• Who we are

    FOCUS Military Ministry is a Christian ministry, overseen by a board or current or former ADF members, who employ ministry workers and volunteers to lead the ministry. We are committed to making Christ known in the ADF.

    Our Strategy

    FOCUS Military Ministry has set a strategy to achieve our vision of every person joining the ADF having the opportunity to know the Lord Jesus.


    We will achieve this by:

  • Engaging current and future trainees to consider Christ

    We are present on training bases and visible to trainees. We seek to have a high awareness of our ministry and a good understanding amongst all trainees that we follow Jesus.

    Proclaiming the gospel to recent entrants of the ADF

    FOCUS staff and trainees are encouraging all people to attend FOCUS events and churches. We seek to present the gospel clearly and winsomely at every appropriate opportunity.

    Equipping Christians for Christ-centred lives in the ADF

    We seek to grow a deep understanding of the Christian faith in trainees through regular bible reading and prayer. We help grow confidence in handling God's word and prepare trainees for the unique challenges and opportunities of following Christ in the ADF.

    Connecting Christians to support the mission of FOCUS

    We encourage people to support FOCUS through prayer and financial support to ensure the ministry is sustainable and effective. We engage local churches and likeminded ministries to mutually support God's work.

  • In ministering to people, we value:

    Local Churches

    as the primary expression of the body of Christ and so values every trainee, staff-member and volunteer leader having a love for, and a committed involvement in, a local church.

    Prayerful dependence on God,

    as we recognise God's rule over all things. God answers prayer more abunantly than we ask, so we pray according to his will and work in God's poower for his glory.

    The Bible

    as God-breathed and trustworthy (2 Tim 3:16). We value expository Bible teaching and study, Biblical theology, and humble submission to the Bible to shape our life and doctrine and our mission, message and methods of ministry


    in the way we do ministry. This means forming a staff, volunteer or church-led team to lead each training base ministry in partnership with trainees. This also means forming effective partnerships with a variety of like-minded ministries.

  • Statement of Beliefs

    We believe in a sovereign God (Father, Son and Holy Spirit) who created and sustains the universe. He loves us and, despite our rebellion, has paid the price for our guilt by having the Son, Jesus Christ, die on the cross. Having reconciled us to him, we are called to new life and are being transformed by the Holy Spirit.

  • Ministry Team

    Peter Ritchie

    Pete served as a sailor in the Navy a long time ago! After the Navy, Pete did a ministry apprenticeship & then studied a Bth and MATh at Sydney Missionary and Bible College. Pete finds it a massive privilege to lead the staff team of FOCUS and lead the ministry at the Army Logistics Training Center in Wodonga. Married to the legendary Mel, and together with their two kids, the Ritchie’s are part of Thurgoona Presbyterian Church. Pete has a life long dream of being an extra on Brooklyn 99.

    James Leitch

    James leads the FOCUS staff team at ADFA. He met his wife Sarah whilst she was studying at ANU and he was completing his aeronautical engineer training at ADFA. James’ training for ministry has since included an apprenticeship with FOCUS and theological study with the Melbourne School of Theology and the Sydney Missionary and Bible College. James and his family are part of Crossroads Christian Church. James thinks that twins are wonderful!

    Merryn Williams

    Merryn never studied at ADFA, but wishes she had (or at least considered it). Instead she worked at McDonald’s while studying at ANU and then as a public servant in Defence before leaving to complete a Masters of Divinity at Sydney Missionary and Bible College. Merryn ministers at ADFA and oversees FOCUS's women’s ministry. She and her husband Tim are part of Gungahlin Anglican Church. Merryn wonders why baking is not listed as a spiritual gift.

    Jeremy Elias

    Jeremy served in the Royal Australian Airforce as an aeronautical engineer. ADFA is a special place for him as he met the two great loves of his life there while studying, Jesus and his wife Carney. Jeremy has worked outside defence in management consultancy and with World Vision Australia. He completed his Graduate Diploma of Divinity through Ridley College and is currently working on his Masters of Divinity. Jeremy and his family attend Crossroads Christian Church. Jeremy's favourite book of the bible is He...brews!

    Neil Auranaune

    Neil has spent the majority of his adult working life playing with concrete and driving forklifts. This was until he was introduced to Jesus and then decided that there had to be more to life and pursued an MTS apprenticeship. Neil is looking forward to working along Pete at the Army Logistics Training Center in Wodonga, while also studying a Dip of Biblical Theology through Moore college. Neil is a part of Fresh Start Presbyterian Church. He hopes he can be a better fisher-of-men than he is a fisherman.

  • Our Committee

    We have a governance committee overseeing our work and prayerfully stewarding FOCUS and it's resources.

    Dave Stephens - President


    Annie North


    Belinda Finlay - Secretary


    Mike Oborn

    Ian North - Treasurer