2022 TRN Conference keynote speakers and presenters
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Dr Sarah Bachelard
Co-Founder and Leader
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
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).
Assoc Prof Doru Costache
Associate Professor in Theology (Patristic Studies)
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.
Dr Rocio Figueroa
Lecturer in Systematic Theology
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
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.
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
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.
Dr Michael Jensen
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
Fr Antonios is a parish priest with qualifications in medicine and philosophy. He is currently interested in philosophy of mind and natural theology.
M Lee is a Postgraduate student in the related disciplines of Theology and Education.
Dr Janice McRandal
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
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.
Assoc Prof Ben Myers
Director, Graduate Research School
Assoc Prof Myers oversees HDR programs at Alphacrucis. His research interests are Literature and theology, Seventeenth-century England, Modern theology, and Early Christian thought.
Prof Neil Ormerod
Executive Officer (Research Analytics)
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
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
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.