Lisa Sharon Harper
Lisa Sharon Harper

Lisa Sharon Harper

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. 

Dr Michael Frost
Dr Michael Frost

Dr Michael Frost

Dr Michael Frost is an internationally recognised Australian missiologist and one of the leading voices in the missional church movement. His books are required reading in colleges and seminaries around the world and he is much sought after as an international conference speaker.
 
Dr Frost has been the founding director of the Tinsley Institute, a mission study centre located at Morling College in Sydney, Australia, since 1999. He is also an Adjunct Professor with Asbury Seminary and Northern Seminary in the United States.
 
He is the author or editor of sixteen theological books, the most recent of which are the popular and award-winning, The Shaping of Things to Come (2003), Exiles (2006), The Road to Missional (2011) and Surprise the World! (2016). Dr Frost’s work has been translated into German, Korean, Swedish, Portuguese and Spanish.
 
He was one of the founders of the Forge Mission Training Network and the founder of the missional Christian community, smallboatbigsea, based in Manly in Sydney’s north. He was the weekly religion columnist for The Manly Daily for over a decade and helped establish Action Against Poverty, a localised micro-financing agency, linking the cities of Manly and Manado, an impoverished Indonesian community. He was instrumental in launching Street Pastors Manly, a church-based initiative aimed at curbing alcohol-related violence.
Patricia Ho
Patricia Ho

Patricia Ho

Patricia Ho is a Hong Kong based human rights lawyer. She was raised in Hong Kong in a cross-culture family, and developed a preoccupation for standing up for 'what's right' since a young age. Much of her (and the firm in which she works in, Daly & Associates) work involves defending the rights of minority groups in Hong Kong by way of challenging government policies and law in judicial reviews. Her cases include a number of landmark judicial review test cases concerning asylum seekers and refugees (issues include access to social welfare, release from detention, permission to work), transgender persons (discriminatory treatment in detention), domestic helpers (right to security), sex workers (right to security) and victims of human trafficking.
 
Apart from litigation, Patricia provides legal and strategic advice to a number of NGOs in Hong Kong, and works with both local and international bodies to advocate for the rights of marginalised groups, including refugees, asylum seekers and victims of human trafficking in Hong Kong.
 
Since becoming a mother of two, she has also become passionate about challenging the mould of what a mother and pastor's wife should look like as she juggles between her different roles.
CB Samuel
CB Samuel

CB Samuel

CB Samuel is a Bible teacher, pastor, theologian, mentor, former CEO of a major Indian relief and development organization (EFICOR), missiologist, evangelical leader and passionate advocate for the poor. He is now a TEAR Associate Fieldworker, working as a leader, educator and advocate for social action in the Indian Christian community. While CB has developed a global ministry, teaching frequently in Asia, USA and Australia, he and his wife Selina remain strongly engaged in integral mission in India. They have a particular passion for building and strengthening younger leaders in their spiritual formation and their mission engagement.
​Melinda Tankard Reist
​Melinda Tankard Reist

​Melinda Tankard Reist

Melinda Tankard Reist is an author, speaker, media commentator, blogger and advocate for women and girls. She is author and editor of four books including Getting Real: Challenging the Sexualisation of Girls and Big Porn Inc: Exposing the harms of the global pornography industry

Melinda is a newspaper columnist and a regular guest on morning television, she has also appeared on ABC Q&A as well as many other TV and radio programs. Melinda is co-founder of the grassroots campaigning movement, Collective Shout, exposing corporations, advertisers and marketers who objectify women and sexualise girls to sell products and services.

Melinda is named in the Who’s Who of Australian Women and the World Who’s Who of Women. She is an ambassador for World Vision, Compassion and The Raise Foundation.
Rev David Shosanya
Rev David Shosanya

Rev David Shosanya

Rev David Shosanya has served as a Regional Minister for The London Baptist Association since September 2003. Before joining the Association, David served as a team leader with The Royal Servants, a short-term missions agency and as Minister at Chalk Farm Baptist Church in Primrose Hill where he pioneered some creative and innovative approaches to mission. David co-founded and launched the nationally acclaimed and multiple award-winning Street Pastors initiative which now has over 12,000 Christians across the UK with thousands more across the world patrolling the streets into the early evenings.
 
David has served as a consultant for The Bible Society UK, and currently serves on the Council of The Evangelical Alliance. 
 
He is a visiting lecturer at Spurgeons Bible College in London and has been privileged to speak at leading academic institutions including at Oxford and Cambridge Universities, The Queens Foundation for Theological Education and the London School of Economics on a variety of justice and other topics. He is married to Yvonne and they have two children.
Ken Wytsma
Ken Wytsma

Ken Wytsma

Founder of The Justice Conference, Ken is a leader, innovator and social entrepreneur respected for his insight and collaborative spirit. He is the author of Pursuing Justice, The Grand Paradox and Create vs. Copy as well as featuring widely in RELEVANT Magazine, Huffington Post, Church Leaders and Worship Magazine. Ken is a consultant and creative advisor to not­for-profits and a sought-after speaker on justice, church and culture. He is the president of Kilns College and lead pastor at Antioch Church. Ken lives in Bend, Oregon, with his wife, Tamara, and their four daughters.
Evert-Jan Ouweneel
Evert-Jan Ouweneel

Evert-Jan Ouweneel

Evert-Jan Ouweneel is Dutch, 21 years married to Anikó and father of three children. Since 2009 he has served as Senior Advisor within the fundraising offices of World Vision. One of his current tasks is to inform people in secular societies about the need for ‘faith literacy’ (understanding people of other faiths) and the importance of collaborating with religious leaders when building towards a more peaceful and prosperous world. 

Evert studied Psychology, Sociology and graduated in Philosophy at the Free University in Amsterdam. He wrote over 60 articles in Dutch and some English articles on a variety of topics. He is an appreciated speaker in the Netherlands, specialised in describing global developments and shifts in past and present. He holds seminars about world history, world powers, world religions and world trends in universities, corporations and theatres. He also speaks regularly in churches and Christian organisations and at Christian events.
Tanya Riches
Tanya Riches

Tanya Riches

Tanya Riches is a researcher at The Centre for Disability Studies, an affiliate of the University of Sydney, where she leads the Inclusive Research Network with people with intellectual disabilities. She completed her PhD at Fuller Theological Seminary in 2017, investigating the worship and social justice initiatives of urban Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Christian leaders. She has worked hard to amplify these voices in the media and church context. She is also a lecturer at Hillsong College, where she oversees the newly developed Masters programs. Her upcoming co-edited volume entitled The Hillsong Movement Examined: You Call Me Out Upon the Waters draws together insider and outsider scholars to write on various aspects of Hillsong Church
Viv Benjamin
Viv Benjamin

Viv Benjamin

Over the past 10 years, Viv has helped build impactful organisations and people-powered social movements for global justice. She is currently based in New York, USA consulting for global organisations SumOfUs.org and Tearfund, serves as President of Micah Challenge USA, and coordinates a global climate campaign spanning a dozen countries in Africa, Latin America, USA, UK, Europe, India, and Australia. Last year she worked on the United Nations' first ever World Humanitarian Summit, where she managed the participation of thousands of leaders from around the world. Previously CEO of Oaktree, leading the team to raise millions of dollars and recruit 150,000 volunteer members in the movement to end extreme poverty.
Micah Bournes
Micah Bournes

Micah Bournes

Micah Bournes was born and raised on hip hop in the city of Long Beach, California. He is a poet, rapper and songwriter most known for his dynamic performances of spoken word poetry. His creative expressions are full of stories and self reflection as he invites us to think critically on issues of culture, faith, and justice.
Anna McGahan
Anna McGahan

Anna McGahan

Anna is an actor and writer, based in Melbourne. She is known for her roles in Australian television (Underbelly: Razor, House Husbands, Anzac Girls, The Dr Blake Mysteries), film (Spirit of the Game, Project Eden, 100 Bloody Acres) and theatre (The Effect – Sydney Theatre Company). She received the Queensland Young Playwright’s Award in 2008 and 2009, and was short-listed for the Queensland Premier’s Drama Award in 2010 with her play ‘He’s Seeing Other People Now’. She co-wrote the immersive, spoken-word theatre piece ‘The People of the Sun’ with Joel McKerrow. Anna is passionate about spiritual revival and restoration within the performing arts industries, and founded the Christian artists collective ‘The Fireplace’ in 2015. She writes on creativity, feminism and spirituality for feminartsy.com and on her own blog: www.aforbiddenroom.com.
Ravina Waldren
Ravina Waldren

Ravina Waldren

Ravina Waldren is the Coordinator of Murri Ministry, an arm of the Catholic Archdiocese of Brisbane providing pastoral care support for communities all the way from Brisbane to Cherbourg and Stradbroke Island, and giving a voice to Aboriginal people in the church. She is Brisbane born and bred, with parents from Gubbi Gubbi country. Ravina is a very proud mother and has two grandchildren.

She has been with Murri Ministry since its inception 24 years ago, and has dedicated her efforts to loving and serving her community in many ways, from journeying through grief with Aboriginal families to running cultural immersion days in Murri communities for teachers, principals, prison chaplains, wider church groups, hospital chaplains and secondary students from across the Diocese of Brisbane. She believes that education is one of the keys to breaking the cycle of disadvantage, and is dedicated to forging two-way learning between Aboriginal Elders, and the wider community. She and Elders provide spirituality workshops for secondary students and teachers with the support and approval of her local Aboriginal Elders.

Ravina works ecumenically across the Archdiocese of Brisbane in partnership with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island Church leaders to bring about a greater understanding and respect for their Culture and Beliefs within all churches.

Ravina has also been able to help churches reach out and work with their wider communities, and forge ahead together on reconciliation and healing. More recently, she’s been working with the Archdiocese of Brisbane as they formulate their Reconciliation Action Plan - and is excited and hopeful for the road ahead for a greater understanding and respect for all peoples.
Major Brendan Nottle
Major Brendan Nottle

Major Brendan Nottle

Major Brendan Nottle has been an officer with The Salvation Army for 26 years. He, along with his wife Sandra, oversee the operation of The Salvation Army in the city of Melbourne. He is club Chaplain for the Collingwood Football Club, and has been providing support to the club in a variety of aspects for 15 years. Brendan was named Melbournian of the Year in 2013, which was the same year he was appointed one of the monarchs of the Moomba Festival. Brendan is a member of the Premier’s Ice Action Taskforce and the Housing Minister’s Rough Sleeping Round table. He enjoys spending time with his family, reading and walking. Brendan and Sandra have three adult daughters, 29, 25 and 21 years old.
John Beckett
John Beckett

John Beckett

John Beckett is the Founder and CEO of Seed. Seed is a designer and incubator of change. They help individuals and organisations lead social innovation that is grounded in the Christian story. Through thought leadership, training and incubation Seed is helping develop a movement of Christians at the forefront of positive social change.

Prior to founding Seed, John was the National Director of Micah Challenge Australia, a position he held for 6 years. He’s passionate about helping Christians rediscover God’s purposes for the world, then align their own lives and the change they create in the world with that purpose.

John lives in Sydney with his beautiful wife Allie and three daughters. He has a Masters in Theology from Regent College in Canada. He loves to teach and mentor, and is known to occasionally relive his glory days on the sporting field.
Dr Mick Pope
Dr Mick Pope

Dr Mick Pope

Mick has spent the past 30 years trying to piece together in his mind the relationship between science and the Christian faith, and in particular the past 15 years developing a biblical theology of our interaction with the non-human creation. Mick has degrees in mathematics, physics, meteorology and theology. He is a full time lecturer in meteorology, and Professor of Environmental Mission at Missional University. Mick is also an adjunct lecturer at Eastern College, a member of the Centre for Research in Religion and Social Policy (RASP), and ecotheologian with Ethos: EA Centre for Christianity and society. Mick speaks to church and various Christian groups about climate change and creation care. He has contributed to a number of journals and books on ecotheology, and is launching A Climate of Justice: Loving Your Neighbour in a Warming World (Morning Star Publishing, 2017) at the conference. Mick also runs the Ethos Environment blog (ethos-environment.blogspot.com). He lives in Melbourne with his wife, son, a Labrador several chickens.
Stevie Wills
Stevie Wills

Stevie Wills

Stevie Wills works as a Community Engagement Officer with CBM Australia. She’s a performance poet, public speaker and writer. She engages audiences with the cycle of poverty and disability and with disability inclusion in churches. Stevie has travelled with CBM Australia to South Africa and Zambia. She has a Diploma in Counselling Studies. 
Adrian Turner
Adrian Turner

Adrian Turner

Adrian Turner has over 40 years of pastoral ministry, including leading a church-plant at Monbulk, Victoria during the 1980’s, a Senior Pastor role at Albury, NSW, during the 1990’s, and the Missions Pastor at Careforce Church Mount Evelyn, from 2000 - 2006.  Adrian received his Doctor of Ministry in 2011 from Australian College of Theology via MST on the topic of Spiritual Transformation.  He is currently working with Compassion Australia as a Relationship Manager with a passion to see children released from poverty and local churches both on the field and here in Australia empowered in Jesus’ global mission of reconciliation and transformation.
Captain Peter Hobbs
Captain Peter Hobbs

Captain Peter Hobbs

Along with his wife, Di, Pete Hobbs works an as officer at The Salvation Army Bellarine Peninsular. Engaged in mission to his community, Pete takes seriously the great commission, and works with God, seeking justice and loving mercy in his neighbourhood. Now the Bellarine Salvos has multiple missional communities and has seen those transformed voluntarily step up to lead lives of worship, providing much needed social and community initiatives. These include Healing Art, The Up Cycle Hospitality Training Café, school chaplaincy, Salvo Resto, youth group, adult discipleship training, child trauma/family counselling, a community garden, multiple thrift shops, and The Open Air Music Program and recording studio. Many of these faith expressions seek justice and usher in The Kingdom! Pete and Di have two energetic children, Ella and James. In their spare time, the Hobbs family enjoy creating their own Star Wars movies.
Andrew Naylor
Andrew Naylor

Andrew Naylor

Andrew Naylor is the Relationships Team Manager at Australians Together, responsible for growing connections within the church to help Christians respond to the disadvantage faced by Indigenous people in this country.
 
He became part of the team in 2013, with a passion to address social justice issues. A Kiwi by birth, he believes that relationships between indigenous and non-indigenous people are an important issue for every nation to address. However, he was shocked to discover the depth of Australia’s challenges, and the huge disparity between the situation here and in New Zealand.
 
Andrew’s background is in music, from arranging to performing, writing and producing. Prior to joining Australians Together, he was Music Director at C3 Whitehorse (now Stairway), then Creative and Music Director at CityLife church.
 
He is still passionate about music, and believes the arts have a big role to play in healing the disconnect. “They allow you to express things that are difficult to express in any other way - and Indigenous culture is very strong in music and art.”
Captain Gen Peterson
Captain Gen Peterson

Captain Gen Peterson

Gen Peterson is an officer in The Salvation Army and has spent her time working with vulnerable and marginalised families within Reservoir, Collingwood and now in Frankston North.  Gen was frustrated by the seemingly endless stream of innocent young people harmed by systemic injustice and decided to study a Masters of Social Policy to see if there was a way of solving this problem.  While this study gave her an appreciation for the magnitude of the issues, it also gave her a mission to invest heavily and cleverly into smaller groups of young people and manage the wide array of interconnected problems they face.  She sees her role as advocate and mentor, and while still focused on the big picture, spends her time assisting isolated individuals find and fight their way back into the community.  In addition Gen teaching at Catherine Booth College in the area of social and community services and helps students move beyond traditional views of charity into more revolutionary acts of Kingdom justice.
Andrew Starr
Andrew Starr

Andrew Starr

Andrew Starr serves as Director of Advancement for International Justice Mission Australia. Andrew had the privilege of joining IJM Australia at its inception in 2014. Prior to serving with IJM, Andrew spent more than a decade working in mission and development in Central Asia. Andrew is planting a multi-ethnic church community in the north of Sydney. Andrew and his mate, Mark Jones, also grab lunch weekly to record the podcast, Doing the Stuff.
Casey O’Brien Machado
Casey O’Brien Machado

Casey O’Brien Machado

Casey O’Brien Machado is The Salvation Army Australia Eastern Territory's Social Justice Coordinator. Casey’s background is in Social Science, Criminology, Policing, Intelligence, Counter-Terrorism and International Security. She has worked for and ministered through The Salvation Army in numerous communities and capacities both locally and internationally. These roles have included running youth programs in low socio-economic areas, to representing The Salvation Army at the United Nations through the International Social Justice Commission in New York. She currently assists The Salvation Army on its International Moral and Social Issues Council, which determines how The Salvation Army responds to important social issues in our global community. Casey is passionate about seeing God's Kingdom come in local communities.
David McHugh
David McHugh

David McHugh

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.

 
Dr Tim Goh
Dr Tim Goh

Dr Tim Goh

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.

Eliza Johnson
Eliza Johnson

Eliza Johnson

Eliza has been the Advocacy Coordinator at Baptist World Aid Australia since 2015. As part of her role, she coordinates and resources Baptist World Aid’s church-based advocacy movement known as ‘Catalyst’. Inspired by the biblical vision of a world made right, Eliza is passionate about seeing local churches mobilised to seek justice on a local and global scale. Eliza has degrees in Law and Politics, as well as a Masters in Human Rights Law and Policy.
Gershon Nimbalke
Gershon Nimbalke

Gershon Nimbalke

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.

 
James Kozina
James Kozina

James Kozina

James has served as a pastor for over ten years and came to faith in his twenties after growing up in a Christian home. After learning of the persecuted church and the ministry of Open Doors, James felt God’s call to move with his family to Sydney and take up a role sharing with churches in Australia about the persecuted church.

“The stories of faith amidst trial at first moved me to pity. But on deeper reflection I was inspired and encouraged in my own walk with Jesus. I saw what others were willing to sacrifice for the sake of the Gospel and felt God prompting me to answer if I was willing to do the same. This is a message the entire church needs to hear.”
 
Jacob Sarkodee
Jacob Sarkodee

Jacob Sarkodee

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’.

 
Mary Fisher
Mary Fisher

Mary Fisher

Mary Fisher from 2005 lived 12 years in a Sydney suburb of 70 nationalities pastoring Chinese and hanging out with Muslims.  She studied and worked in China from 1977-87. In the USA between 1987 - 2005 (with four years In England) she worked with INTERVARSITY. Mary was involved in establishing INTERVARSITY's international Mission programme with an emphasis on racial justice before 1994 when she joined Asbury Seminary and lectured in Biblical Theology and Theological Method and Praxis.  She has lectured in the USA, Australia, Asia and the Middle East.
Neridah Morris
Neridah Morris

Neridah Morris

Neridah is the Director of Ecommerce and Marketing for Thread Harvest, an ethical online fashion marketplace dedicated to ending the exploitation in the supply chain of the fashion industry. With a background in Marketing, Neridah also oversees all the Marketing & Comms for Seed. Believing deeply that the work we do is intricately connected to our faith, Neridah seeks to bring justice where there is injustice.
Nathan Brown
Nathan Brown

Nathan Brown

Nathan Brown is book editor at Signs Publishing (check out their “Best in the World” award-winning Food As Medicine cookbook) in Warburton, Victoria, and a regular collaborator with ADRA Australia, particularly in writing and speaking about biblical justice-doing. He has degrees in law, literature and professional writing, and is completing a Masters in Social Justice through Kilns College. Nathan is author of seven books, including Why I Try to Believe.
Richenda Vermeulen
Richenda Vermeulen

Richenda Vermeulen

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.

 
Scott Darlow
Scott Darlow

Scott Darlow

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.

Rob Nicholls
Rob Nicholls

Rob Nicholls

Rob is the Church Engagement Lead at CBM Australia. Part of his work is networking and training for the Luke14 initiative. Rob worked in leadership roles in community services for 30 years, including with Wesley Mission Melbourne, before moving to a combination of working in the church as a pastor and in a training and coaching consultancy. He took up the role at CBM in 2010 to follow his two passions of the church and people who are often outsiders, including people with disabilities. He lives with his wife and cat and loves being a father, father-in-law and grandfather.
Christie Buckingham
Christie Buckingham

Christie Buckingham

As a senior pastor, wife, mother and TV Host, Rev. Christie Buckingham is a woman who does not do things by halves. Since 1994, Christie and her husband Rob have been ministering as Senior Ministers of Bayside Church in Melbourne, with campuses in Cheltenham and Frankston. Rev Christie has a passion for social justice and seeing people set free and reach their full potential. She is a gifted leader who has worked tirelessly in mobilising groups of young adults and adults to act and relieve injustice.

From an overseas perspective, Rev. Christie has been involved in setting up a number of projects including an Acres of Love Forever Home for previously abandoned children (many are abandoned due to HIV / AIDS) in South Africa. The Home cares for up to eight children who receive the love and care a child needs to fulfill their potential.

Other projects include establishing Zambia’s third university Northrise University ensuring that future generations of Zambians are educated and find work; assisting the work of medical clinics and cashew plantations in Mozambique; as well as prison ministry in Bali which includes providing hygiene packs for prisoners, computers and art supplies for prisoner rehabilitation programs and clothes. Most recently Rev. Christie Buckingham has also been working alongside legal teams and helping to advocate for prisoners on death row to receive clemency.
The Travellers
The Travellers

The Travellers

Starting off as buskers at Southern Cross Train station, The Travelers have recorded their first original material and are playing at corporate events, church and community events and festivals.

They have appeared at a corporate event at the MCG, at a huge conference of De
La Salle Brothers and at many local community events such as the Landcare
Community Festival and the Yarra Youth Commitment.

On the latest compilation CD released by the Artful Dodgers studio in Collingwood,
The Travelers contributed the track ``NEVER LET YOU GO.’’
Troy Arnott
Troy Arnott

Troy Arnott

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!

Stacey Wilson
Stacey Wilson

Stacey Wilson

Stacey Wilson is a CBM Luke14 regional coordinator and also works with Intergen (VCCE) developing inclusive intergenerational resources for churches. She is a passionate advocate, researcher and author. Stacey is also a qualified Occupational Therapist.