*meet our training staff
Ken & Robyn Mulligan
Ken and Robyn Mulligan left their small rural farming community in central New South Wales to work as full time volunteers with YWAM. In 1992, after several years serving in Brisbane, the Mulligans, along with their 2 children Nathan and Carla, moved to Townsville to re-pioneer the work of YWAM – Reef to Outback.
Ken, Robyn, and their small team came with a hope in their hearts to help young people throughout North Queensland and in the rural areas in northern Australia. Coupled with this was a hope to see young Aussies trained up and equipped to be able to help serve in Asia and the Pacific Islands from a hub in Townsville.
The early days began with a small group of people living in an all-in-one house, office, and training centre, all serving as full time volunteers. Nearly 20 years later, many people know the big warehouse on Ingham Road – the YWAM Reef to Outback training centre, and to hundreds of kids around Townsville, YWAM is a place of inspiration, hope, and love.
Ken and Robyn have been full-time volunteers in the Townsville community since the early 90′s and are currently directors of YWAM Townsville where 80+ volunteer staff from around the world serve alongside them. Ken was honoured for his efforts as Townsville’s Citizen of the Year in 2008.
In addition to serving as the Director of YWAM Reef to Outback, Ken also serves in a number of other roles:
- YWAM Medical Ships Managing Director
- ARMS International
- YWAM Australia Executive
- YWAM Queensland & Northern Territory Director
Area: Training Development
Joanne Blaik trained as a secondary English/Geography teacher and worked within the Queensland State Education system before beginning a career with YWAM.
Area: Ship DTS Leader, and Training Development
Hailing from the UK’s beautiful Channel Islands, Helen was formally trained as a physio. Though she still loves to provide health care and health training, she subsequently developed a love for travel and for ships working aboard Disney Cruise Ships. Landing in Australia, she took that passion to the next level with a commitment to develop young leaders by pioneering the very first YWAM Medical Ship DTS.
Role: January Reef to Outback DTS Leader
Cassandra originally from Canada, joined staff in October of 2010 after completing her DTS. She loves her job helping to mentor, develop, and train young leaders and is looking forward to combining her passion for discipleship and relationship through our Reef to Outback DTS.
Mena & Shey Tuibua
Area: July Pacific DTS Leader
Mena and Shey Tuibua have pioneered and are currently leading the Pacific Discipleship Training School. They met here at YWAM Townsville, Mena is from Fiji and Shey is from the Gold Coast, Australia. They have two beautiful children, Resina their oldest daughter and their son Viliame. They have a passion to see the indigenous youth of the Pacific Region empowered.
Area: January Sport Plus DTS Leader
Lindsey is originally from Colorado in the US. She joined YWAM Townsville as staff after completing her DTS in 2007. Lindsey is passionate about people and has a real heart for sport and for the Pacific. During her time in the ministry Lindsey has undertaken several roles including staffing DTS’s, working in communications and working in base operations. Lindsey has adopted Aussie sport in a big way and is a passionate Cowboys supporter (NRL). In addition Lindsey can often be found mixing it up with Proper Way whether island dancing or just having fun!!
Area: July Youth DTS Leader
In 2003, Fiona, a local Aussie girl, jumped at the opportunity to be a part of YWAM Townsville. Passionate about seeing youth live their lives to the fullest and with a belief that everyone has something to offer, she has focussed her energy into developing young people and championing them to make a real difference with their lives. Leading YWAM Townsville’s youth ministries and the July Youth DTS, her heart and desire is to make missions fun, impacting and real.
Area: January Sport Plus DTS Leader
Area: Biblical Foundations
Originally from Northern Germany, Chrissie has always loved travelling and other cultures. But even more so is her passion for people deepening their relationship with God. Chrissie loves to come alongside people in their journey and seeing them live up to their potential. As part of that, her heart is for young people to understand the context of the Bible and develop a love of reading and studying God’s Word but also applying the principles to their lives.
Area: Introduction to Primary Healthcare Course Leader
Coming from the west coast of the United States, Casey loves a good adventure. She has a huge heart for the poor and needy and has her hand in leading clinics in the ships ministry. Casey has a passion for training and developing health care in the nation of PNG and loves that she gets to train and equip young people in health care so that they can take their skills to the nations.
Area: January Reef to Outback DTS Leader
All the way from Texas, Lea came to YWAM Townsville and completed her DTS in 2011. A few months later she joined staff here and has been involved in discipleship training schools, and developing our registrar area. She has a passion for community development, innovation, and communications.