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Staff

Ruth Powell is Director of NCLS Research and an Associate Professor at the Australian Catholic University. She has been a part of the NCLS team since 1991. She has co-authored NCLS publications on church life such as Winds of Change, Shaping a Future, Taking Stock, Build My Church, Mission under the Microscope and Enriching Church Life. Her doctoral thesis focussed on age differences among church attenders.

Chandrika Chinnadurai is a programmer for NCLS Research. As part of the Information Technology team she has been responsible for developing the online capabilities for NCLS projects. With a background in computer programming, she facilitates the web-based delivery of survey tools and data reports.


Chris Ehler is a member of the resources and communications team with NCLS Research and is employed as a Research Assistant by the Australian Catholic University in cooperation with NCLS Research. He has extensive experience in resourcing parishes and mission consultancy in the Catholic Archdiocese of Brisbane. Chris continues to be an active member of the National Pastoral Planners Network for the Catholic dioceses in Australia, NZ and PNG and the Ecumenical Mission Consultants Network for Queensland.

Nicole Hancock is a Research Assistant with NCLS Research. She was heavily involved in all aspects of the 2011 NCLS logistics team. With qualifications in psychology and research, she is part of the Research team in the role of data management and research assistant.

Kathy Kerr (nee Jacka) is a consultant to NCLS Research in the area of resource development and communication. With a background in education, facilitation and community consultation, Kathy is part of the NCLS resource development team and has co-authored NCLS publications on church life, connecting with communities and sustainable leadership.

Miriam Pepper is a Researcher with NCLS Research and a Fellow at Australian Catholic University. She is also an environmentalist who works with the Uniting Church's Uniting Earth project, and she is on the board of multi-faith organisation Australian Religious Response to Climate Change. Miriam has co-authored NCLS publications on church life, church vitality and environmental issues. Her PhD research examined Christianity and sustainable consumption from a social psychological perspective.

James Schroder is a programmer for NCLS Research. As part of the Information Technology team he provides support in web content management, databases and report production. He has been responsible for developing the online capabilities for the NCLS projects and e-commerce mechanisms.

Sam Sterland is a Researcher with NCLS Research and a Fellow at the Australian Catholic University. He is the key contact person for the network of NCLS Regional Coordinators in each diocese, region and state in Australia. He has co-authored NCLS publications on church life and sustainable leadership. Sam has a particular interest in ministers and burnout, and a passion to help foster vital churches with healthy leaders.

Fraser Tustian is a consultant to NCLS Research, providing Information Technology services and support in web content management, databases and report production. As part of the NCLS Information Technology team he has been responsible for developing online capabilities for the NCLS projects.

Amelia Vaeafisi is the Office Manager of NCLS Research. She is responsible for much of the day to day administration for the NCLS team. With a background in youth leadership, cross cultural ministry and social work, Amelia is often the first point of contact for people connecting with NCLS Research.



Associate Researchers

John Bellamy is an Associate Researcher with NCLS Research and an Honorary Research Fellow at Australian Catholic University. He is Senior Research Officer, Social Policy and Research Unit at Anglicare Sydney. He has co-authored NCLS publications on church life, attendance patterns, church vitality and community life. His doctoral thesis was Why People Don’t Go to Church: A study of factors associated with non-participation and participation in church in Australia.

Bob Dixon is an Associate Researcher with NCLS Research and a Fellow at Australian Catholic University. He has co-authored NCLS books on church life. He is also Director of the Pastoral Research Office of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference. His doctoral thesis was on Ingenious communities: Catholic parishes in Australia as creators of social capital and religious social good.

Martin Dowson is a Researcher and Statistical Consultant with NCLS Research. He is also Director (Curriculum) at Wesley Institute. Martin is former Professor of Pastoral Theology at the Sydney College of Divinity, and has been Visiting/Adjunct Professor at several institutions both in Australia and overseas. Martin has particular research interests in statistical methods, educational psychology, and the psychology and philosophy of religion. Martin's first PhD focussed on Educational Psychology, and his second PhD (currently underway) explores the epistemological status of Christian doctrine.

Ian Duncum is an Associate Researcher with NCLS Research. He has particular interests in multicultural ministry and a passion to help equip churches via effective models of consultancy (the subject of his doctoral thesis). He is also a trainer and supervisor for a Church Consultancy Team.

Peter Kaldor is an Associate Researcher with NCLS Research and is the founding Director of NCLS Research. He is also Director of the Leadership Institute of the Uniting Church Synod of NSW & the ACT and founder of New River Leadership. He has co-authored NCLS publications on church life, attendance patterns, church vitality, burnout in leaders and effective leadership.

Maureen Miner Bridges is an Associate Researcher with NCLS Research and an Honorary Research Fellow at Australian Catholic University. She is also Director of Research at Wesley Institute. She has lectured, researched and published in the areas of psychology of religion, ethics, and clinical psychology. Her doctoral thesis focussed on secularisation, stress and burnout amongst church leaders.


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