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“I like the wide range of co-curricular activities at Redeemer. I enjoy how I can be so dedicated to Sport, but also be heavily involved in Music. I also love how Redeemer values not only Academia but also Sport and Music. I also love the environment that the school creates, Redeemer creates a safe and happy environment where friendships are treasured.”
- Alex G (Year 12)

College Council

Redeemer Lutheran College is owned and operated by the Lutheran Church of Australia Queensland District. The church appoints a governing body called the College Council to oversee the running of the school. There are up to ten members with backgrounds in areas including education, finance, theology, law and business drawn from the Lutheran Church. They meet with the management team of the college on a monthly basis. They also have a number of sub committees which meet regularly. The College Council is concerned with the general oversight of the college, but the day to day running of the school is in the hands of the Principal and management team.

The current members of the College Council are:

Chair Mr Ross Warbrooke
Vice Chair Mr Andrew Spyropoulos
Secretary Mrs Sarah Dixon
Members Mr Michael Hoopmann
Ms Margit Hubbers
Mr Cameron Jaggers
Rev Robin Stelzer
Mr James Tan
Consultant Mr Shaun McKenzie
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Profiles

Ross Warbrooke

Position on College Council: Chair.

Qualifications: BE(Civil), Served on LCAQD committees and my local Church Council and Parish Council over the years; Working with Children Suitability Blue Card.

Occupation: Civil/Structural Engineer.

Skillset / experience brought to Redeemer Lutheran College governance from your professional career: An ability to plan to achieve objectives, critically review the details of proposals for consistency.

Association to the College: Parent.

Home church/congregation: Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Tingalpa.

Summary of service in congregation/parish/wider church: Served as Congregational Chair for about 5 years, served as Parish Chair for about 13 years, currently Elder at Good Shepherd, Tingalpa, chaired the organising committee for the 1982 Lutheran Youth of Australia, Assembly (about 400 attendees) held in Brisbane, Zone Chair for Lutheran Youth of Queensland South Metropolitan and South Coast Zone, Chair of Calvary, Carina Lutheran Youth Group for about 3 years.

Summary of community service: Apart from my service to the church, I have served on the Structural Committee for Institution of Engineers, Australia, Queensland Division.

Where did you go to school?: Camp Hill Primary School and Camp Hill High School.

What do you like most about Redeemer?: The sense of community and the encouragement it gives to my children for their own faith.


Andrew Spyropoulos

Position on College Council: Vice Chair.

Qualifications: AICD NMAS Accredited Mediator; Grad Dip Strategic Management; Working with Children Suitability Blue Card.

Occupation: Entrepreneur with international expertise in food distribution: Specialist in Seafood and Fine Food Marketing.

Skillset / experience brought to Redeemer Lutheran College governance: Negotiation, Analytical, Jesus Focussed.

Association to the College: Parent.

Home church/congregation: St Marks Lutheran Church, Mt Gravatt.

Summary of service in congregation/parish/wider church: Member, District Church Council; Chair, Constitution Committee, LCAQD; Treasurer, St Mark’s Early Learning Centre.

Where did you go to school?: Caro, Egypt/Athens.

What do you like most about Redeemer?: Community feeling; Association with Church/Ethos


Sarah Dixon

Position on College Council: Secretary of College Council.

Qualifications: Bachelor of Business (Communication), MAICD; Justice of the Peace (Qualified); Working with Children Suitability Blue Card.

Occupation: I’m a Group Manager at Rowland, one of Australia’s largest independent communication, digital and creative agencies.

Skillset / experience brought to Redeemer Lutheran College governance: I’ve enjoyed more than 15 years’ experience as a corporate communication practitioner at the forefront of Australian public affairs. In my executive role, I act as a trusted advisor to my clients, many of which are among the country’s largest companies. I bring all of what I’ve learned in this context to the College Council table.

Association to the College: I’m a past student (class of 1997), and a future parent.

Home church/congregation: My husband Nat and I, together with our children - Grace (5), Abigail (3), and Jael (1) - worship at the Bowen Hills campus of Hope Centre (part of the Australian Christian Churches movement). I am baptised and confirmed in the Lutheran Church, and have also called Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Woongoolba and Our Saviour Lutheran Church, Rochedale, home.

Summary of service in congregation/parish/wider church: In addition to volunteering on College Council, I also serve as a Trustee Director of Lutheran Super, the super fund for employees of the Lutheran Church of Australia.

Summary of community service: I’m a Director of Teen Rescue Foundation, a national charitable Trust which provides financial support to Australian organisations at the front-line of initiatives addressing teen alcohol consumption. Teen Rescue Foundation was established by Tyson and Rachael Stelzer (College parents and Redeemer Chaplain), to combat underage alcohol abuse. Over the past 18 months, the Trust has raised more than $40,000 for those at the front-line of this issue.

Where did you go to school?: Redeemer Lutheran College (class of 1997).

What do you like most about Redeemer?: I was blessed with many great teachers while at Redeemer College, and also many great friends. I consider my closest girlfriends, most of whom also attended the College, as Redeemer’s greatest gift to me.


Michael Hoopmann

Role on College Council: As well as being on Council, I am a member of the Finance, Building, Grounds and Technology sub-committee.

Qualifications: Grad Dip Business Administration; Working with Children Suitability Blue Card.

Occupation: Business Consultant.

Skillset / experience brought to Redeemer Lutheran College governance from your professional career: Property portfolio management; Risk management; Counselling; Project management; Business continuity.

Association to the College: Past Parent.

Home church/congregation: Our Saviour Lutheran Church, Rochedale.

Summary of service in congregation/parish/wider church: Member of Our Saviour Governance Council.

Summary of community service: Red Cross; Neighbourhood Watch; Parents and Friends; Disaster Recovery.

Where did you go to school?: Nobby / Goombungee / Toowoomba / Oakey.

What do you like most about Redeemer?: Pastoral Care for students and staff is a high priority.


Margit Hubbers

Role on College Council: As well as being on Council, I am a member of the Finance and Risk Management Committees.

Qualifications: Dip T (Primary and Special Schools); B Ed, Grad Dip Special Education; Working with Children Suitability Blue Card.

Occupation: Now retired (as of July 2015), but I was a Learning Support and Special Needs Teacher.

Skillset / experience brought to Redeemer Lutheran College governance from your professional career: An understanding of the education process from different points of view - as an educator and as a parent. My Christian faith so that the College will always have its ‘Hope In Christ’.

Association to the College: I am a Past Parent (2001 – 2007) of the College and also a Past Staff Member (2002 – 2009).

Home church/congregation: Our Saviour Lutheran Church, Rochedale.

Summary of service in congregation/parish/wider church: I am currently a Deacon at Our Saviour. Also a past Chair of the congregation and past member of the Governance Council. I am also currently Secretary of the District Church Council of the Lutheran Church of Australia Queensland District. I sing in the church choir, and am on the roster for reading during the service, prayer and morning tea.

Summary of community service: Helping with the Tuesday morning Playgroup that meets in the MPC. Coffee after the Junior School Chapel Service each week.

Where did you go to school?: I grew up in Kingaroy and attended the local Primary and Secondary schools. I did my teacher training at what was then called Mount Gravatt Teachers’ College, now Griffith University.

What do you like most about Redeemer?: That the College is concerned about the whole child/student, not just their brains. The educational (learning), physical, social, emotional and spiritual development of each student is important so that they can become caring and compassionate global citizens of the future. The close partnership between the College and the Our Saviour congregation is also very important to me.


Cameron Jaggers

Role on College Council: Member of College Council.

Qualifications: Bachelor of Commerce, Master of Professional Accounting, CA and Working with Children Suitability Blue Card.

Occupation: I work for a leading international professional services firm specialising in Governance, Risk Management and Contract and Project Advisory.

Skillset / experience brought to Redeemer Lutheran College governance from your professional career: Financial Management, Governance and Risk, Audit, Christian values and beliefs.

Association to the College: Current Parent.

Home church/congregation: Runcorn Christian Church.

Summary of service in congregation/parish/wider church: I serve my church community as a Board Member and Treasurer of Runcorn Christian Church. My wife and I also host a small group at our home each fortnight and are involved in various church activities.

Summary of community service: I am on the management committee of an Indigenous not for profit organisation who provides vocational pathways for members of the Ingenious Community in the western corridor of Brisbane by providing education and support services and am a member of the Noosa Shire Council Audit Committee which is an advisory committee to Council to review the financial and risk management attributes of Council.

Where did you go to school?: John Paul College.

What do you like most about Redeemer?: (1) The strong Christian values and beliefs of the school and the Redeemer community. (2) The holistic approach to education which enables students to excel in academic endeavours but not at the expense of their mental and spiritual growth and development.


Pastor Robin Stelzer

Role on College Council: Pastor and Finance Committee Chairman.

Qualifications: BTh; BEc; Former Chartered Accountant; Ordained Lutheran Pastor; Working with Children Suitability Blue Card.

Occupation: Lutheran Pastor.

Skillset / experience brought to Redeemer Lutheran College governance from your professional career: Accountancy, Financial Planning.

Association to the College: Local congregation Pastor in team with Redeemer; Past Parent, now grandparent.

Home church/congregation: Our Saviour Lutheran Church, Rochedale.

Summary of service in congregation/parish/wider church: 31 years on Lutheran Schools Council (10 years Chaplain); Convenor, National Lead Pastors Retreat (10 years); Trainer, Grassroots ‘Leadership’ courses (8 years); LEQ member; Chairman of Chapel building team.

Summary of community service: 21 years of Leadership and Pastoral Care as a Redeemer Lutheran College Support Pastor. Partner with Chaplains. Builder of partnerships with other churches (all denominations) for Redeemer Christian culture benefit.

Where did you go to school?: South Australia – State Schools in Adelaide, 1950s and 1960s.

What do you like most about Redeemer?: The spirit of joyful learning, Caring community and Christian encouragement which I experience among students.


Mr James Tan

Role on College Council: As well as being on Council, I am a member of the Finance and Risk sub-committees.

Qualifications: Bachelor of Biomedical Science, Master of Business (Finance), Bachelor of Laws, Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice, Working with Children Suitability Blue Card.

Occupation: Lawyer.

Skillset / experience brought to Redeemer Lutheran College governance from your professional career: I have legal experience in Family Law, Commercial/Civil Litigation and Not-for-profits/Charity/Education law. I believe that the practice of law is an extension of my calling as a Christian to act justly, love mercy and walk humbly.

Association to the College: Supporter and Neighbour – I live in a neighbouring suburb.

Home church/congregation: Chinese Methodist Church Australia – Eight Mile Plains Congregation.

Summary of service in congregation/parish/wider church: Prior to coming on to the Redeemer Council, I served on my local Church Council as Secretary for 2 years. I was previously also a Sunday School Teacher and Youth Group Leader, and I currently serve in Church on the Sunday School Committee and as a Small Group Leader.

Summary of community service: My community service has been predominantly through the activities of the Church.

Where did you go to school?: I grew up in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. I completed my prep, primary and high school there at a British International School called Garden International School, and the International Stream of the Boarding School Kolej Tuanku Ja’afar.

What do you like most about Redeemer?: I love working alongside a team of extremely capable and caring Christ-focused people, being the various members of the College Council and College Management, which I believe also filters down to all aspects of the Redeemer Community.


Shaun McKenzie

Role on College Council: Consultant and member of the Finance and BGT Committees.

Qualifications: Bachelor of Business; Graduate Diploma in Workplace Health and Safety and Industrial Relations; Working with Children Suitability Blue Card.

Occupation: Manager Employee Relations – BHP Billiton.

Skillset / experience brought to Redeemer Lutheran College governance from your professional career: Human Resources & Industrial Relations; Organisational Capability & Leadership Development; Business Acumen; Risk & Governance; Workplace Health & Safety.

Association to the College: Past student (Class of 1991) with 2 children at the school..

Where did you go to school?: Redeemer Lutheran College (Class of 1991).

What do you like most about Redeemer?: The holistic approach to the growth and development of our students – academic, sporting, arts, cultural and community.