Our staff

staff group

The NCLS team is committed to helping the churches build effectives bridges to the wider community.

While NCLS Research is a partnership across denominations, the sponsoring agencies provide the core staffing.

Ruth Powell

Ruth Powell

Ruth has been a researcher and writer with the NCLS since 1991, completing her PhD on age differences among church attenders. Prior to becoming Director (July 07), she has also held a communications role, including media liaison, speaking, newsletter production, and website design for the NCLS.

Michael Brady

Michael Brady

Michael Brady brings to the team many years as a Pastoral Planning Consultant with his Diocese in Adelaide. He is currently responsible for developing our resources and workshops that will assist churches to get maximum benefit out of the survey.

Amelia Fotofili

Amelia Fotofili

When you ring NCLS you will usually speak with Amelia as the first point of contact. She is responsible for much of the day to day administration and liaison for the NCLS team.

Karen Gould

Karen Gould

Working in close partnership with Kathy Jacka, Karen is responsible for the day-to-day co-ordination of NCLS 2006 survey logistics. Karen and Kathy form the front line of carrying out Australia's second largest survey after the National Census.

Kathy Jacka

Kathy Jacka

Kathy Jacka is contracted as a writer for NCLS Research. She is currently developing resources in community spirituality and churches’ engagement with their communities. She brings a wealth of experience to this position gleaned from a range of roles in the church and wider community, including group work and resource development.

Chris Simpson

Chris Simpson

Chris has a role in the technical and graphical development of Profiles and other resources. He is taking on increasing responsibility for developing all the various websites that NCLS offers.

Sam Sterland

Sam Sterland

Sam Sterland has spent time as a minister, a counsellor and a psychology student, among other things. He has a particular interest in ministers and burnout, and a passion to help foster vital churches with healthy leaders.

Belinda Smith

Belinda Smith





Michael Pippet

Michael Pippet

Michael has worked extensively in the disabilities field, and while he completed his Masters of Divinity at SMBC he worked as a student pastor. He is a researcher with NCLS and has a passion for innovative ways of doing church.

Fraser Tustian

Fraser is the technical wizard behind many of NCLS systems. Working on a contract basis, he supports work in areas such as databases, web content management, church report production and more.

Associate Researchers

John Bellamy

John Bellamy

John Bellamy is an associate researcher with NCLS



Peter Kaldor

Peter Kaldor

Peter is a primary researcher and writer with the NCLS, and is past director of NCLS. He is currently responsible for developing our leadership resources that are planned for 2007. Peter's desire is that all people in the church discover that they can have a role in leadership.

Bob Dixon

Bob Dixon

Bob Dixon is an associate researcher with NCLS



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