Ministry Workers

Pete Ritchie

Pete is from the Blue Mountains and now lives in Albury with his wife Mel and their 2 kids. They are active members of Albury Presbyterian Churches.

Pete served in the Navy doing mine warfare which included deployments to East Timor and Bougainville. Pete completed a ministry traineeship under the Ministry Training Strategy (MTS) with Narellan Anglican church and subsequently studied Theology at the Sydney Missionary and Bible College (SMBC). Pete established a new ministry amongst trainees at the Army bases in Wodonga. Pete has passion for making Christ known amongst soldiers, sailors and airmen (aka ‘troops’) and blue collar workers more generally.

James Leitch

James is from Auckland, NZ, and grew up on the Gold Coast. He now lives in the north-west of Canberra with his wife Sarah and their 5 kids. They are active members of Crossroads Christian Church, North Canberra. James became a Christian through a Baptist church youth group which one of his good mates took him to when he was about 16. He remembers hearing one night of Jesus’ return and being confronted with the fact that he wasn’t ready for that! That night back at home, James asked God for forgiveness and trusted in Jesus’ sacrifice.

James joined ADFA as an Air Force aeronautical engineer and served in postings with F/A-18 ‘classics’ at RAAF Williamtown and as a training manager at RAAF Wagga. James completed an abridged ministry traineeship under the Ministry Training Strategy (MTS) with FOCUS Military Ministry at ADFA prior to establishing a new ministry amongst trainees at RAAF Wagga. With the substantial reduction of Air Force aviation technical training at RAAF Wagga, James moved back to Canberra to join the ADFA FOCUS ministry team. James has a passion making Christ known amongst officers but still reckons he has a soft spot for trainees going through RAAF Wagga!

Jeremy Elias

Jeremy is from Perth and now lives in the north-west of Canberra with his wife Carney (who is an Army officer) and their 3 kids. They are active members of Crossroads Christian Church, North Canberra. Jeremy became a Christian through the ministry of FOCUS at ADFA. After a friend introduced him to FOCUS and church, Jeremy read Mark’s gospel with Mark Warren (FOCUS staff worker). Mark explained the gospel to Jeremy and was there to answer his many questions. Jeremy put his faith in Jesus not long before graduating from ADFA.

Jeremy joined ADFA as an Air Force aeronautical engineer and served in postings at RAAF Richmond, Townsville and Laverton. Subsequently, Jeremy worked as consultant with KPMG and an executive with World Vision before they moved with Carney’s posting from Melbourne to Albury. Jeremy joined the FOCUS ALTC ministry team and also volunteered several hours per week assisting the staff and committee with strategic planning for FOCUS Military Ministry. With Carney’s posting to Canberra, Jeremy has commenced a ministry traineeship with FOCUS at ADFA. Having become a Christian through the ministry of ADFA FOCUS, Jeremy is stoked to be part of the team making Christ known there.

Merryn Weaver

Merryn is from Canberra and now lives in the north-west of Canberra with her flatmate. Merryn is an active member of St Matthew’s Anglican Church, Wanniassa. Merryn was blessed to grow up in a Christian family and church community that taught her about Jesus and God’s love and grace. Merryn says that the moment that it really clicked for her that she needed to repent, trust Jesus, and live a life in response was on an Anglican youth camp (Camp Pelican) when she’d just turned 12.

After studying Arts (English/History) at the Australian National Univeristy (ANU) in Canberra, Merryn worked in business management for a McDonald’s restuarant and then as a project officer for Human Resources and Learning & Development in the Department of Defence.  Subsequently Merryn studied Divinity (Biblical Studies/Theology) at the Sydney Missionary and Bible College (SMBC). Upon her return to Canberra, Merryn joined the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science and is currently working as an Engagement Officer. Merryn has loved getting into ministry at ADFA in 2nd semester 2018.