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John Dickson (2018)


His journey has been an eclectic one. Starting out as a singer-songwriter for 90s rock band ‘In the Silence’, he now works as a writer, speaker, local church minister, historian, and media presenter. He is a public advocate of the Christian Faith.

With a first-class honours degree in Theology from Moore Theological College, Sydney, and a PhD in ancient history from Macquarie University, John has been a Fellow of the Department of Ancient History at Macquarie University from 2004, and he teaches a course titled ‘Historical Jesus to Written Gospels’ at the University of Sydney (Department of Hebrew, Biblical and Jewish Studies). During 2017-18 he is a Visiting Academic in the Faculty of Classics at Oxford University in the UK. He is committed to delivering creative, engaging content grounded in careful thought.

John’s first book appeared in 1993, and he has since produced over fifteen titles, including the award-winning Simply Christianity: Beyond Religion, and A Spectator’s Guide to World Religions, as well as various academic books and articles.

Two of his books have become historical documentaries airing nationally on Channel 7 (www.thechristfiles.com.au and www.lifeofjesus.tv). He is currently completing the third volume in his Doubter’s Guide series for sceptics of the Christian Faith.

In 2007 John founded the Centre for Public Christianity (CPX), an independent research and media company promoting the public understanding of the Christian Faith, described by the Prime Minister of Australia as “a welcome development in the spiritual and intellectual life of Australia.”

A busy public speaker, John delivers over a hundred talks a year in a range of contexts, including conferences, churches, schools, not-for-profits, corporations, and universities.

John is fascinated by the paradoxical connection between high-level achievement and the historical virtues of compassion, charity, and humility, themes explored in his lecture series and book of the same name, Humilitas: a Lost Key to Life, Love and Leadership. His forthcoming Rhetorika: Persuasion from Aristotle to Apple examines the intellectual and ethical keys to a good argument, from ancient times to today.

John lost his father in a commercial air disaster when he was a young boy, an event he freely admits shaped his interest in life’s ultimate questions. He values his family role above all others and lives in Sydney with his wife and their three children.


Cameron Butler (2017)


cameronCameron’s Roles

  • National Director (CEO) – Sports Chaplaincy Australia
  • Former Chaplain of the Melbourne Football Club
  • Life Saving Chaplaincy Australia Board
  • Australia’s representative on the international Sports Coalition Council

Family

Cameron lives in Melbourne and is married to Merryl and has 4 kids

• Sally • Amy • Holly • Lachlan

Education

Scotch College • Box Hill TAFE • Harvest Bible College

Ministry

Youth Pastor – Richmond AOG 1988-92 • Assistant Pastor – Doncaster City Church 1992-98 • Chaplain – MelbourneFC from 1998-2013

Sports Ministry

In 1998 Cameron began serving the Melbourne Football Club football department to provide pastoral care for the players, coaches, administration and club staff and their families.

Sports Chaplaincy

Now, in his full-time role as National Director of Sports Chaplaincy Australia Cameron is strategically involved in developing sports chaplaincy networks for sports communities throughout Australia and internationally.

Passionate!

Cameron is a passionate, personally-engaging & humourous public speaker. A compelling story teller, he enjoys challenging the norms of life & faith. He will inspire you with a different perspective • help you consider what ‘genuine’ influence is • to think bigger & inspire confidence in God’s roadmap for your life.


Gary Raymond (2016)


Chief Inspector Gary Raymond APM has just retired after being a member of the NSW Police for 33 years. Prior to his retirement in December 2005, Gary was performing duty at the Blacktown Police Station as a Duty Officer specialising in Emergency Management and Crime Scene Management.

Prior to joining the police, Gary performed 5 years service as an Ambulance Officer with the NSW Ambulance Service in the Sydney metropolitan area.

Gary joined the NSW Police in 1972 and performed general duties at Redfern Police Station as a Probationary Constable. He was then chosen to join the elite NSW Police Rescue Squad.

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Peter Kently (2015)


Peter spent 24 years as an airline pilot with Ansett Airlines flying most of the fleet. He also flew as a Commander on International operations with Transwede, Air Mauritius and Singapore Airlines.

Peter was a flight training instructor on  most types and served as an air safety specialist with the International Federation of Airline Pilots and the International Civil Aviation Organisation based in Montreal. Continue reading Peter Kently (2015)


Margaret Court (2014)


Reverend Dr Margaret Court MBE; PhdLLD (Hon)

Margaret Court nee Smith was born in Albury NSW in 1942, the youngest of four children to Maude and Lawrence Smith. At fifteen years of age she moved to Melbourne to train and further her promising tennis career. In 1966, Margaret decided to retire in Perth, Western Australia. It was here that she met Barry Court, son of the then Premier, Sir Charles Court.

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