Don West

Principal

BCom, ThL, DipTh, BD(Hons), MA, PhD

Don is married to Athena with three married daughters and five grandchildren.

He was a pastor for 14 years following four years at theological college before he was appointed as a teacher at the Perth Centre for Applied Christian Studies in 1996. He was appointed Principal of Trinity in 2003. He was a director of the Australian College of Theology 2012-2017.

He currently teaches our units on biblical theology and the book of Psalms and co-teaches the book of Isaiah. He also teaches Christian leadership in our Certificate of Ministry and the books of Psalms and John in our Trinity@Night and Trinity in Town programs. Don’s research focusses on the nature of biblical prayer and its implications (see his publications here).

Don regularly preaches in churches in Perth and regional Western Australia and enjoys catching up with graduates of the College and encouraging pastors. When time permits, Don enjoys time with Athena and their family, cooking, a swim at the beach, a round of golf, and going for walks on holidays.

Thom Bull

Lecturer in Theology

BMus, GradDipEd, MDiv

Thom spent several years serving as a pastor and school chaplain in Anglican churches and schools before commencing at Trinity, where he teaches Systematic Theology. He enjoys learning from the rich insights into scripture of the great Christian thinkers of the past, and has a particular interest in Reformation understandings of the Church, ministry, and sacraments.

Thom is married to Mary Jane and they have four children. On days together they enjoy working in the garden, going bush, and making music of varying levels of tunefulness.

Dan Cole

Lecturer in New Testament

BD (Hons 1)

Since 2004, Dan has had the privilege of serving in vocational ministry—both as a student and as a pastor at two churches. Immediately before coming to Trinity, Dan spent four years at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Chicago where he researched the New Testament use of the Old Testament, particularly Paul’s use of Isaiah and its implications for mission and ethics.

Dan teaches New Testament and Greek. He loves helping people grow in knowledge and love of God through seeing the riches and wisdom of Christ in the Scriptures.

Dan is married to Emily and they have three kids with slight American accents.

Clare Deeves

Academic Dean, Lecturer in Church History 

BSc/BA(Hons), Dip Div/Miss, MDiv, ThM

After completing her Master in Divinity, Clare worked with the Australian Fellowship of Evangelical Students. In that role she spent six years, mostly in Perth, sharing the Gospel with university students and seeking to encourage Christians on campus. She started work at Trinity in 2010, spending 2011 at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Chicago where she completed her ThM (Church History).

Clare currently teaches Church History and lectures in the Certificate of Ministry. Her particular areas of interest are in the history of Pentecostalism and Australian Church history. She is also beginning research into women’s ministry in Australia. She leads a Bible study group at her local church and preaches from time to time at various women’s events including Perth Women’s Convention.

David Kummerow

Lecturer in Old Testament

DipD&M, BTh(Hons), ThD

After David completed his ThD in Hebrew linguistics in Sydney, he was involved in pastoral ministry in rural Presbyterian churches in Queensland for a number of years. At Trinity, his teaching areas are Biblical Hebrew and Old Testament. David is interested in Hebrew language, Biblical Theology, and the books of the Old Testament.  Feel free to have a look at David’s list of publications.

He enjoys helping people to understand and be equipped to teach God’s word to others. David is married to Megan, and they have three children.

Allan Chapple

Part-time Senior Lecturer in New Testament

BA, ThL, BD(Hons), PhD

Before he became the founding Principal of Trinity Theological College in 1997, Allan had pastored churches in WA and England, taught in an inter-denominational theological college in Malaysia, and served as Perth staff worker for the Australian Fellowship of Evangelical Students (AFES). He was the founding director of the Perth Centre for Applied Christian Studies (PCACS), before serving as the Principal of Trinity Theological College between 1997 – 2002. He continues as the Senior Lecturer in New Testament on a part-time basis and teaches several New Testament units, including John’s Gospel and Romans. He also teaches the Introduction to Christian Ministry and the Preaching unit. From time to time he also teaches courses in our Trinity@Night and Trinity in Town programs.

In order to serve our students as well as possible, Allan keeps working away at a better grasp of the New Testament in general and of the Greek in which it was written, at a deeper understanding of John’s Gospel and Romans in particular, and a clearer grasp of what the Bible teaches us about serving the Lord Jesus. On the sidelines, he is trying to find out as much as possible about Roman Crete as the background for Paul’s letter to Titus, and about what it meant for Paul to be an urban evangelist in the cities of the Roman Empire. Feel free to have a look at Allan’s list of publications.

Outside the College, he is involved in his local church. He preaches at various churches and speaks at church camps. He is married to Allison, and they have three adult children and three grandchildren.