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Andrew Forrest (1961 – ) mining magnate
Forrest publicly pledged this year to give away most of his fortune. He revealed the biggest inspiration for his giving: the Bible. Forrest’s devout Christianity is unusual for a prominent Australian entrepreneur.
Mike Baird (1968 – ) NSW Premier
Mike Baird is a man with a real Christian faith in the Lord Jesus and a genuine concern and compassion for people of all walks of life.
Ken and Jocelyn Elliott ( – ) Burkina Faso doctors
An Australian couple have been kidnapped by extremists in Burkina Faso near the country’s borders with Niger and Mali, officials say. The Burkina Government said they were kidnapped in Baraboule, and a Malian Islamist group said the couple were in the hands of Al Qaeda-linked jihadists.
Margaret Court (1942 – ) tennis player
Margaret Court is Australia’s most successful and celebrated tennis player. No player in tennis history has ever surpassed her incredible record of 62 grand slam titles, in both singles and doubles. Margaret became a Christian while she was still the world’s best, and when she finally retired from the game in 1976, she settled down to a life as a wife and mother, but could not resist the call of God that was on her life.
Andrew Scipione (1958 – ) police commissioner
Former Police Commissioner Ken Moroney described Scipione as a committed family man and strong Christian who would be viewed by history as an “exceptional choice” for commissioner. “He is without doubt one of the most decent men and one of the most ethical men I have ever met,” Mr Moroney said.
John Billings (1918 – 2007) physician
Evelyn Billings (1918 – 2013) physician
The couple founded the World Organisation of the Ovulation Method Billings as the body responsible for teaching the method throughout the world.
Joseph Cook (1860 – 1947) Prime Minister
Joseph Cook, was born in England, the son of a coalminer. During his teens he joined the Primitive Methodists. He eschewed alcohol, gambling, sport and other forms of entertainment, and sought self-improvement through study at home. He became a lay preacher and a successful public speaker. He also became involved in trade union affairs.