From Ferguson to New York to Germany and South Africa Ms. Harper leads trainings and helps mobilize clergy and community leaders around shared values for the common good. A prolific speaker, writer and activist, Ms. Harper is the founder and president of FreedomRoad.us (launching online Fall 2017), a consulting group dedicated to shrinking the narrative gap in our nation by convening forums and experiences that bring common understanding, common commitment, and common action toward a just world. Ms. Harper is the author of several books, including: Evangelical Does Not Equal Republican...or Democrat (The New Press, 2008), Left Right and Christ: Evangelical Faith in Politics (Elevate, 2011), Forgive Us: Confessions of a Compromised Faith (Zondervan, 2014), and the critically acclaimed, The Very Good Gospel: How Everything Wrong can be Made Right (Waterbrook, a division of Penguin Random House, 2016). The Very Good Gospel, recognized as the "2016 Book of the Year" by Englewood Review of Books, explores God’s intent for the wholeness of all relationships in light of today’s headlines.
David McHugh started his career as a management consultant in a global engineering firm. After travelling to Mozambique and completing a missions school, he moved away from the corporate world and now works at Stairway Church Whitehorse.
Along with his wife Christy, David is the leader of the justice expression of Stairway. In this role they both shape the direction of how Stairway answers the call for a just response to the poor and marginalized. Whilst Stairway has had expressions of justice buried deep within it's DNA (it started a house for women with unwanted pregnancies within its first year of operation) helping an established large Pentecostal church more known for it's conferences (Bill Johnson has been an annual speaker for the last 12 years) to move to justice as Shalom across all of church life has been something that David has been hugely influential in.
David's experience brings a unique approach into the church and Not for Profit sector. His focus on strategy and communication have brought about exciting changes in the way Stairway approaches the area of Justice.
Tim is a passionate thinker and an innovative entrepreneur who works tirelessly at integrating his theology with life and work. He brings particular expertise to the task of helping others imagine the ways that theology and faith intersect with their own lives and vocation. He brings a diverse range of experiences - as a doctor, a startup entrepreneur, an investor - to this ask. He also has extensive experience and expertise in the area of business model development.
Tim was previously the visionary behind the Life Expedition and Arrow on Swanston, a project that was recently featured by the Australian Human Rights Commission as a best practice model of Australian Business, protecting and promoting the human rights of International students in Melbourne.
Gershon Nimbalker is the Advocacy Manager at Baptist World Aid Australia and
chair of Stop the Traffik’s Australian working group. He is the project coordinator and
one of the lead authors of the Australian Fashion Report and Electronics Industry Trends reports, world leading research that examines the practices of corporations around the world to mitigate the risk of slavery and exploitation. He has degrees in Business and Commerce and a Masters in Social Change and Development with merit from Newcastle University. Gershon is passionate about working with the Church to live out its call to Justice.
Jacob has served with International Justice Mission Australia since early 2017 as Advancement Manager. Jacob leads IJM’s relationships with churches and strategic partners in Australia. In May he visited Cebu in the Philippines, where IJM is responding to a new form of modern slavery: cybersex trafficking. Previously he has served in community engagement and men’s ministries through his local church, and has over 10 years’ experience working in the international aid & development sector. His Masters of Human Rights Dissertation was on ‘Faith and Justice in Public: Christians and Human Rights’.
Richenda Vermeulen is founder and CEO of ntegrity - an agency with a difference determined to build the digital capabilities of Australian organisations. Founded 5 years ago, ntegrity started with just her, a laptop and a really big God-given dream, but has since transformed into a client list of over 100 of Australia’s leading commercial, government and not-for-profit clients and a team of 19 staff working around the globe.
The heart of her calling has always been people. Prior to ntegrity she was a social worker turned social media manager at the world’s largest humanitarian organisation, World Vision USA. There she launched social media, grew online audiences to 1+ million, and launched the world’s first charity vlogger campaign & Australia’s first blogger campaign.
Richenda is listed by Probono Australia as one of the 25 most influential people in the not-for-profit sector, and was awarded a highly commended ‘Industry Leader of the Year’ at Mumbrella’s 2017 Awards, proving she’s not just a light to the marketing industry, but the Australian business landscape.
When she’s not disrupting the business landscape, she’s most likely spending quality time with her hubby, Kyle, and adorable toddler, Ashna.
For more than ten years, Scott Darlow has been one of the country's hardest working and most successful independent artists. The versatile singer/guitarist/didgeridoo player from Yorta Yorta country has released five albums, both with his first band The Darlow Show and more recently as a solo artist. He has toured Australia more times than he can remember, and this year released his first solo album, Sorry.
Scott is a World Vision Artist, using his infectious charm and humour far and wide, from the biggest festivals to the smallest club crowds to raise awareness and funds for World Vision Australia's Indigenous program. He's also partners with Australians Together, helping churches and schools understand the heart of the problems in our nation and respond to Indigenous disadvantage.
Troy Arnott is the senior leader of New Community, a Baptist church in the heart of Ringwood. He began his professional life as a High School Phys Ed/Science teacher before heading overseas to pursue theological training.
Troy says that planting a church fifteen years ago in the outer East of Melbourne was never about trying out new church growth techniques. At the heart was a desire to articulate and embody a gospel that held together a social vision and a spiritual conversion. From funding numerous schools in East Timor to developing a Heal Clinic in Ringwood, New Community Church has a desire to shape their city and serve their world for Jesus.
Though he's a leader of a Baptist church, Troy's life and work has crossed many denominations: grew up in the Uniting Church, went to an Anglican school, taught at a Catholic one while attending a Church of Christ, and studied theology at a non denominational Bible college!