2022 TRN Conference keynote speakers and presenters

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Plenary Speaker
Dr Sarah Bachelard
Co-Founder and Leader
Benedictus Contemplative Church
Dr Bachelard is a theologian and teacher of Christian meditation and contemplative prayer. Her work focuses on contemplative spirituality and community, and on the connections between contemplation, ethics and theology.
Rev Dr Paschal Corby
Lecturer in Moral Theology/Bioethics
Catholic Theological College (Melbourne)
Fr Paschal is a priest of the Order of Friars Minor Conventual and assistant priest of the Parish of St. Joseph’s, Springvale. He currently lectures in Moral Theology/Bioethics at the University of Notre Dame, Australia (Sydney) and Catholic Theological College (Melbourne). He is the author of The Hope and Despair of Human Bioenhancement (Pickwick, 2019).
Plenary Speaker
Assoc Prof Doru Costache
Associate Professor in Theology (Patristic Studies)
St Cyril’s Coptic Orthodox Theological College
Assoc Prof Costache has over 20 years of tertiary teaching experience. His research interests are Early Christian representations of reality; traditional interpretations of Genesis 1-3; experiences of holiness; wellbeing; science, ethics, and theology; transdisciplinarity.
Rev Dr Arseny Ermakov
Eva Burrows College/University of Divinity
Plenary Speaker
Dr Rocio Figueroa
Lecturer in Systematic Theology
Te Kupenga – Catholic Theological College
Dr Figueroa is a Catholic Theologian and lecturer. Her research has focused on theological and pastoral responses for survivors of Church sexual abuse.
Dr Louise Gosbell
Mary Andrews College
Dr Gosbell is the Principal and has been lecturing at the Mary Andrews College in Australia since 2014 in New Testament and Disability Studies. Her research interests are biblical studies, disability studies, inclusive education, and inclusion.
Samuel Hemming
Queensland Theological College, Brisbane
Sam recently completed his Masters of Divinity with the Queensland Theological College. He is currently a pastor at Mitchelton Presbyterian Church in Brisbane, Qld.
Dr Belinda Hooper
Recent graduate
Macquarie University
Dr Belinda Hopper specialises in creative writing and religious studies, with a focus on the work of Marilynne Robinson. She has taught Life Writing at Macquarie University.
Plenary Speaker
Dr Michael Jensen
St Mark’s Anglican Church
Dr Jensen is an author, lecturer and the Rector of St Mark’s Anglican Church. He previously taught theology and church history at Moore College.
Dr Antonios Kaldas
Lecturer in Philosophy
St Cyril’s Coptic Orthodox Theological College
Fr Antonios is a parish priest with qualifications in medicine and philosophy. He is currently interested in philosophy of mind and natural theology.
Michelle Lee
Postgraduate student
Australian College of Theology/ Morling College
M Lee is a Postgraduate student in the related disciplines of Theology and Education.
Plenary Speaker
Dr Janice McRandal
The Cooperative
Dr McRandal is a feminist theologian who works with critical theory to explore themes of systematic theology alongside politics and popular culture. Her research interests are in Systematic Theology, Feminist Theology, Gender Theory, Critical Race Theory, Postcolonial Criticism, Continental Theology.
Dr Andrew Mellas
Senior Lecturer in Church History and Liturgical Studies
St Andrew’s Greek Orthodox Theological College
Dr Mellas subject area is Church History and Liturgical Studies. His current projects include exploring the liturgical intersections of hagiography and hymnography, and editing The Cambridge Companion to the Byzantine Church.
Plenary Speaker
Assoc Prof Ben Myers
Director, Graduate Research School
Alphacrucis College
Assoc Prof Myers oversees HDR programs at Alphacrucis. His research interests are Literature and theology, Seventeenth-century England, Modern theology, and Early Christian thought.
Plenary Speaker
Prof Neil Ormerod
Executive Officer (Research Analytics)
Sydney College of Divinity
Prof Ormerod works to promote SCD research quality. His research interests include the Trinity, Christian anthropology (sin and grace), historical ecclesiology and Christology. He is an expert on the work of Bernard Lonergan.
Prof Paul Oslington
Professor Of Economics And Theology
Alphacrucis College
Prof Oslington has doctoral degrees in both economics and theology, and most of his recent research has been on their historical relationships.
Dr Mick Pope
Whitley College, University of Divinity
Mick Pope has a PhD in meteorology from Monash University on tropical climate and a M Phil in theology from the University of Divinity on Genesis and Anthropocene ethics. He has written three popular books on climate change and theology and works with groups like TearFund, Common Grace, and Surrender in advocacy. Mick is currently preparing his thesis for publication with Pickwick, and writing a PhD proposal on a theology of ecocide.