Phil Yelland works in juvenile justice, serving full-time at a facility for teenage offenders for the past 14 years. Additionally, Phil serves on the Management Committee for Temcare, where he and his family have been involved in foster care for the past 19 years. Phil is also involved in mentor and respite programs for youth, as well as organising and running many camps.
Married to Glenda, Phil is the father of three wonderful girls, and helps out regularly at their school – serving on excursions and camps, as well as helping the school netball club. Phil has also volunteered at The Dining Room, a free community meal to the homeless in Croydon, where during this time, he has also served on the Board of Management.
David Wilson has been a teacher and practitioner in urban mission over the last 48 years.
As well, David has served as the CEO of Urban Seed, a Christian Community Development Agency. He has recently entered into active retirement and is the Director of Barnabas Connexion. David is a Board member of Voice of the Cities and Holy Fools and is actively involved in the local Church through Heartland in Yarra Glen and Zac’s Place in Yarra Junction. He is married to Debbie, has four adult children, and seventeen grandchildren.
A longtime resident of Yarra Ranges, Neal Taylor is the CEO and Community Worker of Holy Fools.
Previously, Neal has run a drop-in centre for the homeless with The Salvation Army, as well as served countless meals and engaged in as many conversations at local community meals like the Dining Room and Vive Cafe.
Currently the Vice-Chairman of the Board of the Outer East Foodshare – an organisation focused on food security for the Yarra Ranges. In addition, Neal serves on the Yarra Ranges Housing Action Group committee and more recently has become the Chairman of the inaugural Lilydale Township Group.
With a passion to end poverty/homelessness and create positive changes in people’s lives and the community, Neal holds a Diploma of Community Welfare, as well as a Bachelor of Arts and has been active in the areas of welfare and homelessness in the Yarra Ranges for over 15 years. More recently he was awarded a Cert IV in Training and Assessment.
Neal has been married for 20 years to a very beautiful, understanding, supportive and loving wife, Jennifer, and they have three wonderful kids.
Peter is currently the pastor at Heartland Baptist fellowship after spending the past two years as Community Ministries Pastor with the Lilydale Baptist Church. He has pastored churches in the western suburbs (where he grew up) as well as south eastern and inner city churches. He started his working life as a school teacher for nine years in Special Education before studying theology.
He took a break from pastoral work in the late 90’s and spent the following 8 years as an outreach housing worker with the Salvation Army and eventually becoming a manager at Flagstaff crisis accommodation, before returning to pastoral work in the 2007.
His passion for those who are experiencing homelessness really comes from his own experience of homelessness in his late teens, and over the years he has established a number of projects seeking to support those who are marginalized.
Peter has been married for over 43 years to his beautiful wife Nola and they have 4 awesome kids, and one new grandchild.
Peter loves Blues music, plays guitar and harmonica and is an ardent Collingwood supporter.