Angelina Noble (c.1879-1964) was born in Longreach, Queensland.  She married James Noble in 1904, and together they worked as missionaries helping to found churches across Northern Australia.  Angela was known particularly as a gifted linguist, fluent in at least five Aboriginal languages. Sometimes the only female missionary, her variety of roles included caring for the sick, teaching in the mission school, acting as baker and cook, and also herding cattle. Angela and James had six children. She survived James by 23 years, and died at Yarrabah, Queensland.  As an indigenous Christian leader, her example continues to inspire women of all backgrounds today. To learn more about Angelina’s life and ministry, visit her entry in The Encyclopaedia of Women and Leadership in Twentieth-Century Australia.

Angelina Noble


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The aim of the Angelina Noble Centre is to encourage, support and facilitate women cross-cultural workers undertaking coursework Masters research projects and higher degree research in cross-cultural missions.

Although women are in the majority in the Church worldwide, they do not have the same degree of access to participate in theological higher education. The effect of this disparity is to exclude women, who constitute the majority of the world’s missionary workforce, from participation in the scholarly conversation that affects their professional practice as missionaries. Not only are women’s perspectives omitted in the understanding of missiology, but potential female scholars miss out on the formative effects of mentoring and peer review from their more experienced peers. The ANC provides an opportunity for women scholars who are not permanent employees of academic institutions to have a voice concerning cross-cultural missions practice and be developed as scholars in the discipline of missiology.

The Centre provides a home-base for women missions scholars to develop a verifiable academic identity, access library resources and be mentored by more experienced women missiologists. This ‘home’ is a virtual concept. It is an international network connecting in an online environment, in order to reach as many potential scholars as possible.

ANC scholars affirm the Lausanne Movement Cape Town Commitment.


The ANC is an accredited Australian charity (ABN 81630628054). The company members and its directors are the Mentors.

We have an External Board which provides oversight, support and advice. Its members include a female cross-cultural missionary working in a country other than her home country, three of the Mentors, as well as:

Dr Diane Marshall (Chair) – Leadership Mentor, SIM International

Dr Mary Evans – Chair, Board of Trustees, Langham Partnership UK & Ireland

Dr Leanne Dzubinski – Associate Professor of Intercultural Education, Cook School of Intercultural Studies, Biola University, USA


The ANC runs biannual conferences (April & October) for women in cross-cultural ministry. Click here or on the picture to register.

join with us

Joining the ANC brings you into our collaborative learning community. We meet together regularly to learn from and support each other in research in cross-cultural missions. We also share news and resources which help us in our research and writing. The three categories of membership are described below.


Mentors are women cross-cultural mission practitioners who are actively involved in cross-cultural missions research and are committed to supervising and mentoring new researchers. They are qualified to supervise doctoral degrees.

associate researcher

Associate Researchers are women who are involved in cross-cultural missions research but are not available or not yet qualified to mentor new researchers.

collaborative partner

Collaborative partners are men, or people from non-missiological disciplines who would like to learn from or collaborate with us in research.

ANC mentors (research supervisors)

Dr Louise Simon

Louise Simon has lived and worked in both East and Southeast Asia. She currently teaches in the areas of cultural anthropology, language acquisition, and world religions at CMS-Australia’s training college, St. Andrew’s Hall, in Melbourne. She is also an adjunct lecturer in missiology at Ridley College, Melbourne. As part of her role equipping cross-cultural workers,…

Dr Jeannette Shubert

Jeannette Shubert (PhD Intercultural Education) is an Associate Dean of Academics at East Asia School of Theology (Singapore). In addition to her teaching and mentoring roles, she provides oversight for Advanced Studies programs, Formation, and Faculty Development. She has taught at seminaries in the Philippines, United States, and Kenya as well as a non-formal training…

Dr Moyra Dale

Vale 22 October 1958 – 3 August 2022 We are very sad to share the news of the death of our dear colleague and sister in Christ, Isabel Moyra Dale. Isabel’s faith in the Lord Jesus Christ during her illness has been a shining beacon of hope to all those who have journeyed alongside her…