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Our Team:

Leadership Team.

Principal and CEO

Stephen Smith

Dr. Stephen Smith

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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Vice Principal and Dean of Students

Neale Meredith

Neale Meredith 

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.




Director of Ministry Services

Cathy Kleenmann

Cathy Kleemann

Cathy (AdvDipAcct, BTh, MPA) oversees the business management of ACOM.  Cathy has 20 years of experience in ministry, and is currently the senior pastor at Pathways Community Church in Pendle Hill, Sydney.  Cathy has a passion to ensure that ministers are equipped both theologically and practically for the challenges of church planting, ministry and missional community engagement.




General Manager of Ministry Services

Alicia Cleary

Alicia (Cert IV Ministry and Theology) leads the Ministry Services team in Sydney. She has worked in finance and Christian camping, and is completing a Bachelor of Theology with ACOM. She attends Rivergum Community Church in Sydney.