Our Team

  • Pastor Dr Titus OlorunnisolaResearch Associate

    Although a relatively new researcher Titus brings to the CRA a wealth of cross-cultural knowledge and a depth of theological insight.  He pastors BethelLife Church, is an Adjunct faculty member at both Alphacrucis College and the Australian College of Ministry and currently Research Project Officer at Whitley College, having worked as a researcher at the Churches’ Commission for Migrants in Europe. In addition, Titus is also the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of the Action Research Centre Ltd which engages both researchers and industry partners in dialogue about social inclusion.

    Areas of expertise: 1. Migration and labour mobility.  2. Social justice (inc. development).  3. New religious movements.  4. Social transformation.

  • Rev Dr John CapperResearch Fellow

    With a PhD from Cambridge on the theology of joy, John has spent much of his professional life focused on developing best practice within the private (i.e. Christian) Higher Education sector.  In this capacity he has been Dean at Tabor Victoria (now Eastern College Australia), the Director of Learning and Teaching at the University of Divinity, and is currently employed as Academic Dean at Stirling Theological College.  John also founded the theological education stream at the ANZATS conferences and is an accredited expert with the Commonwealth’s Higher Education regulator, TEQSA.

    Areas of expertise: 1. Theological education and policy.  2. Contemporary preaching and communication.

  • Rev Prof Philip HughesSenior Research Fellow

    Philip has spent most of his professional life researching the sociology of religion. He has a particular interest in the spiritual and religious dimensions of culture and their expression in organisations. Not only was Philip the founding Director of the CRA, being for 31 years its Senior Research Officer, but also worked for 11 years at Edith Cowan University. Philip is also an Honorary Research Fellow with the University of Divinity and the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference National Centre for Pastoral Research. He currently holds a Professorial-level position with Alphacrucis College, specialising in research methods and post-graduate supervision. Impressively, Philip has written more than 60 books and hundreds of peer-reviewed articles.

    Areas of expertise: 1. Religion, society and culture.  2. Wellbeing, values and meaning-making.  3. Research methods.

  • Pastor Dr Titus OlorunnisolaResearch Associate

    Although a relatively new researcher Titus brings to the CRA a wealth of cross-cultural knowledge and a depth of theological insight.  He pastors BethelLife Church, is an Adjunct faculty member at both Alphacrucis College and the Australian College of Ministry, and has worked as a researcher at both Whitley College and the Churches’ Commission for Migrants in Europe.  In addition, Titus is also the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of the Action Research Centre Ltd which engages both researchers and industry partners in dialogue about social inclusion.

    Areas of expertise: 1. Migration and labour mobility.  2. Social justice (inc. development).  3. New religious movements.  4. Social transformation.

  • Dr Tom EdwardsChair
    Qualifications:

    BSc(Hons), MCounselling, PhD (Behavioural Neurosci.), Grad Cert Higher Ed

    Memberships:

    Australian Counselling Association (Level 4) and College of Supervisors; ISCAST.

    Senior member:

    Eastern College Australia which is in community with the Melbourne School of Theology (MST)

    Biography:

    As an academic in the Psychological Sciences I have served in the capacity of Senior Lecturer and Director of Research (Eastern College Australia). As such, I have been a member of Academic Board as well as serving on the Steering Committee of both MST Press and MST’s Centre for Theology and Psychology. I have also held board-level positions within the community. My leadership style is to promote the giftings of others in the service of a clearly articulated organisational strategy.

  • Rev Prof. Philip HughesTreasurer
    Qualifications:

    BA(Hons), MA, Dip Ed, MEd, BD (Hons in Systematic Theology), D. Theol

    Senior member:

    Co-opted to the Board as the CRA’s founding Director

    Biography:

    I was the founding Director of the Christian Research Association. As such, I am an active researcher in the area of the sociology of religion with an extensive publication track record. I also have extensive board-level experience including Chair of the Lausanne Researchers’ International Network (2005 to 2011) and Chair of the Kingswood College School Council (2007 to 2018).

    Currently I have a number of honorary research fellowships as well as holding a professorial position at Alphacrucis College.

    Finally, I am also the Executive Officer of the CRA’s Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC).

     

  • Ms Sarah BacallerDeputy Chair
    Qualifications:

    BA, BTh, Cert III Min, Grad Cert RM, Grad Cert Div, PhD (cand.)

    Senior member:


    Stirling Theological College

    Biography:

    I co-direct the Australian spoken-word audio company Voices of Today. I have also been a member of the CRA board since 2018.  With respect to academia I am the Online Teaching Support Officer at Stirling Theological College, tutor in Christian Thought and History, and currently completing my PhD (Western Sydney Uni.) exploring concepts of God and the self in Hegel’s thought.  I am also a published writer (e.g. The Fault Lines Founding Liberty) and audiobook narrator.

  • Ps Brendan PrattSecretary
    Qualifications:

    BA (Theol), MA (Theol), PhD

    Senior member:

    Australian Union Conference – Seventh-day Adventist Church

    Biography:

    Originally a Pastor (i.e. Papatoetoe SDA Church in South Auckland), I then worked in the Greater Sydney Conference of the Seventh-day Adventist Church as church health coordinator.  In addition, I also directed the Institute of Church Leadership Development.  I am now the Ministerial Association Secretary for the Australian Union Conference, Seventh-day Adventist Church.  As such, I understand the workings of ‘Head Office’ and have a brief that extends all across Australia.  That brief being to resource leaders and create healthy church cultures.

    I addition, I have recently completed my PhD on Advanced Consumer Culture and its Impact on Church Life and Faith Development in Australia.

  • Rev Dr Chris Porter
    Qualifications:

    BPsych, BIT, Grad Cert Theol, Grad Cert Min, Grad Dip Div, MDiv, MA(Th), PhD

    Senior member:

    Anglican Diocese of Melbourne

    Biography:

    My governance work has been within the Anglican Diocese of Melbourne as a member of the Provincial Council (Victoria) and the General Synod of the Anglican Church of Australia (2014, 2017).  I am also active in the Social Responsibilities Committee of the Diocese.

    My academic interests are varied from work on the Fourth Gospel, social identity, memory, to computational linguistics.

     

    Salvation Army: Position in abeyance

    Tabor Adelaide: Position in abeyance

     

  • Prof Gabriel Ogunmokun
    Qualifications:

    BBA, Grad Dip BA, MBA, PhD

    Senior member:

    Sheridan College

    Biography:

    I am the Dean of Sheridan College’s Business School with a special interest in Marketing.  I have taught Marketing at a number of Australian universities, and at universities in Oceania, Asia, Europe and North America.  In addition, I have acted as a consultant, author, and journal editor.  I am also the President of the Academy of World Business, Marketing and Management Development.