Eric Abetz, Michelle Pearse & Stan Goodenough!

Church And State is coming to Tasmania, Friday night and all day Saturday, 12 & 13 April 2024! This ministry has been arming Christians to influence culture since 2018 with first class speakers from around Australia and overseas.

This unique conference will include special presentations from former Senator Eric Abetz, Dr Andrew Corbett, Archbishop Julian Porteous (via video), ACL’s Michelle Pearse, Dr Julie Sladden, Bernie Finn, Bob McCoskrie from New Zealand’s peak family advocacy group, CAS founder Dave Pellowe and more!

Includes times for Q&A/panels and extended networking over wonderfully catered breaks on Saturday.


” The Lord was amazed to see no one intervened…”


Many Scriptures like this in Isaiah 59:14-16 reveal the Church should not be apolitical (not interested or involved in politics). But what more does the Bible say about God’s people and politics, or the important public issues our communities are facing?

There is a pressing need for sound teaching on Biblical doctrines of government, church and family. Church And State is encouraging Christians in every electorate to abandon blind political loyalties and instead carefully steward the gifts of democracy as Jesus would in our place.

Event Details

  • When: 6-9pm Friday 12th, and 9am-5:30pm Saturday, 13th April 2024
  • Where: Launceston (details with tickets)
  • Catering: Optional catering tickets include lunch and afternoon tea Saturday. There is no catering for the Friday night session.
  • Further opportunity to help cover costs and support the ministry of Church And State at time of registering and during the conference will also be available



Friday night (6-9pm) is a dynamic introduction to the historic mission and imperative of the Church in culture with a particularly evangelical message for a people lost and blind without Christ.

  • Worship (from 5:40pm)
  • Dave Pellowe
  • Dr Andrew Corbett
  • Michelle Pearse
  • The Hon Eric Abetz
  • PANEL: the Hon Eric Abetz, John Steenhof, Christopher Brohier

Saturday (9am-5:30pm) includes a speeches and sermons from Tasmanian, other Australian and international Christian speakers and topic experts.

  • Dr Julie Sladden
  • Christopher Brohier
  • Stan Goodenough
  • Ps Mark Powell

11:15-12:45PM – LUNCH

  • PANEL – Michelle Pearse, Ps Mark Powell, Bernie Finn, Stan Goodenough
  • Bernie Finn
  • Archbishop Julian Porteous (via video)

3-3:45pm – AFTERNOON TEA

  • John Steenhof
  • PANEL – Dr Julie Sladden, John Steenhof & Dave Pellowe

That wraps up the inaugural CAS Launceston conference, but all are welcome to buy a ticket to the exclusive Senders’ Dinner one hour later at a nearby venue. There you’ll get to dine with most of the CAS Launceston speakers and help raise funds to send Church And State further around Australia and the internet.


The Hon Eric Abetz is one of Australia’s most consistently principled, Christian conservatives over a lifetime of public service, often at great personal expense. A lawyer by trade, Eric worked on farms & drove taxis while at university. He was a Senator for Tasmania from 1994 to 2022, and was appointed to many roles including the Special Minister of State and Minister for Fisheries, Forestry and Conservation, Deputy Leader and then Leader of the Opposition in the Senate, and Leader of the Government in the Senate.

Michelle Pearse is the Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Christian Lobby, a Christian organisation that works strategically to lobby lawmakers and policymakers around Australia to ensure that Christian values influence the way Australians are governed and carry out business. As a dynamic leader and speaker, she is passionate about changing culture and transforming society through the truth of the gospel. Michelle possesses a wealth of experience that traverses public policy, leadership, and Christian Ministry. In her twenties, Michelle was ACL’s Western Australia State Director and National Spokesperson for Women’s and Children’s Issues. She also worked in an advisory role for a member of Parliament in Western Australia before moving to London with her husband to pastor a church for five years. Sequel to this, Michelle returned to Australia as CEO of ACL.

Dr Andrew Corbett has pastored Legana Christian Church in Northern Tasmania since 1995. He was the National President of ICI Theological College Australia (a distance education provider) for more than 20 years. He holds degrees in Biblical Studies, Theology, a Doctor of Ministry Degree, and a Ph.D. in philosophical theology. He is a visiting scholar with the Los Angeles based Science-Faith Think Tank Reasons To Believe and serves as a faculty member of Global University’s Graduate School of Theology (Springfield, Missouri). His radio program Finding Truth Matters is heard around Australia and by podcast.

Dr Julie Sladden is a medical doctor and widely published writer with over 25 years clinical experience in Australia and the UK. When medical mandates were imposed she began speaking against govt overreach, censorship in medicine, and calling for a return of the foundational principle of informed consent in medicine. In 2022 she was elected to Local Government as Councillor for West Tamar was a Liberal candidate for Bass in the recent Tasmanian State election.

Bernie Finn is a political veteran and former shadow minister, having served Victorians from 2006 to 2022, when Liberal Party leaders booted him from the party for the high crime of publicly praying for an end to the abortion industry. Liberal members then preselected and elected Moira Deeming to the same electorate. Bernie is an advocate for the primacy of families and the value of Christian ethics in public policy, and is standing for election again with the re-formed Family First Party as their lead Senate candidate for Victoria.

Ps Mark Powell is passionate about God’s Word and communicating its life changing riches in a clear and challenging way. He is frequently published in the secular political magazine, the Spectator Australia, where his articles often appear in the most popular list. Ps Mark has a comfortable ability to articulate Truth about contentious issues to a wider audience. Mark is the associate minister at Cornerstone Presbyterian Community Church in Hobart.

Stan Goodenough is a political reporter by profession who left South Africa in 1991 to make his home in Jerusalem, Israel. For over three decades, as a journalist, speaker and tour guide, his focus has been on the Biblically-foretold restoration of Israel, specifically placing the political turmoil swirling in and around the Jewish state into its scriptural context. It is Stan’s conviction that Christians everywhere have a significant part to play in these events – in both the spiritual and the physical realms – as what happens in Israel is destined to impact all of the nations of the world, and already is.

John Steenhof is the Managing Director and principal lawyer at the Human Rights Law Alliance. Since commencing as a law firm in 2019, HRLA has provided legal advocacy and advice to people who are under attack for living out their faith and convictions in public. Previously, John led the corporate & commercial practice at Steenhof Brothers together with his brother Simon Steenhof. During that time, he built up a strong practice in commercial law, business sales & purchases, domestic & international contracting, & property law.

Christopher Brohier is the South Australia director of ACL, a barrister, and a founder of the Wilberforce Foundation, a think tank which advocates for the preservation of common law rights and freedoms. He successfully represented a street preacher against the City of Launceston in the Federal Court, and was counsel for Reverend Campbell Markham and the Cornerstone Presbyterian Church in the discrimination case they faced in Hobart.

Dave Pellowe founded Church And State Ministries in 2016 to help solve the teaching gap in many Christians about the Biblical basis for faithfully stewarding the gifts of a liberal democracy. Dave produces and presents The Church And State Show weekly on The Good Sauce and ADH TV. Dave also convenes the annual Australian Church And State Summit in Brisbane and intervening conferences around Australia.

This Church And State conference is made possible and more affordable than comparable conferences thanks to the generous donors who give a little or a lot extra when they buy their ticket, faithful monthly Senders, and especially these major sponsors. Please support them too!

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