Our Team

Our multicultural team share a common passion to reach out to the lost with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

SIM Australia operations are led by our National Director, Dr Omar Djoeandy with the help of the Board and Executive Leadership Team. We have over 20 committed team members and many volunteers who offer their time and talents to help fulfil our mission.

SIM Australia is based in Penshurst, NSW, but is represented by regional staff and volunteers throughout Australia. 

Executive Team

Dr Omar Djoeandy
National Director SIM Australia
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Dr Omar Djoeandy

National Director SIM Australia
Dr. Omar Djoeandy is ethnically Chinese, born in Indonesia and an Australian since 10.  He studied Medicine at University of NSW and Theology in Kenya.  He has worked as a General Practitioner in Sydney and as Associate Pastor at Nairobi Chapel, Kenya when it grew from 800 to over 2,000.  During that time Omar published his book “Redefining Success” (2002).  He has served as the National Director of SIM Australia since 2004.  He is passionate for SIM Australia to facilitate more people, prayer and funds for Christ’s global mission, especially to the unreached in difficult countries.
He is married to Kay and they have three children.
 
Mal Watts
Finance Director/Deputy Director
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Mal Watts

Finance Director/Deputy Director
Mal provides leadership to our Finance team including administering support for our missionaries including field and home staff, transferring funds to SIM field offices and overseeing our independent financial audits. Mal and his wife Jenny served as SIM missionaries in Burkina Faso at the SIM field office. Having returned to Australia, Mal has joined us in Sydney as a ‘home staff missionary’.
Deanna Richey
Personnel & Member Care Director
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Deanna Richey

Personnel & Member Care Director
Deanna serves as Personnel and Member Care Director in SIM Australia’s Executive team. She provides leadership, coaching, expertise and support to the team responsible for candidate procession, pastoral care for missionaries and people development and training. This vital role contributes significantly towards providing holistic care for SIM Australia workers and supporting them through the ‘lifecycle’ of serving as a missionary.
Jason Lau
Partner Relations Director
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Jason Lau

Partner Relations Director
Jason provides leadership to our Partner Relations team who handle communications, donor relations and fundraising mission and projects.
Steve Early
National Ministry Director
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Steve Early

National Ministry Director
Steve is the Interim National Ministry Director from 1 May 2018 to 31 December 2019. Steve’s role is to oversee the Regional Ministry Directors, Projects Coordinator, and Church Engagement Coordinator. He also serves as the Training Coordinator for SIM Australia.
Steve and his wife Terry previously served with SIM in Ethiopia between 1987 and 2008.  Prior to that Steve was involved with agricultural development in West Africa. They remain active in cross-cultural ministry.