Kirsty Farrenkothen

Kirsty Farrenkothen

Kirsty Farrenkothen was working in real estate when she decided it was time to build a more solid foundation for herself. She was caught up in a busy and competitive work life that caused her to lose sight of what it meant to truly have a relationship with Jesus.

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Having grown up in church, I felt apathetic about my relationship with God. It was like we were casual friends, without really going anywhere. I wanted an intimate, head over heels relationship. I wanted more.

It's about having a beautiful, intimate relationship with Him…

I got caught up in wanting to learn all the facts, read all the books, get to know about Christ but after 2 years at C3 College, I realised it's not about trying to learn about Him or remember facts. It's about having a beautiful, intimate relationship with Him and stopping long enough with the Holy Spirit to understand and be surrounded by how infatuated He is with us.


Being immersed in C3 College allows you to stop and find stillness with Him. So often all we really need to do is stop, slow down internally, let go of a busy life, meet with Jesus and wait.

-- Kirsty Farrenkothen, second year, leadership & ministry student.

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Saili Falealoto

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In 2017, Saili Falealoto wrote a list of things she wanted to achieve that year; to build confidence in her gift, better her vocal techniques, study the Bible more and find purpose. Her connect group leader suggested she study at C3 College, knowing it would help her in this process. So she got out of her comfortable work routine and stepped into a new experience.

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Studying vocals & worship leading at C3 College was different to anywhere else I’d studied before. C3 College provided me with a supportive space to explore and expand my gifts in a challenging yet safe environment. My lecturers and friends encouraged me to take musical risks I’d never even thought of.

My ability to get by, by doing the bare minimum, was demolished as the lecturers always inspired me to go the extra mile. They are such talented creatives and taught me so many things; I constantly felt in awe of their abilities. Thus, sub-consciously creating the need to better myself, not only musically but as a person as well.

I feel like I am a better version of myself because of the people I was surrounded by at college.

I learned so much while at C3 College. It was definitely a process of getting out of complacency and stepping into excellence. Even though I still have a lot to learn, I can say with certainty, that I know a whole lot more after college than I did before.

I feel like I am a better version of myself because of the people I was surrounded by at college. They challenged me, encouraged me and were by my side throughout my year. Immersing myself in C3 College empowered me to step into motivation and growth in my gift.

-- Saili Falealoto, first year, vocals & worship leading student.

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Steven McAnally

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Steven McAnally came to C3 College as an actor, which further developed his passion for film production. He sought to learn the ‘why’ behind what he was doing and allowed himself to get out of what could hold him back, to learn the answers to his questions.

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My hesitation to study film & graphic design at C3 College came from a place of fear of the opinions of others. I was afraid that I wouldn’t be able to fulfil the expectations of those around me. But I chose to get out of that fear, give it to God and step into action.

C3 College has helped me gain momentum within my creative abilities. I have been given opportunities which are pretty rare and this was just a few months into the course. I was able to work with TV crews on live-streaming with multiple cameras at events, every weekend. It is in those environments, with those kinds of people where you can learn a heck of a lot. You just don’t get those opportunities at any random film school.

The temptation to give up has lost its power; it’s a past chapter.

You’re pushed to always consider the audience, so everything you do translates clearly, and affects the people watching. I also studied acting which provided another perspective and meant I had more to work with in the filmmaking process and this was a ridiculous amount of fun.

I see so much value in building His kingdom in this way, and enjoy being a part of representing film with excellence and creativity. Being here has allowed me to see and understand the perspective of God in the Arts, and translate that to my own work to build the House of God.


When I went to C3 College I got out of the fear of opinion, and stepped into action. And I’m learning to get better at this every single day. The temptation to give up has lost its power; it’s a past chapter.

-- Steven McAnally, third year, film & graphic design student.

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Keely McLeod

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My decision to study at C3 College was one that brought me great clarity. Before stepping into College, I was confused about whether I should pursue a career in the music industry, or if I should devote my gifts solely to a church ministry context. At the time, doing both didn’t seem like a feasible option. I was fearful that I would make the wrong decision, and in doing so, somehow miss out on God’s plan for my life.

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I moved from a place of confusion to clarity when I studied the music industry course at College. What I loved about the course was that it crafted me into a musician able to work successfully in the church and the music industry. I was amazed that the content was designed to equip me for both contexts, and that the trainers I studied under were also practitioners in both contexts.

It crafted me into a musician able to work successfully in the church and the music industry.

In my time studying this course, I gained the skills and knowledge needed to operate as a live performance musician, and a session musician working in recording studios. I was taught the ins and outs of running a music business and how to deliver work at an industry standard.

I also found that the ministry focused subjects weren’t just training me to minister in a church, but would equip me for any work context.

Since completing my study at C3 College I have had opportunities to work in the music industry - recording on albums, and playing in bands. I'm also at my local church every week applying what I've learnt at college.

-- Keely McLeod, third year, music industry student.

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Ben Saler

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Ben Saler studied songwriting at C3 College after an extended season of feeling like his dream of making music and being in the industry was never going to happen. His story is an encouragement to those who feel like giving up.

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Before I started studying songwriting at C3 College, I had given up on my dream of pursuing music. I had given making music a real go, but it was really hard to find consistency. I had holes in my knowledge, and to be honest, if you don’t have a good role model or someone to look up to in the industry, it’s really hard to make it by yourself.

So I was encouraged to study at C3 College for a bit of fun, rather than putting all this pressure on myself to ‘make it’. 

I had given up on my dream and so starting the songwriting course took me out of my comfort zone straight away, which was exactly what I needed. When I look back, I realise that you’ll never make progress if you don’t start stepping out (or into something). Through stepping out, it made me realise - I can actually do this.

You’ll never make progress if you don’t start stepping out.

Studying at C3 College enabled me to gain a lot of clarity about the music industry and its viability, as well as giving me the opportunity to make meaningful friendships and contacts in the industry. But what was most impacting to me was being believed in. My lecturers were not only successful and excellent as they helped fill the holes in my knowledge and showed me where I was lacking skill-wise, they also really encouraged me. They gave me permission to make mistakes and be myself, and I started to believe I could make it in the industry. Now, I’m going to start a business in music production.

I want to encourage anyone reading this to not give up on their dreams and to step into the call on their lives. I don’t regret it, you won’t either. 

-- Ben Saler, first year, songwriting student.

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Candace Tossas

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Candace Tossas hails from Brooklyn, New York. The daughter of missionary parents, she grew up in Church but lost her way as she entered adulthood. Her drive to achieve the western idea of success and enjoyment led her away from a relationship with God and Church and set her on an appealing, yet ultimately un-fulfilling path.

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I was caught up in a broken system but it took me ten years to realise it. As a young adult in New York, I was constantly exposed to a specific picture of success. I thought that if I could tick off certain things in life, I would be successful and accomplished. You know the things: Get on an exciting career path, find a relationship, build your wealth and make a name for yourself. And you know, I was doing pretty well ticking these things off.

I was 27 years old and surviving the hustle of New York City. I was financially stable, I had an excellent job in Times Square, my life was in "order" and I felt like I had everything I needed. But I never quite felt fulfilled, there seemed to always be more that I needed to achieve. Even though I was accomplishing so much, internally I felt uncertain and woke up each morning with the pressure to tick off more things. I remember thinking to myself, “If this is what my life is going to be like, then I’m not so sure that this is the answer for my life.”
But I didn’t change anything. I didn’t look for another option, even though the more I kept going down this path, the more uncertain I was that this life would fulfill me.

Then things got really shaky for me. I lost my job. I lost my ability to make money and keep my financial stability. It’s interesting to look back on, the moment my career path became unstable and untrustworthy, my identity and confidence came crumbling down. 

When your career is what defines you, losing it is like losing yourself.

Even though I was still presenting a confident exterior, inside I was rattled. I was self aware enough to realise that something needed to change and that I needed a constant, I knew I hadn’t been building my life on a solid and true foundation. Unfortunately, I still felt the need to be in complete control of my life and so the loss of my job wasn’t the catalyst for changing my worldview.


I thought that maybe moving to Australia (a dream of mine since I was young) would get me back on the right path. So I came to Sydney, but all that had changed was my location in the world, I was still trying to replicate the life I had in New York. I was in a new environment, but still living in the same broken system. God wanted to break me out of that system. He wanted me to get out of the uncertainty and need for control and to step into the clarity and freedom that trusting Him provides. It was time to let go of the worries and dependence on myself.

I needed to interrupt my life and grab a hold of something real. So I decided to study at C3 College.

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I’ve got to tell you, even though I felt this was the right decision to make, it didn’t make me any more confident. I was still worrying and viewing my decision through the lens of my broken system. I admitted this to God, I said “I don’t trust you, that’s why I’m fighting you on this.” God, gracious as He is, gently advised me that I wasn’t going to experience the freedom He intended me to live in until I let go of my broken way of viewing the world. So at 28 years old and for the first time in my life, I was stepping into my calling. I was pursuing God for real and it didn’t take long for Him to deliver on His promise, I began to finally feel free and fulfilled.

I’m on a new trajectory now.

I’ve picked up so many new skills in my internship, from setting up sound and managing production setup to leading, pastoring and even preaching. But it’s not the skills that have been the most impacting. It’s the freedom that’s the result of trusting God.
I don’t have to worry about the un-fulfillment and uncertainty because I’m no longer living in a broken system. I’m confident in God’s call and I’m growing more and more confident in myself the more I understand who God really is. C3 College was the necessary catalyst for finding the confidence and freedom that God had always desired for me to live in.

-- Candace Tossas, second year, leadership and ministry student.