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The recent story about something that appears to be endemic at YWAM ‘bases’ prompted us to look at how much YWAM had going on in Australia.


YWAM Durham Ltd (YWAM Durham) is one of the twenty-seven charities they have registered in Australia that come up in a search of the register of charities for ‘YWAM’ or ‘Youth With a Mission’[1].


This is a review of that charity.


Who are YWAM Durham?

YWAM Durham has no website of its own. It’s address and emails on the Register suggest that it is part of another YWAM, YWAM Medical Ships – Australia Ltd (Ships)[2]. Three of its seven directors are also directors of Ships. Including the Managing Director of Ships, Ken Mulligan[3].


Or perhaps it is controlled by YWAM Surrey Hills Ltd? YWAM Durham’s address is the same as the address given for YWAM Surrey Hills, and three of the latter’s directors are on the YWAM Durham board.


What does YWAM Durham do?

The only official information we have is what they have put on the Register:

  1. Its ‘Summary of activities’:

That’s almost identical to the same section on YWAM City Ventures Ltd’s Register entry. (That’s another charity that appears to be controlled by Ships, one of nine with Ken Mulligan on the board.)


So, like YWAM City Ventures Ltd, another YWAM in Townsville, they get young people ready to serve in Australia and PNG.

  1. It operates only in Victoria.
  2. It’s ‘Main beneficiary’ (AIS 2019) is ‘Other charities’.

Is it anything to do with these YWAMers, the Durhams?


What do they spend their money on?

Their first year was 2019. They are a ‘Small’ charity, so no Financial Report 2019 is required.


Their AIS 2019 shows a loss of $1,896, and negative equity $50 less. The figures don’t make sense.

The directors are

Jared Hoover

Jennifer Rentsch

John Brokenshire

Kenneth Mulligan

Nicholas Matthews

Stephen Aherne

Thomas Hallas[4]


Most, if not all, these people are staff members of YWAM. This lack of accountability is typical for YWAMs, documented by us in reviews, and recently by Ministry Watch.

YWAM Durham’s response

We sent them a draft of this review. We got this response from ‘YWAM Medical & Training Ship – Campus’:


We have received the copy of your draft review and have passed it on to our auditors, who are currently in the process of reviewing.  Upon the completion of that review in due course, we will consider any issues raised and make relevant changes if appropriate. 

Reviewer’s response

There was no audit mentioned in the review. And YWAM Durham had not made any financial report public, so there was no comment on any report that might have been audited.




  1. Two more YWAM registered charities were discovered while doing this review. Plus one charity not registered as one.
  2. An Australian Council for International Development (ACFID) Member.  You can see the latest review of that charity here.
  3. Ken Mulligan, is a director of eight other YWAM charities. That’s nearly one third of all YWAM registered charities.
  4. No. of boardsYwam Townsville Assoc. Inc.Ywam Medical Ships – Australia LtdYWAM City Ventures LtdCity Ventures LtdYWAM DURHAM LTDYWAM PNG Ship LimitedTownsville Christian Broadcasters IncYWAM SURREY HILLS LTDYouth With A Mission Melb Inc
    Anna Scott3XXX
    Matthew Scott1X
    Hannah Peart1X
    Jared Hoover8XXXXXXXX
    Rebekah Hoover8XXXXXXXX
    Jennifer Rentsch5XXXXX
    Jeremy Schierer1X
    Jeremy Humphreys1X
    Ragnhild Elea Humphreys1X
    Philip Rentsch4XXXX
    John Brokenshire2XX
    Kenneth Mulligan9XXXXXXXXX
    Robyn Mulligan3XXX
    Rabbie Langanai Namaliu1X
    Melissa Kauk1X
    Nathan Randell1X
    Nicholas Matthews1X
    Stephen Aherne2XX
    Thomas Hallas2XX
    Megumi Watts3XXX
    Fay Collins1X
    Olivia Lula1X
    Number of directors601184475579