomb University. At Klesis, Andrew is a member of our Board of Accountability.

Allan McNicol is professor emeritus at Austin Graduate School of Theology in Austin, Texas. A Queenslander and Australian citizen, he now resides in Texas. Allan was professor of New Testament at Austin Grad from 1987-2012. He and his wife, Patricia, are part of the Brentwood Oaks Church of Christ in Austin. Allan graduated from Abilene Christian College and Yale University and has a PhD in New Testament studies from Vanderbilt University. He's a member of the Society of Biblical Literature and Studiorum Novi Testamenti Societas. At Klesis, he's a member of the advisory boards of our InterSections magazine and Vocatio program.

Barrie Morgan works as a distribution designer in Hobart, Tasmania. Married to Joanne and with four adult sons, Barrie is active with the Lindisfarne Church in Hobart where he teaches and preaches regularly. Earlier in his Christian life, he undertook a year of intensive Bible study at Macquarie School of Biblical Studies and he's now keen to help others study God's Word.  At Klesis, Barrie helps with the Vocatio program.  

Joanne Morgan is a marine trimmer based in Hobart, Tasmania. Together with husband Barrie, they're part of the Lindisfarne Church in Hobart where Jo's an active member of the congregation. At Klesis, Jo's a member of the Board of Accountability.

David Mowday is an elder with the Gosford Church of Christ in Gosford, NSW, where he also ministered for seven years in the early 1990s. He and his wife, Joy, have three children and four grandchildren. David also serves as a director of the Australian Church of Christ Evangelistic Trust (ACCET) and currently works as an executive officer for the NSW Department of Family and Community Services. At Klesis, David's on the advisory board of InterSections magazine.

David Payne is an evangelist with the Belmore Road Church of Christ in Melbourne, Victoria. David has also served with Churches of Christ in Blacktown and Gosford, NSW, as evangelist, deacon and elder. He and his wife, Christine, have four children. In addition to fulltime church ministry, David previously had a career in corporate Australia, becoming a senior human resource executive with ANZ Bank and ING Australia. David studied at Macquarie School of Biblical Studies in Sydney and also has a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Western Sydney. David's an author for Klesis and is also involved in the Vocatio program.

Alan Rowley is a director of Burlington Group Pty Ltd and a principal consultant to Klesis. Alan had over 30 years of experience in the field of human resources management, both as a tertiary instructor and practitioner, before joining Burlington Group – a firm that specialises in Leadership Development, Change Management and Instructional Design. Alan has a diploma in technology, a degree in business studies and a graduate diploma in adult education. Alan and his wife Debby are part of the Belmore Road Church of Christ in Melbourne where they lead the small group ministry and the communication ministry.

Debby King-Rowley is a director and founder of Burlington Group Pty Ltd and facilitates leadership and change management programs for a number of universities and global companies. Debby is a graduate of David Lipscomb College and has a PhD in Instructional Design from Florida State University. She was previously global director of executive education at Motorola and general manager of the Telstra Centre for Leadership. Debby and her husband Alan are part of the Belmore Road Church of Christ in Melbourne where they lead the small group ministry and the communication ministry. At Klesis, Debby is a member of the advisory board of our Vocatio program.

Benny Tabalujan is director of Klesis and editor of InterSections. Trained as a lawyer, he's worked in Melbourne, Hong Kong and Singapore. He's managing director of CommAsia Australia Pty Ltd and is also an adjunct associate professor at the Melbourne Business School and Melbourne Law School in the University of Melbourne. Benny studied economics and law at Monash University and has a PhD in law from the University of Melbourne. Benny's married to Pauline and they have four children. He's an elder at Belmore Road Church of Christ in Melbourne.

Pauline Tabalujan is married to Benny and they have four children. She’s a founding director of CommAsia Australia Pty Ltd and together with Benny serve at Belmore Road Church of Christ where Benny’s an elder. Originally from Singapore, Pauline studied economics at National University of Singapore and worked in the financial and government sectors. She spent most of her formative Christian years serving in children’s ministry. She’s passionate about Christian service and currently leads the ladies' ministry at Belmore Road.