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NCLS Research Board of Governors

The NCLS Research Board of Governors includes representatives from the four major partners: Uniting Mission and Education, NSW & the ACT; Anglicare Diocese of Sydney; Australian Catholic Bishops Conference and the Australian Catholic University. Board members are listed below.

Uniting Mission and Education, NSW & the ACT

Kath Merrifield – Executive Director, Uniting Mission and Education, Uniting Church
Andrew Williams – General Secretary, The Uniting Church Synod of New South Wales and the ACT
Elizabeth Raine – Presbytery Minister and Congregational minister, Mid North Coast Presbytery NSW, Uniting Church

Anglicare Diocese of Sydney

Grant Millard – Chief Executive Officer, ANGLICARE Sydney,
Sue King – Director, Advocacy & Research, ANGLICARE Sydney,
Ted Brush – Senior Minister of the Lower Mountains Anglican Parish

Australian Catholic Bishops Conference

Brian Lucas – General Secretary, Australian Catholic Bishops Conference
Bob Dixon – Director, Pastoral Research Office, Australian Catholic Bishops Conference
Luke Kenny – Chief Executive Officer, Church Resources, Australian Catholic Bishops Conference

Australian Catholic University

Wayne McKenna– Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research), Australian Catholic University
James McLaren – Director, Institute of Religion and Critical Inquiry, Australian Catholic University
Neil Ormerod – Professor of Theology, Australian Catholic University

The Uniting Church Synod of NSW and ACT

Kath Merrifield – Executive Director, Uniting Mission and Education, Uniting Church (Chair of NCLS Board).

Kath is the current chair of the NCLS Board of Governors.

Kath Merrifield holds a Bachelor of Science (majoring in Statistics) from the Australian National University (ANU), a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) with the ANU and a Bachelor of theology with United Theological College. She completed a Masters in International & Community Development.

Prior to being in ministry she was on the personal staff of Justice Brennan in the High Court of Australia and a legal advisor in the Commonwealth Attorney-General’s Department. She also worked for TEAR Australia in Thailand and Cambodia managing people and projects across Asia.

She spent 9 years as congregational Minister with Brighton-Kogarah Uniting Church and has been in her current role as Executive Director of Uniting Mission and Education since 2012.

 

Andrew Williams –General Secretary, The Uniting Church Synod of New South Wales and the ACT.

Dr Williams has been ordained 27 years. He has worked in three different parts of Australia as a minister of the Uniting Church in roles in local congregations as well as in Synod positions in the Northern Synod (Darwin) and the Synod of New South Wales. He was also based in London with the Council for World Mission (the former London Missionary Society) as the Executive Secretary for Personnel and Training.

Dr Williams’ has been a member of a number of Uniting Church synod standing committees, the national Assembly’s Social Justice Committee, World Mission Committee and Commission on Women and Men, as well as ecumenical committees including the National Council of Churches in Australia’s committee on refugees, the Churches Together in Britain and Ireland’s Commission on Mission and the World Alliance of Reformed Churches’ Mission in Unity Steering Committee.

Dr Williams has a BTh from Flinders University, a MTh (Hons) from Sydney with a thesis on “The Concept of Partnership in the Uniting Church’s Understanding of Mission”. He completed a ThD from Birmingham University where his thesis was a case study approach to issues of personnel sharing in mission.

 

Elizabeth Raine – Presbytery Minister and Congregational minister, Mid North Coast Presbytery NSW, Uniting Church.

Rev. Elizabeth Raine is a Minister of the Word in the UCA. She currently works as both a Presbytery Minister and Congregational minister in the Mid North Coast Presbytery of NSW. Elizabeth has a BA from Newcastle University that includes a sub major in Psychology and Statistics, a BTh from the Sydney College of Divinity, a MA from Macquarie University, and has almost finished a Masters in Social Ecology from the University of Western Sydney. She is also trained in Intentional Interim Ministry. Her work experience includes being a Community Development worker, Director of a church youth service, a full time High School chaplain, and a visiting lecturer in Biblical Studies for many years at United Theological College.

Elizabeth is interested in how communities interact and learn, and how leadership contributes to their transformation. Her current research involves looking at recent developments of social-ecological theory as they relate to the inter-relationships between the personal, social, environmental and spiritual domains.

Anglicare Diocese of Sydney

Grant Millard – Chief Executive Officer, ANGLICARE Sydney .

BEc, LLB, LLM

Before joining Anglicare Sydney in August 2012, Grant Millard was the General Manager of Moore Theological College, where he was responsible for all the college’s non-academic activities. Prior to this, he spent 13 years in senior management roles within the Coca-Cola system in Sydney, London and Athens, and earlier to this was a partner in a major international accounting firm, where he was formally qualified as a lawyer and accountant. Grant has served as a warden of St Augustine’s Neutral Bay, and is a member of the Standing Committee of the Synod of the Anglican Diocese of Sydney.

 

Sue King – Director, Advocacy & Research, ANGLICARE Sydney.

BEc, LLB, LLM

Sue has an academic background in Economics and was, for some years, a researcher in the Faculty of Economics at Sydney University. She is currently the Director of Advocacy and Research at Anglicare Sydney and has been in this role for a number of years. She has been actively involved in research, advocacy and executive management and is focused on developing a strong evidence base for strategic and mission decision making. Sue has been a member of the NCLS Board of Governors since 2007 and for four years was Chair. She greatly values the work of the NCLS in supporting and building the mission of the Church and its role in providing a lens on growth and potential sources of innovation for ministry.

 

Bio: Ted Brush – Senior Minister of the Lower Mountains Anglican Parish

Ted is a graduate of Moore Theological College and presently serves as Senior Minister of the Lower Mountains Anglican Parish. He is also a member of the Glebe Administration Board and the Sydney Diocesan Secretariat and is one of the Archbishop of Sydney's Ministry Chaplains. Ted originally trained as an electrical engineer and has worked in a variety of areas in the corporate world including design engineering, sales, customer service and supply chain management. Ted’s hobbies include golf and playing the trombone, neither of which he gets nearly enough time for.

 

Australian Catholic Bishops Conference

Brian Lucas – General Secretary, Australian Catholic Bishops Conference.

Fr Brian Lucas is a priest of the Archdiocese of Sydney. He is presently the General Secretary of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference in Canberra. Prior to that appointment he was for twelve years the Financial Administrator and Secretary of the Archdiocese of Sydney and acted as media spokesman. Fr Lucas has academic qualifications in law, general studies and theology. He is an adjunct professor of the Australian Catholic University, a member of the Australian Taxation Office Charities Consultative Committee and a director of Catholic Church Insurances Limited. He is a co-author of the Church Administration Handbook

 

Bob Dixon – Director, Pastoral Research Office, Australian Catholic Bishops Conference.

Bob is presently the Director of the Pastoral Research Office since it was established in 1996. Prior to that, he worked for several years at the Catholic Research Office for Pastoral Planning in the Archdiocese of Melbourne and, before that, was involved in Catholic secondary education for almost twenty years. He is married and has two adult children.

 

Luke Kenny – Chief Executive Officer, Church Resources, Australian Catholic Bishops Conference.

Luke joined Church Resources in July 2009, having spent 10 years in NSW state government holding various senior positions within the NSW Department of Commerce including five years as General Manager - Client Services, NSW Procurement. Luke brings an expansive knowledge of goods and services procurement in Australia, ICT program/ project management experience, skills in strategic planning and change management. Managing over $250m in spend under contracts in the last financial year and saving 9,000+ NFP organisations over $40m, under Luke’s leadership, Church Resources is increasingly becoming involved in helping start and lead the delivery of business change through procurement initiatives.

 

Australian Catholic University

Wayne McKenna – Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research), Australian Catholic University.

Professor Wayne McKenna is the current Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) at the Australian Catholic University.

Professor McKenna held positions at the University of Western Sydney (UWS), where he was the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic and Research). Professor McKenna has been with UWS since 2000 in a variety of roles including Executive Dean, College of Arts, and Provost of the Bankstown Campus. He has also held positions with the University of Newcastle, University of Geneva in Switzerland, and the University of Toulouse in France.

Professor McKenna holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in English and a PhD from the University of Leeds, UK, and his early career research interests included the work of Charles Lamb and W.J. Turner. More recently his focus has turned to the impact of the digital age on the humanities - in the areas of computational stylistics and electronic text.

 

James McLaren – Director, Institute of Religion and Critical Inquiry, Australian Catholic University.

BA Hons, MA (UniMelb), DPhil (Oxon)

James S McLaren (DPhil [Oxon]) (b. July 1, 1961) is a Professor in ancient history and biblical studies. He graduated with a BA Hons (Melb) in History and Middle Eastern Studies in 1983 and then an MA (Melb) in 1985. His doctorate was completed in Oxford under the supervision of E.P. Sanders and M. Goodman in 1990. His main research interests relate to the interaction between the Jewish and Roman worlds and the emergence of Christianity in the first century CE and to military history. He has served as New Testament Editor of Australian Biblical Review since 2001 and is a member of the Brill Josephus Project. In 2012 he was awarded the Krister Stendahl Medal in Biblical Studies for his contributions to the field. He is married and has three children.

 

Neil Ormerod – Professor of Theology, Australian Catholic University

BA Hons, PhD, BD, TheolM, DTheol

Neil Ormerod is Professor of Theology at Australian Catholic University. He is widely published having written several books and numerous articles in international theological journals. He has expertise in areas of Trinitarian theology, historical ecclesiology, natural theology, Christian anthropology and the work of Bernard Lonergan. He is married to climate activist Thea Ormerod and they have four children and six grandchildren

 

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