The Early Years
Ron Christie was born in 1948 and was raised in the Bankstown area
along with his three brothers. Ron attended the local Condell Park
Primary School and Birrong Boy's High School for his years of school
During his primary-age years, Ron was greatly challenged by the
gospel of Jesus Christ. He saw his need of salvation from sin -
a salvation which is available for all mankind. In 1959, Ron trusted
Jesus Christ as his Saviour and desired to follow His precious will.
Following his graduation from high school, Ron accepted a scholarship
to study education at Bathurst Teachers' College. After receiving
his Teachers' Certificate he commenced teaching in south-west country
New South Wales.
The Call to the Ministry
Whilst teaching Ron received God's call to full-time ministry
and, in 1974, entered full-time study at Spurgeon Baptist Bible
Theological Institute with a purpose to serve the Lord. In 1977,
he was awarded his Diploma of Theology.
The Lord opened the door for a ministry opportunity in the pastorate
from 1977 to 1981, followed by a brief return to school teaching.
Then, in 1989, Ron accepted the call to serve as an Associate Pastor
at Condell Park Bible Church with specific ministries in the Christian
school. Bible College responsibilities also became part of that
brief with the commencement of Condell Park Bible College in 1991.
To address the increasing number of challenges with students with
special needs, Ron resumed part-time academic studies at a mature
age and in 2002 completed a Bachelor of Education (Primary - Special
Education). One of his many responsibilities is the coordination
of the Special Education program at Condell Park Christian School.
He sees the urgent need to work closely with families in special
education for the ongoing spiritual and educational benefit of students
Ron's desire is to see souls saved and growing in the local church,
not forsaking the assembly of themselves, but exhorting, encouraging,
loving one another and glorifying the Lord as the body of Christ.
He sees that the strength of families, even where a member may have
special needs, is important, not only for the spiritual and educational
well-being of individuals and the Church as a whole, but also for
the stability of our nation.
Wife & Family
Ron's wife, Margaret, was also reared in the local Bankstown area.
In her youth, Margaret attended Padstow Congregational Church, where
she trusted Christ as her Saviour during her pre-teen years. She
was educated at Padstow Park Public School and Sir Joseph Banks
High School, and then worked for ten years as a receptionist in
a Sydney office. Ron & Margaret were married on January 13, 1973,
and have three daughters, three sons-in-law and five grandchildren.
As well as cherishing time spent with family, Ron & Margaret also
share a special fondness for gardening.
Margaret has a love for her Lord, her family and for sewing, this
being reflected in her ministry to others in making wedding dresses,
bridesmaid's dresses for family and friends, and school uniforms
for school families. She coordinates the uniform requirements for
the Christian School and provides support in the ministry of encouragement
to individuals and families.