Coventry Press has a number of Authors. Below you will find a short biography on each one.
John is a retired Uniting Church minister with a track record in the are of the dignity of work and its connection with the gospel.
Dr Margaret Ghosn is a Maronite Sister of the Holy Family. She graduated as a Doctor of Ministry and has completed a Master of Theology, Master of Education, Bachelor of Theology of Theology and Bachelor of Science (Hons). Margaret’s first book was Instrument of your peace (Challenge Books, 2012). She has published other books including Encounters between Jesus and Women, Models of Discipleship, along with numerous articles. She is currently Principal of the Maronite College of the Holy Family in Harris Park, NSW.
James Houston was born in Sydney in 1932, son of a labourer. He studied Arts & Education at the University of Sydney before pursuing a career as a teacher of foreign languages in Australia, Britain and Germany. On return to Australia he became a member of the Commonwealth Public Service in Canberra where, based on Australia wide field research, he pioneered the concept of multiculturalism, serving within several Departments and agencies. Ordained an Anglican minister in later life, he served in a poor, multicultural parish and also in various ministries across the Churches, embodying a distinctive Christian interpretation of his enthusiasm for a multicultural Australia.
Jim is married to Marjorie. They have four adult children and four grand children. They live in Melbourne. He was awarded the Order of Australia Medal in 2001.
John E Ryan
John Ryan is a retired priest of the Diocese of Sandhurst. John pursued post graduate studies in Pastoral Theology in Rome and in Spirituality in St Louis USA from 1972 to 1974.
In 1977 he helped establish the Educational Centre for Christian Spirituality and in 1982 he founded the St Peter Centre for Clergy Education which led to introduction into Australia of the Ministry of Priests and Ministry to Religious Programs and later the Catholic Institute for Ministry.
In 1995 he worked as a counsellor in the Archdiocesan Office of Centacare and in 199 helped establish the Humanita Foundation, an Australian Foundation for Integrated Christian Living whose aim was to stimulate renewal in the CHurch's understanding of human development and sexuality.
Geoffrey Lilburne is a Minister of the Uniting Church in Australia, a theologian and poet, with qualifications in counselling and professional supervision.
Kevin Treston graduated BA (Hons), MA (Hons), MEd, PhD (University of Notre Dame USA) and pursued post-doctoral studies in Washington, Chicago and Boston. He was Visiting Scholar at Boston College and is a member of the Association of Practical Theology Oceania. He has worked in ministry across Australia and several countries.
Kevin was awarded an Order of Australia Medal (OAM) for services to Catholic Education. He lives with his wife Kathryn in Brisbane, Australia.