The Team

Dr Neil Watts
Field Director

Neil is a retired Conference and Union Mission president who has also spent many years as a departmental director and Ministerial secretary in Australia. Having also spent 11 years living in the three Union Missions as district director, evangelist, theology teacher at Fulton College and PAC (now PAU) and Union Mission president, Dr Watts is now the volunteer Field Director for VIA and regularly visits VIA workers and their mission leaders.

Cliff & Val Morgan

Since Cliff officially retired in 1989 along with his wife Val he has worked tirelessly fundraising and coordinating volunteer projects. They spent a year teaching at Pacific Adventist University in PNG and supervised funding distribution and the building of churches. A visit to the Solomon Islands and PNG in 1995 to identify the most pressing needs led to them founding VIA. Now ‘retired’ from VIA service the Morgans are still active in missions near and far.

Greg Walker
Board Member

A Queensland businessman, Greg has a passion for mission and winning souls over to the Lord. In 2006 he became involved with volunteer mission projects in the Solomon Islands and has continued his involvement since. In 2012 he accepted an invitation to serve on the VIA board and has been an active contributor in the subsequent years.

Derek Rippingale
Board Member

Derek has more than thirty years experience as the founding director of a leading financial management software and services company. He brings a clear vision for how VIA can continue to operate as a layperson ministry that remains on the cutting edge of the Seventh-day Adventist church’s mission in the South Pacific Region.

Julian Archer
Board Member

Julian’s experience in the business world and the humanitarian sector has always been centred around his passion for expanding God’s kingdom. With over twenty years of involvement with VIA, beginning first as a sponsor and then as a Board member, Julian assists with the marketing initiatives for VIA.

Terence McHugh
Board Member

Terry dedicated his working life to a career in the church in the field of finance management. He spent many years as a Financial Officer in the PNG Union Mission as well as serving in other areas across Australia. A valuable addition to the VIA Board, Terry has a focus on the “big picture” financial decisions and brings a wealth of experience from his time in PNG.

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