The Brain’s Trust was supposed to meet in four weeks on Saturday 2 May on the Gold Coast - to plan the 2020 annual young writer conference on Saturday 12 September at the same venue. Looks very likely now to be put back a few months.
Brain’s Trust venues have ranged from Wellington New Zealand to Melbourne and the Sunshine Coast.
The Gold Coast venue for the Brain’s Trust meeting is at the Living Temple Christian Church (Tugun Baptist) adjacent to the Gold Coast Airport from 10.00am to 12.30pm. The 2020 annual young writers conference is at the same venue, Saturday 12 September.
The current Brain’s Trust for 2 May
Sam Gillespie - Chair - Sydney
Rebecca Moore - Sunshine Coast
Wes Tronson - Gold Coast
Cartia Moore - Sunshine Coast
Amy Manners - Adelaide
(and Dr Mark Tronson, founder of the young writers)
Each year there are two locals bought in - this year are
Joseph Kolapudi - Brisbane
Josiah Gray - Brisbane
Who are they
Sam Gillespie has been on the Brain’s Trust for 6 years, a classical composer and undertaking a doctorate at UNSW. Rebecca Moore is a music teacher, a senior writer, wife and mum of 4, and editor of Week 1 and been on the Brain’s Trust since 2017. Wes Tronson is a foundation young writer, 11 years. Cartia Moore and Amy Manners are our video producers and spoke at the 2019 conference and again at the 2020 conference.
Joseph Kolapudi is an international missions speaker and a young writer for several years as has Josiah Gray, a 2019 Young Writer Award winner.
Last September, ARPA – Australasian Religious Press Association - presented their annual premier award ‘The Gutenberg’ to the young writer ministry – Press Service International – and the Gutenberg plaque will be at the Brain’s Trust meeting.
Planned photographs with the Gutenberg
Gutenberg - the Brain’s Trust
Gutenberg - David Chang, Editor of Christian Today
Gutenberg - Mr Basil Sellers AM - foundation supporter
Gutenberg - Russell Modlin, original chair of the Brain’s Trust
For the Brain’s Trust - it all happens in exactly two months.
Dr Mark Tronson is a Baptist minister (retired) who served as the Australian cricket team chaplain for 17 years (2000 ret) and established Life After Cricket in 2001. He was recognised by the Olympic Ministry Medal in 2009 presented by Carl Lewis Olympian of the Century. He mentors young writers and has written 24 books, and enjoys writing. He is married to Delma, with four adult children and grand-children. Dr Tronson writes a daily article for Christian Today Australia (since 2008) and in November 2016 established Christian Today New Zealand. Dr Mark Tronson’s Press Service International in 2019 was awarded the Australasian Religious Press Association’s premier award, The Gutenberg.
Mark Tronson's archive of articles can be viewed at