The CAS22 Speakers
Dr Frank Turek is the author of several books including Legislating Morality and I Don’t have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist (co-authored with Norman L. Geisler). He was born again while serving as a Naval aviator after reading a Christian evidence book by Josh McDowell. He went on to earn a Doctor of Ministry in Apologetics, and has debated celebrity atheists like Christopher Hitchens and the president of American Atheists. He now leads a ministry called CrossExamined.org, presenting powerful yet entertaining evidence for Christianity in school & college campuses which aren’t always friendly (at first). He is also prolific on American TV and radio , and widely featured in the corporate media as a leading apologetics expert and cultural commentator.
Mark McCrindle is an award-winning social researcher & analyst, best-selling author, and influential thought leader. A sought-after demographer, futurist and social commentator, he’s delivered over 100 keynotes in the last year. His passions lie in tracking emerging issues, researching social trends and analysing customer segments. As the Principal of McCrindle, he is regularly commissioned to deliver strategy and advice to the boards and executive committees of some of Australia’s leading organisations.
Martyn Iles is the Managing Director of the Australian Christian Lobby (ACL), and certainly one of Australia’s most effective preachers of the Gospel. His digital show, “The Truth of It” reaches a far wider audience than most corporate media programs or publications. Even Martyn’s appearances in corporate media to discuss & debate politics feature such clear communication of the Good News of the Kingdom of God that long after they air, many other Christians find it easier to effectively minister the Gospel to their unsaved friends and family.
George Christensen MP is serving his fourth term as the increasingly popular Federal Member for Dawson after claiming the seat in August 2010 following a career as a local councillor, community newspaper publisher and journalist.
He is a fearless campaigner for real justice and God-given freedoms, attracting venomous disdain from faithless media and many concerted, failed attempts to defeat him in elections.
Kurt Mahlburg is a writer on culture and the Christian faith. He has a passion for both the philosophical and the personal, drawing on his background as a graduate architect, a primary school teacher, a missionary, and a young adults pastor. He’s the Research and Features Editor at the Canberra Declaration. Kurt is fluent in several South-East Asian languages, and has degrees in Design, Education and Divinity. Kurt is the author of Cross and Culture: Can Jesus Save the West? (2020).
Dr Stephen Chavura holds a Ph.D. in the history of early-modern English political thought. He is a co-author of “Reason, Religion and the Australian Polity: A Secular State?” Widely published in prestigious journals, his research interests include the history of political thought, church and state in history, modern political philosophy, recognition theory, and freedom of speech. Dr Chavura also regularly contributes to public debate in various online and print fora as well as radio.
Dr Anthony Dillon is an indigenous commentator who isn’t afraid to tackle popular narratives portraying indigenous people merely as helpless victims of white Australia and history. His experience in indigenous health & well being has demonstrated such dogmatic beliefs are killing more people than cigarettes. He is focused on practical solutions to ‘close the gap’, dispelling popular myths, and encouraging open dialogue about serious issues. Due to the academically calm and reasoned logic he brings to difficult topics, Anthony is regulary sought for comment by corporate media. He is a researcher in Education and Psychology at the Australian Catholic University.
Ps Daniel Hagen has one of those radically saved testimonies. On the verge of signing a six figure deal for his band, Daniel was told he’d have to stop talking about Jesus – so he walked away from it all. He became occupied with street evangelism until he planted his first church in 2008. Now overseeing 5 congregations in Melbourne and another on the Sunshine Coast, he has been unwilling to compromise the Gospel and quite willing to publicly speak into Australian political injustices. Far from hurting or dividing people; the lost, lonely and afraid have flocked to the Good News of the Kingdom of God.
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 and 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 and purchases, domestic and international contracting, and property law.
Dr Jonathan Cole is a scholar, writer, translator, commentator, lecturer and speaker specialising in political theology (the intersection between religion and politics). He is host of The Political Animals Podcast: “honest conversations about the political, theological and cultural ideas that shape who we are in the 21st century”. Jonathan has a PhD in political theology, an MA in Islamic theology and Middle Eastern politics and a BA Hons in Modern Greek language and history. He spent 13 years working in a number of Australian federal government departments and agencies in Canberra, including 7 years in intelligence, most recently as a Senior Terrorism Analyst.
Dr Anthony Herbert is the Director of the Paediatric Palliative Care Service at Children’s Health Queensland Hospital and Health Service and Adjunct Associate Professor in the School of Nursing at QUT. His research focuses on children with life-limiting conditions and their families, focusing on clinical communication with this population and workforce development initiatives. Dr Herbert leads the Quality of Care Collaborative for Australia in Paediatric Palliative Care and is a co-investigator on the ARC and Gilead projects being undertaken by the Paediatric Palliative Care & Support Research Group.
Kerri-Anne Dooley is a Registered Nurse with post graduate qualifications in health science, a Sessional Academic at ACU in the School of Nursing, Midwifery & Paramedicine, and was recently appointed as Director of Nursing for The Banyans Health Plus. She is the former Vice President of Palliative Care Queensland, helped establish Hummingbird House, Queensland’s only children’s hospice as their first Clinical Lead. She’s also the managing Director of My Care Enterprises who provide in-home palliative, aged & disability care. Kerri-Anne is also a former LNP candidate for the State seat of Redcliffe, and the ‘Queensland Rural, Regional and Remote’ Woman of the Year 2019 runner up for her volunteering work over decades with multiple organisations.
Rev Matthew Littlefield is the senior pastor at New Beith Baptist Church, and has been in ministry since 2009 in various roles. He has a Masters in Theology from Malyon Theological College, is a writer for Caldron Pool on history, politics, theology and social issues facings the Church of Australia, and is a co-author of The Ezekiel Declaration. Matthew is an ardent believer that people, nations and politicians should bow for the King of Kings, Jesus Christ, and is dedicated to preaching that message, even when it is unpopular in days like ours.
Dave Pellowe co-founded the Church And State ministry in 2017 and has convened the annual Australian Church And State Summit since 2018. He researches & teaches how & why Christians should be interested & influential in the public square and be ready to debate important public issues with full regard to Scripture.
As the editor of The Good Sauce, an opinion & news website producing videos, podcasts and articles by some of Australia’s leading independent thinkers, he also helps promote constructive conversations shunned by corporate media. As a Christian conservative political commentator Dave’s articles have also been published in The Spectator, Quadrant, Online Opinion, Caldron Pool & elsewhere.
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