Speakers & Seminars

keynote Speakers

Rev Frog Orr-Ewing

Rev Frog Orr-Ewing is Rector of Latimer Minster, as well as Chaplain and Missioner for the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics, with teaching responsibilities at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford. He has written several books and has recently submitted his PhD in nineteenth century church planting. Frog is married to Amy and they have three energetic sons. Frog will speak on Mission and Culture.

Dr Justine Toh

Dr Justine Toh is Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Public Christianity. She worked as a researcher and presenter with both Reuters Australia and Fairfax Digital Media before completing her doctorate in Cultural Studies at Sydney’s Macquarie University in 2009. Justine is a popular public speaker and a prolific writer with a special interest in the intersection of Christianity and popular culture.

Dr Wesley Hill

Dr Wesley Hill (PhD, Durham University, UK) is associate professor of biblical studies at Trinity School for Ministry in Ambridge, Pennsylvania. He is the author of Washed and Waiting: Reflections on Christian Faithfulness and Homosexuality (Zondervan, second edition 2016), Paul and the Trinity​: Persons, Relations, and the Pauline Letters​ (Eerdmans, 2015), and Spiritual Friendship: Finding Love in the Church as a Celibate Gay Christian (Brazos, 2015). He writes regularly for Christianity Today as well as for First ThingsThe Living ChurchComment magazine, and other publications. In 2014, Christianity Today included him in a list of “33 Under 33” Christian leaders shaping the next generation of ministry. He has spoken to audiences at multiple seminaries and Christian universities, in the U.S. and abroad.

Mike Baird

Mike Baird was appointed to the role of Chief Customer Officer – Corporate and Institutional Banking at National Australia Bank (NAB) in April 2017. Prior to joining NAB, Mike was the 44th Premier of New South Wales, representing the electoral district of Manly in the NSW Legislative Assembly.
Mike holds a Bachelor of Arts (Economics) from the University of Sydney and has completed executive management courses at Harvard and Duke University. In 1989, Mike started his career as a NAB graduate in Sydney. He went on to hold senior roles in NAB’s Corporate and Institutional Banking team in Australia and London. He was a Senior Corporate Finance Manager at Deutsche Bank and Head of Corporate and Institutional Banking at HSBC in Australia and New Zealand. Mike entered NSW state politics in 2007. He held a number of shadow ministries before serving as Treasurer from 2011 to 2014 and then Premier from 2014 to January 2017, when he retired from politics. He is a regular congregation member at St Matthew’s Manly.

Keynote Sessions

Frog Orr-Ewing Session 1

Reinventing the Urban Church for Mission What happens when we bring two ideas together – the parish and the mission field?  We end up with the endlessly creative task of advancing the Kingdom of God, growing and passing on our faith to the new generations in our cities and communities.  Reinventing church for the urban situation is a chance to engage with scripture, theology, stories and lessons from the urban church and inner-city ministry in the UK.  It is designed to inspire and inform and begin a series of local conversations which will help equip local churches in Australia to turn today’s challenges into today’s opportunities. Frog Orr-Ewing is involved in renewing urban parishes, first in London and recently in Walsall, UK.


Frog Orr-Ewing Session 2

Reinventing the Regional Church for Mission will blend realism, confidence and determination, and draw on missiology, history and first hand experience.  Latimer Minster is a rural church plant that has grown from meeting in a private home, to flourishing in a farm environment – a Church of England church plant which now resources and helps plant other churches, meets in barns and tents, and looks after a 70 acre ancient fruit farm, half way between London and Oxford. It is hoped that some of these insights and several mistakes along the way will help equip us to imagine new ways of growing churches in our more rural areas of ministry.


Justine Toh Plenary

“Understanding our context”: Justine will be talking about the image of God and love of neighbour in a context of contemporary tribalism, multiculturalism and the meritocracy.


Wes Hill Friday Night Session 

“Radical Inclusion: How the Gospel Redefines What it Means to Belong”: One of the buzzwords of Western cultures at the moment is “inclusion.” The gospel of Jesus Christ knows about inclusion too, but it doesn’t accept our current definition of the term unchanged. In Jesus’ kingdom, inclusion doesn’t simply affirm our felt identities but rather transforms those identities so that our belonging is set on a new and deeper foundation — that of the radical, judging, and saving grace of God.


Saturday Morning: 

Panel – “Responding to the Imperative of Inclusion
What are some practical ways that we can respond to the imperative of inclusion in our workplaces and in society in general.

Panel members:
Wes Hill  (Chair): See above

Anna Weir (McGahan) is an actor and writer, for Australian film, television and theatre. She is passionate about spiritual revival and restoration within the performing arts industries, and founded the collective”The Fireplace” in 2015, as a space to encourage missional artistry. She writes on creativity, sexuality and spirituality on her blog – www.aforbiddenroom.com -and has recently finished her first book, a memoir of her conversion. She and her husband Jonathan are leaders at St Catharine’s Anglican Church in Melbourne, and feel particularly led to support younger generations in healthy, consecrated sexuality.

Jackson Stace lives in Sydney with his wife Kate. They are very close to the airport so love the airport pickup/drop-off role they have developed. They attend Grace City Church in Waterloo where Jackson worked as a pastor for 2 years. Jackson now runs Liberty Ministries in Sydney, which aims to help same-sex attracted Christians in Sydney (and Australia) thrive in their faith and church communities.


Seminar Program

FRIDAY: 7th September

9:00 Worship and Bible Study 2 – 2 Cor 4:1-18 – Gavin Perkins
10:00 Plenary Session 2: Understanding our context – Justine Toh
11:00 Morning Tea
11:30 Plenary 3: “Reinventing the Urban Church for Mission” – Frog Orr-Ewing
12:30 Lunch
1:45 Seminars 1
1A: “Here We Stand: Facing contemporary Anglican challenges in Australia”  Panel Discussion. Chair: Richard Condie
1B: “Playing the Long Game: Mentoring and Ministry” – Rhys Bezzant
1C: “Responding to Islam” – Samuel Green
1D: “Truth and Grace: Key Lessons for Australian Christians from the Life and Work of Donald Robinson” – Rory Shiner 
1E: “Strengthening one’s own spiritual life” – Christine Gobius, Brian Rosner, Wei-Han Kuan 
1G: “Pastoral Care for same-sex attracted Persons” – Wes Hill
1H: “What kind of music does God like?” – Andrew Judd
1J: “Living with ‘assisted dying’” – Denise Cooper-Clarke
1K: “Children’s and Family Ministry” – Kate Haggar
1L: “This land is God’s land: working together to reach the bush for Christ” – Mark Short
1M: “Reviving small/dying churches” – Stephen Carnaby
1N: “The Multi Site Church” – Stephen Hale
3:15 Break
4:00 Seminars 2
2A: “Hooking the Unchurched: Preaching Evangelistically’” – Mike Raiter
2B: “If we’re so rich, why aren’t we happy?” – Brian Rosner & Ian Harper
2C: “The role of the arts as a witness to secular culture” – Remy Chadwick
2D: “Freedom for Faith in 2018” – Michael Kellahan
2E: “The Transgender Challenge” – Rob and Claire Smith
2F: “Discipleship in an age of non-commitment” – Matthew Crichton 
2H: “Being Disciples who make Disciples” – Andy Goodacre & Christoph Ochs
2J: “Understanding different worldviews” – David Williams 
2K: “A church that reaches the nations around us” – Peter Lin
2L: “The shape of Sunday services” – Peter Smith
2M: “‘Pleasure and Pain’ as an evangelistic framework” – Julie-Ann Laird

5:30: Break/Dinner
7:30 – 9:00 Plenary 4: Radical Inclusion: How the Gospel Redefines What it Means to Belong – Wes Hill

SATURDAY: 8th September

9:00 Worship and Bible Study 3 – 1 Peter 3:8-18 – Wei Han Kuan
10:00 Plenary Session 5: Panel – Responding to the Imperative of Inclusion – with Wes Hill, Anna Weir & Jackson Stace
11:00 Morning Tea
11:30 Plenary 6: “Reinventing the Regional Church for Mission” – Frog Orr-Ewing
12:30 Lunch
1:45 Seminars 3
3A: “The Transgender Challenge” – Rob and Claire Smith
3B: “Breaking the natural church size barriers” – Raj Gupta
3C: “Developing meaningful connections with indigenous Christians” – Marnie O’Bryan
3D: “Youth ministry” – Graham Stanton & Craig Roberts
3E: “Pastoral Care for same-sex attracted Persons” – Wes Hill
3F: “Reinventing the Evangelistic Mission: A University Case Study” – Frog Orr-Ewing
3H:  “How to equip Christians for the workplace” – Kara Martin
3J: “Here We Stand: Facing contemporary Anglican challenges in Australia”  Panel Discussion. Chair: Richard Condie
3K: “Helping parents disciple their children” – Gus & Fiona McLean
3L:”The Insufficiency of Scripture and the Apologetics Imperative” – Chris Mulherin

3:15 Break

4:00 – 6:00  Plenary 7: Chair: Richard Condie – God at Work in our World: Challenges and Opportunities

6:00  Close of Conference


1A & 3J Panel Discussion – Here We Stand: Facing contemporary Anglican challenges in AustraliaAustralian Anglicanism is facing many challenges. Societal pressures to conform our doctrine and practice to the world’s expectations continue to rise. How will we stand for Christ as the pressure mounts from outside and within? What should we do, when others in our denomination don’t share our views? How do we continue to support one another? The Panel will explore these questions and invite participants to contribute their own ideas for responding to the changing landscape.

Chair: Richard Condie is Bishop of Tasmania and Chairman of the Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans in Australia. Prior to moving to Tasmania he taught New Testament at Ridley College and was Vicar of St Jude’s Carlton, an inner city Parish in Melbourne. He is passionate about the church getting on with its mission in the world.

Richard Trist is Dean of the Anglican Institute at Ridley College, Melbourne.  He completed his BTh and DMin at Ridley, and served in various churches in Victoria and Overseas including St John’s Camberwell, St John’s Cranbourne, St Hilary’s Kew, All Souls’ Langham Place (London) and St Mark’s Camberwell. He has been an Area Dean and an Examining Chaplain for the Diocese of Melbourne and currently serves on the General Synod Ministry and Mission Commission and as a Canon of St Paul’s Cathedral, Melbourne. Richard’s areas of research include the coaching and training of church leaders, the development of churches towards greater missional effectiveness, and the professional supervision of church workers.

Peter Smith  has been the Rector of St Lawrence’s, Dalkeith in Perth since 2001 and prior to that he was a School Chaplain and Children’s and Family Pastor. He is married to Shelley and has two married children and two daughters still living at home. His all-time favourite pastime is throwing and catching a Waboba ball in the shallows at North Cottesloe beach with his family. Other interests include early morning cycling around the Swan River, reading Tim Winton stories and discussing Anglican history.

John Ford has been Bishop of The Murray in South Australia since 2013. Before that his ministry was in the UK as Bishop, missioner, Precentor of a Cathedral, parish priest and teacher and lecturer in ecclesiology and mission. His is married to Bridget and they have three adult sons and seven grandchildren.


1B “Playing the Long Game: Mentoring and Ministry. Why it matters and how to do it.”

Rhys Bezzant: After leaving University, Rhys worked for the Christian Union at both Monash and Melbourne Universities, then trained for Anglican ministry at Ridley College. He worked for some time at St Jude’s Carlton and as Chaplain to the University of Melbourne and is now on the Faculty at Ridley as lecturer in Christian thought. He teaches Reformation History and the History of Evangelical Christianity, along with Christian Worship and a unit on ecclesiology. His primary academic interest is the life and thought of New England revivalist and philosopher Jonathan Edwards. He is presently completing a book on Edwards’s ministry of mentoring, built around the themes of friendship, revivals, imitation, and leadership succession


1C Responding to Islam: “As the issue of Islam increases in all Australia and around the world, it is important for the church and its leaders to be prepared to respond with truth and love. In this seminar, Samuel will show us how to begin to understand the Muslim worldview and Islam, how to present the gospel to a Muslim, and where to start with our theology so that Muslims understand us.”

Samuel Green is married and has five children. He became a Christian while at university and has been involved in various Christian ministries. Since 1999 he has worked with the Australian Fellowship of Evangelical Students (AFES) as a campus evangelist and Islamic Engagement Director. He is also a writer for the Answering Islam website and an Anglican Interfaith Chaplain. Engaging with Islam is one of Samuel’s main interests and he does this through writing, training, evangelism, lectures and debates. He and his family attend an Anglican church. Samuel has degrees in theology (Moore College) and chemical engineering (UNSW). He is a marriage counsellor with Prepare/Enrich. Websites: http://www.engagingwithislam.org/  http://answering-islam.org/Green/


1D Truth and Grace: Key Lessons for Australian Christians from the Life and Work of Donald Robinson: Donald Robinson (1922-) is one of the most important and intriguing church leaders Australian Anglicanism has produced. His New Testament scholarship was daring and original, his contribution to biblical theology was seminal, and his leadership as bishop in Parramatta (1973-1981) and as Archbishop of Sydney (1981-1992) in a time of controversy and crisis provides serval object lessons for orthodox Anglicans today.
Based on his PhD research, Rory Shiner will present on the main features of Robinson’s life and work, drawing out some of the implications for how we might face the present moment with confidence and grace.

Rory Shiner was born and raised in Albany, Western Australia. He studied English and Anthropology at university and, as a consequence, mainly worked in cafes and kebab shops. Since graduating from Moore College in 2004, his ministry has included pastoring, church planting, local and international student ministry and, more recently, evangelism among those who live and/or work in the inner city of Perth. He is married to Susan and they have four boys. Rory’s recent PhD was on the origins, development and influence of Donald Robinson’s biblical scholarship. He is now working on a full biography of Robinson.


1E Panel: Strengthening one’s own spiritual life:

  • prayer life
  • feeding on God’s word so you can feed others

Christine Gobius is the National Director of Interserve Australia. She has an expansive experience in both public health and mission. Starting her career as a country veterinarian she went on to complete her PhD researching zoonotic infections among dairy farmers. Christine subsequently has had leadership roles in public health epidemiology in Qld Health and The University of Queensland and completed a Masters in Transformational Development. Her involvement with Interserve spans over 25 years including a short-term placement in India and chair of the Interserve Board. Christine and her husband Dr Kari Gobius are active members of St Marks, Anglican Church, Spotswood.

Brian Rosner, is the Principal of Ridley College Melbourne. Brian grew up in southwest Sydney and spent sixteen years studying and working overseas before returning to Australia in 2000. In the 1990s he worked as a lecturer in New Testament at the University of Aberdeen in Scotland, where Professor Howard Marshall was the department chair. From 2001 he taught New Testament and Ethics and was Faculty Research Coordinator at Moore Theological College. He came to Ridley College in mid 2012. Brian is a New Testament scholar of international reputation, having contributed to many of the major journals and supervised over a dozen PhDs. His publications include the co-edited New Dictionary of Biblical Theology, a co-edited book on theological education (The Trials of Theology), and the co-written 1 Corinthians commentary in the Eerdmans Pillar series.

Wei-Han Kuan, is the State Director of the Church Missionary Society – Victoria. Wei-Han is Malaysian Chinese by birth, and went to high school in Singapore. He is married to Valerie and they have three young children. Wei-Han’s family migrated to Australia in time for him to read Arts and Law at the University of Melbourne. After a brief career in taxation law he trained for ministry at Ridley College. He served as an Anglican minister in a range of different Melbourne churches before coming to CMS.
Wei-Han’s research interests are in the history of evangelicalism and long-term Gospel leadership. In ministry he has focused on expository preaching, mission and evangelism, leadership training and development, and young adult work. On his days off Wei-Han enjoys a quiet read, running and pottering about in his garden.


1F  Developing your Voice, and being encouraged in your passion for preaching (Women Preachers’ Network): This workshop will focus on how you can develop yourself and others as a preacher. In this workshop you will experience a mini Women’s Preaching Network session (see below). You will hear and critique a sermon by a woman, experience a mini training session on an aspect of preaching, and participate in a group-work session. We hope that you will go away with at least one good idea for your own preaching development whatever your context. There will be time for networking and prayer. This workshop is also open to men wanting to develop women preachers.

Convenor: Anthea McCall, with Karen Morris and Denise Nicholls. They are involved in  the Women’s Preaching Network in Melbourne. It is hosted by the Ridley College Preachers’ Conference committee. The Women’s Preaching Network began in March 2017 to identify, train, support, and provide opportunities for new and potential women preachers, and to encourage, extend, and resource regular and experienced women preachers in Melbourne. Anthea teaches at Ridley College, Denise is an Anglican minister, and Karen is an AFES staff worker at Monash Uni.


1G & 3E Pastoral Care for same-sex attracted Persons: In this session, Dr. Wesley Hill will help equip clergy and lay believers to think Christianly about the questions surrounding same-sex attraction and LGBTQ identities. Focusing primarily on the increasingly complex issues of pastoral care for same-sex attracted persons, this session will explore how lesbian and gay believers may be helped to flourish in Christian community as they, together with all believers, cultivate habits of chastity, hope, and service in the body of Christ.

Dr Wesley Hill (PhD, Durham University, UK) is associate professor of biblical studies at Trinity School for Ministry in Ambridge, Pennsylvania. He is the author of Washed and Waiting: Reflections on Christian Faithfulness and Homosexuality (Zondervan, second edition 2016), Paul and the Trinity​: Persons, Relations, and the Pauline Letters (Eerdmans, 2015), and Spiritual Friendship: Finding Love in the Church as a Celibate Gay Christian (Brazos, 2015). He writes regularly for Christianity Today as well as for First ThingsThe Living ChurchComment Magazine, and other publications. In 2014, Christianity Today included him in a list of “33 Under 33” Christian leaders shaping the next generation of ministry. He has spoken to audiences at multiple seminaries and Christian universities, in the US and abroad.


1H What kind of music does God like? This seminar is about pursuing a biblical vision of music in the gathering of God’s people, for our good and God’s glory. We’ll see how a biblical theology of worship guides our answers to key questions like: why do we sing? what songs should we sing? how should we navigate the tensions between word and emotion?

Andrew Judd teaches Old Testament at Ridley College and worships at City on a Hill Melbourne. He was a founding member of Australian alternative worship band Garage Hymnal and has written and produced several congregational songs for Emu Music


1J “Living with ‘assisted dying’: An introduction to the issues and ethics of voluntary euthanasia and assisted suicide in Australia” Now that ‘assisted dying’ has been legalised in Victoria, and may well be in other Australian States and Territories, there are important lessons to be learned for Christian communities before such laws come into effect (in Victoria, in 2019).
In the public debate, opponents of ‘assisted dying’ relied heavily on consequentialist arguments (the risk to the lives of the vulnerable), while proponents argued on the basis of the principles of respect for individual autonomy (the ‘right’ to choose) and of the obligation to relieve suffering, mainly through emotive appeals based on anecdotes of ‘bad deaths’. This strategy enabled proponents to win over both public opinion and the Parliamentary vote, despite the strong opposition of doctors as expressed by the AMA. Arguments on the basis of the principles of the sanctity of human life and of biblical justice were largely missing. Should we rethink our reliance on consequences rather than principles in future discussion on this and other public moral issues?

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Denise Cooper-Clarke is a graduate of medicine and theology with a PhD in medical ethics (end of life issues). She has special interests in professional ethics and the ethics of virtue. Denise is an occasional adjunct lecturer in Ethics at Ridley College Melbourne, Moderator for Philosophy and Ethics at the Australian College of Theology, member of the Social Responsibilities Committee of the Diocese of Melbourne, voluntary researcher with Ethos Centre for Christianity and Society and a Fellow of ISCAST.


1K Children: The Church of the Future or the Church Right Now? What is the significance of ministry to children and families in our church? In this workshop we will be exploring the theological foundations of ministry to children & families, and discussing practical strategies for starting and growing this ministry in the local church.

Kate Haggar works for Anglican Youthworks as a Children’s Ministry and SRE Advisor. She has been involved in children’s ministry in churches and schools for over 10 years, and now partners with ministry staff to help them create an effective children’s ministry in their church. Kate is passionate about sharing the love of Jesus with kids in both church and school ministry. In her spare time she can be found with friends at her local café, or spending time with her nieces and nephews.


1L This land is God’s land: working together to reach the bush for Christ: What are the challenges and opportunities for faithful ministry in rural and remote locations?  How can rural, urban and suburban churches build gospel partnerships to reach Australia for Christ?   Featuring input from a number of experienced practitioners this seminar will explore issues such as – effective evangelism in smaller communities, innovative strategies for identifying and developing leaders and how large, medium and small churches can learn from each another.  Come and be equipped and inspired – moleskins and Akubras™ are optional!

Mark Short: Since 2011 Mark Short has been National Director of The Bush Church Aid Society, where he works alongside a great team of staff and volunteers to bring the gospel of Christ to rural and regional Australia.  Prior to the BCA appointment he served in rural ministry for over a decade. Mark is married to Monica, who is under-taking postgraduate research into Anglican church connections with rural communities.  Together they have two young adult sons.


1M Breathing new life into struggling churches:  Many church leaders find themselves taking on the challenge of bringing God’s new life to a struggling local church, often one which has been declining for many years and may be literally dying! This workshop will look at how you can bring significant change into these churches and make new disciples for God’s kingdom.

Stephen Carnaby is the Director of Ministry Development with the Diocese of Tasmania.  Along with overseeing clergy & lay training, one of his key roles is to support Tasmanian church leaders who are working to breathe new life into churches which are ageing and declining, or just at the beginning of a turn-around under a new leader.  He previously spent 17 years leading in local Tasmanian churches, and seeing God in His grace provide some healthy growth in churches in a regional town, an inner city parish and a suburban church.


1N “The Multi Site Church – how to become part of a connected planting movement”: The multi site movement is one of the biggest trends in church life of the past decade. Different churches have embraced different models. This seminar will look at how becoming a multi site church unlocks the mission potential of stagnant medium sized churches and gives them a basis for being part of a disciple making movement. How does it work and what are the challenges?

Bishop Stephen Hale is Lead Minister of the St Hilary’s Network, a multi site church with three Sites in the inner East of Melbourne, Chair of EFAC Australia and formerly Bishop of the Eastern Region in the Diocese of Melbourne.


2A: “Hooking the Unchurched: Preaching Evangelistically” – Why is preaching evangelistically so hard? Why is it so important? How can we effectively engage the unchurched in our evangelistic preaching?

Mike Raiter is a gifted, internationally recognised speaker of the Christian faith. Born in Liverpool, England and raised in NSW, Mike began his career as a high school teacher in Sydney and Pakistan. He studied at Moore Theological College in Sydney, becoming the head of the Department of Missions in 1997. On concluding his study at Moore, he returned to Pakistan to teach at the Zarephath Bible Institute. Subsequently, he worked with CMS Australia and Interserve in Pakistan. From 2006–2011, Mike served as the principal of the Melbourne School of Theology. Mike is currently the Director of the Centre for Biblical Preaching, an organisation that seeks to train and equip churches around the globe in expository preaching. Mike is also the author of a number of books, including Stirrings of the Soul: Evangelicals and the New Spirituality which won the 2004 SPCK Australian Christian Book of the Year Award


2B “If we’re so rich, why aren’t we happy?”: Western societies today enjoy the most wealth in all of history. Yet, reportedly, Western happiness has declined precisely in tandem with the rise of affluence and there is evidence that those who strive most for wealth tend to live with lower well-being. Why then do material ambitions still dominate so many of us? In this seminar Ian Harper and Brian Rosner explore the knotty questions surrounding the subject of Western materialism. What drives it? How can it be tamed? How can we talk about materialism in a way that gets to the heart of the problem? The two presenters will share insights from the Bible, economics and psychology. The seminar will include a talk, an interview and plenty of time for Q and A.

Professor Ian Harper is the Dean of the Melbourne Business School and Co-Dean of the University of Melbourne’s Faculty of Business and Economics. He is also a member of the Reserve Bank Board and the author of Economics for Life.

Dr Brian Rosner is the Principal of Ridley College and the author of Greed as Idolatry and Beyond Greed.


2C: “The role of the arts as a witness to secular culture”: The arts is a vital arena for the future of the Australian church, but it is often perceived as a difficult and sometimes threatening space for Christians. There are strong temptations for Christian creatives to choose between their faith or their craft, to belong to the church or the arts world. This is an opportunity for the church to practice fruitful discipleship. This seminar aims to help you understand the particular missional challenges that creatives face, and to equip you to encourage – and mobilise – those who are in this space.

Remy Chadwick is an actor, producer and musician. He works as the Creative Ministry Director at St Matt’s Prahran and has served a number of arts organisations. Remy is committed to the theological and missional significance of the arts, and wants to see Melbourne’s creative output captured for the glory of God by the witness and work of a faithful church.


2D Freedom for Faith in 2018 Suddenly religious freedom is a hot topic. From the marriage debate and the Ruddock Inquiry the legal, political and cultural challenges to freedom are coming at a speed and scale that few saw coming. Freedom for faith is a Christian think tank that exists to see religious freedom protected and promoted in Australia. How should we think theologically about this issue in changing times? What implications are there for our churches? Can we live together well with people who hold very different beliefs?

Michael Kellahan is the Executive Director of Freedom for Faith, a Christian think tank which exists to see religious freedom of all people protected and promoted.  An ordained Anglican Minister, Michael is Advisor to the Anglican Archbishop on Religious Freedom, and a Reader in Religious Freedom at Moore Theological College. Prior to ministry he worked as a lawyer for a national law firm in Canberra. He has four children and lives in Sydney.


2E & 3A “The Transgender Challenge” – The world is changing rapidly around us. Many now believe that gender not only exists on a broad spectrum but can be chosen and changed at will. Others, however, still believe in the binary nature of gender but contend that they have been born in the wrong body. Rob and Claire Smith will seek to help us grapple with what’s going on, how we got here, what the Bible teaches about sex and gender and how we can speak with both clarity and compassion to the challenges created by the Transgender Phenomenon.

Rob Smith has spent 25 years in pastoral ministry in the Anglican Diocese of Sydney and works for its Department of Ministry Training & Development. He also lectures in theology, ethics and music ministry at Sydney Missionary & Bible College. In addition to that, Rob is a singer, songwriter and producer for Emu Music and the co-author of Songs of the Saints: Enriching our Singing by Learning from the Songs of Scripture (Matthias Media, 2017). He is currently undertaking doctoral studies in the theology of sex and gender. He is married to Claire, and they have an adult son.

Claire Smith lives in Sydney, Australia, with her husband Rob. They attend St Andrew’s Anglican Cathedral. Claire is a writer and women’s Bible teacher who has spent much of her ministry life thinking and speaking about the issues of sex and gender. A nurse by background, Claire has a PhD in New Testament (Moore Theological College) and is the author of God’s Good Design: What the Bible Really Says about Men and Women (Matthias Media, 2012).


2F “Discipleship in an age of non-commitment”:  This seminar will help church leaders and lay people think through the cultural context in which we live, with its challenges of individualism, self-centredness and busyness, and how to grow mature disciples of Christ when even the most committed Christians seem to attend church less and less regularly. How to inspire and release time poor and over stretched lay members to share in the mission of Christ in all of their life as well as in playing their part in fulfilling their churches vision.

Matthew “Matt” Crichton is an entrepreneurial CEO who has demonstrated the sustained ability to develop and execute strategies by building High Performing Teams in both the Public and Private sectors of the Business world.
As a long term parishioner of St Hilary’s in Kew and Chair of the Board, Matthew has a deep desire to see the Church regain its place in today’s cynical society; as a place that is known for thoughtful and creative cultural engagement with a passion for mission and evangelism; in order to see the Gospel proclaimed and new disciples made.


2G Cancelled


Andy Goodacre
Christopher Ochs

2H “Being Disciples who make Disciples: Investing in the few for the sake of the many”: In this seminar, Andy and Christoph will invite us to consider afresh Jesus’ strategy of investing a large proportion of his time and energy into a small band of very ordinary men and women, and the significant, transforming, world-wide impact this strategy has had ever since. They will draw out lessons from the lives of Jesus, Paul and Barnabas, and from their own ministry experience, to highlight the long-term Kingdom impact that we can all have through investing our own lives, relationally and consistently, into the lives of future leaders

Andy Goodacre Husband to Liz, Dad to Olivia and Caitlin, Andy leads the team at Barney’s Anglican Church, Launceston, Tasmania (www.tasbarneys.org). Since moving to Tasmania in 2010, Andy and Liz have seen God renew and re-grow the church as they have focused on being disciples who make disciples. Barney’s is now a thriving, multi-generational community of “God’s missionary people – seeing lives transformed.”
In addition to leading the Barney’s team, Andy spends about half his time coaching and equipping pioneering leaders to become who God created them to be. (www.lifeincolour.com).

Dr. Christoph Ochs is Academic Dean at Worldview Center for Intercultural Studies / Melbourne School of Theology (www.worldview.edu.au) in Tasmania. The centre is a Christ-centred discipleship community training for cross-cultural ministry, where the students and staff seek to be disciples of Jesus and learn how to make disciples with and for Jesus.


2J Understanding Different Worldviews: A worldview is the set of cultural lenses through which we understand the world that we live in. Understanding our own and other people’s worldviews helps us to present the gospel more clearly and to evaluate the presuppositions we make as we seek to live under God’s Word.

David Williams: Originally a medical doctor, David worked in the health service in the UK for three years before training for pastoral ministry in the Church of England. David and his family served as missionaries in Nairobi for nine years where David was Principal of Carlile College, an Anglican Theological College. David helped the College to establish a specialist urban mission training programme based in Kibera slum, one of the largest informal settlements in sub-Saharan Africa. David now leads the training ministry of CMS-Australia, based at St Andrew’s Hall in Melbourne. David is married to Rachel and they have three adult sons.


2K “Developing a church that reaches the nations around us”: How can churches change to better reach those from many nations who are now in Australia?  Peter Lin will explain some theological principles that provide a foundation for this outreach, and then focus on practical suggestions about how to do this effectively.  The seminar will include a case study and time for questions.

Peter Lin was born in Australia from Chinese background, and grew up in Northern Suburbs of Sydney. He worked in Psychology/Counselling area prior to ministry. In 1998, he went to Fairfield, Sydney, as a student minister and has worked full-time since 1999 in Fairfield, where there are over 150 languages spoken and where 90% of residents are from NESB. Peter became Bishop of Georges River Region (in which over 50% of residents are from NESB) in 2015.  He is married to Isobel, and they have 3 teenage daughters.


2L: “The shape of Sunday services”: The Anglican Church of Australia has undergone a profound liturgical revolution since the 1960’s. Anglicans right across Australia have been working towards more meaningful forms of corporate worship. For most, the innovations are driven by a desire to make the ‘church experience’ more meaningful and engaging. Much of what passes for Anglican worship today would be described by Thomas Cranmer and the great Anglican Reformers as sub-Christian or Pelagian. In the vernacular we say, ‘the baby has been thrown out with the bathwater’. Join us to be reminded of what constitutes authentic Anglican worship and how we might recover our great heritage in a way that connects with 21st century people.

Peter Smith has been the Rector of St Lawrence’s, Dalkeith in Perth since 2001 and prior to that he was a School Chaplain and Children’s and Family Pastor. He is married to Shelley and has two married children and two daughters still living at home. His all-time favourite pastime is throwing and catching a Waboba ball in the shallows at North Cottesloe beach with his family. Other interests include early morning cycling around the Swan River, reading Tim Winton stories and discussing Anglican history.


2M: “Pleasure and pain as an evangelistic framework:  How does this generation think about what is true and good?”: Julie-anne will help us explore how the dominant worldview in many Western contexts is now a pleasure/pain paradigm, what this means, and what implications this has for proclaiming the gospel and for discipleship.

Julie-anne Laird works at Melbourne Uni with Christian Union, helping students consider Jesus. She is married to Andrew and they have 4 young adult children. She is the Chair of Lausanne Australia and is a Vic Coordinator for Arrow Australia.


2N: Cancelled


3B: “Breaking the natural church size barriers”: One of the underestimated areas of churches is how dynamics and structures must change as a church grows. Within God’s sovereignty, human wisdom provides much understanding and help in taking your church to the next level – and this means reaching more people for Jesus. This seminar will look at the underlying dynamics and provide practical tips for churches of different sizes. You’ll be able to identify the barriers you are facing, some typical reasons why, as well as have some ideas to help you navigate through them, under God.

Raj Gupta is the Senior Minister at Toongabbie Anglican Church in Sydney. He was the Chair of KCC NextGen for almost a decade, one of Australia’s largest training conferences for Children’s and Youth Ministry. More recently he has been a Mission Area Leader in the Sydney Anglican Diocese, the architect of the Developing Rectors Program with CMD, and he has recently been awarded a Doctor of Ministry from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (TEDs) for his thesis on “Why do Sydney Anglican churches struggle to grow beyond 200?” He brings Australian expertise to the topic of our seminar.


3C Developing meaningful connections with indigenous Christians

Marnie O’Bryan (Chair) worked as a commercial lawyer before training as a teacher in 2002. Subsequently, she taught at Scotch College, Melbourne for ten years, and from 2007-2012 was founding teacher in charge of the school’s Indigenous Partnership Program. Since 2007 Marnie has been involved in the Victorian Indigenous Education Network of Independent and Catholic schools and since 2013 as coordinator of that organisation. In 2017, Marnie was awarded a PhD for her study investigating the lived experience of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students in Australian boarding schools. She is an Honorary Fellow at both the National Centre for Indigenous Studies, Australian National University and at the Melbourne Graduate School of Education, University of Melbourne. She believes that it is only by working humbly and respectfully together that Australia can achieve justice for its First Peoples. Marnie has worshipped at St Hilary’s Anglican church, Kew, since 1990.

Neville Naden (BCA) Neville Naden is a proud Wiradjeri man from central west NSW. He was born in Gilgandra and grew up around Peak Hill and Dubbo. As a young man growing up, he was confronted with His need of a saviour and God graciously called Neville to himself at the age of 18. He has studied at Morling, the Baptist College, as well as Moore College and has ministered in the Brethren, Anglican and Uniting Church context. He currently serves as BCA’s Indigenous Ministry Officer.

Phillip Heath served as Headmaster of St Andrew’s Cathedral School, Sydney, where he formed the Gawura Campus for indigenous inner city children. Mr Heath was appointed as the Head of Barker College in 2014 where he formed the Darkinjung Barker Campus for Indigenous children on the Central Coast of New South Wales. Mr Heath has served on the NSW Board of Studies representing the Independent Sector (2000-2009) and is also the immediate past National Chair of the Association of Heads of Independent Schools of Australia (2013-2015). Phillip is married to Alison, who is also an educator with expertise in English literacy and language acquisition.

 Richard & Judy Young



3D: “Youth ministry in Uncertain Times” Because young people live in the vanguard of cultural change youth ministry is often a significant challenge and source of anxiety for the church. This seminar will explore how the enduring foundations of gospel ministry among young people can generate the new creative possibilities required in uncertain times.

Graham Stanton has been involved in youth ministry leadership for over twenty years, as parish youth minister in Wollongong NSW, founding Principal of Youthworks  in Sydney, and now lecturer in Practical Theology at Ridley College in Melbourne. Graham’s doctoral research explored the dynamics of Bible Engagement for the spiritual formation of teenagers in today’s culture of expressive individualism.

Craig Roberts is the current CEO of Youthworks College. Craig served as pastor of St Augustine’s Neutral Bay for 17 years before moving to Youthworks. During his time at Neutral Bay, the church grew several times over. His vision is to see every generation teaching and encouraging every other generation, so that under God, churches everywhere flourish and the next generation is established to trust, love and follow the Lord Jesus until he returns. Craig is married to Libby and they have two adult children with one still at school.


3F: “Reinventing the Evangelistic Mission: A University Case Study”: Some may have thought that the era of missions is over for modern cities and sceptical university students, but all over the world, churches and university Christian unions are finding new and fruitful ways of answering the questions of this generation’s students and young people, and sharing the gospel with them. Frog Orr-Ewing has spent much of the last decade training evangelists and university missioners through the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics. These new models of mission are now proving to be successfully reinvented for campuses and contexts all over the world. Come and get excited about changing the future of Australia! There will be time for discussion and Q&A.

Frog Orr-Ewing Rev Frog Orr-Ewing is Rector of Latimer Minster, as well as Chaplain and Missioner for the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics, with teaching responsibilities at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford. His real contribution is in church planting in the city and rural areas, most recently planting a “minster” church as a resource hub for mission and church planting in rural areas. He has written several books and has recently submitted his PhD in nineteenth century church planting. Frog is married to Amy and they have three energetic sons.


3H How to Equip Christians for the WorkplaceHow can workplaces be the ‘next great mission field of the church’ (Billy Graham)? How can workplace Christians be prepared so that their faith flourishes at work? This workshop will be a biblical exploration of how work can be a means of worshipping God. It will collect and stimulate ideas for how the church gathered can be a time of equipping for the church scattered Monday to Friday. Take your faith to work and bring your faith to life.

Kara Martin is Project Leader with Seed, lecturer with Mary Andrews College, author of Workship: how to use your work to worship God. She was formerly Associate Dean of the Marketplace Institute at Ridley College. Kara has worked in multiple roles, in a variety of organisations, and as a consultant. Kara has a particular passion for integrating our Christian faith and work, as well as helping churches connect with the workers in their congregations.


3K: “Helping parents disciple their children” As parents, we have a responsibility to disciple our own children – to teach and train them to follow Jesus.  In this seminar, Gus and Fiona will help parents think through principles and practical ideas for how to honour God in our parenting and family life, so that Christian families can live distinctive and attractive lives, and our children know the gospel.  They will give some examples of how they’ve gone about this in their family.

Gus & Fiona McLean have been married for over 20 years and have four teenage children.  Gus is a secondary teacher at Greensborough Secondary College and Fiona works part-time as the Women’s Discipleship Minister at St Jude’s, Carlton (Unichurch congregation).  They are both very involved parishioners at St Stephen’s, Greythorn.   Their interests include cricket, cycling, reading, beer, talking to others about Jesus, Scrabble and cups of tea (you can guess which applies to whom!).


3L: “The Insufficiency of Scripture and the Apologetics Imperative”:  In an increasingly secularising culture, which largely accepts that faith and reason are in conflict, the winsome defence (ἀπολογίαν apology) of Christian faith is essential but scarce. In this seminar we will: 1: consider the place of apologetics in the church; 2: hear a presentation Chris often uses in schools and churches challenging the conflict myth; and 3: discuss the issues, including practical steps that can be taken in congregations, schools, youth groups etc.

Chris Mulherin is an Anglican minister and Executive Director of ISCAST–Christians in Science. He also teaches philosophy and logic at the University of Divinity and teaches and tutors at Melbourne University in Climate Change, History of Science, and God and the Natural Sciences. His most recent parish role was a year as locum vicar of St Jude’s Carlton. Chris and his family were missionaries with CMS in Argentina for 13 years.


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Ridley is an evangelical college that promotes a Christ-centered, bible-based Christianity. Our denominational heritage in Anglicanism shapes our culture and worship, while we welcome people from a diverse range of denominational backgrounds and embrace the richness of various evangelical traditions.

Compassion is an inter-denominational Child Development Ministry operating in 25 countries in the developing world.  We are Christ-centred, child-focused, and church-based in our operation, and our mission is to release children from poverty in Jesus’ name.  We currently have 1.8 million children in sponsorship, whom we feed, clothe, educate, and share the Gospel with, through our almost 7,000 local evangelical church partners in the developing world.  

Barnabas Fund is an international humanitarian aid organisation providing hope and aid for persecuted Christians facing injustice and discrimination. Its objectives are threefold; to inform other Christians about the situation of their suffering, to facilitate informed prayer, to provide assistance via support for practical projects. Barnabas Fund also acts as an advocate for suffering Christians when so requested by them.

Anglican Aid works in partnership with individuals and churches in Australia to support local community leaders in developing countries to:

  • break cycles  of  poverty, abuse, exploitation and neglect;
  • train  future  leaders  in  needy world communities;
  • voice Christian concern on issues of  poverty,  injustice,  compassion, generosity and world need;
  • building  partners’  capacity 

Anglican Aid works only with likeminded churches and Christian partners in over 25 countries.

The Church Missionary Society of Australia (CMS) is a fellowship of Christian people and churches committed to global mission. We encourage people to get involved in cross-cultural mission through one of our six branches across Australia.
We work with churches to set apart, equip and support long-term workers who cross cultures to share the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. The world is growing and changing rapidly, but the gospel of Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow.

Anglican Overseas Aid is an overseas relief and development agency of the Anglican Church of Australia. Our work is inspired by the gospel of Christ, with a vision for a peaceful, just and sustainable world for all. We believe that everyone has an important part to play in making abundant life a reality for all people. That’s why we’re passionate about working with communities all over the world so they can lift themselves out of poverty. We work with Anglican and like-minded agencies to create and strengthen partnerships in developing countries to overcome poverty, injustice and disaster. 

St Hilary’s is a network church currently consisting of three Sites. We are an Evangelical Anglican church and part of the Anglican Diocese of Melbourne. We are a diverse community of people incorporating all ages and stages of life.

As a community we want to live out our mission to make, mature and mobilise disciples of Jesus Christ.


ARDFA partners with Anglican parishes and like-minded agencies in Australia and in emerging and developing countries to relieve poverty and disability and, when possible, to provide emergency relief.

Bush Church Aid has a heart for people living in remote and regional Australia. We are committed to going the distance to reach Australia for Christ. In partnership with Anglican Dioceses across the country, Bush Church Aid places committed and gifted Christians in a variety of locations to help people connect with the grace of God revealed in Jesus. 

In an increasingly secular culture, ISCAST is at the cutting edge of the conversation about the reasonableness of the gospel of Jesus Christ. We are a network of Christians, from students to distinguished academics, exploring the interface of science, technology, and faith. With believers throughout history, ISCAST stands for the harmony of science and Christianity.

ISCAST engages publicly on matters of science, faith and apologetics – within the church and in the secular space – by offering resources and speakers, and by partnering with like-minded groups.

SparkLit advances God’s Kingdom by empowering Christian writers, publishers and distributors.
We make Christian books available, accessible and affordable where commitment is strong but support and resources are scarce.
We stimulate life-changing Christian writing. Our strategy is to direct funds, expertise and energy to publishers where indigenous Christian writing is needed most. As a result, lives, communities and cultures are transformed as people discover Jesus in a way that’s authentic and culturally meaningful.