Meet the academic and honorary staff at the School of Theology. Explore their areas of expertise, see which staff are based at your nearest campus, and look up their directory and contact information.

 

Meet our head of school

Dr Emmanuel Nathan, National Head of School (Theology)

Dr Nathan is a lecturer in biblical studies, a member of the Faculty of Theology and Philosophy’s Interreligious Dialogue Network, an adjunct member of ACU’s La Salle Academy, and an external member of the Academic Board of the Catholic Institute of Sydney. He also serves on the advisory board of the ACU Centre for Liturgy.

Read Dr Nathan’s profile

Academic staff

Browse our School of Theology academic staff members by campus.

Brisbane campus

Name and position Area of expertise
Dr Richard Wade

Senior Lecturer, Theology

Systematic Theology

Practical Theology

Moral Theology

Ballarat campus

 Name and position  Area of expertise

Professor Pauline Allen

Professor, Theology


Biblical and Early Christian Studies

Patristic Studies

Ancient Languages

Dr Ian Elmer

Associate Dean (Learning and Teaching)

Church History

Biblical Studies

Patristic Studies

 Dr Maeve Heaney

Lecturer, Theology Director, Xavier Centre for Theological Formation

Systematic Theology

Practical Theology

 Dr David Kirchhoffer

Senior Lecturer, Theology

Director, Queensland Bioethics Centre

Ethics

Practical Theology

 

Antonia Pizzey

Lecturer, Theology

 
 

Reverend Associate Professor Ormond Rush

Associate Professor, Theology

 

Catholic Thought and Practice

Systematic Theology

Dr Terry Veling

Senior Lecturer, Theology

Practical Theology

Interfaith Dialogue

Philosophy of Religion.

 

Dr Youhanna Youssef

Research Fellow, Theology

 Patristic Studies

Canberra campus

 Name and position  Area of expertise

Dr Damien Casey

Lecturer, Theology

Systematic Theology

Practical Theology

 

Dr Mary Sheather

Lecturer, Theology

Ancient Languages

Church History

Interfaith Dialogue

Patristic Studies

Melbourne campus

 Name and position  Area of expertise
 

Dr Edmund Chia

Senior Lecturer, Theology

Systematic Theology

Interfaith Dialogue

Practical Theology

 

Dr Gemma Cruz

Senior Lecturer, Theology

Catholic Thought and Practice

Systematic Theology

Ethics

Dr Joel Hodge

Senior Lecturer, Theology

Systematic Theology

Practical Theology

Ethics

Associate Professor Robyn Horner

Associate Professor, Theology

Systematic Theology

Phenomenology

Dr Christiaan Jacobs-Vandegeer

Lecturer, Theology

Director, Stakeholder Relations, Faculty of Theology and Philosophy

Systematic Theology
Professor Clare Johnson

Professor, Liturgical Studies and Sacramental Theology

Director, ACU Centre for Liturgy

Liturgy

Sacramental Theology

 

Dr Janine Luttick

Lecturer, Theology

 
 

Professor David Sim

Associate Dean (Research)

 Biblical and Early Christian Studies
 

Dr Michael P Theophilos

Senior Lecturer, Theology

 

Biblical and Early Christian Studies

Ancient Languages

 
 

North Sydney campus

 
 Name and position  Area of expertise

Professor Dermot Nestor

Executive Dean, Faculty of Theology and Philosophy

Ancient Languages

Biblical Studies

Adelaide campus

 Name and position  Area of expertise

Associate Professor Stephen Downs

Associate Professor, Theology

Systematic Theology

Interfaith Dialogue

Philosophy of Religions

Ethics

 

Dr Jo Laffin

Senior Lecturer, Theology

Church History

Biblical Studies

 

Rev. Dr James McEvoy

Senior Lecturer, Systematic Theology

 

Catholic Thought and Practice

Systematic Theology

Practical Theology

Sociology of Religion

 

Reverend Dr Michael Trainor

Senior Lecturer, Theology

 

Biblical Studies

Interfaith Dialogue

 

Strathfield campus

 
 Name and position  Area of expertise

Dr Jason McFarland

Lecturer, Liturgical Studies and Sacramental Theology

Assistant Director, ACU Centre for Liturgy

Liturgy

Sacramental Theology

Dr Emmanuel Nathan

National Head of School, Theology

Biblical Studies

Professor Neil Ormerod

Professor, Theology

Catholic Thought and Practice

Systematic Theology

 Dr Gareth Wearne

Lecturer, Theology

 

Biblical and Early Jewish Studies

Hebrew Bible/Old Testament

Ancient Languages

 

Associate Professor Salih Yucel

Fethullah Gulen Chair, Study of Islam and Muslim-Catholic Relations

 Islamic Studies
 

 

Honorary appointments

Browse our School of Theology staff members with honorary appointments and their area of expertise.

Name Expertise / Research Area
Rev Dr Sarah Bachelard Moral Theology, Ethics
Rev Dr Russell Briese Church History, Systematic Theology
Archbishop Mark Coleridge Biblical Studies
Dr Mary Coloe PBVM Biblical Studies
Bishop Tim Costelloe SDB Systematic Theology
Dr Michael Costigan Church History
Rev Dr Barry Craig Liturgy, Patristic Studies
Rev Dr Lawrence Cross Church History
Rev Dr John Dupuche Interfaith Dialogue
Prof Rifaat Ebied Patristic Studies, Interfaith Dialogue
Rev Dr Thomas Elich Liturgy
Dr Stefano Girola Church History
Rev Dr Gerald Gleeson Ethics, Moral Philosophy, Moral Theology
Prof Jérôme mede Gramont Phenomenology, Systematic Theology
Dr Peter Hai Systematic Theology
Rev Dr Chris Hanlon Church History
Emeritus Prof Anthony Johns Islamic Studies
Prof Brian Johnstone CSSR Moral Theology, Ethics, Moral Philosophy
Dr Jean Yves Lacoste Phenomenology, Systematic Theology
Dr Raymond Laird OAM Patristic Studies, Church History
Dr Richard Leonard SJ Theology, Cinema Studies
Rabbi John Levi Interfaith Dialogue, Jewish Studies
Dr Joan Barclay Lloyd Patristic Studies
Dr Rosa MacGinley PBVM Church History
Dr Daniel Madigan SJ Islamic Studies, Interfaith dialogue
Prof Gerard Mannion Systematic Theology
Prof John D'Arcy May Interfaith Dialogue
Dr Wendy Mayer Patristic Studies
Dr Sophie McGrath RSM Church History
Rev Dr Patrick McInerney SSC Interfaith Dialogue, Islamic Studies
Rabbi Fred Morgan Interfaith Dialogue, Jewish Studies
Dr Alan Moss CFC Biblical Studies, Systematic Theology
Rev Emeritus Prof Gerald O'Collins SJ Systematic Theology
Prof Peter Ochs Interfaith Dialogue, Jewish Studies
Rev Dr David Pascoe Systematic Theology
Dr Rapin Quinn Interfaith Dialogue
Dr Anita Ray Interfaith Dialogue
Prof Claude Romano Phenomenology
Prof Philip Rousseau Patristic Studies
Rev Dr Tom Ryan SM Systematic Theology, Moral Theology
Dr Ruth Sheridan Biblical Studies
Dr Peter Stork Systematic Theology, Interfaith Dialogue
Dr Youhanna Youssef Patristic Studies

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