Mamarapha College changing lives


Perth, Western Australia

A record number of students graduated from Mamarapha College in Perth in 2013. 

Only let me be a nail upon the wall, holding Thy picture in its place.

The number of graduates surpassed the previous record by 20 per cent. Among those graduating were two Advanced Diploma graduates—Sandra Kelly and Andrea Warren. Ms Kelly has since been appointed as an intern at the Western Australian Conference, while also serving as a chaplain at Karalundi and pastor at Meekatharra. 

“Going to Mamarapha College has enabled me to minister out in the communities to Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal folk—to get out there and do the work,” she said.

Serving as a first-year pastoral intern can be difficult. However, Ms Kelly said the experience has been very fulfilling. “The joy of doing ministry is something that comes from within,” she said.

Last year’s graduation was also significant as it marked the end of college founder Pastor Gordon Stafford’s tenure as principal. During his 18 years at Mamarapha, Pastor Stafford has touched countless lives, including those of more than 350 students.

Reflecting on his time at the college, Pastor Stafford was quick to deflect all praise to God. “Only let me be a nail upon the wall, holding Thy picture in its place,” he said, quoting a poem by Mildred Hill. 

Pastor David Fletcher has been appointed the new principal.

Since opening in 1997, Mamarapha has been at the forefront of the Church’s mission to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. A special offering will be collected on June 14 to support the ministry of the college.