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Learning and Teaching Faculty

Leon O'Flynn

Dr. Leon O'Flynn
Dean of Learning and Teaching

Leon (DMin, MTh, BTh) has worked in Australia, New Zealand, USA, Afganistan and Solomon Islands. He has served as a local church pastor, community leader, university lecturer, and Defence Force Chaplain. Leon’s military service as a chaplain in Afganistan and Solomon Islands supported the emotional, spiritual, and physical needs of defence force personnel as well as leading nation-building programs to build capacity in indigenous communities. Leon is an outstanding communicator with a great depth of experience in developing leaders for service.

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Professor Darren Cronshaw
Head of Research and Professor of Missional Leadership

Darren (BA DipEd MLitt BTh(hons) TheolM DMin DTheol CertIVTAE GCertHE FHERDSA) is passionate about training, coaching and resourcing leaders and missionaries. He does this through teaching leadership, research and mission units and co-ordinating research at ACOM and also working denominationally as Mission Catalyst – Researcher with the Baptist Union of Victoria and locally as Pastor of AuburnLife Baptist Church. He has written broadly on missional leadership and the engagement of the gospel with culture including a book on Australian ministry Credible Witness (UNOH 2006) and Sentness: Six Postures of Missional Christians (co-authored with Kim Hammond, IVP 2014).



Dr Peter Laughlin

Peter (BE, BTh(Hon), PhD) is currently the Director of the Alliance College of Australia, the national training college of the Christian and Missionary Alliance of Australia. He has 11 years experience in theological education.



Dr Tim Bulkeley
Old Testament

Tim pastored a Baptist church in England before studying for a PhD led to teaching as a missionary in Congo (then Za?re). He, Barbara and their four children were evacuated from Kinshasa by French paratroopers, and spent a few days classed as refugees in South Africa. From 1993-2012 Tim taught at Carey Baptist College and the University of Auckland. He and Barbara live on 3Ha in the hills between Tauranga and Rotorua growing most of their food. He has taught as visiting lecturer at universities and theological colleges in the UK, Africa and Asia, including a Bible School in a refugee camp. He prepared the first online hypertext Bible commentary and podcasts at 5 minute Bible. For relaxation he reads books for Librivox.


Andrew Ball

Dr Andrew Ball

With 25 years in church ministry Andrew is currently the Executive Ministry Director for Churches of Christ in NSW and Network Director of Southpoint Australia. Trained in Chemistry and Pharmacology, his initial career was as a consultant to the Victorian Parliament, Health Department and chemicals industry. He holds a degree in Divinity and a Doctorate in Ministry from Fuller Theological Seminary.

Stephen Smith

Dr. Stephen Smith
Principal and CEO

Stephen has worked with churches for almost 30 years in Australia, USA and New Zealand as a local minister, church planter, and regional leader. He recently served as Director of Ministry Health for Churches of Christ in NSW plus Director of CareWorks NSW. He holds an MBA with qualifications in theology and counselling, plus a Doctorate in Organisational Development, and a PhD in Leadership Health. He serves as a Director of The Centre for Leadership Development, an international consortium of consultants and researchers and has consulted widely in the area of leadership development with a broad range of non-profit, government and corporate organisations.

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Dr John Howell

John is the Executive Chairman of Transforming Leadership Inc. The Association exists for the purpose of renewing leaders, empowering learning and transforming people’s lives in their communities. They equip qualified leaders to lead their churches, organisations and companies and to train others to do the same in their spheres of influence.

John also provides consultancy services to companies, organizations and churches. John was born in the Congo and an extensive part of his career has been on the African continent. His graduate studies have taken him to London, Switzerland and California. He has bachelor degrees in Agriculture and Theology, a master’s degree in African studies and a doctoral degree in Leadership studies.

He lives in Sydney with his wife, Dawn, a teacher at Tara Anglican School for Girls. They have three adult children.


Dr Trevor Hudson

Trevor is part of the pastoral team at Northfield Methodist Church in Benoni, South Africa. Hudson travels internationally and leads conferences, retreats, and workshops in a number of diverse settings and is a regular keynote speaker at The Upper Room’s SOULfeast conferences. He is a teaching fellow with the Renovare Spiritual Formation Institute and has authored numerous books including, The Cycle of Grace; Discovering You Spiritual Identity; Invitations of Jesus; Holy Spirit Here and now; Questions God Asks Us and more.


Dr Reggie McNeal

Dr Reggie McNeal (B.A., M. Div., Ph.D.) serves as the Missional Leadership Specialist for Leadership Network of Dallas, TX.

Reggie provides coaching and consultation for individuals and teams in becoming more missionally-focused and Kingdom-biased in their ministry approaches.  Reggie has helped to shape the church leadership conversation through his extensive speaking schedule and work as an author.

Reggie served in local church leadership for over twenty years, as well as being a denominational executive and leadership development coach. Reggie has lectured at Fuller Theological (Pasadena, CA), Southwestern Baptist (Ft. Worth, TX), Golden Gate Baptist (San Francisco, CA), Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (Deerfield, IL), Columbia International (Columbia, SC), and Seminary of the Southwest (Austin TX).

Reggie and his wife Cathy make their home in Columbia, South Carolina.


Dr Ross Pelling

Ross is the Team Leader at Southport Church of Christ on the Gold Coast. His passion is to see people grow as disciples of Jesus, and for the local church to be a positive place where that can happen.


Dr Peter Carblis

Peter (TAE40110 Cert IV TAE, BSc (Hons), Grad Dip Ed (Secondary), MA (Bib Stud), MEd, MMin, PhD) is currently a conjoint lecturer in Theology and Religious Studies at the University of Newcastle in Australia. Peter’s interest are in relating ministry to the way that people learn, relate, and grow spiritually and psychologically in accord with our being created in the image and likeness of God. Peter has also been called on to apply his learning and within business, consulting in education and organisational development issues including compliance, governance and educational delivery.


Dr Allan Demond

Allan (B.A. (Hons), M.Div.(Hons), M.Th.(PhD) moved from Canada in 1995 to take up the role of Senior Pastor of NewHope Baptist Church and has guided the church through significant transformation and growth. He has extensive pastoral leadership experience, a strong passion for evangelism, strong leadership gifting and a vision for transformation in the Australian Church.


Dr Peter Downes

Peter (BTh, D.Min) is National Director for Vineyard Churches Australia and a serial church-planter.He has been involved in local church ministry for over 30 years and is presently planting a church in the inner-west of Melbourne with his wife Kathy.



Dr Rick Lewis

Rick (Dip Min, BA, DMin) has 30 years experience as a local church pastor, has authored a best-selling book, Mentoring Matters, and currently works as an itinerant mentor, consultant and trainer in Australia and the UK.


Neale Meredith

Neale Meredith
Vice Principal and Dean of Students

Neale (BTh, MA) oversees the student experience – from the first phone call to graduation. He has over 20 years experience in ministry working with churches in NSW, WA and VIC. He is chairman of Youth Vision Australia and leads ACOM’s Melbourne team based at One Community Church.




Edwina Blair
Graduate School Projects Manager

Edwina (BSc Nuclear Medicine, GradDip Nuclear Medicine, BTh) has worked in local church ministry for more than 15 years and currently splits her time between ACOM and the role of Associate Minister at Campbelltown Church of Christ in Sydney. With ACOM she overseas special projects within the Graduate School, oversees Academic Coordination of ACOM subjects, facilitates subjects within the Old Testament stream and directs the Holy Land Study Tour Program. Edwina is also an ACOM student who is currently finishing her Masters of Theology with an emphasis of Old Testament Biblical Studies.



Stephen Parker

Dr Stephen Parker
Academic Coursework Manager

Stephen (BEcon, BTh, MA, DMin) has enjoyed working for ACOM for the last decade over a variety of roles.  Currently he manages ACOM’s Higher Education coursework as part of the Learning and Teaching team.  Based in Queensland, he has previously served as State Youth Director for the Churches of Christ in Queensland and an Associate Minister for Springwood Church of Christ in Brisbane, where he now serves in a variety of ways.  His passions are God, his wife and 4 daughters, adventure racing, preaching, planning amazing holidays, reading and trying to do whatever Jesus wants.




Sue Whiteley

Sue Whiteley has worked as Associate Dean of Formation with ACOM for five years and oversees all Spirituality units. Sue has a Master of Arts with a focus in Christian Spirituality and earlier completed theological studies in the US. She is also employed by Churches of Christ Conference, NSW in their formation training and retreat programs. Sue has worked as a spiritual director/mentor in private practice with ministry leaders across denominations around Australia as well as leading contemplative retreats & conference speaking nationally. She leads an annual ‘Spiritual Mentoring’ cohort that trains leaders in the art of spiritual mentoring.



Andrew Ranucci

Andrew (MA, BTh, Dip Min) is the Senior Pastor of Coast Community Church, based on the Central Coast, of NSW. Andrew is passionate about discipleship and has developed a unique Tree of Life Discipleship Model, which drives the ministry focus of the church and seeks to develop passionate disciples.

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Ted Keating

Ted (B.A., B.D., L.Th., Dip.R.E., M/.Min., T.P.T.C) haas been in ministry with Churches of Christ for 40 years. He has had a passion for many years towards developing the leadership skills of others and has helped pioneer the post graduate training associated with the Master of Arts (Church Leadership).



Rob Furlong

Rob Furlong (Grad.Theol.) is a graduate of the Baptist Theological College of Queensland and is currently completing his MA.Min. Rob has over 27 years experience as a Pastor.



Murray Bingham

Murray has 25 years of ministry in pastoral and chaplaincy settings and has a desire to see chaplains fully equipped for the vital role of being present to people who are facing challenges in their own lives.


Denise Powell

Denise is currently working on her PhD in New Testament studies at the University of Queensland. She was awarded a BTh a very long time ago but completed her honours year through the Australian College of Theology in 2013, receiving the Bible Society’s Biblical Scholarship prize. In recent years she’s worked as an associate pastor and been involved in writing curriculum for use by chaplains in public schools. She enjoys hiking, swimming, speaking at Arana Hills Church of Christ and watching Dr Who with her 2 teenage sons.


Glen Cochrane

Glen is an Associate Pastor at Nexus church (formerly Northside Christian Church), where he serves in pastoral care and preaching. He has a passion for evangelism and missions, and has degrees in Arts, Education and Theology.



Bruce Warwick

Bruce is Pastor to Pastors for Churches of Christ in Queensland. He has been a formation director for ACOM and facilitator of pastors’ retreat groups for many years. He is an accredited Spiritual Director and is director of Soul Whispers Australia, a ministry of spiritual direction and spiritual retreats.



Anne Simpson

Anne has spent the past two decades (and a bit) trying to follow Him and inviting others to do the same. She is on staff at Wollongong Church of Christ and has a bachelor and master’s degree in Theology.



Tammy Tolman

Tammy (BTh, Dip Teach) is a graduate of ACOM, has been in full time ministry for 22 years, and teaching and speaking across Australia, New Zealand, USA and Europe, for the past 15 years.


Dennis Nutt

Dennis Nutt
Academic Dean Emeritus

Dennis (BA, DipEd, MA (Hons), BD) has worked for ACOM at various times since 1978 and has previously served as the Head of Theology at Wesley Institute and registrar of the Sydney College of Divinity. He is also the chair of the ACOM Academic Board.

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