Meet the Board Part 2

15 April 2013

Join us as we continue to meet the fantastic members of the MOPS Australia Board…

Paddi Mullin– Qld

The Reverend Paddi Mullan is a wonderful Irishman who is married to Glenys, and has adult children and several grandchildren. He joined the Board two years ago. He has the most wonderful pastor’s heart as reflected by what he desires to share with you….
My sister sent me this some years ago  I have no idea who wrote it… but  I  thank God for the words.  I pass it on to you trusting that God will use the words to speak to your heart… and lift you up… encourage you… remind you that you are loved and precious in His sight.
On this day… Mend a quarrel. Search out a forgotten friend. Dismiss suspicion and replace it with trust. Write a love letter. Share some treasure.  Give a soft answer.  Encourage youth.  Manifest your loyalty in a word or deed.
Keep a promise. Find the time. Forego a grudge. Forgive an enemy. Listen. Apologise if you were wrong. Try to understand. Examine your demands on others. Think first of someone else.  Appreciate. Be kind. Be gentle.  Laugh a little more .
Deserve confidence. Take up arms against malice. Decry complacency. Express your gratitude. Worship God… He is waiting to talk.
Gladden the heart of a child.  Take pleasure in the beauty and the wonder of the earth.  Speak your love.  Speak it again. Speak it still again. Speak it still once again.
Ask Him to show you how important you are… ask Him.

Clinton Wardle– SA

I have been married to my wonderful wife Trish for 36 years. We have three sons, Matthew is married to Jo with 20 month old daughter Jazmia,whom we love to babysit; Nathan and his wife Natalie; and Aaron is pastor of Real Life Christian Community in Frankston.  He and his wife Kellie have Joshua, 4, and Sarina 2.

I am the Ministry Team Leader at the Modbury Church of Christ, in the NE of Adelaide, where we have been for 8 years. Trish is my Associate Minister, our worship coordinator, our MOPS mentor and Bible study leader.

For many years I have believed that MOPS is one of the greatest tools God can use to bring people who don’t know God into a relationship with Him. Trish and I saw the potential of MOPS impacting our community when we were ministering at the Hobart City Church of Christ and so started a group in our church. When we came to Modbury there were few children and young families and again commenced MOPS in an effort to bring young families into our church. Because of my strong support of MOPS, the minister at the Elizabeth Church of Christ, Lindsay Mayes, whose wife is state field director, dobbed me in to someone on the board and when I was invited to join the board I thought this was another way I could support the work of MOPS.

My vision for MOPS is to be one of the major works in this country that helps mums and their families hear and learn how to be better mums and parents and along the way to learn about God and his love for them.

I am inspired by the professionalism of the MOPS board members, the wonderful work of Margaret as the MOPS Managing Director and the magnificent work of all the field staff and office staff. They are such an inspiration as they serve God in helping Mums become better mums.


Karen Dickson– Chair -TAS

My husband Michael and I have three delightful primary school aged daughters. While I am proudly a mum first and foremost, I am also an Emergency Nurse and Midwife part time, I announce one day a week on local radio and am involved with media production at church. Never a dull moment!

I was recruited to the Board mid 2009 after meeting Margaret at a Tassie MOPS Conf. I had the benefit of being under the leadership of former Director Joan Gordon and Chair Julie Prattis before I found God giving me a shove to step up and use the skills He had given me to take on a leadership role. I was appointed Chair upon Julie’s retirement in 2011. While policy and process bore some people to tears, I love it! And I love seeing good process make great stuff happen!!

My vision for MOPS in Aust is that it grows to be an increasingly solid and credible organisation that represents God and makes a life changing difference in the lives of real mothers across the country.

I’m inspired when I see that the wheels of life are turning as they should and then God does something unexpected and amazing right under my nose. I see it happening in the lives of MOPS mums and leaders. I see it in my own children and in the lives of friends I hold dear. I shouldn’t be surprised cause I know God is awesome, but He never fails to inspire me with the things He can do.


Again, thanks so much to all the members of the MOPS Australia Board who give so much to ensure that the ministry of MOPS continues to grow in Australia.  Stay turned in the coming weeks as we meet the final members of the board.





One Response to “Meet the Board Part 2”

  1. Vanessa Ralph says:

    Really appreciate reading about the people on the board. It is great to know we have such inspired and dedicated people leading the way for MOPS Australia! Bless you all.

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