Governance and Leadership


Tyndale Christian School is an independent, co-educational, inter-denominational school governed by a Board of Governors appointed by Tyndale Christian School Incorporated. Leadership in the School flows from the Board of Governors, through the Head of Schools (Mike Potter) to the Principal and his leadership team, to staff and student leaders.

The School Association has a single member – Tyndale Christian School Inc. (Salisbury East). The Board of Governors of Tyndale Christian School is made up of persons who have, or who have had, a direct relationship with the School, whether this is as a parent, staff member or former student. The Association appoints up to twelve of its members to the Board of Governors, who are the custodians of the School's Vision, Mission, Core Purpose and Values. Members of the Board of Governors are elected at the Tyndale Christian School Annual General Meeting  held in May of each year.

The Board of Governors appoints the Head of Schools who, as the Board’s Chief Executive Officer, oversees the management of the Schools on a day to day basis. The Head of Schools reports directly to the Board of Governors, and the School’s Principal and Business Manager both report monthly to and are accountable to the Board.

The Principal has developed a leadership team, made up of the Deputy-Principal, Business Manager, and Office Manager. The School has also appointed staff to Positions of Responsibility.


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Tyndale Christian School is governed by a Board of Governors elected by the Tyndale Christian School Association.

The role of the Board of Governors is to serve God by upholding the Christian values and the Constitution of the Association on which the School has been established.

The Board also ensure that the School meets its social, ethical and operating objectives:

  • Clearly articulate the Vision and Mission of the School;
  • Establish policies aimed at achieving the Vision and Mission;
  • Appoint a Head of Schools who is equipped to provide leadership in achieving the School’s Vision and Mission;
  • Support the Head of Schools and assess his or her performance;
  • Govern by policy determination, establishing executive policies and limitations for execution by the Head of Schools;
  • Ensure that in achieving the Vision and Mission, the Head of Schools is provided with resources which are adequate and appropriate;
  • Ensure effective organisational planning and adequate resources;
  • Ensure the accountability of the Head of Schools and itself (the Board);
  • Ensure legal, ethical and spiritual integrity and maintain accountability; and
  • Recruit and orient new Board Members and assess board performance.

The current Board of Governors are:

Mrs Karina Hudson  Board Chair
Mr Michael Scarman Deputy Board Chair
Mrs Tammy Phillips Treasurer
Mrs Sarah Baeker Secretary
Mr Andreas Konrad  
Mrs Olivia Dykes  
Mrs Naomi Porter  
Mathew Green  








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Mr Nigel Croser has been teaching at Tyndale Christian School Strathalbyn since 2009. His teaching career has included a Government Primary school and three R-12 Private schools. After a number of years at Prince Alfred College he was appointed Principal of Pedare Christian College. He and his wife later operated a tutoring centre and contributed as writers in a reading series for young children. They then established a soil-science business with consultancy to broadacre farmers.

He commenced at Murraylands Christian College in 2008 (later to become Tyndale Christian School Strathalbyn in January 2015) inspired his return to schools and he stayed. He has been teaching years 9 – 12 and enjoyed roles as Secondary Coordinator and Deputy Principal before taking on the role of Campus Principal at Strathalbyn in 2017.

Nigel has been a lay preacher in the Uniting Church since 1977. His wife, Josephine, is a children’s author and Librarian at the School. They live on a small farm near Milang and have four adult children and nine grandchildren. 

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Miss Danielle Kuhlmann joined the Tyndale Christian School Murray Bridge staff in 2009 as the Finance Officer and was appointed Business Manager in 2015 and then she was appointed Business Manager for Strathalbyn in 2017. She is an Associate Member of the Institute of Public Accountants and has a Diploma of Accounting. Miss Kuhlmann is responsible for all the financial and non-academic functions of the School. Danielle is passionate about seeing the educational services of a school supported through sound business management.

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Mrs Merrill Farnell joined the Tyndale Christian School Strathalbyn staff in 2000 after a varied career that has included teaching in primary and secondary schools in South Australia and Western Australia, raising four amazing children, helping her husband, Ron, run a successful landscaping business, and directing a workplace training company which developed and conducted accredited Vocational and Education programmes for Industry. Merrill has taught a wide variety of subjects in the Secondary School since 2000, as well as being appointed Secondary, SACE and VET Coordinator in 2007, followed by the appointment of Deputy Principal in 2013.

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Mr Cameron Lock joined Tyndale Christian School Strathalbyn in 2007.  Cameron has taught extensively in the Middle Primary classes.  He holds a Diploma in Justice Administration and a Bachelor of Education (Primary) specialising in Physical Education.  Cameron is passionate about developing students’ spiritual, academic and leadership abilities in order to equip them for Secondary education and life outside of school.  He was appointed as Deputy Principal of the Primary in 2016.  Cameron is married to Leah and has three daughters, Grace, Naomi and Elise.  

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Mr Nicholas Simons joined Tyndale Christian School Strathalbyn in 2004 as a Maths/Science teacher. His passion has been in the Middle School years, being appointed Middle School Coordinator in 2016, and Secondary Coordinator in 2017. His university studies focussed on Ecology and Genetics. This interest is now expressed through the Agriculture and Environmental programs. He has returned to study his Masters of Education in Leadership and Management at Flinders University in 2017. He has also been part of his church Oversight Team and Management Team, stepping down from these roles in 2016 to focus on his new role within Tyndale Christian School. With his wife Carla, they have seven children.

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Miss Susan Hodgins joined the Tyndale Christian School Strathalbyn staff in 2017 as the Director of the Early Learning Centre. She is also the Director of the Tyndale Murray Bridge Early Learning Centre so shares her time across both campuses. Susan has been teaching for 7 years, both in primary classrooms and the Early Learning Centre. Susan is passionate about seeing children develop academically, socially and emotionally through a rich play based curriculum. 


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Mrs Lynette Whittaker joined the School in 2011 as a Student Services Office Receptionist. In 2012 Lynette was appointed Office Manager and Enrolments Officer. Prior to commencing at Tyndale Christian School Strathalbyn, Lynette worked in Real Estate as a Property Manager. Lynette studied a Diploma in Youth and Community Work (Christian) while working in full time Christian Ministry for 13 years. Lynette is married to Mike and has three daughters, Laura, Ayesha and Emily, a son-in-law Jason and a grandson Benjamin.

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Early Learning Centre and Junior Primary School
2 Chapel Street
Strathalbyn SA 5255

Administration, Primary, Middle and Senior School
28 East Terrace
Strathalbyn SA 5255

Postal Address

a PO Box 642
Strathalbyn SA 5255
p 08 8536 5400
f 08 8536 5444

Office Hours

School Terms 8am to 4pm
School Holidays 9am to 3pm



To report student attendance please phone or email one of the following:

Main Administration Office
p 08 8536 5400

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