July 30, 2017
Meet the key speakers at this year’s CMS Summer School.

Speakers at CMS Summer School 2023

Vaughan Roberts
Main Bible talks on Hebrews

Vaughan Roberts studied law at Cambridge University before a brief spell in South Africa where he was involved in student ministry. He subsequently trained for Anglican ministry at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford, and since 1991 he has been on the staff of St Ebbe’s Church, Oxford, where he is now Rector.

Vaughan has written a number of books, including God’s Big PictureBattles Christians Face and Faith in a Time of Crisis (with Peter Jensen). In his spare time, Vaughan enjoys playing tennis and golf. As we walk through Hebrews at CMS Summer School Vaughan hopes that we might fix our eyes on Christ, all He has done for us and the glorious future He has secured for us, and be spurred on to keep running the race for His glory.

Kanishka Raffel
Lord’s Supper address

Kanishka Raffel was born in London to Sri Lankan parents and was raised as a Buddhist. While studying law at Sydney University a friend gave him a copy of The Gospel according to John and he subsequently became a Christian.

Kanishka is currently serving as the Archbishop of Sydney. Before becoming Archbishop, Kanishka served as Dean of Sydney, ministering to the regular congregations of St Andrew’s Cathedral. He was also involved in wider Australian church life, including the General Synod Standing Committee, the Council of The Gospel Coalition Australia, the Board of GAFCON Australia, and as trustee to both the Anglican Relief and Development Fund Australia and Trinity Theological College, Perth.

He sees the immediate priorities for the Sydney diocese as strengthening local churches, discipling the next generation, and raising up and training ministers of the gospel.

Kanishka is married to Cailey and they have two daughters.

Leonardo De Chirico
Monday evening speaker

Leonardo De Chirico is a recognised international leader in understanding Catholicism and effective evangelical witness to Roman Catholics. He is a lecturer in historical theology at Istituto di Formazione Evangelica e Documentazione (IFED) in Padua, Italy, and Vice Chairman of the Italian Evangelical Alliance. He has authored several books exploring Vatican and Roman Catholic issues from an evangelical perspective.

Peter Sholl
Tuesday, Wednesday evening speaker

Peter Sholl is currently a Regional Mission Director at CMS Australia and the incoming International Director. Prior to this role, he and his wife Sarah served as CMS missionaries in Mexico. He also served as International Director of MOCLAM , an organisation that offers theological education by distance in Spanish, using materials from Moore Theological College in Sydney. Peter and Sarah have three daughters and he tries to run a marathon every year.

David Williams
Thursday evening speaker

David Williams is the Director of Training and Development for CMS Australia, where he serves to equip long-term cross-cultural workers at St Andrew’s Hall in Melbourne. Prior to this, David spent nine years serving as a CMS missionary in Kenya. David is married to Rachel and they have three adult sons.