Redlands College was established by members of the Churches of Christ who held a passion and pioneering vision for Christian education. This vision was led by Mr Allan Todd, founding College Headmaster, who from his teenage years had a compelling dream to establish a Christ-centred school in which all students could learn. A Steering Committee was formed in May 1985 to commence the process of turning this dream for a Christian school into reality and in November 1985 a Faith Dinner was held to formally launch the plans and commence fundraising.
Pioneers who were involved in this early steering committee included Allan Todd, Jeanette Newton, Brian Schilling, Doug Taylor, Michel Cheketri, Al Pillinger, Norm Cardinal, Roger Reed, Allen Hibberd, Tony Knowles, Marguerite Rundle, Ross Leggatt and Elaine Leggatt. After exploring different locations to establish the school, the block of land in Anson Rd was purchased in 1987. The College was opened on 1 February 1988 with 91 students from Years 1 – 8. These students are fondly referred to as “Muddies”, as the combination of large volumes of rain and little grass covering on the school grounds during the early months resulted in shoes and classroom floors being covered in mud.
The school commenced with demountable buildings, however construction of permanent buildings was already underway. A, B & C blocks were completed by April and the official opening was held on 23 May 1988. Construction of new buildings occurred throughout the first 6 years of the College, including the Administration Building (1989), D Block (1990), E Block (1991), F Block (1992) and the Library (1993).
The College grew from 91 students to 675 during its first five years of operation and the first Year 12 students graduated in 1992. By the Year 2000 there were 1050 students enrolled in the College, and there are currently over 1300 students enrolled from Prep to Year 12. During its 30 years of operation, Redlands College has developed a reputation as a Christ-centred community of learning excellence.
Mr Allan Todd, the founding College Headmaster served Redlands College tirelessly for 26 years from 1988 to his retirement in 2013. Mr Mark Bensley served as Principal from 2014 – 2016, demonstrating a passion for students and their learning. Mr Andrew Johnson commenced as Principal in 2017.
Redlands College was birthed in the faith tradition of Churches of Christ and continues to be owned and governed from this faith heritage. The College is owned by an Association called Redlands Combined Independent College Inc comprised of current members of autonomous Churches of Christ. The Board of Management are elected from this Association. The College Board provides governance, spiritual oversight and strategic vision for the College and works in close partnership with the College Principal and Executive staff.
Redlands College Board of Management Chairs
1987 - 1992 Dr Allen Hibberd
1992 – 1993 Tony Knowles
1993 – 1995 Dr Allen Hibberd
1995 – 1997 Ross Leggatt
1997 - 1998 Peter Searson
1998 - 2006 Ross Leggatt
2006 - 2010 Warren Faulks
2010 - 2013 Jonathan Leijen
2014 – 2017 Jamie Ware
Current Directors on the Redlands College Board
Jamie Ware joined the Redlands College Board in 2006 and is currently serving as the Board Chairman. Following a career in the Australian Army, Jamie operates his own business locating underground services. Jamie is married to Kellee who has been a teacher at Redlands College for over 20 years. They are passionate about sharing the love of Christ and have been on Redlands College mission trips as well as co-leading the Redlands Community Church. Their love of scuba diving has taken them to many places both in Australia and overseas.
(B.Bus (Accounting), Grad Dip IT, CPA) joined the Redlands College Board in 2006. He is currently serving as Board Treasurer. With a background in accounting and finance, he is currently in the role of commercial manager at a private hospital. Jonathan and his wife Jenny have five children and are members of the Holland Park Church of Christ.
Ben Bridges (B.InfoTech) joined the Redlands College Board in 2009 and is currently serving as the Board Deputy Chair. He has worked in the information technology field since 2003 for both the public and private sectors. Ben, a past student of Redlands College, is married to Kay and they have 3 children. Their eldest child is now a student at the College. Their family worships with the Holland Park Church of Christ.
Rebecca Shepherd (BSW) has recently returned to the Redlands College Board in 2018 after a three year break while living in the USA. She originally joined the Redlands College Board in 2008. She is currently serving as the Board Secretary. With a background in Office Management, she is currently working in an Administration role. Rebecca is married to Mike Shepherd who is serving as the Christian Formation Coordinator at Redlands College. They have three sons and a daughter-in-law. They worship at Redlands Community Church.
David O’Dell (MBA, B. BusMgmt) joined the Redlands College Board in 2009. He is a division General Manager for a manufacturing / construction company with overall responsibility for Profit & Loss on the East Coast. David and his wife Rachel have a son and daughter and are members at Holland Park Church of Christ. David has strong relationships with current and past staff and students of the College.
Anne Wellburn (B. Bus (Health Administration)) joined the Redlands College Board in 2017. With a background in Health Information Management, she currently works as a Coding Quality Officer for a large Brisbane hospital. She is passionate about the Christ-centred learning environment at Redlands College and the impact it has on the students, teachers, families and wider community. Anne and her husband, Graeme have two children attending Redlands College and they worship at Redlands Community Church. The family enjoy spending time together on outback Queensland camping adventures.
Nathan Frost joined the Redlands College Board in 2018. He has a background in information technology and non-profit association legislation administration. He currently works in the public sector. Nathan and his wife Helen have two children attending Redlands College and they worship at Redlands Community Church.