The Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture is governed by a Board of Directors (under delegation from the Council of Charles Sturt University) consisting of representatives of the Christian churches.
The ACC&C also has Centre Ambassadors, including its Patron, the Governor-General of Australia.
Professor Pickard was Head of Charles Sturt University's School of Theology from 1998 to 2006. Since then he has served as an Anglican Bishop in the Archdiocese of Adelaide, Visiting Fellow Ripon Theological College, Cuddesdon, Oxford; Acting CEO Anglicare Canberra & Goulburn and as a priest in a Canberra parish.
He is currently an Assistant Bishop in the Canberra-Goulburn Diocese and is the author of several books, including Seeking the Church: An introduction to Ecclesiology (2012) and In-Between God: Theology, Community and Discipleship (2011).
Professor Pickard was appointed Executive Director of the Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture and Professor of Theology at Charles Sturt University in September 2013.
Bishop Philip Huggins, current President of the National Council of Churches in Australia (NCCA), was appointed Director of the Centre for Ecumenical Studies (CES) in 2019.
Bishop Huggins’ appointment follows the retirement earlier in 2018 of the former Director Rev’d Dr Ray Williamson OAM.
Bishop Huggins coordinates key activities of the CES including an annual roundtable event, an ecumenical course held on average every two years and annual event to mark the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.
Bishop Huggins is supported by a CES Advisory Board which is chaired by Professor Ross Chambers.
Bishop Huggins recently resigned from his position as an assistant bishop in the Anglican Diocese of Melbourne. He brings a wealth of experience and networks to the role. He has held senior positions in a range of diocesan, national and international bodies including social responsibilities, refugee taskforce, Brotherhood of St Laurence, Jewish, Christian Muslim association and Centre for Dialogue La Trobe University.
Elizabeth is both a registered nurse and a priest in the Anglican Church of Australia. She was the inaugural Director of the Centre for Ageing and Pastoral Studies at St Mark's National Theological Centre, Canberra 2001 to 2012. Professor MacKinlay researches issues of ageing and spirituality, including well-ageing, frailty and dementia. The book: Finding meaning in the experience of dementia. (MacKinlay and Trevitt) was awarded the 2013 Australasian Journal of Ageing book prize. A companion book 2015 is titled: Facilitating spiritual reminiscence for people with dementia: A learning guide. A second edition of Elizabeth’s book: The Spiritual Dimension of Ageing was published in 2017.
Ann comes to CSU with a background in nursing practice and nursing research. She has been employed in the tertiary sector for 36 years and continues to hold Academic Status with Flinders University in South Australia. She has supervised 20 Honours, Masters and PhD students to successful completion and is currently primary supervisor for 4 PhD students. She has obtained research grants that include funding from ARC, Health Workforce Australia, Department of Health (previously DSS) and industry partners. Her contributions to teaching include expertise in palliative care, spirituality, nursing care of the older person, qualitative research and research design. She has a major in curriculum planning and has undertaken curriculum development for post and undergraduate nursing students. Her publications include refereed reports, book chapters, book reviews and numerous conference presentations at national and international levels. She is a Fellow of Australian College of Nursing and foundation member of Australian Hartford Consortium of Gerontology Nursing Excellence.
Head of Research Secretariat
Peter Hooton is a former career diplomat with extensive overseas experience in Africa (Dar es Salaam and Nairobi), the Middle East (Riyadh), South and Southeast Asia (Colombo and Kuala Lumpur), and the South Pacific (Apia, Suva, and Honiara).
Prior to leaving the public service at the beginning of 2012, he was the Assistant Secretary in charge of DFAT’s Arms Control and Counter-Proliferation Branch. Peter subsequently helped write the report prepared by the ANU’s Centre for Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament, and published in 2013, on Nuclear Weapons: The State of Play.
He has an MTh from CSU and has just completed a doctoral thesis on Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s concept of “religionless Christianity” and its place in his broader theology.
Hazel has responsibility for the day to day management of the centre, its events and functions and also provides assistance to the Executive Director.
Corporate Services and Events Officer
Lauren job shares with Sarah Stitt as the Corporate Services and Events Officer at the Centre and was appointed in December 2017.
Corporate Services and Events Officer
Sarah job shares with Dr Lauren Bartley as the Corporate Services and Events Officer at the Centre and was appointed in December 2017.
Introducing our new Bible Garden gardener, Badri Rimal, who joined us in April 2021. Badri describes himself as grass loving, tree-hugging, outdoorsy and ‘committed to the Bible Garden and creating a perfect reflection as scripted in the Bible’. He sees the garden as a way of reading the bible texts in a different way, and the layout assisting in understanding some of the symbols in the texts. Badri has a deep love of the garden and the way people can be refreshed and connect with faith in different ways.