About Us

Get to know our history, value and staff and
find out why you will 'Excel in Everything'
studying at Excelsia.


At Excelsia College (formerly Wesley Institute), our students come from all walks of life, bringing with them many different backgrounds, traditions and experiences
But they have something important in common.
People in our community are passionate about excelling and growing: academically, professionally, creatively, personally, spiritually, and in their understanding of the world and their place in it.
Choosing to undertake an undergraduate or postgraduate degree at Excelsia College will provide you with a firm foundation for your personal and professional life.
You will find a supportive, Christ-centred environment, with world-class academics and accomplished industry professionals who are ready to stand beside you and encourage you on your journey. Your gifts and talents will be fostered as you are challenged to maximise your potential. Small class sizes and interaction with our vibrant, collaborative community provide not only an expansive network of Christians, artists and professionals but also life-long friendships.
Excitingly, together with Indiana Wesleyan University, we are part of a global Christian learning community with big plans for the future. Excelsia College (formerly Wesley Institute) has 32 years of experience in Christian higher education in Australia, and IWU has 95 years of experience in Christ-centred education in the US and global markets. Together the partners are well positioned to take Christian higher education to the next level in Australia for undergraduate and postgraduate students.
Both in and out of the classroom, we trust you will develop your character as well as your mind, and explore and deepen your faith so that you are able to engage thoughtfully and sustainably in your vocation and in your community.
We look forward to sharing your journey towards a fulfilling and inspiring future.
Welcome to Excelsia College.

Who We Are

At Excelsia College we want your experience to be one of great significance and transformation. Both in and out of the classroom, our collaborative community gives you the opportunity to make friends across all schools, and to attend a variety of performances and productions throughout the year. We are also committed to the ensemble-like atmosphere our campus offers, which encourages interaction between students, and between students and staff.
In all our activities, you will be challenged, stretched and encouraged to hone and develop your skills. You will be tested at each level and inspired as you strive for improvement. You will be asked to persevere, work hard and invest more of yourself.
But you won’t be alone.
Get involved and seize every opportunity! We believe in our community and are confident your shared experiences will forge friendships that last a lifetime.
Whether you have decided to enrol in a Postgraduate degree to up-skill, change your career or purse personal development, we trust you will feel supported by the community within the Graduate School at Excelsia College. We understand you will be bringing family, work and other commitments with you, and have specifically designed our courses to cater to the needs of busy professionals.
Our Teacher Education and Leadership courses are delivered through a state-of-the-art online learning platform, providing the opportunity to complete your studies while balancing other agendas. The on-campus offerings of Music and Counselling have been structured around flexible timetables, and all courses may be undertaken full time or part time.
You will learn from our highly qualified faculty who posess the academic and professional experience to deliver respected and impacting programs. Small class sizes will ensure you receive individual mentoring as you pursue your academic, research and professional goals, and our collegial environment provides sustained opportunities to form friendships and strong networks within and beyond your vocational area.
All courses are underpinned by a Biblical worldview, challenging you to integrate your faith within your vocation, and to develop as an influential and resilient Christian leader.

Our Aspirations

Our Vision

Excelsia contributes to making a better world through active participation in a life-transforming global Christian learning community.

Our Mission

Excelsia is an academic community benefiting the world by producing research characterised by exemplary scholarship consistent with a Christian world view, and graduates prepared to lead in a range of professions.

Our Values

Our values reflect our vision and our mission:
1. Christ-likeness: striving to exemplify the life of Christ in our commitments, our actions and our relationships
2. Innovation and Creativity: working with passion and imagination in a range of influential professions, to further God’s transformative work in the world
3. Scholarship: creating a culture that values the search for truth, supports academic freedom and rewards rigorous thinking
4. Service to the community: using our skills and abilities in and beyond the Institution in the service of others
5. Lifelong learning: continually seeking knowledge, wisdom and capability to flourish and contribute in a changing world

Graduate Attributes

  1. Deep Knowledge
    A deep, coherent and extensive knowledge of studied disciplines characterised by intellectual openness, creativity and curiosity
  2. Critical Analysis
    Willingness and ability to analyse issues logically, consider different options and viewpoints fairly, and make informed decisions in relevant artistic, academic and/or professional contexts and settings
  3. Lifelong Learning
    A commitment to lifelong learning characterised by a willingness and ability to acquire, develop and apply knowledge and skills that facilitate positive adaptations to a changing world
  4. Effective Communication
    Aptitude to communicate information, arguments and ideas effectively and ethically through writing, speech and/or artistic expression as appropriate within each discipline
  5. Christian Ethical Action
    A sound knowledge and understanding of Christian values and beliefs, and of the relevance of Christian faith to personal life, professional ethics, and social concerns
  6. Self Direction
    A capacity for self-directed learning and activity while working effectively with others in scholarly, vocational, civic and/or artistic pursuits and endeavours
  7. Technical Competence
    Competence and facility with materials, processes and technologies relevant to learned disciplines, generic information literacy and professional practice
  8. Responsible Innovation
    Oriented towards exhibiting intellectual and artistic enterprise, innovation and independence in constructive, creative and responsible ways

What We Believe

The Directors of Excelsia College subscribe to the Excelsia College Constitution which affirms their commitment and responsibility in Clause 7.3 (w) for:

“maintaining the academic ethos of the Company and its staff with reference to Wesleyan tradition, with fidelity to the Scriptures as the Word of God, and with reference to the Apostles’ and the Nicene Creeds.”

The Apostles’ Creed

“I believe in God, the Father Almighty, creator of heaven and earth. I believe in Jesus Christ, God's only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried; he descended to the dead. On the third day he rose from the dead; he ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father; from there he will come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen"

The Nicene Creed

"We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty, maker of heaven and earth of all that is, seen and unseen. We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten not made, of one being with the Father; through him all things were made. For us and for our salvation he came down from heaven, was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary and became truly human. For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate; he suffered death and was buried. On the third day he rose again in accordance with the Scriptures; he ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead and his kingdom will have no end. We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son, who with the Father and the Son is worshipped and glorified, who has spoken through the prophets. We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church. We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins. We look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen."

Our Plans

Excelsia College promotes and fosters quality in teaching and learning through the implementation of our vision, mission and institutional values, and their integration in all aspects of institutional life and culture.

Strategic planning

Excelsia College has set 6 goals designed to support our mission, and to strengthen institutional capacity to flourish and grow. The first, including eight sub-goals, represents our Teaching and Learning Plan. The second goal is our Research Plan, and the next four operational goals integrate activities across the College to ensure excellence and sustainability. (Strategic Plan 2015-2021 Summary)

Learning and Teaching Plan

The Learning and Teaching Plan maps the relationship between goals adopted by the College to realise its mission, strategies for each goal that vector behaviour and resource allocation, and specific key performance outcomes designed to maximise the achievement of desired graduate attributes. Each goal addresses a dimension of personal achievement and growth applicable to staff and students alike. (Learning and Teaching Plan Summary)

Board of Directors*

Mr Phillip Cave AM

Phillip is Chairman and founding member of Anchorage Capital Partners and has been investing in operational turnarounds for over 20 years, prior to the establishment of Anchorage. He is also Chairman of Bisalloy Steel Group and Mark Group, and of the Not-for-Profit, Ability First Australia. As a director of SCEGGS Redlands, he supervised the turnaround of the Australian College of Physical Education.

Dr David Wright

David serves as President at Indiana Wesleyan University. Dr. Wright was Provost and Chief Academic Officer for five years prior to his election as President in May 2013. Before coming back to Indiana Wesleyan University in 2008, he was Dean of the School of Theology at Azusa Pacific University. Previously at Indiana Wesleyan University he served as Associate Professor of Intercultural Studies, Chair of the Department of Graduate Studies in Ministry, and Vice President for Adult and Graduate Studies.

Mr Peter McKeon

Peter has held the Group CEO role at BSI, a privately held professional services company, including BSI People and BSI Learning amongst a range of businesses. He also held the role of Managing Director Oceania at Sony and Regional CEO at ZTE, China’s largest publicly listed telecommunications company. Peter has held senior management roles in Australia and overseas for over 29 years with companies such as Sony, ZTE, Telstra, Panasonic, Sharp, Bridgestone, Citizen and Philips. He is currently a Board Director at Gift of Life Foundation, former Board Director of Australia-Japan Society and AMTA (Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association) and a current Governor of the American Chamber of Commerce.

Emeritus Professor David C. Barr AM

David was formerly Deputy Vice Chancellor and President of the University of Western Sydney. He has chaired the Board of the Australian College of Theology as well as chairing a number of Government Panels assessing private higher education providers in New South Wales. David was the founding CEO of the Urological Society of Australia and New Zealand and was made a Member of the Order of Australia for services to education.

Mr Frank Carroll

Frank is an experienced legal practitioner, a Senior Practitioner in one law firm and consultant to another, with experience in most aspects of law. He also manages a portfolio of commercial properties. Frank has been an elected member of the Queensland State Parliament, and has held director and other roles in numerous not-for-profit organisations.

Mr Neville Cox

Neville has had an extensive and diverse commercial career, including numerous turnarounds. He was a member of the Executive Committee of the Commonwealth Bank and a director of twenty six companies in the Commonwealth Bank Group. He was Chairman of AMP Bank Limited, and is a director of Advertiles Corporation Pty Ltd, Christian Super, Workventures Limited and Focus on the Family Australia. He is Chairman of the Sydney Prayer Breakfast, and Chairman of ICCOREIS - the Inter-church Commission on Religious Education in Schools (NSW).

Mr John Holt

John has held many senior roles in accounting and finance, property, performing arts, tourism, entertainment, medical and stevedore industries and has provided strategic and financial assessment of various projects in those industries. He holds director, treasurer and member roles including in not-for-profit companies and has done so over many years. He is a founding member and director of the Christian arts company Logosdor with partnership opportunities throughout the world.

Professor Rosemary Johnston

Rosemary is Professor of Education and Culture at UTS and Director of the International Research Centre for Youth Futures. She serves or has served on the executive of a number of national and international Boards, including as Vice President of the Fédération Internationale des Langues et Littératures Modernes (affiliated to UNESCO). She is lead investigator on several large Commonwealth-funded research grants, including two working with remote Indigenous communities. She is also one of three chief investigators on a Leverhulme (UK) Grant. She leads a growing number of projects which are funded by national and international corporates, and which aim to expand the horizons of thinking of disengaged youth and develop opportunities and pathways for their educational enhancement.

Mr Stephen O'Doherty

Stephen is CEO of Christian Schools Australia, a voice for Christian schooling in Australia. He is Chairman of Hope Media Limited, a multi-platform Christian media organisation whose channels include Sydney’s Christian FM station, Hope 103.2, and is a director of Christian Media Australia. Formerly, Stephen has been a broadcast journalist on radio and TV, and was an elected member of the New South Wales Parliament. Stephen is an active musician and is currently Musical Director of the Golden Kangaroos Hornsby Concert Band.

Rev Rex Rigby

Rex is currently the District Superintendent South Queensland and the National Superintendent of the Wesleyan Methodist Church of Australia. He is the first Indigenous National Head of a denomination in Australia. Rex has been in the pastoral ministry for 28 years, serving in Brisbane, Melbourne and country Queensland. He has planted four churches and overseen the planting of a further ten.

Rev Dr Richard Waugh QSM

Richard serves as National Superintendent of the Wesleyan Methodist Church of New Zealand and is founding Senior Minister of East City Wesleyan Church in East Auckland. His ministry includes being chairman of the National Church Leaders Meeting in New Zealand and regional secretary for World Methodist Evangelism. In 2007 Richard was awarded a Queen’s Service Medal (QSM) in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list for his community ministry work. He is also the President of the South Pacific Conference of the Wesleyan Methodist Church.
* Excelsia College (ACN 110 639 435) is a registered public company limited by guarantee in the State of New South Wales, Australia, under the Corporations Act 2001.

Academic Board



Professor and Associate Dean (Learning and Teaching), Faculty of Business, Australian Catholic University

MB BS, BA, BLitt, MBA, MA, MSc (Education), MInfoTech, MBEnv, MCogSc, LLM, MJuris, MPH, MScComms, MSc (Info Science), PhD, ScEdD

As Chair of the Academic Board, Prof Alan Bowen-James provides leadership and direction for the College’s senior academics in achieving Excelsia College’s vision of transforming lives through excellence in Christian higher education.
Alan holds postgraduate qualifications in a number of disciplines, including medicine, philosophy, law, cognitive science, informatics, business, education and the history of ideas. Alan has held senior academic and managerial appointments with the University of Sydney, the University of Technology Sydney, the University of New South Wales, Deakin University, NextEd Ltd and Cengage Education (formerly Thomson Education.)





Executive Director, Anglican Education Commission, Diocese of Sydney

Adjunct Professor of Education, University of Sydney

BA, DipEd, PTC, MEd, MEdAdmin, EdD, FACE

Dr Bryan Cowling is the Executive Director of the Anglican Education Commission in the Diocese of Sydney. Bryan’s career of 35 years in the NSW Department of Education includes work as a teacher, consultant, inspector of schools, Regional Director of Education and subsequently the State Director of Curriculum. He later became the inaugural State Director of Vocational Education and, in due course, Director of School Education Policy. In 1999 he became the founding Principal of Thomas Hassall Anglican College at Middleton Grange. Bryan is an Honorary Associate Professor in the Department of Education and Social Work at the University of Sydney. Bryan is a member of a number of State and National boards, councils and committees related to education. At the international level, he is a member of the Steering Committee of the Transforming Learning Project between the Kuyers Institute at Calvin College Grand Rapids USA, the Stapleford Centre and Canterbury Christ Church University UK, and the Anglican Education Commission in Sydney. Among a number of other awards and acclamations, Bryan was made a Fellow of the Australian College of Education for service to vocational and career education in Australia and curriculum implementation support in NSW. He has a passionate interest in the delivery of quality education from pre-school to University, the genuine contextualising of the Christian faith in a secularist educational environment, and a dynamic Australian Christian approach to education at every level and in every context.





Emeritus Professor of Paediatrics & Child Health, University of Sydney

Emeritus Consultant Physician, Westmead Children’s Hospital

MB BS, DipChildHealth, MHealthPlan, MD, DSc, MRACP, RFCP, FRACP, FRACMA

Prof Kim Oates is a Paediatrician who trained in Sydney, London and Boston. Most of his professional work has been associated with the Royal Alexandra Hospital for Children (The Children’s Hospital at Westmead) and the University of Sydney. He held the Foundation Douglas Burrows Chair of Paediatrics and Child Health at the University of Sydney from 1985-1997, as well as being Chairman of the Division of Medicine at the Children's Hospital, of which he was Chief Executive from 1997-2006.

Kim has a long-standing interest in child development, child behaviour, the problems of child abuse and neglect and advocacy on behalf of children. He was the inaugural chair of the New South Wales Child Death Review Team and founding Chair of the Federal Government's National Council on the Prevention of Child Abuse.

In 2000, he received the Kempe award from the USA for “outstanding contributions to the community on behalf of children”. He has received a range of other national and international awards including the 2006 Alumni Award from the University of Sydney and the Howard Williams Medal from the College of Physicians for “outstanding contributions to Paediatrics and Child Health in Australasia”.
Kim has written or edited 14 books and has over 300 publications. He is currently Emeritus Professor of Paediatrics at the University of Sydney and involved in curriculum review, as well as teaching programs, in Vietnam and Saudi Arabia.





Adjunct Professor to Western Sydney University

DipTeach, BEd, AssocDipMus; GradDipArts, Dalcroze II, MEd(Hons), PhD

Professor Deirdre Russell-Bowie has been lecturing in Creative Arts Education for over thirty-seven years and has authored a prolific number of music and creative arts books and other publications.
Her research interests include developing children’s self-esteem through the arts and preservice and inservice teachers’ attitudes to, and practices in arts education as well as technology mediated arts education.
She has written 32 books and numerous national and internationally published journal articles and conference papers. Her website artsMMADD.com offers teachers free creative arts resources developed from her many resource books.
Deirdre has won the prestigious national Australian Award for University Teaching as well as several University awards for Teaching, Community Service and Research. She is now retired and serves as an adjunct Professor to Western Sydney University.





Head of Business

BEcon, MPhil (Hons), PhD

Prof Felix B Tan is Head of Business at Excelsia College in Sydney, Australia. He was the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Global Information Management from 1998 to 2012. He served on the Council of the Association for Information System from 2003 to 2005. He has held visiting positions with the National University of Singapore, The University of Western Ontario, Georgia State University, The University of Hawaii at Manoa, Royal Holloway University of London and Indiana Wesleyan University. Prof Tan is internationally known for his work in the global IT field. His other research interests include IT user behaviour and the management of IT. Prof Tan has published in MIS Quarterly, Information & Management, Applied Ergonomics, Communications of the AIS, Communications of the ACM, IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management, Information Systems Journal, Journal of Information Technology, International Journal of Electronic Commerce, as well as other journals and refereed conference proceedings.





Academic Director, Excelsia College

BSc, BTh, DipMin, GradCertChurchLead, ThD, MPET

Dr Peter Davis was awarded the degree of Doctor of Theology from the Sydney College of Divinity in 2010. In addition, Peter has undergraduate degrees in Science and Theology, and postgraduate degrees in Leadership and Education. He was ordained as a Minister of the Word by the Uniting Church in Australia in 1987 and served in parish ministry at Lismore (987-1989) and Pittwater (1990-2005). Peter has been on the Theology faculty at Excelsia College since 2006. His roles have included Lecturer in Practical Theology (2006-2012), Head of Theology (from Jan 2013) and Academic Director (from Jul 2013). He has been the President of the Australasian Academy of Homiletics since its inception in 2000.





Director of Research, Excelsia College

BSc(Hons), DipCrim, DipEd, MClinPsy, DipBS, PhD

Dr Maureen Miner Bridges is Excelsia College’s Director of Research. She also holds Honorary/ Adjunct research positions at the University of Western Sydney and Australian Catholic University. Previously Maureen held the position of Senior Lecturer in the School of Psychology, University of Western Sydney, where she chaired the Psychology and Spirituality Society funded jointly by UWS and the Metanexus Foundation. Her research and scholarship in the fields of psychology, religion and spirituality have been recognized by a Crawford Miller Fellowship (St Cross College, Oxford) and a fellowship for the John Templeton Oxford program of seminars and research into Christianity and science. Maureen has served on Academic and Advisory Boards of major Sydney theological institutions (Australian College of Theology, Sydney College of Divinity). She has authored several books and almost 50 peer refereed publications and reports in key areas of psychology including abnormal psychology, organisational psychology, and psychology of religion. Maureen is an invited reviewer for major journals in her field, including the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, Journal of Psychology and Theology, Review of Religious Research, and Theology and Science.





Acting Head of Education


Dr Stiles has had many years of teaching experience and been Head of English, Director of Studies, Director of Human Resources and Head of Middle School in leading independent schools. He holds a Doctorate in Literature and Theology from Glasgow University, Scotland. He has studied Theology at Regent College, Vancouver, and been the recipient of several international awards.





Student Representative (Postgraduate counselling student)


Nerida trained as a Registered Nurse after completing a Bachelor of Science degree and is about to finish a Masters of Counselling. With professional experience in operations, program development, administration, fund-raising and friend-raising across a range of corporate and not-for-profit organisations, she understands the importance and impact of good relationships in the workplace.
Nerida attends her local church and appreciates good teaching, fellowship and friendship. Her work brings together her corporate experience and counselling training in a range of programs that encourage others to live purposeful, meaningful lives, both personally and professionally.





Director of Quality, Excelsia College

B.Com, M.Com & M.HRM & Coaching

Paul is the current Director of Quality and Secretary to Academic Board. He is an experienced academic and academic leader, having taught in the university sector for more than 12 years. In his previous role as Associate Dean (Sydney) at Central Queensland University, Paul served on the university’s Higher Education Advisory Committee. As Associate Dean, Paul was responsible for the recruitment, selection, orientation and mentoring of academic staff for the Sydney campus, and supervised more than 60 sessional academics in Business and IT. Paul supervised academic administration and handled all student academic matters for the Sydney campus. Prior to his academic career, Paul was an experienced management consultant.


Academic Staff

Dr Peter Stiles

(Acting) Head of Education


Dr Stiles has had many years of teaching experience and been Head of English, Director of Studies, Director of Human Resources and Head of Middle School in leading independent schools. He holds a Doctorate in Literature and Theology from Glasgow University, Scotland. He has studied Theology at Regent College, Vancouver, and been the recipient of several international awards.

Dr Graeme Goldsworthy

BA(Hons), ThL, BD, MA, ThM, PhD

Lecturer, Biblical Metanarrative

Dr Graeme Goldsworthy has lectured in Old Testament ,Hebrew, Biblical Theology and Hermeneutics at Moore College. He has also pastored in several churches. Graeme has published a number of books and journal articles, mainly on Biblical Theology. Although now retired from full-time employment, Graeme has continued as a visiting lecturer in Hermeneutics at Moore College.

Dr Thomas Smith

DipTh, BA, MEd, PhD

Lecturer, Religious Education and Human Development

Dr Thomas Smith lectures part-time at the School of Christian Studies (Anglican), and is an Honorary Education Consultant at Pacific Hills Christian School. Whilst teaching at Cranbrook School, he completed his PhD (2005) from the University of Sydney on the development of an agape identity in adolescents and young adults.

Dr Mark Stephens

BA(Hons), PhD

Lecturer, Jesus and the Gospels

Dr Mark Stephens has taught New Testament at Excelsia College since 2009. His PhD in New Testament is from Macquarie University and examines the idea of new creation in the book of Revelation. His honours dissertation, also from Macquarie University, examined the idea of resurrection bodies in the writings of the apostle Paul.

Dr Maureen Miner Bridges

BSc(Hons), DipCrim, DipEd, DipBS, MClinPsy, PhD

Lecturer, Research Methods

Dr Maureen Miner Bridges is the Director of Research at Excelsia College. She is also currently an Adjunct Research Fellow at the University of Western Sydney. Formerly a Senior Lecturer in Psychology at UWS, Maureen has taught and researched in the field of the psychology of religion/spirituality, and continues to supervise student theses in this area. Maureen is the founder and former Chair of the University of Western Sydney Psychology and Spirituality Society. Current collaborative research projects include the antecedents of burnout, work engagement and job satisfaction in church leaders; the impact of attachment to God on psychological health and well-being; and the integration of psychology and Christian theology.

Dr Lotte Latukefu

Head of Performing Arts

B.Mus, Dip. Opera, M.Mus, PhD 

Lotte holds a PhD in Music Education from the University of Wollongong, Master of Music from the Manhattan School of Music (NY) and a Bachelor of Music from the ANU School of Music. Collaborative Learning in Music, in particularly singing, has been a particular research interest for Lotte for about seven years. In her PhD thesis she examined the work of Lev Vygotsky and socio-cultural theorists who have followed in order to address questions concerning the nature of learning singing in collaborative settings. Her thesis demonstrated that there is a rich resource of learning to be found in the way that students interact with each other and learn from each other. Forming a nexus to this research is her own creative practice as a mezzo-soprano. Lotte’s practice-led research is concerned firstly with developing a canon of Australian contemporary art song that is influenced by Asia and the Pacific and secondly, experimenting with different kinds of folk music such as Klezmer, Gypsy, Balkan and Italian in order to extend the genre known as Australian Folk Music. She is a member of The Con Artists Community Gypsy Orchestra and Zumpa (Italian folk band).

Ms Ludmila Beliavskaia

DipMus, MMus(Hons)

Tutor, Classical Piano

A graduate of Rachmaninov Conservatorium of Music in Russia, Ludmila has more than 30 years experience of teaching classical piano. She started working at Rachmaninov Conservatorium of Music as a teacher in solo piano and chamber ensemble performance. She also worked as an accompanist. Having worked in Australia for 15 years, Ludmila currently teaches at the University of New South Wales, Excelsia College and International Grammar School. Some of her recent performances include concerts with the German Chamber Orchestra at the Sydney Opera House and the Greek Choir at Sydney Town Hall. Ludmila’s students have received awards at piano competitions both in Russia and Australia.

Ms Kathleen Connell

BA, DipEd, GradCertVocPedag, MA, PhD in progress

Tutor, Voice

Kathleen is a music pedagogy professional with extensive experience in teaching, performance and research. She teaches both aspiring and accomplished singers in technique and vocal skills, and integrates world-class teaching methods and appropriate styles to suit singers. Kathleen worked as a professional singer for over 20 years, both as a permanent and freelance artist for many of Australia’s major arts companies and in a variety of events. Kathleen earned postgraduate qualifications in the teaching of singing (Master of Vocal Pedagogy from the University of Western Sydney) and her current PhD research investigates career trajectories and entrepreneurship of singers and musicians.

Mr Mitch Farmer

Industry Professional

Tutor, Drums

Mitch has established a reputation as one of Australia's most sought after all-round drummers with a career spanning over 28 years. His credits include both Australian and International Artists, touring and recording with Tommy Emmanuel (with whom he performed at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games Closing Ceremony), Rick Price, Marcia Hines, Renee Geyer, Doug Parkinson, Dragon, Daryl Braithwaite, Tina Arena, Richard Clapton, Jimmy Barnes, Glen Shorrock, Brian Cadd, Guy Sebastian, Wendy Matthews, Andrew Oh, Mondo Rock, Darlene Zschech and the Hillsong Worship Team. USA: Trisha Yearwood, Pam Tillis, Jim Lauderdale, Israel Houghton, Alvin Slaughter, The Blues Brothers. UK: Katherine Jenkins, Martin Smith, Tim Hughes. Theatre: The Lion King, Oh What a Night, Priscilla. TV shows & Performances: Ch 10, 9, 7, ABC, Australian Idol, Y T T band 2012, Carols in the Domain, Sydney Concert & Symphony Orchestras. Tuition: private teaching, St George, Peakhurst Girls, Excelsia College (formerly Wesley Institute), JMC Academy, Australian Institute of Music.

Ms Clare Heuston

BA(Hons), AMusA, CertIVAWT, CertIVTA

Lecturer, Performance, Small Ensemble (Vocal)
Tutor, Voice

Clare graduated from the University of Sydney with a special interest in Performance Studies. She then spent four years directing original works for The Native Rose Music Theatre Co. Studying under Susan Reppion, Sue Falk, and then Anthea Moller, she won the World Song section of the 1998 SMPAC, then the Lady Persia Galleghan Award for Operatic Voice in 1999. She also won the Mozart Prize at the National Eisteddfod that year. She started teaching singing at The Actors’ College of Theatre and Television in 2000. She now divides herself between the ACTT, Excelsia College, Newtown High School of the Performing Arts and her private studio, as well as performing. Projects in recent years include singing arias from ‘Cosi fan Tutte’ to her own ukulele accompaniment as incidental music for the Raw-Em production of Louis Nowra’s ‘Cosi’ at The Haven. In 2012 her first play, ‘Televention’, was produced at the King St Theatre. With pop trio The Slow Days, she co-wrote the 2013 Sydney Fringe Festival show ‘Distilled’.

Mr Alan Ho

AMusA, BMus(Ed), MMus(Conduct)

Lecturer, Harmony and Analysis I-II, Aural Perception I-II
Tutor, Piano

Alan is a lecturer in Harmony Analysis and Aural Perception at Excelsia College. Alan has many years of experience in teaching piano and conducting. Alan teaches piano and was an Australian Music Examinations Board piano examiner. Alan conducted the Bankstown City Choir, Holy Spirit Youth Group, Australian Youth Choir, Yellow River Chorus and is currently the Artistic Director and Conductor of the Chinese Leisure Learning Adults Choir.

Ms Na Ri Kim

BA(Mus), BCA(MusPerf), MMus

Piano Accompanist
Tutor, Piano

Na Ri is an experienced piano teacher, organist and music theory teacher. Na Ri Kim was born in South Korea and interested in music from a young age. She started learning the organ when she went to university. While studying, she performed in numerous concerts as a soloist and accompanist. She migrated to Australia after she got married in 1998. She studied and completed a Bachelor of Music at Wesley Institute and a Master of Music at Newcastle Conservatorium. She is currently teaching at Excelsia College, Message Musical School in the Korean Community and as a private piano teacher.

Dr Sadaharu Muramatsu

BA(Hons), MMus, MMus, Hon.DMus

Lecturer, Large Ensemble (Choral), Musical Direction
Tutor, Conductor

Dr Sadaharu Muramatsu (Sada) is the Music Director of Strathfield Symphony Orchestra, Conductor of Suzuki Cello Ensemble and Choirmaster of Sydney Sakura Choir. Sada completed a Masters of Music in Conducting at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, UK. Later he was granted a fellowship to study conducting at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, University of Sydney under the Japanese Government Overseas Study Program for Artists. Sada has studied conducting under Imre Pallo, Kurt Masur, Sir Mark Elder CBE, Hirofumi Misawa and Kazuki Sawa. Sada resides in Australia with a Distinguished Talent visa granted for his achievements by the Australian Government.

Mr Art Phillips


Lecturer, Music and Media, Music and the Moving Image, Screen Music Analysis

Art was President of the Australian Guild of Screen Composers 2001-2008 and served as Vice President from 1992-2000. He is also a councillor for Music Australia (Music Council of Australia) representing ‘Music in Film and Television’ since 2005. He is a two-time EMMY winning composer for a myriad of TV series and films both in the USA and Australia. He penned the R&B single ‘Here We Go’ for Minnie Riperton, co-wrote the Motown Record release ‘Now That I Have You’ for recording artist Teena Marie, composed for Santa Barbara (NBC), The Love Boat, Neighbours, Missing Persons Unit, The Lost Treasure of Fiji, and Outback House, and his production library work on over 75 album releases used on the television shows includes Cold Case Files, Good Morning America, The Dog Whisperer, E True Hollywood Story, America’s Most Wanted, A Current Affair (US), Celebrity Profile, NYPD Blue, The Oprah Winfrey Show, Survivor, 60 Minutes, The Ricki Lake Show, Harry’s Practice, The Great Outdoors, Extra-The Entertainment Magazine Show and The USA Today Show, and many more.

Mr David Pudney

AssDipJazzStud, Industry Professional

Lecturer, Functional Keyboard
Tutor, Jazz Piano, Bass Guitar, Double Bass

David completed his Associate Diploma in Jazz Studies at the Sydney Conservatorium in 1984 and has been a sought after bass player in the Australian jazz scene since that time, with a wide repertoire of mixed styles. He spent 16 years as bassist in the Don Burrows Quartet and has worked with many distinguished Australian and overseas jazz artists. David is also a pianist and teaches piano, electric and double bass, and improvisation at the Sydney Conservatorium Open Academy, Avondale Conservatorium in the Newcastle area, and here at Excelsia College. As a working musician, recording artist and teacher, he brings a wealth of musical experience to Excelsia College.

Mr Ralph Pyl

AssDipJazzStud, Industry Professional

Lecturer, Small Ensemble (Jazz), Large Ensemble (Instrumental)
Tutor, Trumpet

Ralph has performed and recorded with many artists both in Australia and overseas including international stars K.C and the Sunshine Band, Shirley Bassey, The Four Tops, The Temptations, Sir George Martin, Tom Jones, Wayne Newton, Al Jarreau, Tim Rice, Harry Connick Jnr, Glenn Close, Michael Buble, Jerry Lewis, Frankie Valli, and national stars including James Morrison, Daly Wilson Big Band, Don Burrows, Anthony Warlow, Marcia Hines, Carl Riseley, Silverchair and since 1998 has been lead trumpet in ‘Frank - The Sinatra Story in Song’. Ralph and his world renowned ‘Sydney All Star Big Band’ won four consecutive Australian Entertainment Mo Awards for best jazz ensemble of the year for 2002-2005. Ralph’s credits have also seen him playing in several Sydney theatre productions including 42nd Street, Porgy and Bess, Beauty and the Beast, Guys and Dolls, Cats and Fame just to mention a few. He has also appeared on over 100 albums, motion picture soundtracks and TV commercials.

Mr Boris Suraev

BMus, Concert Cellist

Tutor, Cello

Boris is a graduate of the Tashkent State Conservatorium of Music, USSR. In 1991, he won third prize in the National Cello Competition and was subsequently invited to work as first cello for the State Television and Radio Chamber Orchestra. Boris has more than 20 years of teaching experience. His students achieve High Distinction results in examinations and a number of students have been successful in applying for music scholarships. Boris currently teaches at Excelsia College, The University of Sydney, The Conservatorium High School, Meriden School, Newtown High School of the Performing Arts, and other schools in Sydney’s Inner West.

Profiles coming soon...

Profiles coming soon...

Professor Felix Tan

Head of Business

BEcon, MPhil (Hons), PhD

Dr Felix B Tan is Professor and Head of Business at Excelsia College in Sydney, Australia. He was the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Global Information Management from 1998 to 2012. He served on the Council of the Association for Information System from 2003 to 2005. He has held visiting positions with the National University of Singapore, The University of Western Ontario, Georgia State University, The University of Hawaii at Manoa, Royal Holloway University of London and Indiana Wesleyan University. Dr Tan is internationally known for his work in the global IT field. His other research interests include IT user behaviour and the management of IT. Dr Tan has published in MIS Quarterly, Information & Management, Applied Ergonomics, Communications of the AIS, Communications of the ACM, IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management, Information Systems Journal, Journal of Information Technology, International Journal of Electronic Commerce, as well as other journals and refereed conference proceedings.


Excelsia College is a Higher Education Provider registered with the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency, approved to offer FEE-HELP, Youth Allowance, Austudy and Abstudy, and registered to offer courses to international students (CRICOS Provider Code 02664K).
The Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) regulates and assures the quality of Australia’s large, diverse and complex higher education sector. TEQSA registers and evaluates the performance of higher education providers against the Higher Education Standards Framework comprising five domains: Provider Standards, Qualification Standards, Teaching and Learning Standards, Information Standards and Research Standards. TEQSA also undertakes regular compliance assessments and quality assessments of all higher education providers.
In the provision of higher education courses Excelsia College complies with relevant legislation, including the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency Act 2011, the Higher Education Support Act 2003, and the ESOS Act 2000, and their respective Standards, Codes and Guidelines.
Excelsia College is an affiliate of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities and a member of the Council of Private Higher Education.
For further details, see Excelsia College on the National Register of Higher Education Providers at //www.teqsa.gov.au/national-register/provider/prv12064

Integrative Studies

Excelsia College aims to provide excellence in higher education within a distinctive Christian framework. Every university and college works out of a particular worldview which integrates knowledge with action, and information with personal formation. Accordingly, all undergraduates at Excelsia study a suite of subjects called Integrative Studies, in which students are encouraged to assess critically their own worldview, and to engage thoughtfully with the Christian worldview that undergirds all teaching and learning at Excelsia.
The Integrative Studies curriculum addresses a range of topic areas:
Worldview seeks to clarify the way we conceptualise God, the world, the human person, and morality. It provides the student with intellectual and practical tools to assess critically whether a worldview is both intellectually coherent and practically useful, within our various social and political contexts.
Ethics draws upon the Western intellectual tradition, and the particular contributions of Christian thinkers, to help develop a workable framework for making moral decisions.
Biblical Studies enables students to read the central texts of Christianity, both Old and New Testament, in a way that is historically grounded and contextually aware. As a seminal text in the development of Western Culture, this course explores the relevance of the Christian Scriptures for both the believer and non-believer.
Vocation studies the way the Christian intellectual tradition speaks to the notion of "calling" in regards to the work we perform in this world. It encourages students to see their work as meaningful praxis, in which they are able to make a real and significant contribution to the world.

Pray for Excelsia College

Thank you for considering support of Excelsia College through prayer!
A multi-denominational, not-for-profit Christian higher education provider, Excelsia College's mission is to be an academic community benefiting the world by producing research characterised by exemplary scholarship consistent with a Christian world view, and graduates prepared to lead in a range of professions.
Excitingly, together with Indiana Wesleyan University, we are part of a global Christian learning community with big plans for the future. Excelsia College (formerly Wesley Institute) has 32 years of experience in Christian higher education in Australia, and IWU has 95 years of experience in Christ-centred education in the US and global markets. Together the partners are well positioned to take Christian higher education to the next level in Australia for undergraduate and postgraduate students.
Excelsia facilitates our students’ outstanding academic, professional, personal and spiritual development in a rigorous, supportive, collaborative learning community.
Please view our current praise and prayer points below, and thank you again for your support.
Give Thanks and Praise
  • For the 175+ students studying bachelor and masters degrees across our schools of Drama, Music, Teacher Education and Counselling
  • For our strong Academic Board and Board of Directors, as well as our talented and committed staff who, together, pursue our goal to become a Christian university
  • For the continuing integration of all our degree programs with Christian faith, as we pursue our mission to benefit the world by producing research characterised by exemplary scholarship consistent with a Christian world view, and graduates prepared to lead in a range of professions
  • For God’s provision of our new campus at 69-71 Waterloo Road, Macquarie Park
  • For achievement of Self-Accrediting Authority across the fields of education in which we currently offer degrees
  • For our joining forces with Indiana Wesleyan University, seeking to make Excelsia College the foundation for the first global Christian University in Australia
Join with Us in Praying
  • That God will guide wise decisions by boards and management, so He can continue to use Excelsia to bring glory to Himself, as we seek to become a Christian university
  • That God will guide our development of new courses, and our steps to becoming an Australian University
  • That God will bless the launch this year of our first business degrees and our first PhD in organisational leadership
  • That God will guide our recruitment and development of world-class staff to achieve our Mission and Vision
  • That God will lead people to contribute to ongoing fundraising
  • That God will touch those he wants to enrol in Semester 1, 2018 to grow professionally, academically, personally and spiritually
  • That our activities will equip students and staff for the next steps in their professional and spiritual journeys, and that God will draw us all close to him

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Thank you for your interest in Excelsia College.
Education is an important mission field for Christians today. We recognise that we have a distinct opportunity to make a significant impact on the next generation and we invite you to partner with us in God’s work.
Our undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in the Creative Arts, Counselling, and Teacher Education are delivered within the context of a Biblical worldview, uniquely positioning Excelsia College in the landscape of higher education. We provide an artistically stimulating, culturally diverse and academically rigorous environment in which staff and students are encouraged to achieve their potential.
The online learning platform within our Teacher Education and Religious Education degrees facilitates a very convenient and flexible delivery alternative to a traditional lecture-based course. This is particularly attractive to people who need to fit their studies into busy lives, or to individuals living away from major cities.
By giving to Excelsia College, you will play a key role in transforming lives through excellence in Christian higher education and equipping people for Christian life and leadership in a range of influential vocations.
Your partnership will create a living legacy through Excelsia College as the gifts and talents of our students are nurtured and developed to benefit the communities we seek to reach for God’s kingdom.
Excelsia College has DGR (Deductible Gift Recipient) status. Donations of $2 and over are tax-deductible.
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  • Excelsia College’s current needs
  • Creative Arts
  • Counselling
  • Education
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